The Cleveland City Council has selected CDM Smith of Franklin to provide the evaluation and implementation study needed for a stormwater fee.
The contract was approved during a meeting Monday.
Janice Casteel, city manager, said the cost for the study was $171,100, which was higher than expected.
“[CDM Smith] has a good history implementing stormwater programs,” Casteel said.
At-large Councilman Richard Banks said he wished the county would partner with the city to address stormwater issues countywide, through the study and subsequent fee.
“Part of the problem is from the county, and as a county taxpayer, I think the county should share the cost,” Banks said.
To help offset the cost of a study that will determine the pervious and impervious ground on every property within the city limits, $1 per month is being charged for residential utility users with less than 2,500 square feet. A $2 fee is being charged for nonresidential utility users larger than 2,500 square feet.
After the study, the fee amount will be based on a property's impervious area (water cannot pass through). The state average is $3 a month.
The federal Clean Water Act requires that stormwater issues be addressed. Thus, the need for a revenue source for these projects was created.
State law requires that Stormwater Utility fee bills have the following printed on them in bold typeface: "This tax has been mandated by Congress."
The city will be applying to the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Flood Mitigation Assistance Program to address flooding issues in major problem areas. The program offers funding to remove structures that have been damaged by flooding.
An update on the city’s consideration of the North Ocoee and 8th Street intersection was also discussed Monday. Public Works director Tommy Myers said the proposal submitted to the Tennessee Department of Transportation had been approved.
Also sent to TDOT for consideration was the addition of curbing to restrict the left lanes to turn-only lanes into Eighth Street and a roundabout.
District 2 Councilman Bill Estes said the comments by TDOT need to be reviewed by the Council and an option chosen.
Estes said there needs to be community and staff input to get an understanding of the impact and best option.
“You have an intersection … with 19,000 cars a day — this isn’t where you just go and throw some stuff down, you need to get this right,” Estes said.
The issue will be discussed further at a later date.
Also approved during the meeting:
- An annexation request for 45 acres on 22nd Street.
- Approving the purchase of a Groundmaster 3500-D mower. The piece of equipment was originally going to be leased. However, after further research Melinda Carroll, assistant city manager, said buying the equipment would be a better option.