City eyes veterans, annexing, boards
by CHRISTY ARMSTRONG, Banner Staff Writer
Apr 23, 2013 | 938 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The naming of a new veterans home, abandoning a stretch of 17th Street, annexing an area around Old Freewill Road and appointing new members of city boards were all discussed at Monday’s regular session of the CIeveland City Council.

All but Councilman Charlie McKenzie were present as the Council held public hearings about abandoning a section of unopened right of way in the Mikel Subdivision and an unopened section of 17th Street between Clemmer St. N.E. and Carolina Ave. N.E. No one stepped up to comment, and both were unanimously passed.

Also up for public hearings were the Plan of Services, annexation and zoning of 11.8 acres in the area of Old Freewill Road which includes the Silver Springs Subdivision.

There were comments by Dennis Epperson, a developer, and Bill Brown of the local homeowner’s association. Epperson said he was in favor of the change bringing city services to the area, and Brown said he also liked the idea of city services there and had found that homeowners’ insurance rates may not increase much with the annexation.

The Cleveland City Council later voted to approve the Plan of Service, annexation and zoning of that area unanimously.

Several other proposed annexations had been set for votes that afternoon, but the Council had decided to postpone the votes during its work session earlier the same day. The Council had elected to wait to see how Tennessee House and Senate bills placing a moratorium on annexation until 2014 would affect the city’s plans.

Mayor Tom Rowland announced Gov. Bill Haslam had approved the name of the city’s proposed veterans home that morning. It is set to be called the Cleveland Bradley County State Veterans Home.

“The $3 million anonymous donors did not want their names to be on the home,” Rowland said. “We appreciate their generosity for that.”

The council also officially accepted the statue of Colonel Benjamin Cleveland that had been donated to the city by the local chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution and approved the appointment of two city board members and reappointment of one. Andrew Curtis was appointed to a five-year term on the Plumbing Board, Sarah Coleman was appointed to a one-year term on the Historic Preservation Board and Dr. Robert Taylor was reappointed to the Animal Shelter Advisory Board for another three-year term.

Rezoning of Lots 1 and 4 in the Stephens Place Subdivision on Stephens Place Road were also denied rezoning from category R1 to R2 in a final passage at the meeting.

The city of Cleveland had also been given the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award by the Government Finance Officers Association for their 2013 fiscal year budget. It was the 15th consecutive year Cleveland received the award.

Rowland announced a public hearing about the city’s budget for the 2014 fiscal year will take place on Monday, May 13, at 3 p.m. The hearing will take place at the Cleveland Municipal Building.