LIC South connector is nearing completion
by DAVID DAVIS Managing Editor
Oct 15, 2013 | 919 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The new road that will eventually connect Stone Lake Road to Harriman Road is almost finished, according to an update given Monday to the Cleveland City Council.

All that is left is paving of the local interstate connector and lining the ditch on the east side of LIC South with concrete. The ditch on the west side is finished and the one on the east is about 30 percent complete, according to the Development and Engineering Services Director Jonathan Jobe of the city of Cleveland.

“They are projecting to be done next Friday, but TDEC asked if we could make the extension a little longer than we thought we would actually need, just to be safe, so we wouldn’t have to ask for another extension,” Jobe said.

Jobe said he had hoped the contractor would work more than 45 hours a week. Once the ditch is finished, it should take two days for paving.

Jobe and City Manager Janice Casteel asked Council members to approve a change order that would shorten the length of the concrete in the east ditch by about 147 feet. The change order must be approved by TDEC. If it is approved, it would result in a savings of about $4,000.

“Our problem is we don’t have an amount of money to tell you until the design is finished,” she said. “This is a recommendation from Steve Williams, the contractor on the job, and it seems to make sense to everyone.”

The Council approved the following agenda items under new business and ordinances by a vote of 5-0, except where noted. Councilmen Bill Estes and David May were absent.

Items were:

n Resolution 2013-84 authorizing Mayor Tom Rowland to sign a contract with TDOT for signalization of the intersection at Dalton Pike (SR 311) and King Street.

n Ordinance 2013-45 to abandon a portion of 5th Street N.E. between Church Street N.E. and Parker Street N.E. for Lee University.

n Ordinance 2013-46 to amend section 3.2.B of the Zoning Regulations to provide for the development of substandard lot sizes in the Commercial Highway zoning district for uses not intended for human occupation. The change to the zoning district would allow for such uses as cell towers and billboards.

n Ordinance 2013-47 to abandon a portion of 23rd Street N.E. between North Ocoee Street and Chambliss Avenue N.E. At-Large Councilman George Poe did not vote because he owns property on 23rd Street.

n Ordinance No: 2013-48 - Amending section 4.S.2.C of the Zoning Regulations to amend the requirement for evaluating infill development. The purpose of infill development standards is to provide a means to vary site design requirements from current ordinance requirements and maintain compatibility with the development style and patterns of the surrounding area.

n Motion to reallocate the money set aside for the Bowman Avenue Drainage Project toward repair of downtown sidewalks.

Public Works Director Tommy Myers reported that “despite much effort, we have been unsuccessful in obtaining the drainage easements necessary to complete the first phase of the Bowman Avenue drainage improvements, due to the property owners’ opposition to the project. I am requesting that the sales tax funds allocated for this drainage project be used instead to make much needed repairs to the downtown sidewalk system.”

He said the majority of the sidewalk system is not in compliance with ADA standards and the repairs are needed.

n A motion authorizing Rowland to sign two contracts for city reporters, Randall Higgins and David Davis, at $12,000 each annually.

n A motion to increase the street lighting along 20th Street N.E.