City meeting to discuss sidewalk project

By BRIAN GRAVES

Posted 2/13/18

The city of Cleveland will hold a community meeting Feb. 20 to discuss the 17th and 20th Street sidewalk project.City Manager Joe Fivas announced the meeting to the Cleveland City Council during its …

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City meeting to discuss sidewalk project

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The city of Cleveland will hold a community meeting Feb. 20 to discuss the 17th and 20th Street sidewalk project.

City Manager Joe Fivas announced the meeting to the Cleveland City Council during its work session Monday afternoon.

The meeting will take place on the announced day at 6 p.m. at Mayfield School.

“We have already sent out personalized letters to the people in the right of way,” Fivas said. “But, we will also talk to the Cleveland Daily Banner to make sure this is advertised, and we will also make use of social media.”

Fivas said just because someone isn’t selling right of way “doesn’t mean you’re not interested or want to know more about it.”

Council David May Jr. said he is being constantly asked about the project and telling them, “We’re working on it. We are now to the point where they are saying, 'We’ll believe it when we see it,'” May said. “I’m enthused and very happy that we got something going."

Fivas also announced a Greenway Tree planting at the Casteel Connector on March 10 at 10 a.m.

“This is one of the initiatives of the Shade Tree Committee partnering with the local Rotary groups,” he said. “We are going to have a massive tree planting and it will be part of a larger statewide effort to plant trees.

He said a formal ribbon cutting for the connector “will happen later once everything green is up.” That is planned for sometime in April.

Fivas reported the city staff is currently in the middle of their budget schedule.

He recommended the council hold its budget presentation on April 9. Council members decided to set the start time on that day at 8 a.m.

Fivas said the city staff had made a request to representatives in Nashville to carry a bill that will allow Cleveland to be part of the Tennessee Local Land Grant Bank Program.

“Tennessee cities have been burdened with thousands of vacant and abandoned properties,” he said. “This would be another tool to help out efforts to partner with City Fields, to help them get properties and help them get into the Land Bank, dispose of them, and get them into developers’ hands.”

He explained it contained no eminent domain powers.

“This is something Oak Ridge, Kingsport and Chattanooga have all gotten access to this program, and right now, if you get access to this program you also could get access to the Neighboorhood Preservation Program, which is a new program,” Ficas said.

Council also approved authorized the Cleveland Board of Education to enter into agreements with Energy Service Group for facility improvements involving energy conservation.

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