City OKs county's proposal on bonds

By LARRY C. BOWERS
Posted 10/24/17

The Cleveland City Council has approved a certificate from the Bradley County Commission which designates funds which will come to the city from a recent county bond agreement.The council also …

This item is available in full to subscribers

City OKs county's proposal on bonds

Posted

The Cleveland City Council has approved a certificate from the Bradley County Commission which designates funds which will come to the city from a recent county bond agreement.

The council also approved authorization for Mayor Tom Rowland to execute a similar certificate on behalf of the city.

In connection with bond proceeds in the amount of $15,482,500 for the Bradley County Schools' educational renovation project at Lake Forest Middle School, the county will cause 35.38 percent of each disbursement of the bonds to go to the city.

This $5,477,098 has been designated by Cleveland City Schools, and the council, to go toward construction of the new Candy's Creek Elementary School on Georgetown Road in the northwest section of the city. 

Preliminary site work has begun for the new school, with construction to begin this summer. The tentative completion date is in the fall of 2019.

The county certificate also says this payment to the city "will satisfy any and all claims, liabilities, obligations, causes of action, and rights, if any, the city may claim.

The Bradley County Commission recently approved the Series VII-1 loan agreement with the purpose of constructing, improving, renovating and equipping county schools and school facilities — specifically at Lake Forest.

Under the longstanding agreement between the two local governments, and school systems, these funds are shared (based on enrollment, between the two school systems).

The breakdown of enrollment is approximately two-thirds county to one-third city — thus determining the 35.38 percent. 

City Council members, and city staff, expressed their appreciation for the certificate of understanding from the county.

Other action at Monday's council session was mostly routine.

Opposition from residents of the Foxfire Subdivision concerning the annexation of a nearby five-acre tract of land into the city is apparently over.

The council on Monday approved a plan of service, annexation, and change in zoning from unincorporated county to R1 Single Family for the property.

Residents had vehemently opposed earlier plans for R2 zoning, but appear to be more agreeable to the single-family home zoning.

The housing development by property owner Phillip McManus is unique. The front section of the split piece of property is in the city along Michigan Avenue Road, and is destined for a townhome development. These rear five acres will be now single-family homes, but had been zoned FAR  in the county.

The council also approved the renaming of a portion of 15th Street N.E., from Parker Street to Magnolia Street, as an extension of Billy Graham Avenue on the Lee University campus..

The city is planning to erect the avenue marker in honor of the world-renowned evangelist on Tuesday, Nov. 7, his 99th birthday.

The university and the city are planning to have the dedication ceremony routed online to Graham's home and retreat in Montreat, N.C.

 Council also approved an amendment of Cleveland's Municipal Code pertaining to hours for building operations in the city.

This change was highlighted by area builders led by Bradley County Commissioner and builder Charlotte Peak. If approved on final passage, it will allow area construction work to begin at 6 a.m., earlier than previously allowed

Builders claim the recent number of roof replacements and repairs from a spring hail storm emphasized the need for this change from the 7 a.m. previously designated.

Council members also approved another amendment to the Municipal Code. This change will add a new chapter to the International Building Code, expanding options.

One new business item was pulled from the agenda at the request of Councilman Richard Banks.

The proposal was to amend the Municipal Code to increase the number of members on the Airport Authority from five to seven. Banks said there is some concern from authority member and former Chair Lynn DeVault. He asked that the proposal be delayed until the council's second meeting in November, following another meeting of the Airport Authority.

During the discussion of the Airport Authority proposal, Councilman David May Jr. recommended that Rowland be appointed to the Airport Authority.

Rowland said he would accept such an appointment. The suggestion will be discussed at the November meeting.

It was announced that Cleveland's city offices will be closed on Friday, Nov. 10, in observance of Veteran's Day, which this year falls on Saturday, Nov. 11.

Sharon Marr of MainStreet Cleveland told the council the city has been selected by Country Living magazine as among the nation's top 15 small cities in which to live.

On the consent agenda was authorization for the mayor to sign a supplemental agreement with Passpointe for additional design work for the Ocoee/Greenway connector; authorizing a loan agreement not to exceed $430,000 for a water facilities project; a grant application for the 2018 Tennessee Municipal League's driver's safety grant with a $2,000 city match; an application for the Pool's Property Conservation grant program (with a $5,000 match);  and declaring an Animal Control vehicle as surplus property to be sold.

The consent agenda included two street light approvals. One was requested by Larry Csehil at 1572 Redwood Drive, and a second by Deborah Laughlin at the intersection of Blackburn Road and Midfield Circle.


Inset Text:

This $5,477,098 has been designated by Cleveland City Schools, and the council, to go toward construction of the new Candy's Creek Elementary School on Georgetown Road in the northwest section of the city. 

Comments

No comments on this story | Please log in to comment by clicking here
Please log in or register to add your comment

X

Print subscribers have FREE access to clevelandbanner.com by registering HERE

Non-subscribers have limited monthly access to local stories, but have options to subscribe to print, web or electronic editions by clicking HERE

We are sorry but you have reached the maximum number of free local stories for this month. If you have a website account here, please click HERE to log in for continued access.

If you are a print subscriber but do not have an account here, click HERE to create a website account to gain unlimited free access.

Non-subscribers may gain access by subscribing to any of our print or electronic subscriptions HERE