Veterans home name gets Council’s nod
by DAVID DAVIS, Managing Editor
Nov 14, 2012 | 1313 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Cleveland City Council followed the Bradley County Commission’s lead Tuesday by naming a future veterans facility the Cleveland Bradley County State Veterans Home.

The proposed facility on Westland Drive has carried the unofficial name of Southeast Tennessee Veterans Home until now. The name change reflects the city and county’s support of veterans.

According to the city resolution passed as a consent agenda item, the home is needed because there is not one conveniently located in this part of the state and existing facilities have long waiting lists.

“It would be a service to the veterans in Southeast Tennessee to have a public home built for veterans in our community to serve the 43,000 veterans in Bradley and surrounding counties of Hamilton, Polk, McMinn, Meigs and Rhea,” the resolution states.

An anonymous donor has committed to $3 million, and the city and county have each committed $2.01 million for the $7,020,020 local match in order to be eligible for the remaining 65 percent of federal funding. Also, the requirement of donated land has been met.

Officials hope the veterans home will be funded when the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs publishes the new priority list that is expected soon.

In other business, the Council approved a new lease agreement with the Cleveland Amateur Radio Club. The club will pay the city $50 a year for the next 20 years, beginning March 1, 2013.

Radio club president Derek Wooley said the club needs more space in its clubhouse on Johnson Boulevard S.E. There are currently 380 radio licensees in Bradley County. About 88 are club members.

“We’ve been at the Johnson Boulevard location for 30 years,” Wooley said. “We need space in the clubhouse for more people.”

On other agenda items, the Council approved:

- Final Passage of Zoning Ordinance 2012-21 to rezone property located at 5761 Mouse Creek Road N.W. from Rl to R3.

- Resolution 2012-114 accepting Issa Street as a city street within Mouse Creek Crossing.

- Resolution 2012-115 authorizing Mayor Tom Rowland to sign a grant application for the Special Litter Projects Grant.

- A Change Order for LIC South.

- Authorized disposal of two Talley printers and one copier.

- A street light request on Phillips Street S.W.

- Reappointment of Dan Moore to the Board of Zoning Appeals for an additional three-year term to expire in November 2015.

- Final passage of Ordinance 2012-22 to rezoning property located at 250 Ramsey St. N.E. from Rl to R3. Councilmen David May and George Poe voted no. Vice Mayor Avery Johnson, Councilmen Dale Hughes, Richard Banks and Bill Estes voted yes. Councilman Charlie McKenzie passed on the vote.

Also, city offices will be closed on Nov. 22-23 for Thanksgiving.