City OKs 2 animal control options
by By DAVID DAVIS Managing Editor
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Cleveland City Council members unanimously approved two animal control proposals for Bradley County commissioners to choose from; one of the options will be selected in a special meeting set for 6 this evening.

In the meantime, Bradley County published a legal ad Sunday requesting proposals for animal control services. The deadline for submission is 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

The ad stated the entity or organization must have adequate experience and knowledge in dealing with domestic animals; the ability to provide veterinary services to animals; and it must obtain $1 million in comprehensive general liability insurance.

The Council approved two options: one is for three months at a cost of $75,000; the second is for six months for $120,000. Under either proposal, the city would provide animal control services in the county at the same level of service provided until July 1, when the contract with the county lapsed.

Public outcry prompted officials to seek temporary arrangements. An ad-hoc committee composed of Councilmen George Poe and Dale Hughes, Commissioners Bill Winters and Charlotte Peak-Jones, and community member Rachael Veazey met Sept. 5 and agreed to submit the two options to their respective governing bodies.

Hughes made the motion Monday to pass both options, giving the county the opportunity to choose.

“This is a step forward in helping them and letting them know we want to help resolve the animal control problem,” Hughes said.

In other business, Council members authorized Mayor Tom Rowland to send a letter to Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer regarding lighting for the APD 40 interchange for LIC South and LIC North.

The Council also authorized the mayor to sign a contract with TDOT to transfer $800,000 from LIC-North to LIC-South. The new contract increases the cost of LIC-South to $4.8 million and reduces the cost of LIC-North to $3.2 million.

In a related discussion to the two connector roads, Development and Engineering Services Director Jonathan Jobe reported that city staff began conducting the required weekly erosion prevention, sediment control inspections on LIC-South as a cost-saving measure until Steve Williams Construction Co. resumes work. Previous inspections were conducted by Cannon and Cannon, Knoxville, and later by Eric McElroy of Franklin.

The city conducted its first inspection Aug. 23 by Josh Holder and Chris Broom. They reported erosion control issues at one location previously noted Aug. 11 by McElroy. Public Works Department crews reinstalled and replaced damaged straw wattles, cleaned and checked the noncompliant dams. The work was completed Sept. 3. Subsequent inspections show corrections were made.

Jobe reported the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation approved the revised Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan and the city has until Oct. 7 to remedy the Notice of Violation.

He said the Bradley Commission approved all change orders and moved money from LIC North to LIC South. In addition, engineering firm Miller McCoy of Chattanooga is reviewing the cost estimate from Steve Williams Construction for final ditch construction.

Jobe also presented a report on the flood study by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

He said all tasks are on or ahead of schedule. In July 2014, flood maps should be ready to submit to FEMA and at the same time, the draft feasibility study should be submitted to USACE headquarters for approval.

The final report with construction options should be published sometime in November 2014.

The city agreed in September 2012 to sign a contract with the engineering corps to conduct the flood risk management study of 26 miles of South Mouse Creek and 42 miles of Candies Creek. The estimated total cost of the study is $1.05 million. The city and federal government will each pay 50 percent, or $525,000. The study does not include Little Chatata Creek.

The study area is only within the city’s urban growth boundary. It would cost the city an additional $100,000 to study Little Chatata. That 12-mile section of creek has 95 structures, while South Mouse Creek has 1,036 structures and there are 406 structures along Candies Creek.

The finished report will identify sources of flooding, impacts and recommendations to abate damage caused by flooding. Some abatement measures could be standalone solutions while others will be interdependent. Recommendations must meet a dollar-for-dollar ratio of 1:1. For example, if a recommendation costs $100,000, the value of the property impacted by the recommended fix must equal at least that amount.

The city is under no obligation to construct any of the Corps’ infrastructure recommendations. Should the Council commit to a Project Partnership Agreement, the city would be committed to construct identified flood control measures. The cost share would then be 65 percent federal and 35 percent local.