Extension sought for road budget

By AUTUMN HUGHES
Posted 1/17/20

Officials at the Bradley County Road Department are hoping to be allowed extra time to prepare the 2020-21 budget request.

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Extension sought for road budget

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Officials at the Bradley County Road Department are hoping to be allowed extra time to prepare the 2020-21 budget request.

Extra time was allowed last year, with the Road Department turning in its budget request at the same time as Bradley County Schools.

Road Superintendent Sandra Knight asked the Bradley County Commission’s Road Committee for its support when asking for the additional time. Knight said last year the road department was allowed to submit its budget on the same schedule as the school system.

She said she understands County Mayor D. Gary Davis wants it sooner, but said the extension is needed.

“It wasn’t an issue last year,” Commissioner Mike Hughes said.

Knight said because the Road Department receives state and federal funding, it sometimes takes longer to receive and process the necessary financial information for the budget request.

“It’s too far ahead on some of those things for us to look,” said Gloria Hayes, administrative assistant at the Road Department.

Commissioner Kevin Raper asked Commissioner Louie Alford if this was brought up at the last Finance Committee meeting.

Alford said he understands that committee will have two budget calendars to choose from, at its next meeting.

Ultimately, approval was given to recommend to the Finance Committee to allow the Road Department to submit its budget on the same timetable as the school system.

Alford said it would be beneficial for Knight to present reasons for the delayed timeline to the Finance Committee at its Feb. 3 meeting.

In other discussion, Knight presented an updated and revised version of the Road Department’s personnel handbook. She said this was last updated in 2015 and, recently, she put together a committee of one person from each of the Road Department’s crews to review and update the handbook.

“There’s a lot of good things in there,” Knight said, adding there are also new updates because of changes in the law.

Hughes asked if Bradley County Attorney Crystal Freiberg has reviewed the policy. Knight said the updates were sent to Freiberg, but she has not gotten back a recommendation. Knight said she will make sure to include information from Freiberg to the Road Committee.

The handbook will be placed in the minutes of the county commission’s next voting session.

Knight also presented the 2020 Bradley County Road List, which includes each road the county is responsible for. Knight said the first few pages are changes, and the rest is the existing road list.

“We’re required once a year to bring it to you for approval,” Knight said, adding it also goes to the county commission for approval.

The committee voted to recommend it to the full county commission for its next voting session.

In other business, the Road Committee heard several updates, including:

• Wayfarer Drive: Raper said this item was "rolled" from a previous meeting because a county commissioner had asked to discuss it, but was not present for the previous meeting of the committee.

"The case is closed … we've listened to it twice," Raper said.

• Prospect Elementary School signage update: Knight said the Road Department has done some sign work there. Raper said “it looks vastly different,” adding he noticed the speed limit sign with the school hours is still leaning.

“Everything else looks great,” he said.

Raper said he met twice with the principal, noting the fire hydrant needs to be painted.

Hughes said he understands from Bradley County Fire-Rescue that hydrant painting is handled by the water provider.

• Gentry Lane railroad tracks: Knight said the Road Department has put in riprap to help deal with flooding around the railroad.

• Neighborhood signs: Knight said “no parking” signs have to go in the right of way, and the Road Committee and full county commission have to approve the location.

Knight said when “no parking” sign requests are received, the Road Department visits the site to review it.

“We’ll be glad to look at these,” she said of proposed sign sites in English Oaks, Benwood and Stonebridge subdivisions.

• Drainage tile at Hubert Conley property: Raper said he and Knight discussed this and Road Department personnel met with the property owner.

“We’re trying to figure out a happy medium,” Knight said.

• East View Cove subdivision: Knight said this is off Highway 64. It has been signed off on and needs to go to the county commission to take the road into the county system, she said.

The committee approved recommending the subdivision’s roads to the full county commission.

• Hidden Ridges subdivision: Knight said this is on Frontage Road. She recommended the road for county commission approval to take it into the county road system.

The committee approved recommending the subdivision’s roads to the full county commission.

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