Cleveland City Council Approves Pact For Spring Branch Industrial Park; Settles Sale Tax Issue With County

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - by Tonya Brantley
The Cleveland City Council unanimously passed a resolution accepting the conditions set forth by Bradley County and authorizing the mayor to sign an amended agreement relating to the Spring Branch Industrial Park during its voting session meeting Monday afternoon.

The resolution states the commission agrees to pay $2 million or one-third of the $6 million debt obligation including interest beginning fiscal year 2016. The county mayor is authorized to sign the memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the IDB, the city of Cleveland and Cleveland Utilities for acquisition of real property and the improvement of the Spring Branch Industrial Park with the following conditions:

-The MOA is subject to the state of Tennessee issuing a certificate of public purpose and necessity.

-Bradley County will be reimbursed from the proceeds generated by the sale of land within the park for the county’s share of the project financing including principal, interest and expenses.

-The MOA shall include the following provisions to minimize the impact to the community surrounding the proposed industrial park site, the following accommodations will be made: sewer service to the proposed Spring Branch Road site will be provided from an existing eight inch sewer line on ADP-40, buffers will surround building sites as shown on the concept drawing, Spring Branch Road will be closed and will not be used for ingress or egress from the industrial park. Commercial and industrial traffic will be restricted and three axle trucks will be prohibited on Harriman Road. Traffic calming techniques including construction of a truck turnaround, signage and markings will be put in place. The Cleveland Stormwater Engineer will be the primary contact person for stormwater issues. The County Engineer and TDEC should also be contacted.

A motion to accept Bradley County’s offer to repay $1,422,683.58 due per the Court of Appeals ruling also passed unanimously. The Bradley County School Board recently passed a resolution agreeing to pay over the amount to be paid by 30 equal monthly installments. It states the Bradley County School Board respectfully requests that the city council accept such payment in full and final satisfaction of all disputes existing between the city of Cleveland and Bradley County regarding the collection and distribution of Local Option Sales Tax revenues.

In other business, Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland honored several city employees with service awards. The following were honored for 20 years of service: Jeremy Noble, Davis Creasman, Mike Harris, Jeff Griggs, Beverly Lindsey, Buddy Mitchell, Bobby Gaylor, Susan Jerfie, Kim Winters, Jimmy Tatum and Teresa Torbett. The following were honored for 25 years of service: Gene Smith, Dennis Maddux, Tony Brown, Kim Spence and Steve Tyson. Tim Winder was honored for 30 years and Tony Taylor was honored for 35 years of service to the city. Each award recipient received a check and a lapel pin.

In new business, an ordinance amending the FY2013 budget passed unanimously as well as a motion to appoint Avery Johnson as vice mayor for a two-year term.

The following consent agenda items also passed unanimously:

-Final Passage – Zoning Ordinance No: 2012-23 – Rezoning property at 2412 Wolfe Drive NW from R2 to CH (Planning Commission: Approved 8:0; 1 member absent).

-Final Passage – Zoning Ordinance No: 2012-25 – Rezoning property at 105 Edwards Street SE from IH to CBD (Planning Commission: Approved 7:0; 2 members absent).

-Resolution No: 2012-118 – Approving the 2012 Emergency Solutions Grant application to the Tennessee Housing Development Agency.

-Resolution No: 2012-119 – Authorizing the purchase and transfer of property located at 20th Street SE/Foster Lane with CDBG funds.

-Resolution No: 2012-120 – Dedicate two areas of land as right-of-way for the Whirlpool SIA Project as requested by TDOT.

-Resolution No: 2012-121 – Proposed access street cut Paul Huff Parkway near Mouse Creek Road.

-Resolution No: 2012-123 – Amending the agreement with the Boys & Girls Club by adding 15 hours total to its part-time employees for the Positive Action Program funded by the City’s Targeted Community Crime Reduction Grant.

-Resolution No: 2012-125 – Annual review of the Debt Management Policy (No changes are needed at this time).

Cleveland City Offices will be closed Monday, Dec. 24, and Tuesday, Dec. 25, for the Christmas Holiday and Monday, Dec. 31, and Tuesday, Jan. 1, for the New Year’s Holiday (This is mirroring the State Holiday Schedule and with a possible additional day to be determined by Bradley County). The City Clerk’s Office will be open normal business hours to accept tax payments on Monday, Dec. 31.

The Cleveland City Council will hold its next voting session meeting on Jan. 14, 2013 at 3 p.m.


Former Georgia Governor And Senator Zell Miller Dies

Former Georgia governor and U.S. senator Zell Miller passed away at the age of 86 on Friday. He had been battling Parkinson's Disease.  “Bonnie and I join all Georgians in mourning the loss of former Governor and U.S. Senator Zell Miller," said U.S. Senator David Perdue. "Zell Miller touched the lives of many as a teacher, Marine, public servant, and friend. "Throughout ... (click for more)

Hamilton County Clerk's Office Honors Donors With Donate Life Flag

Hamilton County Clerk Bill Knowles announced his office will raise the Donate Life Flag during the month of April.  Blue and green flags will be flying outside courthouses and county office buildings around Tennessee in recognition of National Donate Life Month.  This is an effort by county clerks to bring attention to the importance of organ and tissue donation.  ... (click for more)

Tax All County Property Owners Once For School Safety

Our School Board, Sheriff Hammond, school administrators and the community are thoughtfully considering how to maintain safety in classrooms. Currently, discussions indicate more funding will be needed to ensure school safety. If schools are not safe and more money will change that, by all means let’s move to fix the problem.   There are many caring and knowledgeable ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: ‘In God We Trust …And Protecting Our School Children

On a day that the Tennessee Legislature overwhelmingly approved a bill that would prominently display the words “In God We Trust” in every school building in the state, the Hamilton County School Board gave my boy Bad Little Johnny cause to get a magic market and scribble underneath, “but ‘Everybody Else Is Gonna’ Need A Pistol!’” Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond, who was ... (click for more)

Central Nips Signal Mountain With Late Rally, 4-3

Since dropping down to Class AA after the 2009 softball season, the Central Lady Pounders have owned District 6-2A competition. The Lady Pounders have rolled out dominate pitching and clutch hitting in a way that has been anything but fair to the opposition.   The dawning of the new season along with a new coach, however, was supposed to signal an end to the tight ... (click for more)

Currie To Get $2.5 Million In UT Separation Agreement

The University of Tennessee announced it has completed an amicable resolution parting ways with former Tennessee Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics John Currie. The University has agreed to pay John Currie $2.5 million payable as follows: Currie will be paid $2,220,454.60 no later than April 1, Currie has already been paid his salary for December 2017 through February ... (click for more)