Soddy Daisy Planning Sewer, Intersection Improvements; Citizen Concerned About Noise From Hunters

Friday, January 4, 2013 - by Gail Perry

The Soddy Daisy Board of Commissioners was updated at the commission meeting Thursday night by City Manager Hardie Stulce, on several municipal projects that are in the pipeline. He reported that City Attorney Sam Elliott has reviewed the application for a grant to make improvements on Holly Circle, and said it was in order. The commission took the next step in obtaining the grant by authorizing the mayor to go forward with the submission.

The state of Tennessee has approved the low bid for the north end sewer project.

Now that authorization has been given, the city can move forward with the proposal from Norris Brothers at a cost of $428,000 for extending the sewer along Durham Street. The cost to do the work will all be covered by grant money.

Mr. Stulce told the board that Wiser Engineering is doing preliminary design work on a turn lane and some intersection improvements in the city. He asked the commissioners to review the proposal so that he can schedule a meeting for Wiser to make a presentation of the final design and answer questions they may have. At that point, TDOT must also sign off on the project. Timeline for the work in 2013 is for engineering and design to be done. Construction is planned for 2014. At this point, the project is underfunded due to the number of retaining walls and creek crossings that are needed. The city is seeking an 80/20 split with the state for funding the work.

Mr. Elliott reported to the commissioners that the city is exploring options for clearing up deteriorating buildings. Currently problem buildings are being reviewed by the commissioners at “show cause hearings” where owners of the properties in question must show why a dilapidated building should not be repaired or demolished. Commissioners can issue only small fines if the problem is not corrected. One possibility being considered is hiring an attorney who is trained as an administrative hearing officer to hear these cases. He would be authorized to give time limits for doing repairs and to impose fines up to $500 per day for neglecting to bring the properties up to code within those time limits.

Mr. Elliott also told the board that Poe’s Tavern has been submitted to the Tennessee Historical Commission for a special commendation award for buildings of significant importance in the state. Poe’s Tavern was the first seat of Hamilton County government in 1819. It was later used by both armies during the Civil War and functioned as a hospital. The award winner will be announced the third Friday in February.

A letter from American Water Resources to the citizens of Soddy Daisy was brought to the attention of the other commissioners by Jim Adams. He told them the mailing is a scam because this company is attempting to sell insurance for repairs to the lateral sewer lines that leave a building. Repairs to these lines are already done by WWTA through $8 monthly payments by customers. Water lines coming into the house are not covered. Commissioner Adams’ suggested that if you get this letter to trash it.

He also asked if a clarification to the term “bulky item” had been made concerning garbage disposal and pick up. He was told that the information is now on the Soddy Daisy website under the heading of “sanitation.”

Along with the city manager, Commissioners Adams and Patti Skates in their reports commended the city’s police and fire departments for excellent service to the city, noting the good public relations created by officers visiting local businesses and for taking care of a family’s children at Christmas.

In the citizens’ participation portion of the meeting, a concerned resident asked the commissioners if anything could be done to stop the hunting of water fowl around Chickamauga Lake where it is bounded by the city. He said gunshots are disturbing the residents and that the area is a recreational space.

Mayor Janice Cagle answered that the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency had been asked before to make this a hunt-free zone, but the request had been refused. She also said that in the past the city had put “no hunting” signs on islands in the area, but TWRA made the city take them down. The mayor suggested for anyone interested to contact their state representative and state senators about their concerns. She also said the city could make the request again.

The next regular meeting of the Soddy Daisy Commission will be Thursday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m.

Upcoming City Council Agenda For Tuesday

Here is the upcoming City Council agenda for Tuesday: I. Call to Order. II. Pledge of Allegiance/Invocation (Councilman Freeman). III. Minute Approval. IV. Special Presentation. “2015 World AIDS Day” By Council for HIV/AIDS Care and Prevention V. Ordinances – Final Reading: PLANNING a. 2015-124 Belle Investment Company and BYD Cowart, GP (Lift Condition). ... (click for more)

PHOTOS: Unveiling Of The EPB Holiday Windows

The time-honored Chattanooga tradition of EPB’s downtown holiday windows feature the themes of “Chattanooga Strong” and other beloved holiday stories. For the second year, STEM School Chattanooga students have assisted EPB’s “elves” to develop the themes and create the scenes that attract thousands of local and visiting families each holiday season. The Chattanooga Girls’ Choir ... (click for more)

An Extra Helping Of Gratitude

After being thankful for the grace of God, my family and good health, this year I have an extra helping of gratitude to live in a special place called Chattanooga.   We endured the trauma of terrorism on July 16 and emerged more united and stronger than ever before.  We claim our heritage and celebrate our diversity like no other city in America.  We honor our ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Cometh ‘The Black Dog’

I am one of 350 million people in the world who suffers from clinical depression. The doctors trace it back to my first decade of the 21 st century when constant surgeries and infections knocked me loopy but the more I have found, I believe I am more like Sir Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln and pro football star Terry Bradshaw – I think I have had it all my life. Today it ... (click for more)

Heights Point Guard Alexander Commits To Florida

(Story will be updated) Hamilton Heights point guard Shai Alexander, who scored 18 points in the Hawks’ win over Central Park on Tuesday, made a recruiting trip to the University of Florida on Wednesday and announced Friday that he has made a verbal to coach Mike White’s Gators. Alexander is one of three Canadian players on the Hawks’ roster this season and the junior ... (click for more)

Jones Thankful For Resiliency, Resolve Of 2015 Vols

The day before families gather around the table to celebrate Thanksgiving, Tennessee football coach   spoke about what he and the Vols are thankful for. "It's a time to reflect and we have so much to be thankful and grateful for in really the resiliency and resolve that this football team has shown, the growing of this football team and the growing of this football program," ... (click for more)