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.