Water Damage On Ashmore Avenue To Cost Red Bank $61,300

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - by Gail Perry

Fixing a portion of Ashmore Avenue that was damaged by recent heavy rains will cost the city of Red Bank over $60,000.

The Red Bank Commission was told on Tuesday night that pavement failure occurred that allowed water to seep under the roadbed. That portion of the road was closed immediately because the city considered it unsafe. City Manager Randall Smith along with the public works department has worked to have the road repaired as quickly as possible. Commissioners approved a resolution to authorize a contract with Brown Brothers to perform the work for the cost of $61,300.

Mayor John Roberts said that work should be completed in the next 60-90 days if the weather cooperates.

If it is determined that the slope needs to be extended during the road repair, the city manager was granted authorization to sign a permanent slope easement agreement with the neighboring property owner. He was also authorized to sign a temporary construction easement agreement that will accommodate heavy equipment used during the construction.

Two new ordinances were passed unanimously. On second reading, a travel policy that updates guidelines and rates for employees traveling on city business was approved. Commissioners also voted to establish a policy concerning social media, use of the Internet and electronic mail while working for the city. Until now, Red Bank had no rules in place governing these issues.

The city’s building code also was revised to require sprinkler systems to be used in two-family dwellings. Commissioner Rick Causer spoke in opposition to this amendment which he interpreted as an intrusion of   citizens and property owners and as government overstepping its bounds. As it is written, the new law only applies to new construction. Commissioner Causer foresees conflicts when an existing property is renovated, at which time the building may be required to be brought up to code. The ordinance passed three to two with Commissioner Causer and Vice Mayor Floy Pierce voting no.

In new business, a resolution was passed that will allow two Civil War monuments to be placed in Red Bank. A monument marking Sherman’s encampment prior to the Battle of Missionary Ridge will be located near the softball fields. Another will be put near the intersection of Dayton Boulevard and Signal Mountain Boulevard where a military hospital was located. A temporary easement was granted for use during the installation of the markers.

In individual reports, the city manager welcomed a new employee to the police department. Tracy Massey has joined the department as a records clerk.

Commissioner Kenneth Welch announced that opening day for the municipal pool is Saturday. On Friday night a pool party will be held to show appreciation to the city employees. Commissioners and employees along with their families are invited to come to the pool from 7-9 p.m. for hot dogs, chips and drinks.

Mayor Roberts reported a good turnout at the Red Bank Jubilee auction sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. He also announced that the annual softball game between the Red Bank police and fire departments will take place Friday at 1 p.m. He invited the public to attend.

gailaperry@comcast.net


Crime Stoppers: Armed Robbery At Highway 58 Family Dollar

Crime Stoppers and the Chattanooga Police Department are seeking information and the identity of the suspects of an armed robbery at the Family Dollar at 4749 Highway 58.  On April 7, at approximately 8:10 a.m., Chattanooga police responded to a robbery at the Family Dollar.  Two masked suspects entered the store and demanded the money from the registers. One of the ... (click for more)

Cleveland, Tn., Woman Missing Since 2011 Turns Up In Mississippi

A Cleveland, Tn., woman who had been missing since 2011 was found Tuesday in Mississippi. The Biloxi Sun Herald said 50-year-old Tammy Renee King, was walking along Mississippi 613 when a citizen stopped to help her. The Good Samaritan called the sheriff's office. Members of a local church plan to drive her back to Cleveland after she is checked out at a hospital. The newspaper ... (click for more)

Time For Tennessee To Act On Climate This Earth Day - And Response

Tennessee will join the rest of the southeast region, the nation and countries across the world in celebrating Earth Day on April 22. The entire month of April is a great time to reflect on the strides we have made to reduce pollution over the last 44 years, and assess current environmental conditions while evaluating our personal responsibility to a cleaner environment.  ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Why Jim Coppinger Excels

Jim Coppinger, who as the mayor of Hamilton County has understandably had to grow some thick skin, wants no part of the repulsive billboards now seen around town that ask, “Do you have gonorrhea?”  His Tuesday morning telephone call revealed he is just as disgusted as the rest of us who see them showing a picture of a forlorn African-American male. “You need to know the Hamilton ... (click for more)

Owls' Fugate Fires Two-Hit Shutout In 2-0 Win Over Blue Raiders

Ooltewah was on the verge of a District 5-AAA double-header sweep against Cleveland. But the Blue Raiders’ hot-hitting catcher Hunter Oliver had other ideas. The Owls rode Logan Fugate’s brilliant two-hit shutout and two first-inning runs to a 2-0 win over Cleveland in the first game at A.C. Bud Ball Field on Wednesday. “Logan is an absolute warrior,” Owls coach Brian Hitchcox ... (click for more)

UTC Men Netters Stop Davidson, 4-2

Chattanooga needed Jorge Varon's best match of the season and got it. The Valencia, Venezuela senior's straight set win at No.2 singles clinched the Mocs 4-2 win against No.8 seed Davidson in a first round match of the Southern Conference Tennis Championship at The Champions Club in Rivermont. "Jorge played great in singles and doubles (winning at No.3) and of course ... (click for more)