Cleveland Council Members Told Environmental Concerns, Heavy Rains Have Brought Industrial Park Cost Overruns

Monday, August 12, 2013

Members of the City Council were told Monday that environmental concerns and heavy rains have brought cost overruns to an industrial park project at Harriman Road and APD 40.

Janice Casteel, city manager, said, "We've been under a microscope" since neighbors complained about muddy runoff into Brymer Creek and TDEC inspectors got into the act.

Officials said TDEC has issued a violation order on the project. The fine was put at $2,500, but that could increase to $2,500 per day, a staff member said. A TDEC spokesperson later said there had not been a fine.

TDEC had given the city until Monday to make the corrections. However, several City Council members said they did not want to approve a change order of almost $65,000 until the county, which is funding the project 50-50, signs off on it.

And Councilman Richard Banks pointed out that the City Council had never voted to approve an earlier significant change on the property - moving to a six percent road grade instead of eight percent. Ms. Casteel said at the time there was money to cover that cost and it was felt to be a needed improvement so the road could be more usable for truck traffic.

One problem that has been encountered is that ditches on both sides of the road have significant rock sections, which is an unexpected cost of up to $188,000.

TDOT is putting $2 million into the project, and the city and county $1,750,000 each.

Mayor Tom Rowland asked during the discussion, "Who's responsible for putting the mud into Brymer Creek other than Mother Nature?"

Ms. Casteel said frequent periods of heavy rain have exacerbated erosion problems at the project.

She said there is also a requirement of a site inspector at $1,100 per day. The inspector said in recent weeks he has been at the location two days a week to check on the erosion barriers.  Total inspection costs are at $580,000, it was stated. 


New Hiener Book Of Historic Chattanooga Photos Available At Zarzours

The new Paul Hiener Historic Chattanooga Photos book published by Chattanoogan.com is available at Zarzours Restaurant. Zarzours is located on the Southside on Rossville Avenue behind the Main Street Fire Hall #1. Mr. Hiener, a longtime Chattanooga printer and lifelong resident, collected over 3,000 historic pictures of his beloved hometown. He made some of the photos ... (click for more)

Haynes Arrested In Connection With Oct. 13 Shooting In Which Man Was Shot In The Face

Police have arrested Prandell Antonio Haynes in connection with an Oct. 13 shooting in which a man was shot in the face. Haynes, 26, of 413 Friar Road, is charged with attempted first-degree murder, three counts of aggravated assault, unlawfully carrying a weapon, and reckless endangerment. Police said Haynes and Marquel Morris fired up to 20 shots in the incident at Sandy's ... (click for more)

An Open Letter To Tennessee Electors Of The President - And Response (2)

This an open letter to the following people who are Tennessee's presidential electors this year: Joey Jacobs (Brentwood), Beth Scott Clayton Amos (Nashville), Jason Mumpower (Bristol), Susan Mills (Maryville), Liz Holiway (Harriman), Lynne Davis (Lascassas), Tom Lawless (Nashville), Mike Callahan (Monterey), Pat Allen (Clarksville), Shannon Haynes (Alamo), and Drew Daniel (Memphis).  ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Abolish Bail For Poor

Our terribly overcrowded Hamilton County Jail may get some help from an unsuspected corner – the Obama administration is tackling the fact that right now over 450,000 people are in our country’s jails because they are too poor to pay for bail. It is a violation of the Constitution to “punish people for their poverty.” As the Eighth Amendment provides, “… excessive bail ought not ... (click for more)

Mississippi State Quarterback Nick Tiano To Play At UTC

Former Baylor School quarterback Nick Tiano announced Monday that he is transferring from Mississippi State to UTC. He tweeted, "I'm very excited to announce that I am going back home to play for The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga! # GoMoc" Tiano had announced five days ago that he was leaving the Bulldogs after his freshman year. Tiano appeared in four ... (click for more)

UTC Hoops: UTC vs. Marshall and Toys for Tots Tonight

Tonight is important as the UTC men’s basketball team hosts old rival Marshall at 7 p.m at McKenzie Come ready to watch exciting, fast-paced hoops … a track meet in tennis shoes. The Mocs are 6-2, while the high-scoring Thundering Herd is 5-2. Marshall averages 83 points a game and relies heavily on the 3-point shot (66 of 188), while the Mocs will look to minimize ... (click for more)