New Signals Going In On Soddy Daisy's Sequoyah Road; Work On Montlake Road Stalled

Friday, August 16, 2013 - by Gail Perry

The city of Soddy Daisy is ready to begin placing new signals on Sequoyah Road and the off ramp from Highway 27 at Sequoyah Road. City Manager Hardie Stulce told the board of commissioners Thursday night that he had met with TDOT for a pre-construction meeting and the work is scheduled to begin Monday.

All requirements that Soddy Daisy needed to complete for road work on Montlake Road have been ready for a year and a half. The road has been designed, funded and engineered and is ready to go to bid. In order for the project to qualify for federal funding, the Federal Highway Administration must move an arbitrary boundary 1,100 feet. This has yet to be done. The Hamilton County Regional Planning Agency recommended approval of this work in June, yet the federal government has not acted, said Mr. Stulce. He updated the commissioners telling them that he called Senator Bob Corker’s office for help and is waiting for a reply.

In the citizens participation portion of the commission meeting, a resident of Brumlow Hollow Road asked the commissioners for help with an ongoing problem with another road. He said, "I feel sorry for the man, who has a mental problem, but what he has been doing directly affects those that live on the road and is vandalism. This man uses a shovel to dig ditches in the gravel road and causes erosion."

He said police have been called repeatedly and, when they arrive, the man is gone. 

City Attorney Sam Elliott told him that the man must be caught in the act or videoed as evidence before he can be charged with a misdemeanor. Mayor Janice Cagle said the commissioners do not have the ability to do anything and advised that he needed to contact either the police chief or city manager at the time the vandalism is occurring.

Commissioners voted to confirm the county certified property tax rate. In past years the rate had been $1.00, and in July the commissioners voted to increase that to $1.35 per $100 of assessed property value. Since then, the county increased the rate to $1.3524 in order to provide the same income since property values declined slightly with the latest county re-assessments.

Also approved, was an amendment to the classification and pay plan for city employees. The city charter specifies that commissioners must set the pay plan. With the new paid positions of full-time fire chief and additional firefighters, the established pay plan was changed to reflect the increased expenses.

Commissioner Patti Skates asked Police Chief Phillip Hamrick to compile arrest reports of incidents that have taken place on Walmart Drive for the past year. She has heard complaints from nearby residents of juveniles creating a commotion during the night lasting until 3-5 a.m. Some neighbors are concerned, she said, and asked him to also increase patrolling that area.

Commissioner Jim Adams announced a meeting planned for Aug. 29 at 6 p.m. at city hall to review options for replacing the sign at the Industrial Park. Mayor Cagle explained that the city had removed the original sign and then agreed to share costs to replace it with a new one. The meeting is to determine what is needed on the sign. There will also be discussion with individual owners and management about cleaning up the park, especially the side that faces Highway 27.

A planning meeting of the Parks and Recreation Department is scheduled for next Wednesday at 6 p.m. at city hall to discuss the creation of a blacksmith shop, said Vice Mayor Rick Nunley.

Mayor Cagle asked Chief Hamrick for a report to update the commissioners about progress with the cleanup efforts instigated by the board concerning the condemnation of property that has not been brought into compliance with city codes. 

gailaperry@comcast.net


Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ADAMS, MARDARREIUS FOOQUON  707 RICHARDSON ST ROSSVILLE, 30741  Age at Arrest: 20 years old Arresting Agency: Hamilton County THEFT OF PROPERTY (OVER $1000) --- ATKINS, CHRISTIAN MICHAEL  308 NYE DRIVE CHATTANOOGA, 37411  Age at Arrest: 59 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga ... (click for more)

Federal Government Sues Life Care's Forrest Preston, Saying He Received Millions In Medicare Funds He Was Not Entitled To

Federal attorneys have sued Forrest Preston, founder and chairman of Cleveland, Tn.-based Life Care Centers of America, claiming that he was "unjustly enriched" by receiving Medicare funds he was not entitled to receive. The civil suit in Chattanooga Federal Court asks for the return of "millions of dollars." The government earlier sued Life Care on similar charges based on ... (click for more)

Thankful For The Vital Role Teachers Played In My Life

Re: Roy Exum: Teachers Day Tomorrow Roy, I am especially appreciative of your poignant column written in tribute to teachers.  It made me tear up, as I have encountered both as a student and a career educator-- teachers like the second-grade teacher who said, "I wish you were my little girl" and teachers like Mrs. Poindexter.   My teachers have played such a vital ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Bad Ideas Never Work

When the Chattanooga City Council gave Kevin Muhammad, who is purportedly the “leader” of the Nation of Islam’s “Chattanooga chapter” or whatever it is, “the right” to speak for 20 anguished minutes on Monday night, everybody who heard about it could have told our city leaders it was “stinkin’ thinkin’.” My goodness, did you think he was going to read a sweet passage from the ... (click for more)

Mustangs Clip Raiders, 4-3, On Chambers' Clutch RBI Hit In 10th

CLEVELAND, Tenn. – Winning two regular season games against Cleveland was no picnic for the Walker Valley Mustangs. Capturing a win-or-go-home District 5-3A tournament showdown with the Blue Raiders was even tougher to nail down for coach Joe Shamblin’s squad. Bunts by Jacob McCall and Hunter Shamblin set the stage for Jacob Chambers’ walk-off RBI single in the 10 th ... (click for more)

East Ridge And CFCA Reach New Contract

The city of East Ridge and the Chattanooga Futbol Club Academy (CFCA) have agreed to a new five-year soccer field-use agreement for five fields at Camp Jordan Park. The agreement allows CFCA to practice at Camp Jordan Park and play games there on fields 1-5. The East Ridge Futbol Club (ERFC) plays recreation soccer on fields 6-8 and often works with CFCA to use field 5 on Saturday ... (click for more)