Building Permit Surge Shows Collegedale Is County's Fastest-Growing City, City Manager Rogers Says; Sidewalk Panel To Form

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - by Gail Perry

 City Manager Ted Rogers on Monday night  told the Collegedale commissioners that revenues are as expected with two exceptions. The 2014 budget planned on revenue from building permits to be $32,000. Now, at 58 percent through the fiscal year, the city has already received $86,000 due to the high level of residential expansion. He said that Collegedale is the fasting growing city in Hamilton County, and this proves it.

The parks and recreation department also shows a balance above the budgeted amount. This is due to donations that have been made to complete ongoing park projects. Mr. Rodgers noted that the budget will need to be amended because of the significant differences.

How the city should accommodate requests for walkways was addressed by Strategic Planner Kelly Martin. At the commission meeting Feb. 3, a task force was suggested to develop a plan. Monday night, Mr. Martin advised that a committee of no more than nine people be appointed for the study. He plans to head the group, and the city manager has appointed Rodney Keeton, director of public works.  Commissioner Larry Hanson was recommended to be the representative from the board of commissioners since he is on the planning committee. Six people should be appointed at large from the community, said Mr. Martin. Interest in sidewalks has come from some neighborhood homeowners associations and it was suggested that those be included in the representation. Members will be confirmed at the next commission meeting. The results of this study will be folded into the city’s overall land-use plan.

Mr. Rogers also asked for a vote to approve a change to the city’s plan for upgrading software. Police Chief Brian Hickman would like to use new printer technology in the patrol cars. Printers are available that double as a headrest in the police automobiles. This will give officers the ability to scan bar codes on the back of drivers licenses and print out tickets on the spot as opposed to hand writing them. Additionally, the new printers each will cost about $100 less than the ones in the original software package. Buying them will save the city over $3,000. Approval was given to alter the contract to buy these printers that both the police chief and city manager recommended.

Monday night, two ordinances were approved on second reading. Parking lot standards were changed to be consistent with surrounding communities. The space required will change from 10 by 20 feet to nine by 18 feet.

Zoning was changed for property near the corner of Ooltewah-Ringgold Road and Titus Lane from C-2 to R-2 in order to allow the owner to retain the same use of the land as when the city annexed the property in March 2013.

Commissioner Katie Lamb thanked Andrew Morkert, building codes and safety officer, and City Attorney Sam Elliott for having the trailer park at the corner of College Terrace and Moore Road cleaned up.

Commissioner Hanson related concerns he has heard about the condition of flags that are displayed at Veteran’s Park. The Veterans Association is responsible for the flags. Commissioner Debbie Baker suggested that the city make a donation to help replace the American flag.

In snowy and icy conditions, when public works employees have to work overnight, they need a place to stay and a place to sleep, said Vice Mayor Tim Johnson. He made the recommendation of having hotel rooms put on stand-by for their use.


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