Soddy Daisy Making Progress On Road Projects; Dealing With Flooding Along Friendship Lane

Friday, July 20, 2018 - by Gail Perry

Work to improve roads in the city of Soddy Daisy is being done during the summer. Cox Lane, Miller Road and a section of Cliff Road have been repaved. At the council meeting Thursday evening, the city commissioners approved invoices of $8,933 for asphalt and $5,837 for the paving services for these roads.


Another residential road has been experiencing flooding during periods of heavy rain.

The problem is being addressed by the commissioners. Water has been rushing down Friendship Lane and settling in yards of the houses that border the street. Weiser engineering has suggested that a 24-inch pipe to carry water should be installed under all the driveways. The biggest problem to do that is that the pipe would need to be buried in a 36-inch deep ditch. Retaining walls or fences border the city’s right-of–way, and the work could damage those structures. City Attorney Sam Elliott recommended doing the work and staying on the city’s ROW while doing it. City Manager Janice Cagle told the council to keep in mind that the last houses on that street were knowingly built in a flood zone.


As the work is winding down on the Dayton Pike road project, Councilman Gene Shipley recommended retaining $ 60,000 for engineering the project and $60,000 for the construction, so that the city would not be responsible if any work remains to be done after construction ends.


Radios used by both the fire and police departments will be upgraded. Commissioners approved $31,899  for the replacement of this equipment, all budgeted items.


Soddy Daisy at one time used Chattanooga’s records management system. Since Chattanooga has shut down that service, Soddy Daisy will switch to Hamilton County’s server. This agreement was approved pending the approval from both City Attorney Elliott and the Hamilton County Commission.


Land located at 115 Eveningside Dr. was rezoned from R-1 to R-2A to match everything that surrounds it which is all zoned for duplexes.


Vice Mayor Jim Adams said that the monthly building permit report was impressive for June. The city received $1,575,100 in building permit fees. In addition to remodeling, the report includes seven new houses.


At 6 p.m. before the next commission meeting on Aug. 2, a workshop will be held to discuss and explain new personnel rules and regulations. The public is welcome.

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