Reports regarding Collegedale’s police department that have been requested from the TBI and MTAS (Municipal Technical Advisory Service) which provides assistance to city governments in Tennessee, have not yet been completed.
The commissioners are waiting to receive both and will consider facts in these reports when making decisions about what improvements are needed in the police department and the city.
Questions remain about an alleged quota system and accusations of officers who participated in a TBI probe, being fired for cooperating. Those three police officers who were let go on Sept. 6 makes eight officers who have either left or been terminated - one eighth of the police force. Before discussions begin, Mayor Katie Lamb would like to have both reports in order to be fair to all involved, she said Monday.
Collegedale is doing preventative maintenance on its sewer system. City Engineer Wayon Hines requested and received approval from the commissioners for the bid by Croy Engineering for the survey and design of a sewer force main replacement. The bid does not include actual construction. This portion will connect from the pumping station to another section of the main that has previously been replaced. The work is a budgeted expense and the winning bid is for a total amount of $134,820. The money will come from the sewer fund which is derived from fees paid by users of the sewer system, not from taxes. There should be no change to the cost of the project, said Mr. Hines, unless the Army Corps of Engineers finds a problem with the work negatively affecting wetland habitats. The design phase is expected to take about six months.
Additional maintenance on the city’s sewer system will be lining manholes with a rubberized coating which prolongs the life of the concrete. The commissioners approved a bid of $179,900 for the work that will line 491 vertical feet of manholes as well as the trunk line replacement. This is the fifth phase of applying linings to the sewer pipes in Collegedale. Money to pay for this will also come from the sewer fund.