Paving project funding approved


A special council meeting was held on May 18 to discuss an ordinance authorizing a general obligation warrant for a maximum of $1 million for a paving project. The ordinance also provided provisions for the repayment of the loan, which will come from Cleveland’s portion of the Moving Blount County Forward sales tax. The ordinance passed unanimously.

Mayor Jerry Jones told the council that an engineer was needed to put together bid specifications and generate bid invitations. The council approved the hiring of Utility Engineering Consultants LLC, a firm the town has worked with before with good results. Jones also said that an inspector was needed to oversee the paving project at a cost of $22,000, which will be paid from the paving project loan.

The council held its regular monthly meeting on June 8. At the outset, Samantha Butler from the Wood Fire Grill requested and received a one-time exemption for Saturday, July 22, for outside alcohol sales and consumption as a way to celebrate the restaurant’s first anniversary. Butler said there will be a live band and games outside. The council placed restrictions, as required by law, that the parking lot area where the celebration will take place must be roped off and all alcohol must be purchased from the restaurant. Patrons cannot bring their own.

There were several items on the agenda dealing with the town park. First, Jones reported an old pavilion had been demolished and two estimates on building a new one had been received. Among other uses, the new pavilion will provide a better area to cook the Boston butts for the Labor Day barbecue. Funding for this project was approved at last month’s meeting, so it was left to decide which estimate to accept. The council voted to accept the lesser price of $8,700 submitted by Adams Building Company.

The town also received three quotes to replace the park’s asphalt walking track with a new concrete track. The council discussed the contractor with the lowest bid, but there were questions about his experience with this type of project. After discussion, Adams Building Company was again selected, having submitted the second lowest estimate of $34,800.

At a previous meeting, councilmen Doug Hill and Tommy Swindle, both also members of the park board, notified the council a decision about whether to continue to sell Boston butts at the Labor Day BBQ or to sell plates instead had not been made. Swindle announced at this month’s meeting they will continue to sell butts.

Utilities superintendent Steve Pass reported a problem with the surveillance cameras in the park. Jones asked him to get prices for repairs. In other matters:

· Pass reported invitations to bid on the road paving project have been published. Jones noted several inquiries about the bids have been received and bids will be opened on June 22. He said the loan from Hometown Bank has been finalized and the funds are available.

· Pass also requested the council approve the purchase of a 50-gallon sprayer and chemical pump to be used for weed control. The cost of $1,699.99 was approved.

· The council agreed to purchase an advertisement in the Cleveland High School football program for the 2017/2018 year. Councilman Glenn Puckett, an employee of the Blount County School system, abstained.

· The council approved a measure to purchase a community center plaque using the covered bridge artwork already being used on the town’s welcome signs.

· Town clerk Mary Newsome and the mayor reported on a thank you letter from the Blount County Board of Education for Cleveland’s donation to the J. B. Pennington High School rebuilding project following the March fire at the school.