UC Council seeks $2 million roadway for Discovery Park
By: Donna Ryder Messenger Associate Editor
By DONNA RYDER
Messenger Associate Editor
The Union City Council is hoping it can get a $2 million roadway to Discovery Park of America built by the state.
Obion County Joint Economic and Community Development executive director Jim Cooper informed the council Wednesday night the roadway would be 60 feet wide and 8,000 feet long. He said it would come off Brevard Road, run parallel to the proposed Interstate-69 and out to Highway 5 next to Abernathy Motorcycle Sales. It would be west of the proposed park.
The council agreed to allow the submission of an application requesting the roadway be built. Cooper said TDOT has built or is building similar projects in the county — one at the city’s new industrial park and the other at Everett-Stewart Regional Airport.
The only cost to the city will be $9,000 in guardrails. The city has to provide the right-of-way for the road, but Cooper said he thinks that has all been worked out.
Cooper said though this is only an application requesting the state build the roadway, several meetings have been held with TDOT and the officials at those meetings said they would approve it.
In other business, after the meeting was opened in prayer by city attorney Jim Glasgow Jr., the council:
• Approved on second and final reading an ordinance to rezone property at 1635 East Reelfoot Ave. and 1309 Sunswept Drive from R-1 (low density residential) to H-M hospital medical.
• Postponed an appointment to the Obion County Board of Equalization.
• Heard from Police Chief Joe Garner, who reported that several burglaries in the Sherwood Hills subdivision have apparently been solved and that a gun which was stolen from the area has been recovered.
“I think it will all go back to the one person (who has been arrested),” he said.
Other recent burglary cases should also be solved in the coming weeks, he added.
Garner also told the council the recent checkpoints were successful. He said it was the first time the department has held sobriety checkpoints on its own, with 350 vehicles passing through them. Only one violation was noted, it being the passenger of a vehicle having an open container of beer.
He said the department is required by law to notify the public of the locations and times of the checkpoints.
• Was asked to repaint a portion of the curb on South Fifth Street.
• Was informed the second stocking of trout at Reelfoot Pond should occur around Jan. 11.
Associate Editor Donna Ryder can be contacted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published in The Messenger 1.3.08