Plots of property discussed in Dresden

Plots of property discussed in Dresden
Cleanup for the Bay Bee Shoe Company is now back on schedule.
Last month at the meeting of the Dresden City Board of Mayor and Aldermen, public works director Kerry Cooper announced that the Bay Bee Shoe Company property needed to undergo asbestos cleanup. With the help of Police Chief Randal Walker, Resolutions Inc. was consulted and the company proposed to identify asbestos on the property. The company agreed to do the analysis for $1,800 if no more than 35 soil samples were collected. Beyond that, it would be an extra $25 for each sample.
The board turned this proposal down, but passed a motion to continue bidding.
Monday night at the December monthly board meeting, another bid was announced from Tetra Tech Em Inc. to do the analysis for a cost not to exceed $1,300. The board accepted the bid unanimously.
Cooper reported that work can start almost immediately.
In input from the citizens, Danielle Davidson suggested the board look into closing off a portion of Maple Drive as it was becoming dangerous for several local children to play there due to speeding traffic.
As the city has never adopted the street as a city road due to its dimensions and reportedly has never expressed an interest in doing so, city attorney James Bradberry suggested that the city close down the part of Maple Drive and, in this way, it reverts entirely to the landowners. The motion passed unanimously.
In employee’s reports, finance director Carla Edwards reported having collected $22,000 last month in property taxes. That equates to about 16.3 percent as compared to 17.4 percent collected this time last year.
Cooper announced the public works department is in the process of applying for another sewer rehabilitation grant, but will receive evaluation first.
Water and sewer director Jeff Pierpoint reported that he is in the process of contacting companies for water tank inspection and thus far, all estimates have been under the bid price.
Walker is obtaining bids on securing and soundproofing the police department and reported a roster of 44 expected at the driving school on Dec. 12.
Parks and recreation director Joey Winstead thanked the board for allowing him to combine funds for park beautification. He was able to spend $11,000 in updates and is waiting for the rain to stop so normal maintenance work can continue. Old bleachers must be taken down and scrapped out and new bleachers have already been assembled.
In announcements, a $5,000 grant has been received from the Tennessee Valley Authority to go toward the Dresden farmer’s market and railway project.
The city will be hosting the Chamber of Commerce Christmas party Dec. 15 and the board voted to donate $250 to the event.
The next meeting of the City of Dresden Board of Mayor and Alderman will take place at 6 p.m. Jan. 9.    

WCP 12.08.11

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