Industrial park funds OK’d for improvements

Industrial park funds OK’d for improvements
By DONNA RYDER
Associate Editor
Work to make improvements at the Northwest Tennessee Regional Indus-trial Park will continue.
Union City city council members agreed Tuesday night to spend up to another $239,218 to complete a railroad spur for Greenfield Products.
City manager Kathy Dillon said right now the city is waiting on the state to approve the project.
“They (Greenfield Products) can’t use it right now as is,” she said, adding the change order is in.
She said everyone is in line to begin work on the spur, which was promised to the company when it purchased the building, and it can be completed in 30-45 days after the state approves the change order.
State approval is required because it has been paid, in part, with a grant.
Ms. Dillon told the council she estimates an additional $1,286,707.50 in work needing to be done at the industrial park, which also includes a lift station and water tank. She asked that the expenditures for the spur to be approved Tuesday night, but that the council allow Wauford Engineering to come to an orientation session to explain the remaining work.
She added there is a pressure problem with the water tank as planned and it will need to be higher in order to achieve the needed pressure. This accounts for a portion of the unexpected expenses.
Ms. Dillon said the city is obligated to finish the grant, which also includes the lift station.
In other business, after the meeting was opened in prayer by city attorney Jim Glasgow Jr., the council:
• Approved a Coalition agreement making the city its fiscal agent, without obligating the city financially.
• Heard Mayor Terry Hailey signed a proclamation for Case Management Society of America. It was not read into the record. The mayor did sign and read a proclamation for Union City High School Class of 1952 Reunion Weekend, Oct. 11-12.
• Reluctantly and with much regret accepted the resignation of water and wastewater director Jason Moss, who is leaving the city to accept a position with another company. Ms. Dillon thanked him for his work with the city and said, “Unfortunately, we are unable to match the offer.”
• Voted to accept bids for 15 commercial-grade flag poles for Veterans Park. The residential-grade flag poles are easily damaged and have not held up well in recent storms. Ms. Dillon said it has always been the intent of the city to purchase commercial-grade flag poles, but residential-grade flag poles were placed there for the opening ceremonies.
• Agreed to accept bids to retrofit the lighting in seven city buildings. The city will receive a TVA rebate and is expected to save $40,000 the first year.
• Rescheduled the orientation session from Monday to Oct. 11 at 5:30 p.m. so a representative from Cumberland Securities may make a presentation about financing options for the city. Hailey said he would not be able to attend because he teaches a class on Thursday nights.
• Heard councilman Bill “Rat” Harrison as he asked about the former Central Elementary School and the Boys & Girls Club’s responsibility for keeping the property cleaned. He said a representative for the organization said two weeks ago that it would be cleared of downed limbs, but it has not been.
• Discussed with Public Works director Steve Ladd a ditch in Sherwood that needs to be cleaned. He said he has looked at it and it does need to be cleaned, but it does not have any big trees in it. “I’ve got some a whole lot worse,” he said. Published in The Messenger 10.3.12

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