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Cookeville To Conduct Study On Cane Creek Wastewater Needs

Cookeville will move forward with an engineering study in the Cane Creek area to plan for short-term and long-term growth in that area.

City Council approved an engineering agreement Thursday night to look at the wastewater needs at both the Cane Creek and Cora Road pump stations. Water and Sewer Department Director Barry Turner said the department wants to understand the next best steps.

“Based on the growth that we’re having out there and additional proposed growth out there, we’re wanting to do a study to figure out how best to upgrade these short term and long term,” Turner said. “Specifically short term, trying to do some cost effective upgrades using the existing infrastructure.”

Turner said the study will cost about $16,000. Turner said the Cora Road and Royal Oak stations pump into Cane Creek. Growth continues in that corridor including several Highlands Residential projects off Buffalo Valley Road.

In other business, the city council approved the purchase of three ten-foot snowplows and three salt spreaders. The plows, at a cost of $44,000, and the spreaders, at cost of over $22,000, will be on the ground in days, according to Public Works Director Blake Mayo.

“We realized we can do better and we will,” Mayor Laurin Wheaton said. “And I’m glad that we’ve taken advantage of this opportunity to improve our snow plow fleet. And I’m just hopeful that we don’t have anything like that again.”

Council also approved a $54,000 grant to help with the costs of a Victim Services Coordinator. The city will renew its contract with the Office
of Criminal Justice Programs.

The City Council approved a second reading of changes to the Cookeville budget, increasing the budget by $1,195,000. The biggest change is a $1 million contingency for purchase of land by Leisure Services.

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