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Cookeville Finds New Fire Station 2 Property

Cookeville has a potential agreement to purchase land for new Fire Station Two on North Washington Avenue. The total purchase price $650,000. City Manager James Mills said the two parcels combine to create a 1.2 acre plot, one block north of the existing station. “We’ll also have our engineers confirm that the proposed station will fit on this property,” Mills ... Read More »

Proposed Willow Roundabout Brings Questions

A T-DOT proposal to construct a roundabout at the intersection of University Drive and North Willow Avenue, drawing mixed reviews from local leaders. The proposal discussed at Thursday’s Joint Economic Development Board meeting. Cookeville City Manager James Mills said it may be the biggest roundabout he has ever seen. “It’s going to have, of course, all of this is preliminary, ... Read More »

Bids Under Budget For Cookeville Gateway Signs

Bids came in under budget for Cookeville’s Monument sign project in partnership with Tennessee Tech. Economic and Community Development Director Jon Ward said a bid of some $720,000 for two signs sits in the ballpark of the original estimated project cost. He said that price would be split with Tennessee Tech. Ward said the signs will be installed at I-40 ... Read More »

Council To Vote On Fire Department Preconstruction

Cookeville City Council will vote Thursday to approve bids for preconstruction work for Fire Stations Two and Three. City Manager James Mills said a price of some $719,000 was the lowest of four bids. He said W&O Construction, the low bidder, is the same company the city used for the Cookeville Police Department headquarters. “This is for preconstruction services which ... Read More »

Cookeville Officials Meet With Blackburn Over TVA Tower

Cookeville officials met with Senator Marsha Blackburn to request support in having a TVA transmission tower at the intersection of Neal Street and South Jefferson Avenue moved. City Manager James Mills said Blackburn was receptive to helping the city resolve the issue. He said the location of the tower makes eastbound turns onto Neal Street challenging for tractor-trailers. He said ... Read More »

Water/Sewer Moving Toward Advanced Metering

After deciding to move forward with advanced metering infrastructure for the Cookeville Energy Department, the city will implement the new automated meters for the Water Department as well. Cookeville Water and Sewer Quality Control Director Barry Turner said 40 meters have been installed to test the system and it is going well. Cookeville City Council will vote Thursday on an ... Read More »

Water & Sewer Rate Hikes Included In Proposed Budget

Cookeville’s Water Quality Control Department proposing water and sewer rate increases in its 2025 budget. Water Quality Control Director Barry Turner said the increase is due to a spike in chemical costs. He said the price for chemicals was more than $1 million in 2023, a nearly 50 percent increase from 2022. “I know it’s more money, and I hate ... Read More »

Cookeville Proposed Budget: No Property Tax Change

Cookeville’s proposed budget for the 2024-2025 fiscal year includes no change to property taxes and raises for all city employees. City Council got its first look at the budget Wednesday during the first of two days of work sessions. The proposed budget keeps property tax at 92 cents. Cookeville City Manager James Mills said he estimates some $38 million in ... Read More »

Willow/Jackson Right Of Way Acquisition To Resume

Cookeville City Council will vote Thursday night to resume right-of-way acquisition for the South Willow Avenue/West Jackson Street intersection improvement project. Economic and Community Development Director Jon Ward said the amendment would give the city right-of-way for dual northbound turn lanes and a dedicated westbound turn lane. He said the original contract amount was some $218,000. He said this contract ... Read More »

10th Street Widening Phase 2 Underway

Utility work underway, the first stage in widening the next stretch of Cookeville’s 10th Street. In this phase, workers will convert the road to two lanes in each direction with a center-turn lane, from Old Kentucky Road to Fisk Road. Public Works Director Mary Beth Elrod said crews are relocating underground utilities, such as sanitary sewer, storm sewer and water. ... Read More »