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Mills Receives Nearly Perfect Evaluation; Five Percent Raise.

Cookeville City Manager James Mills received a 4.9 out of 5 on his annual evaluation by city council members. City Attorney Dan Rader compiled the numbers based on council member evaluations in six different categories. “This is one of the highest, if not the highest, evaluations I’ve ever received for a public official,” Rader said. “So I think it would ... Read More »

Cookeville Public Works Preps For Winter Use Of Road De-Icing Salt

Cookeville’s Public Works Department is already prepping for winter storms by purchasing road de-icing salt. Director Greg Brown said that de-icing salt plays a key role in driving on icy roads. However, he said there can be a point where it becomes less effective. “The colder it is the less efficient the salt works,” Brown said. “So when it gets ... Read More »

Cookeville Water Department Seeks City Service To Water Intake Pumping Facility

Cookeville City Council will consider a negotiation of the purchase of facilities from Upper Cumberland Electric to serve the city’s Water Intake Pumping Facility. Water Quality Control Department Director Ronnie Kelly said that they would purchase a primary meter and a depreciated transformer feeding the intake from UCEMC. “In August there was a tree that fell across the electric line ... Read More »

Cedar Avenue Project Still Underway, Almost Ready For Paving

Work on Cookeville’s Cedar Avenue road project continues. Public Works Director Greg Brown said that widening and sidewalks from 4th Street to 7th Street are done. Crews continue working towards completion of the west side of Cedar from 4th Street to 2nd Street. “You know we do this in addition to our regular jobs,” Brown said. “So we work on ... Read More »

Cookeville To Consider Awarding Bids For East 10th Street Widening

Cookeville City Council will consider awarding bids for the widening of East 10th Street Thursday night. City Manager James Mills said that the price tag for phase one came in at $1.2 million, an increase of some $600,000. “The budget was assumed that we would do the work on this project,” Mills said. “That (Public Works Director Greg Brown) Greg’s ... Read More »

Cookeville Will Open Bids For N. Cedar Mini Storage Unit Materials

The city of Cookeville is set to open bids on salvageable materials from the former mini storage units on North Cedar Avenue. City Manager James Mills said that the sale of materials would be the first step in demolishing the storage units to allow for more parking in the downtown area. He said that the city council was surprised to ... Read More »

Cookeville To Create Public Online System Listing All Capital Projects

Cookeville is set to add a new online system to the city’s website detailing upcoming and ongoing capital projects. City Manager James Mills said the idea came after seeing social media comments from citizens concerned there was not enough work being done to improve the city. “And I was surprised considered how much coverage we’ve had in local media about ... Read More »

Cookeville Council Approves Next Step To Sewer For Tennessee Avenue Area

Cookeville City Council voted Thursday to move forward with extending sewer service to the Tennessee Avenue area. Water and Sewer Director Ronnie Kelly said the plan will aid in the development of the new fairgrounds property and the interchange. “For it to develop you need sewer,” Kelly said. “That’s the main thing they’re going to have to have there. So ... Read More »

East Spring Street Sidewalks Split Into Two Phases To Stay In Budget

Improvements to the East Spring Street sidewalks will now be split into two phases. Cookeville Public Works Director Greg Brown said that the need to scope down work came from contract bids coming back some $800,000 higher than expected. “A lot of that had to do with the time frame,” Brown said. “And things have went up quite a bit ... Read More »

Cookeville Will Explore Changes In Employee Insurance Citing Record Claims

Cookeville City Council will consider making changes to employees’ insurance premiums and deductibles. Finance Director Brenda Imel said the decision to make the change came from a growing need to keep up with record employee insurance claims. “That exceeded what we paid into the plan,” Imel said. “That reduced our reserves in the plan by a million dollars. That’s the ... Read More »