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Cookeville To Update Stormwater Regulations

Cookeville will update its stormwater management program in accordance with changes to federal regulations passed down by TDEC. Cookeville Public Works Director Mary Beth Elrod said Cookeville began its program in 2004 upon receiving MS4 designation due to its population and density. She said the changes encourage eco-friendly stormwater management for commercial developments. “Ponds and stuff we see built in ... Read More »

CPAC Renovation Part Of Reason For Downtown Rezoning

Renovations at the Cookeville Performing Arts Center, one factor in the rezoning of some 17 acres around Cookeville’s Dogwood Park. Economic and Community Development Director Jon Ward said CPAC has proposed a bathroom renovation that would extend the building toward street right-of-ways. He said the land is currently zoned Local Commercial, so setback requirements dictate how close a building can ... Read More »

CRMC Budget Approved, 12 Percent Increase

CRMC, Cookeville Regional Medical Center

Cookeville City Council approved Cookeville Regional’s fiscal year budget which includes some $7 million in positive net income. Cookeville Finance Director Brenda Imel said the budget projects a 12 percent increase in both revenue and expenses from its fiscal year 2023 projections. She said the budget includes some $14 million in expansion and innovation projects. CRMC CEO Buffy Key said ... 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 »

South Jefferson Sewer Rehab $188K Over Original Cost

Cookeville City Council approved a change order of some $188,000 to the South Jefferson Avenue sewer rehab project. Water and Sewer Quality Control Director Barry Turner said the change pushes the final cost of the project over $2 million. He said the project improved water and sewer lines from I-40 to the Putnam County Courthouse. “This project ran into a ... Read More »

Cookeville Passes Final Budget Amendments Of Year

Cookeville City Council passed a handful of budget amendments Thursday night in preparation for the 2023-2024 fiscal year-end. Finance Director Brenda Imel said the ordinance includes amendments to five funds. She said $660,000 has been added to the State Street Aid Fund Balance to cover any paving the city completes before June 30. She said the Solid Waste Fund, Animal ... Read More »

Committee For Public Alcohol Sales Nearing Decision

Cookeville’s committee dedicated to finding an appropriate avenue for alcohol sales and consumption on public property is nearing a proposed ordinance. Committee Member and Soul Craft Coffee Owner Anna Dunn said the committee has met weekly over the past several months. She said the next step will be a community meeting where the committee will share its ideas with the ... 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 »