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Cookeville Council Passes COVID Sick Leave

Cookeville City Council voted unanimously Thursday to offer emergency paid sick leave for city employees impacted by COVID 19. The benefit replaces a federal mandate in the Families First Coronavirus Act which has not been renewed by Congress. City Manager James Mills said the 80 hours of paid leave are available for a city employee who is being quarantined or ... Read More »

Snowstorm Of Paper Dumped On Neal Street; Your Help Needed

A snowstorm has repeatedly impacted Neal Street in recent weeks and Cookeville city officials want your help to stop it. “At least a half dozen times, (someone) dumped what we think are wipes along Neal Street and in the vicinity of Neal Street,” City Manager James Mills. “And when I say dumped wipes, it’s hundreds and hundreds of them. And ... Read More »

Council Approves Water Fountain Replacement

Cookeville City Council approved the replacement of water fountains around city hall and in other city facilities Thursday night. CARES Act money will be used to replace water fountains with push buttons or twist handles. City Manager James Mills said the city will attempt to get all non-touch fountains so long as they comply with ADA rules. Mills said he ... Read More »

Cookeville Looking To Acquire 31 Acres To Expand Cane Creek

Cookeville City Council will vote Thursday to acquire 31.39 acres off Buffalo Valley Road to expand Cane Creek Park. City Manager James Mills has set an option on the land set to expire November 30. The total price: $350,000. “I’m really excited to bring this to the council,” Mills said at Monday’s Work Session. “The opportunity to expand the jewel ... Read More »

Council Votes Down Spring Street Quarry Rezoning

Worried about the long-term impact of the land-use decision, Cookeville City Council voted Thursday night against the rezoning land at Spring Street and Interstate 40 to Quarry-Mining. Council Member Laurin Wheaton said the rezoning conflicts with the city’s 2030 Land Use Plan that calls for mixed commercial and light industrial development in that area. “The citizens of Cookeville should have ... Read More »

Cookevile Councilman Wants Both Sides of Panhandling Heard

A public hearing for Cookeville’s proposed panhandling ordinance will take place this Thursday. Cookeville City Councilman Charles Womack said his concern is not with the panhandling ordinance as it exists. City Councilmember Charles Womack said a lack of public comment was the reason for voting no during the first reading of the ordinance. “I think it’s very important for citizens ... Read More »

City Seeking Feedback on West End Park

The City of Cookeville is looking for citizen feedback on how to use different areas of West End Park. Cookeville City Manager James Mills said the volleyball court and playground are atop the list. There are just under four acres at West End Park the city is looking to re-purpose and enhance. A splash pad is being considered, but Mills ... Read More »

Public Hearing Set On Commerce/Panhandling Ordinance

Cookeville residents will get the chance to sound off on a proposed panhandling ordinance as Cookeville City Council approved a revised measure Thursday night. The ordinance passed 3-2 with council members Mark Miller and Charles Womack voting against the ordinance. Council will host a public hearing at the next meeting September 17 as the ordinance comes up for a second ... Read More »

Cookeville Council To Consider UCHRA Agreement Thursday

Cookeville City Council will consider an agreement with UCHRA to provide social work assistance for those in need. City Manager James Mills said he proposed a five-month pilot program through UCHRA’s Substance Abuse Solutions Program. It would provide assistance 24/7 to Cookeville Police in the areas of mental health, homelessness and substance abuse. The city would pay $4,100 per month ... Read More »

Cookeville Council To Consider Panhandling Ordinance

Cookeville City Council will vote Thursday on a new ordinance to better control panhandling in the community. The ordinance would prohibit business and individuals conducting commerce on sidewalks. That includes panhandling and selling. The ordinance focuses on the obstruction or blocking of sidewalks and right-of-ways. Police could cite an individual but could not arrest anyone. “This is an attempt to ... Read More »