Bockman Way sidewalk project continues to move forward

By | September 25, 2017 6:11 am

Last Updated: September 25, 2017 at 6:19 am

While the sidewalk project continues on Bockman Way, city crews perform water line service repairs. (Photo by BOBBY MCCULLEY)

City officials were informed Thursday that the sidewalk project on Bockman Way is still moving forward despite recent rainy conditions that temporarily slowed down the crews.

Dillard Quick, public works director for City of Sparta, informed Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen during the Sept. 21, 2017 meeting that Rogers Group is making definite progress.

Discussions were recently held with Rogers Group about construction site safety. The company has been requested by the city, along with the Tennessee Department of Transportation, to add additional barrels and to tighten up the gaps between the construction barrels.

Under the personnel portion of the city’s agenda, there were seven items for consideration by the board. Five of the personnel requests were made from the public works department, while the remaining two were for the city’s electric system.

In the public works department, a request was made to   internally move a city truck driver to the vacant skilled laborer position. The board approved this lateral transfer, which then opened a city truck driver position. The board then approved the request to solicit applications for a truck driver.

Additionally, in public works, a request was made by Quick to promote an employee to the position of water meter technician, a position for which the employee was already serving as a fill-in. The board approved the promotion request unanimously.

Because of the previously mentioned position, this opened up a street laborer job. The board approved a motion to solicit applications for a street laborer. Additionally, the board also approved a request to solicit applications for a street department equipment operator.

For the city’s electric system, there were two personnel requests made for the board’s consideration. The electric system is expecting the near retirement of one of the electric meter technicians. To prepare for this retirement, a request was made to hire an apprentice meter technician for which applications have already been processed. The board approved the motion to hire the recommended candidate for the apprentice position.

During the previous city board meeting, discussions were held regarding the reorganization of the city’s electric system’s administration. The board voted to eliminate the electric system’s director position and place a portion of those responsibilities under City Administrator Chris Dorsey.

However, a new utilities manager position was developed to oversee the daily operations of the city’s electric system, along with Dorsey. The board approved the authorization during its Sept. 21 meeting to solicit applications for this manager position.

The board also:

-Approved the first reading of rezoning property for the new Findlay Elementary School project

-Heard reports from the various department heads

-Approved the TVA resale rate substitution agreement

-Approved the purchase of a new 2017 Ford police interceptor sedan to replace a patrol vehicle that was wrecked during a pursuit that occurred in April

-Approved a parade permit for White County High School Project Graduation organization for Oct. 28

The City of Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen will hold its next meeting at 5 p.m., Oct. 5, on the third floor of city hall.

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