Mayor has vowed to hold TDOT’s “feet to the fire”
By Rima Austin | September 12, 2018 5:53 am
During the Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting Sept. 6, Public Works Director Dillard Quick gave a report about the road construction project, on Bockman Way.
Quick stated that Rogers Group worked into the night, on Sept. 4, to get Bockman Way ready for paving.
Mayor Jeff Young expressed concern that some curbs are still unfinished throughout the city. Young explained that when he saw the crews milling around the street, he knew it was about to be paved. He then called Tennessee Department of Transportation and asked them to explain why they were ready to start paving when they haven’t finished filling in the sidewalks.
“When I called them they told me they were practically done,” said Young. “I said oh no you’re not. You’re a long way from being done.”
Young went on to tell the board that it was his understanding that the exact words of TDOT were that the curbs were TDOT property and their responsibility, so they would care of it. Young stated that he had no desire to delay the project but that everyone must remember that the way the streets will be left now will be the way they are for the next 15 years.
“Now here we are two weeks before paving and they are saying they’re done, they’re not done,” reiterated Young. “So we are going to hold their feet to the fire as much as we can. I know people are tired of seeing barrels, but what we need to think about is the next 15 years, not the next 15 days.”
In other matters of business:
-Mayor Young appointed Suzanne Dickerson to the Sparta Historical Commission
-Board approved purchase of transformers from Border States Electric in the amount of $15,193 for the electric department
-Beer permit granted to Happy Trails Brewing Co. owned by Oscar and Jessica Upchurch
-Board discussed creating a new school zone where Roosevelt Drive and Churchill Drive intersect