Native American tribes ask for boundary map

By | June 11, 2018 8:35 am

The walking bridge project near the old city cemetery has been temporarily delayed until the City of Sparta receives approval from local Native American tribes.

During the June 7, 2018, meeting of Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen, Dillard Quick, public works director, explained the progress with the walking bridge near South Carter Street Park. He explained the public works department was ready to start on the project, but they are waiting on the approval from local Native American tribes, including the Cherokee Nation, who has asked for a boundary map from the city explaining the revised design. According to Chris Dorsey, city administrator, the public works department expects to see the final green light from the state for the project within a week.

In other business, three ordinances about the budget and revenue for the City of Sparta were approved and passed after which departmental heads addressed the board and gave their monthly reports on the statuses of their department.

The resurfacing of the road, from west of Allen Drive to Highway 111, was approved by the board. The purchase of a Kubota utility tractor for the electric department was approved as well. Alderman Jerry Lowery expressed concern about whether or not the city already owns a similar tractor and stated that it looks like it might be a waste of money to buy another one.

“The city department cannot use a backhoe that the water department owns,” said Tonya Tindle, City of Sparta recorder.

The board also discussed whether or not to shut down Liberty Square for a July 4 celebration. A private company has approached the mayor’s office about shutting down the courthouse square for a Fourth of July celebration. Alderman Jim Floyd suggested that if the board allowed one private party to close the square, they would have to allow everyone to do it. After some discussion, Lowery made a motion to approve the decision. However, there was no second to the motion, and the request was denied.

In unfinished business, it was decided to go ahead with the train caboose project. The train caboose will be placed at the site of the old White County Jail, on South Church Street. Mayor Jeff Young suggested getting volunteers to refurbish the caboose.

Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen meetings are held at 5 p.m., the first and third Thursdays of each month, on the second floor of city hall. The next meeting will be June 21, 2018.

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