Quick says public works projects are moving ahead
By Kim Swindell Wood | February 6, 2017 7:14 am
City of Sparta’s public works director provided a detailed report Thursday night at the Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting about several completed projects and those that are still in progress.
Dillard Quick, public works director, said crews have worked on repairs for breaks in five main water lines and had changed out five water meters. According to Quick, one of the two large meters that was ordered was installed on Feb. 1 but is not yet “tied in.” DeWhite Utility will “tie in” and then Sparta will follow.
“We’re going to replace the four-inch meter that’s on a 12-inch line, so it’s going to be a more efficient meter, because the one we’ve got there now, you can get close to it – it hums. It’s in the ground, and you can hear it humming [because] it’s going too fast,” he said. “Then, the water meter that we’re going to replace in Doyle, it should be here in two weeks.”
Quick said changing the meters should significantly improve the loss of water.
In addition, he reported that all the water services have been changed out on Roosevelt Drive. There is an 8-inch, a 12-inch and a 1-1/4-inch line. Quick said the 1-1/4-inch line, which was approximately 60 years old, has now been “abandoned” because of leaks in the past few years. With the completion of the project, the paving work will be bid out in the near future.
In reports about the sewer department, Quick said crews have received nine work orders since his last report to the board. They have cleaned 350 feet of line and performed normal maintenance on the pumps.
Quick also added that bid proposals for the skateboard park are due Feb. 21.
Quick said he has received calls about the crews not finishing projects. However, he explained the work is continuing at South Carter Street Park and the skateboard park.
In addition, public works crews having been replacing lights in the parks and the old city cemetery. Quick also reported that work is progressing on various other projects, including patching holes in the city roads.
“The goal is to have the South Carter side of the river park open in May,” stated Quick. “We’ll be able to cross the bridge but barricade it off on the cemetery side [while work continues on the opposite side.]”
In other reports from department supervisors, Chief Jeff Guth said the police department is working on specific training, which is scheduled for March 2017, with three days of first-line supervisor school. One day will be firearms day. A simulator will be brought in, with various scenarios set up to help officers learn how to handle specific situations.
Sparta Fire Chief Kirk Young presented a synopsis of the calls to which firefighters had responded, including several fire calls, stationing a fire truck at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital during medical helicopter landings, and assisting White County Emergency Medical Services.
Young also stated the department had completed its suicide bomber class through Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy.
In completing his report, Young told the board that on Jan. 23, Sparta Fire Department hosted the Upper Cumberland Fire Chiefs Association meeting, at Oldham Theater.
Next on the agenda, H.L. England, Sparta Electric System director, told about crews repairing downed power lines, replacing meters, replacing burned out lighting in the city, and installing new electric poles. England said two workers have attended an underground installation class.
He also provided information about the tree program where a new tree will be planted if an existing tree must be removed.
In other business, the board:
-Approved resolution #17-508 for payment to Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency in the amount of $2,485
-Approved resolution authorizing the issuance of interest bearing Sanitation Department Capital Outlay Notes, Series 2017, in an amount not to exceed $231,833 and providing for the payment of said notes
-Approved purchase of two police vehicles from Ford or Murfreesbot5or, Inc. in the amount of $62,301.44 under that state contract for the police department
-Approved hiring of Johnathan Sims for foreman position at electric department
-Approved volunteer firefighter application for Cody Price as requested by Sparta Fire Chief Kirk Young
Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen meets at 5 p.m., the first and third Thursdays of each month, at Sparta City Hall.