BY SARAH R. GREGORY
Road projects in Greeneville -- including phase III of the Fairgrounds Connector project -- were a topic of discussion during Tuesday's meeting of the Greeneville Board of Mayor and Aldermen.
Aldermen voted unanimously in favor of a proposal by Crook & Orick Real Estate Appraisers and Consultants to perform appraisal services on properties that run adjacent to the planned Fairgrounds Road extension.
A LONG PROCESS
Federal guidelines require that tracts adjacent to the road project must be appraised, Public Works Director Brad Peters explained.
Peters said reports on the appraisals must also be provided to those tracts' property owners.
Another appraiser will also have to review the appraisals, Peters said.
"It's all part of the process to get this road built. We went through the same process on the last segment," he told the board.
The board approved a $14,000 contract with the appraisers to perform such services.
Tracts needing appraisals are owned by Greene County Fair, Inc., Lowes Home Improvements, Johnson Greeneville II, LLC, and SMN Investments, Inc., according to the contract.
LONG TERM PROJECT
"How long have we been working on the Fairgrounds Road expansion?" Alderman Sarah E.T. Webster asked.
"Well, from day one, you're probably talking -- my gosh -- 20 years or close to it," Mayor W.T. Daniels responded.
The project has been conducted in phases, beginning a number of years ago with phase I on Fairgrounds Circle.
Phase II of the project was construction of Gass Drive, which connects Snapps Ferry Road to the Tusculum View Extension road.
Phase III will return to Fairgrounds Circle near the rear driveway access for the Greene County Fairgrounds.
From there, a yet-to-be constructed road will connect to North Rufe Taylor Road. Town officials hope work on the road can begin in spring 2014, but there's no official timeline yet.
"Once we finished phase II, I told Brad [Peters], 'Let's go ahead and start on phase III,' because phase II took almost 10 years," Daniels said. "Hopefully this phase III isn't going to take anywhere near that. As a matter of fact, it can't."
"It can't. No," Peters responded. "If we don't have our notice to proceed to the construction phase -- and that doesn't mean we break ground, it just means to start with our construction plan -- by the end of this calendar year, then we lose our money."
The project is heavily reliant upon federal funding for completion, meaning a number of requirements must be met for each step of each phase.
"All we lack right now to get to the right-of-way phase [which requires the appraisals] is the environmental document," Peters said, adding that requirements have been fulfilled and he is waiting on approval from the federal government.
Shortly afterwards, aldermen approved another road project: A proposal by Summers-Taylor, Inc. to resurface West Milligan Drive and Poor Farm Road.
The company's bid said that for $10,411.75, it can complete approximately 581 square yards on West Milligan Drive.
Approximately 1,710 square yards of roadway on Poor Farm Road will be resurfaced at a cost of $15,497.30.
On Harmon Drive, approximately 290 square yards will be leveled and resurfaced at a cost of $4,171.47.
Aldermen approved the measure without discussion.