published Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Hamilton County leaders study repairs for Roberts Mill Road

Hamilton County Commissioners conduct business during a commission meeting in this file photo.
Hamilton County Commissioners conduct business during a commission meeting in this file photo.
Photo by Tim Barber /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

IN OTHER BUSINESS

• Commissioners next week will also consider:

• Approving a $47,396 annual maintenance contract with TriTech Software Systems for mobile patrol car and workstation software for the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office.

• Ceding the county’s interest in two back-tax properties next to 6060 Shallowford Road, where Coca-Cola is expanding on the old Olan Mills property. Coca-Cola and Chattanooga want the properties to serve as a buffer between its facility and the Shepherd community, according to commission documents. It is unclear if Coca- Cola will pay the city for the property if the commission cedes the county’s interest.

• An amendment to a grant with Chattanooga and the state that will add $1.4 million to the downtown Riverwalk project. The grant requires a $290,000 match that is being met by private donors.

Hamilton County commissioners will vote next week whether to pay for the stabilization of one of the county's most treacherous roads.

During a Finance Committee agenda session Wednesday, commissioners heard a resolution to pay Geostabilization International $306,845 for soil nailing and slope stabilization along two areas adjacent to Roberts Mill Road. The areas take up about 230 feet of roadside, according to the resolution.

Roberts Mill Road climbs steeply from Falling Water up Walden's Ridge to Sawyer Road.

County Public Works Administrator Todd Leamon told commissioners the road will be closed for about 30 days, starting Aug. 18.

He said emergency vehicles would have to access Signal Mountain and Walden's Ridge using either the W Road or Signal Mountain Boulevard.

The county plans to pay the company from a $90 million credit line. The debt will eventually be transferred to a bond, depending on the market.

Geostabilization International repaired two washed-out sections of the W Road in 2013. That project cost $1.3 million, including an unexpected $500,000 bill after bad weather damaged the road during repairs.

Commissioners also will vote to select a builder for three phases of the Tennessee Riverwalk downtown segment.

According to the resolution, Thomas Brothers Construction Co. offered the lowest and best bid at $11.7 million.

But the county will pay only part of that, according to Finance Chairman Joe Graham. Federal and state grants will cover $6.8 million, and private donations will pick up $3.1 million. Graham said the county's piece is $872,000, the same amount city taxpayers will pay to cover the remaining $1.7 million.

Commissioner Fred Skillern is also taking the first step in clearing out his discretionary money before his term ends next month.

Commissioners will vote to approve a $100,000 expenditure from Skillern's fund to build a new road and entrance for Daisy Elementary School, which will connect the school to Sequoyah Road. Skillern said the new entry will alleviate traffic congestion at the school.

Skillern also plans to spend $50,000 each on a football field at Sale Creek Middle-High and a new fire hall for Soddy-Daisy, and $100,000 for a running track at Soddy-Daisy High School.

Contact staff writer Louie Brogdon at lbrog don@timesfreepress.com or at 423-757-6481.

about Louie Brogdon...

Louie Brogdon began reporting with the Chattanooga Times Free Press in February 2013. Before he came to the Scenic City, Louie lived on St. Simons Island, Ga. and covered crime, courts, environment and government at the Brunswick News, a 17,000-circulation daily on the Georgia coast. While there, he was awarded for investigative reporting on police discipline and other law enforcement issues by the Georgia Press Association. For the Times Free Press, Louie covers Hamilton County ...

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