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Infrastructure issues dominate Clarksville Council discussion

SoVaNow.com / April 25, 2018
Repairs have been made to the uneven sidewalk that surrounds the mausoleum in Oakhurst Cemetery in Clarksville.

Town Manager Jeff Jones told members of Town Council on Monday night that the sidewalk around the mausoleum had shifted, causing a tripping hazard. Precision Safe Sidewalk of Florence, S.C. was called in to professionally level the concrete at a cost of $728.

In March, Clarksville Town Council gave a contract for the infrastructure portion of the Southwest Revitalization Project to H.G. Reynolds. J. Harman Saunders Construction is working as a subcontractor on the project and began work on March 26 clearing and demolition of trees and materials from the sidewalk and sewer right-of-way.

Work also commenced on upgrades to the Town’s main sewer line on Commerce Street and the lines running for the main to the homes in the area.

Jones said he expects the sewer line work to be completed by the end of April, which should result in much improved sewer service to the homes along Commerce Street.

With a break in the weather, the contractor has also begun excavating and grading for new sidewalks along Caroline and Commerce Streets. Jones said the estimated date for completing the infrastructure work is Oct. 31.

In other business, the rewrite of Clarksville’s zoning ordinances is nearly complete, said Jones. Chandler Planning, a consulting firm hired to help with the process, has provided final drafts of the first six articles as well as the latest revisions to the other 10. These are currently under review by the members of the zoning ordinance steering committee.

After reviewing the latest drafts and giving the final okay to the consultant, these articles will be presented to the Planning Commission for their input. Before adoption, the public will be asked to provide their thoughts and comments on the ordinance.

Also, Jones said he plans to have a draft of the town’s proposed budget for FY 2019 ready for review by Council by May 22. A public hearing is tentatively scheduled for June 5 during which residents are invited to give feedback on the budget. Approval by Council of the finalized budget should take place June 19

Without objection, Council members adopted an electronic summons ordinance which authorizes the town to impose an additional fee of $5 as part of the costs in each criminal or traffic case adjudicated in district or circuit court in which the defendant is charged with a violation of any statute or ordinance for the Town of Clarksville. The money collected from these fines will be used to fund software, hardware and associated equipment costs for the implementation and maintenance of an electronic summons system.

Clarksville’s 12th annual Wine Festival drew a record crowd with over 2,000 people attending, and a highest-ever number of vendors, 25 specialty and food vendors, 17 distilleries and one craft brewery. The only glitch, Jones said, occurred when a sewer pipe running under the Highway 58 Business bridge ruptured. Repairs were quickly completed by town maintenance workers with help from Matthews Sanitation, and the festivities were not disrupted.

Jones praised the town maintenance staff for the work repairing the sewer line. He also praised Police Chief Ricky Wilkinson and the officers keeping the revelers safe, and all of the people who helped make the event a success: Chamber board members, director Sheila Cuykendall and Linda Ferguson of the Chamber of Commerce, the Wine Festival committee members and VDOT and the ABC Board.

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