It will require a $250 permit each time a utility digs into a Rossville road.
Mayor Teddy Harris used a modified version of a similar ordinance that was recently passed in Red Bank, Tenn. It will predominantly be applicable to water and gas repairs or service additions.
Rossville codes enforcement officer Mark Harris will inspect each permit.
The ordinance defines the acceptable paving procedures upon completion by the utility and creates a two-year liability for the restoration work. It also require a permit for road tunneling procedures to protect the integrity of streets and sidewalks.
Additional permit fees of $100 for a sidewalk and $50 for cutting into the curb and gutter are also applied.
Harris assured council members that Atlanta Gas and Light Co. will absorb the cost of installation in the contract with new customers.
The utility or individual must contact Harris with a 24-hour notice prior to cutting into any city right-of-way, except in emergency circumstances.
A recent roadway emergency was mentioned by Harris during the work session prior to the council meeting.
A dangerous gas leak had seeped into the city’s sewer system through a nearby manhole on Friday, Jan 11.
It was discovered by the city’s public works employees upon taking down holiday decorations.
“The sewer was measured at ‘thirty times its explosive rate,’ Harris said, as council members breathed a sigh of relief at the averted dangerous situation.
The sewer system was ventilated for a period of time, then the necessary repairs were made.
In other city business:
· The recreation park was formally leased for one year to the Rossville Recreation Association, which is overseen by Carthell Rogers. Council member Rick Buff was opposed to the concept of an exclusive leasing of city property.
Rogers assured the council that a umbrella insurance policy covered all players and league directors. The city holds a similar insurance policy on their properties.
A similar one-year lease with Battlefield Remote Control, for $110 per month, was approved for the dirt race track, which is located on the Rossville Recreational facilities.
· Council member Rick Buff commended first responders for their service and dedication after a recent response. Jerry Holder, with the Rossville Fire Department, cared for Buff’s 16-month-old grandson, prior to the arrival of an ambulance. The boy had turned blue during a seizure. Holder assessed the child and reassured the parents that the boy would be fine.
“We will be forever thankful for the attitude Jerry had when he came in the house,” Buff said emotionally, “He definitely calmed things down.”
Council member Joyce Wall echoed the appreciation of Rossville’s first responders from another instance in which her 92-year-old neighbor fell and broke a hip.