Snapp Road repairs to begin

Erosion from flooding creates problems
Feb. 27, 2013 @ 11:28 PM

Work is expected to begin this week, and continue for about a month, to fix some erosion issues that threaten Snapp Road on the eastern side of the city.

The erosion has been caused by repeated flooding of the road during heavy rains by the Little Pigeon River that runs alongside. The road flooded twice in January. It is located off Ernest McMahan Road and runs parallel to Pittman Center Road/Old Newport Highway.

"We need to move pretty quickly," Public Works Director Bryon Fortner told the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.

He said the city didn't have time to seek sealed bids, but instead sought proposals from two of its regular vendors capable of doing the work. The lower bid came from Whaley & Sons Inc. The proposal was $111,000, but Fortner said the firm's estimate on how much material would be needed seemed low, so they raised the maximum amount to spend on the project to $130,000.

Fortner said the project should begin this week and will take up to 30 days to finish. Traffic on Snapp Road may be limited to one lane during the project.

Fortner said there is a main area of erosion, where he has placed orange barrels to keep vehicles away from the edge, but there are actually four spots due to get repaired.

BOMA also approved on first reading an ordinance to close and abandon a right of way on a portion of Medical Park Court, located off Middle Creek Road near Wellington Place. Officials said a developer plans to construct a retirement facility there. Mayor Bryan Atchley said the developer had asked the city to approve the ordinance on first and second reading at one time — three readings are required — but he urged the panel not to do that since it would speed up a process that should allow for public input.

In other business BOMA:

- Approved some changes to the employee health insurance plan, but when it came to a request to amend the pharmacy benefit, no alderman would make a motion to approve it or reject it. The proposal was requested because, insurance representative Jamie Tyler said, the city's health plan drug costs "are out of line" with other Tennessee governments. The amendment would have created five co-pay options instead of three and changed 90-day prescriptions from one co-pay to two co-pays.

- Gave final approval to annexing the site of Northview Academy, under construction off Highway 66.

- Approved on first reading an ordinance to formally change the BOMA meeting time from 7 p.m. to 6 p.m.

- Approved on first reading an ordinance to change the zoning of high-density residential property near Swaggerty Road to R-3.

- Agreed to seek a grant to allow the police department to give away child safety seats.

- Agreed to allow road races on city streets on May 5 and April 27.

- Saw a demonstration of new videos available on the city website that show visitors aspects of life in Sevierville, from education to health care to community outreach.

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