Five years after a West Andrew Johnson Highway paving project rotated onto the state to-do list, the work will be accomplished in the coming days, authorities say.
The Morristown City Council on Tuesday awarded the $845,000 contract to Summers Taylor to pave seven-tenths of a mile of West Andrew Johnson Highway between Walters Drive and the S-curve at the Crescent Center shopping center.
The contract includes stormwater work and the installation of new traffic signals, including mast arms at the intersection of WAJ and Economy Road. The project was delayed, in part, by land acquisition for the mast arm, required environmental studies and state approval of the contract with Summers Taylor.
In another contract-related matter, councilmembers unanimously approved a one-year agreement to provide four full-time school-resource officers for the Hamblen County school system through June 2021. The $80,000 the school board will provide represents 44% of the officers’ school-year salaries and benefits, according to Joey Barnard, assistant city administrator.
Councilmembers also authorized city officials to apply for a Tennessee Department of Transportation multimodal grant to extend the greenway trail along South Cumberland Street from its current terminus at Freddie Kyle Park to Davis Street.
If city government receives the top $950,000 award, it would require a $50,000 local match.
As colder weather approaches, councilmembers authorized spending up to $50,000 for 600 tons of rock salt at the state contract price.
The authorization does not obligate city government to buy the rock salt.
Due to relatively light snowfall in recent years, Morristown already has about 600 tons in storage.
While the matter would require council approval, Morristown Mayor Gary Chesney announced Tuesday that a proposed name change has emerged for Heritage Park.
The name that emerged from negotiations is Fulton-Hill Park, a name that honors former slave and Morristown College professor Andrew Fulton and Judson S. Hill, the founding father of the school.
Chesney says the proposed new name maintains the tradition of naming city parks after people.
Councilmember Kay Senter told Chesney that she would have preferred council input on the matter. Councilmembers are expected to vote on the name change at the Nov. 17 meeting.
Members of the Morristown Black community opposed the name Heritage Park, because the word “heritage” has been co-opted by racist groups.
All councilmembers support the name change.