Engineering and design work will get underway on the drainage system along Norris Street, decided the Fayetteville Board of Mayor and Aldermen Tuesday as board members voted to allocate up to $76,000 toward the work.

The focus of City Board discussion for several years, the project is expected to be expensive and will likely require a bond issue, officials have said, noting that there have been two instances in recent years when the roadway along Norris Street has collapsed as the result of drainage issues.

“This came through the Public Works Committee,” said Mayor Michael Whisenant Tuesday, noting that the project has also been the focus of Finance Committee and board work session discussion. “This is an item that’s been in discussion for years but more increasingly the last few months.”

With the action, board members approved a budget amendment of $76,000 to hire Croy Engineering to undertake engineering and design work for the project.


Tuten family remembered

Tuesday’s meeting began with a moment of silence honoring the memory of Tate Tuten, the Fayetteville High School senior who passed away the preceding Saturday as a result of injuries he sustained in an automobile accident.

Friend and classmate Eli Dotson delivered a heartfelt prayer, noting, too, that a scholarship fund has been established in the young man’s memory. Donations to the Tate Tuten Memorial Scholarship Fund can be sent to P.O. Box 297, Fayetteville, TN 37334.

Board members also wore pins with Tuten’s picture, and a large screen displayed a collage of photos depicting him. At the close of the meeting, each board member also expressed their condolences to the family and urged the community to remember them in their prayers.


Citizens & Community Appreciation Day

The City of Fayetteville will host Citizens & Community Appreciation Day on Friday, Oct. 18, at the bandstand on the lawn of the Lincoln County Courthouse.

To be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the event will see a complimentary lunch provided for citizens.


Other business

In other action, the board:

Adopted a resolution authorizing a 10-year payment-in-lieu-of-tax (PILOT) agreement for a prospect expected to purchase the newest speculative building in the Winchester Highway industrial park.

Approved a City Schools’ budget amendment of $139,050 for school resource officers previously authorized by both boards.

Voted to allocate $64,450 toward the purchase of a tractor replacing one involved in a fatal accident last month on Molino Road. Replacement cost is $126,432, with insurance covering difference.

Approved the allocation of $29,034 for streetlights in in the Phase I of the Winchester Highway industrial park.

Agreed to apply for a state Community Transportation Planning grant to assist in transportation needs within the city. The grant would provide for 100 percent of funding up to $75,000.

Adopted an ordinance updating its municipal code to conform with revised state laws related to rules of the road and vehicle operations. With the action, the city’s municipal code would automatically update as state laws are revised.

Approved a quitclaim deed the Fayetteville-Lincoln County Museum on a small sliver of adjoining property.

Adopted an ordinance amending the Municipal Flood Plain.

Approved permits for a Life Chain and the Lincoln County Heart Walk, both set for Oct. 27.

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