OKs $10,000 to refinish Community Center floor
The Cherokee City Council Tuesday night approved the third and final reading of the ordinance increasing the city's cable television franchise fee from its original 1-percent of gross revenue to 5-percent, representing an estimated tax hike of about $1.50 per month for local cable subscribers.
The purpose of the fee is to offset the City's costs of maintenance and regulation of City streets and rights-of-way accommodating the cable system. According to the City, that fee has averaged about 50-cents per month for subscribers since its inception many years ago, and will now total about $2 per month.
In other action, the Council approved an expenditure of $10,043 to refinish the floor tile in the main lower floor room and hallway, and the theater room and hallway on the upper floor of the recently renovated Cherokee Community Center. City staff will re-adhere all loose tiles to the base floor before the stripping and repolishing work is done.
Although City officials would rather replace the flooring, the cost to do that is too prohibitive for the current strained budget. Also adding to that is the asbestos in some of the existing tile that would become more cost prohibitive to remove due to Environmental Protection Agency standards. Estimated costs to totally remove and replace the tile is $76,400, according to City Administrator Don Eikmeier.
The City will use unobligated hotel/motel tax funds to pay for the Community Center project. Those monies were recently transferred back to the City from the Chamber of Commerce.
Floor Care Specialists, Inc. of Cherokee has been awarded the contract.
The Council also approved temporary street closings for future Chamber of Commerce events, including the Hot Dog Days Parade, Street Dance and Beer Garden, and 5K and Fun Run associated with the Street Dance.
The Hot Dog Days Parade of Cherokee Youth Summer Ball Association (CYSBA) teams is set for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 14; the Street Dance and Beer Garden are scheduled for East Main Street Saturday, June 27; and the 5K and Fun Run also are set for Saturday, June 27, beginning with registration at City Hall at 8 a.m.
A $2,500 Tourism Grant was also approved to help cover the cost of booking Nashville recording star and former May City resident Shawn Mayer and her band to perform a concert immediately after the Friday night performance of the Cherokee PRCA Rodeo at the Cherokee County Fairgrounds.
The Cherokee Rodeo performances are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, May 28-29-30, and the Concert is scheduled for Friday night to encourage visitors to stay overnight for Saturday's fun-filled day of rodeo related events, and the big Rodeo Parade at 4 p.m. Saturday, and the popular Saturday night Rodeo performance at 7:30 p.m.
The Council approved a special use permit for a proposed commercial building at 535 W. Maple St. in Cherokee for Rick Law and Michelle Rector, to be used as storage for trucks and materials, tools and appliances, maintenance equipment, and as a workshop and office servicing the couple's area rental properties.
On the advice of Eikmeier, the Council also tabled any action on awarding a bid for the proposed River Road resurfacing project. The low bid by Blacktop Services Company totaled $233,269, which is $53,269 more than the City's stimulus grant award ($180,000) and more than $30,000 over the engineer's estimate of $202,367.
The City is studying the matter and weighing its options to reduce the cost or to possibly obtain more federal funding. Worst case scenario, according to Eikmeier would be to proceed with the contract of $233,269 and, perhaps, make up the shortfall from Street Improvement reserves that are funded by a local sales tax.