The Winding Stairs public park project is seeing a bit of a delay, according Lafayette City Mayor Richard Driver, and this delay was the subject of some discussion at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.
The issue is the grant money, which they had been assured they’d hear word on at the end of July or in August. The city applied for this matching grant early this year. The leaders of the project had been advised that their chances were very good for receiving the funds.
“I think the election may have caused a delay.” said Driver. “We hope to hear something within the next month.” He said that special work session has been scheduled for August 14 at 4 p.m. to discuss Winding Stairs and a few other items.
“Everybody’s invited,” said Driver. “If they want to sit in and see what’s going on, they can do that. All the meetings we have are open to the public.” He also mentioned that meetings are always posted to the city website, www.lafayette-tn.org/, and posted in the City Hall lobby.
Also mentioned in the meeting was the handful of roads being paved over right now in Lafayette. On Friday, August 8, construction workers were paving West Locust Street; driver said that during the following work week, they’d be finishing up East Locust, Haley, Maple, and Poplar streets, as well as a couple of cul-de-sacs near the golf course. One of those cul-de-sacs had a tree growing up in the middle of the pavement, which will be removed and paved over.
The council voted to approve a land swap with Mark Roark. The swap is for an access road currently being developed for the technology campus off of Hwy 52. It leads back to Winding Stairs as well. The road, as it was planned, was going to cross the Roark family’s property line at one point, so they arranged with the family to swap a piece of land elsewhere to gain right-of-way access for the road.
“[Roark] and his wife are very helpful in working with us on it,” said Driver.
The council authorized the hire of Dustin Jones as a water department service person I, level 6, at $13.05 per hour, to replace Clint Perdue.
The council authorized the hire of Steve J. Dellaquila as Sanitation Driver Collector at level 6, at $13.05 per hour, to replace Clint Perdue.
A work session was scheduled for August 12 at 5:00 p.m. to discuss updates to zoning ordinances. This will be just prior to a regularly scheduled Planning Commission meeting, which takes place at 6:00 p.m. that evening. The work session, scheduled for August 12 at 5:00 p.m. at the Lafayette City Hall Council Chamber, prior to the Planning Commission meeting at 6:00 p.m. Driver said the intention of the zoning discussion is to tighten up some zoning ordinances by defining certain areas more clearly.