City Council expected to approve speed bump plan

By Bob Robinson
Star Staff

   Elizabethton City Council is expected to approve the Neighborhood Traffic Management Program (NTMP) at its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in Council Chambers at City Hall.
   NTMP uses "traffic calming devices" to combat speeding motorists in residential neighborhoods.
   Council is expected to delay, until its next meeting, discussion on Charter Communications. City Attorney Roger Day requested more time to research the matter.
   At Council's meeting in December, Mayor Sam LaPorte asked Day to research options available to the city (1) to permit competition in the cable television and Internet market and (2) on "taking action against Charter Communications" for possible violation of its agreement with the city to maintain a business office here.
   Cable television and Internet rates are no longer regulated by City Council. However, Charter pays the city a five percent franchise fee which it collects from subscribers.
   Charter Communications operates in the City of Elizabethton under a 10-year franchise agreement the city issued to Marcus Cable on November 22, 1998, according to city records.
   In other action, Council is expected to consider:
   * Awarding a contract to Tysinger, Hampton and Partners, P.O. Box 982, Johnson City, TN 37605, for engineering services, not to exceed $21,450, to repair and restore the Covered Bridge. It is expected to take 18 weeks to survey, develop construction plans, bid, advertise and perform the construction.
   * Authorizing the sale of .192 acres of property, jointly owned by the City of Elizabethton and Carter County government, totaling $4,185, to the State of Tennessee for State Route 91 Highway improvements;
   * Authorizing a lease agreement between the City of Elizabethton and Canon Financial Services for a copy machine for the Elizabethton/Carter County Public Library;
   * Approving bids and purchases, totaling $21,222;
   * Appointing two Council representatives to the Golf Course Board for a one-year term;
   * Appointing a member to the Planning Commission/Zoning Appeals Board for a five-year term; and,
   * Appointing a Council representative to the Wastewater Regulations Appeals Board for a one-year term.
   City Council is also expected to receive a report on Local Option Sales Tax Revenue for the month of November.