Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Eminent Domain OK'd by Council

The city of Cookeville will soon begin acquiring property for several projects that have been in the works for many months. Grants director Cathy Andrews says the city will be the entity that acquires the needed property to construct a rail-trail between Cookeville and Monterey. The city council has authorized the city manager to acquire property for the project. Andrews says there are about 29 properties involved, some just a few hundred feet square; others that are nearly two acres. And, on a separate issue, the council also authorized City Manager Jim Shipley to acquire the necessary property for the West Cemetery Road expansion -- either through purchase or eminent domain. When it's completed, that road will provide the only direct access, south of I-40, between Willow Avenue and Jefferson Avenue. It is also expected to help direct traffic into a new elementary and middle school being built adjacent to the road.