The Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency is looking to add some convenience to stops along its Go Upper Cumberland bus route.
With funding from the IMPROVE Act, signed in 2017, the agency plans to build three shelters in Crossville at the Art Circle, Garrison Park and Save-A-Lot public library – at no cost to the city or county.
Two more shelters are planned for Crossville, although sites have yet to be determined.
The Cumberland County Commission approved the location of the library refuge, which is owned by the county, at its September 20 meeting following the recommendation of the county building and grounds committee, which met September 7.
The Go Upper Cumberland Crossville bus service operates two routes – blue and gold – Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The blue route is available Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Stops on the Blue Route include the UCHRA hub on West Ave., Kroger, Autumn Apartments, Azalea Apartments, Bread of Life Rescue Mission, Crossville Housing Authority, Art Circle Public Library, Twin Oaks Apartments, Walmart, and Pinewood Dr.
The Gold Route begins at the hub on West Ave., and goes to Walmart, Save-A-Lot, Art Circle Public Library, Cumberland Medical Center, Cumberland County Health Department, Bread of Life Rescue Mission, Garrison Park, Jacob’s Crossing Apartments, Food City and Kroger.
In addition to fixed stops, buses will keep route users away who request a diverted stop when boarding.
Passengers who are not at a bus stop can signal the bus to be picked up.
Fares are $ 1 per trip, with half fare for veterans, residents with disabilities, and seniors. Frequent users can purchase daily and monthly subscriptions.
Bus service is not offered on New Years Day, Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, Remembrance Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.
The IMPROVE Act increased state fees and taxes, such as the gasoline tax and charges for electric vehicles, to fund road projects and transportation projects in the state.
The commission also approved easements to the town of Crossville for the construction of new sidewalks in the downtown area. Building easements in front of the Cumberland County Courthouse and County property across Main Street including Memorial Park, Milo Lemert Building, Military Memorial Museum and County Chamber of Commerce of Crossville-Cumberland.
The agreements also include a permanent easement behind the Stone Museum on the courthouse lawn. This will give access to the controls of the underground electrical systems.
Work will continue on a county archives project following the approval of a resolution for architectural services. The county approved up to $ 1.6 million for the project last year. The county used $ 1.125 million of those funds to purchase the old Progressive Savings Bank building south of Crossville. The remaining funds will be used for the construction of a secure file storage room at the bank and for some internal renovations.
Upland Design Group was selected as an architect for an archival project in June 2020. This project, at the current archives site, exceeded budget and was unsuccessful. However, the commission approved entering into a professional services contract with the local architectural firm for the revised archival project.
The resolution was passed with 8th District Commissioners Jim Blalock and Deborah Holbrook voting against.
In other cases, the county beer council approved the following permits before the full commission meeting:
• Casa Grande Mexican Restaurant, 5429 Peavine Rd., Permit on site
• Dog House Bar and Grill, 712 Pomona Rd., Allowed on and off site
• Dollar general, 12633 highway. 127 North, off-premises permit
• Pomona Market, 4456 Sparta Hwy., Off-site permit