COVID-19: Cookeville Council to meet via teleconference

By Michelle Price
Special to the UCBJ

COOKEVILLE – In an effort to encourage social distancing, the Cookeville City Council will hold its April 2 meeting and public hearings via teleconference as permitted by Executive Order No. 16. The public is invited to join in by telephoning 1-301-715-8592 and using Meeting ID: 308 671 3762. 

Three public hearings will be held. 

The first public hearing will be to discuss the rezoning of 1901, 1913 and 1919 N. Washington Ave. from CL (Local Commercial) and 420, 430, 502, 512 and 518 E. Jere Whitson Rd. from RS-10 (Single-Family Residential) to RM-14 (Multi-Family Residential).

The second public hearing will be to discuss an amendment to the zoning code to include micro-breweries and brewpubs as permitted use in the CI (Commercial-Industrial Mixed-Use) District and include brewpubs in the PCD (Planned Commercial Development) District.

The final public hearing will discuss amending the budget of the ‘General Fund of the City of Cookeville’ for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2020. 

The public is invited to speak for three minutes on the issue during each public hearing.    

A resolution will be considered requesting asking Gov. Bill Lee, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, mandate social distancing and require residents to shelter in place.

An ordinance will be considered on first reading relative to late fees on utility bills.

Other items on the agenda include items relative to city employees safety and leave relating to COVID-19, a Memorandum of Understanding between the city of Cookeville and Putnam County to administer the Cookeville-Putnam County Tornado Relief Fund, contracts relative to disaster debris, a lease for bus parking with Blood Assurance, and various agreements relating to utilities and public works.

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