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Apr 22, 2015

WSS celebrates Earth Day with decade of wastewater collection upgrades

Today marks the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, which led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Endangered Species, Clean Air and Clean Water acts. In the spirit of Earth Day, Johnson City Water and Sewer Services is also celebrating a milestone – 10 years of inspecting and maintaining wastewater collection lines to ensure optimum performance.

“Protecting water resources like the Watauga River, Boone Lake, and the various creeks and streams feeding them takes combined efforts from citizens, volunteers, regulatory agencies, and local governments,” said Tom Witherspoon, director of Water and Sewer Services. “The City of Johnson City owns and operates three wastewater treatment plants, nearly 600 miles of wastewater collection lines, and almost 100 pumping stations. These all work together to collect and effectively clean and treat wastewater 24 hours a day, 365 days per year.”

In 2005, the City began planning for programs to maintain and improve operation of the wastewater collection system. Water and Sewer Services began cleaning, TV inspecting and determining the condition of each foot of line within the system. The goal was to inspect and TV at least 10 percent (270,000) of the system annually and determine the condition of the lines for future plans to either re-condition or replace. By the end of calendar year 2014, more than 2.45 million feet had been inspected. This year, crews will complete what began in 2006. In 2016, the cycle will start over.

Since 2004, the City has invested more than $50 million in upgraded treatment units, pumping stations, and replacement lines and currently is investing an additional $32 million in continuing to rebuild the system.

In 2014, the City achieved the highest wastewater plant and collection system compliance level to date, which is directly attributable to the investment made.

“This investment helps to ensure that we continue the commitment of keeping area waters safe and clean and making every day Earth Day,” Witherspoon said.

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Apr 20, 2015

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of April 20

Public Works projects:

• Skyline Drive (from Knob Creek Road to State of Franklin Road) – road improvements. Periodic closures from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Detours will be in place. Expect delays. Motorists are asked to avoid this area when possible.

• State of Franklin (from Buffalo Street to Roan Street) – crosswalk/median installation. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.

• West Main Street (from Indian Ridge Road to Meredith Street) – roadway improvements. Road closed.

• West Market Street (100 block between Buffalo Street and Commerce Street) – sidewalk replacement. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.

 

Water/Sewer projects:

• Judson Road – clean up

• 4504 Bristol Highway – sewer line extension

• Lillers Chapel – water line extension; lane closures

• Sunset Drive (Food City) – water line extension

• Indian Ridge Road/Skyline Drive – sewer line maintenance; lane closures

• Bob Fitz Road – water line extension



TDOT projects:

• SR 36 (Kingsport Highway) – water/sewer line replacement; motorists should be alert for new traffic patterns and lane shifts; temporary lane closures; motorists are asked to use extreme caution in this area and expect potential delays. (Summers-Taylor)

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Apr 17, 2015

Senior Services to host Milligan Spring Jazz outing April 27

Senior Services will host a trip to Milligan College for a Spring Jazz Concert by the Milligan Jazz Ensemble on Monday, April 27. The bus will depart from Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $2.

Pre-registration is required by Thursday, April 23. Please register in person at MPCC.

For more information call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:

Amy Otto, program coordinator

Senior Services

(423)434-6229


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Apr 16, 2015

BOC budget work sessions set

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners has scheduled the following budget work sessions: Monday (April 20) at 5:30 p.m.; Tuesday, April 28 at 6:30 p.m.; and Thursday, April 30 at noon. These work sessions will take place in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.

CONTACT:

Beth Greene, executive assistant

Administration

(423)434-6002


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Apr 16, 2015

Volunteer needed to serve on JCDA board

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners soon will be considering an appointment to the Johnson City Development Authority Board. Each appointee’s term is three years.

This board is charged with promoting economic redevelopment, reinvestment with land uses, raising capital, generating revenue, and acting to promote the general health, safety, and welfare of downtown Johnson City.



Applications are available at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., and can be faxed or mailed by calling (423)434-6002. To complete an application online, please visit www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards. The deadline for submitting an application is Friday, May 22. Applications are kept on file for current year only.



For more information regarding the Johnson City Development Authority, please contact Dianna Cantler at 202-3510 or cantler@thewcedc.com.

CONTACT:

Beth Greene, executive assistant

Administration

(423)434-6002


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Apr 16, 2015

MPCC to host Mini Jump Start JC Preschool Camp

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites campers ages 3-5 to participate in a Mini Jump Start JC Preschool Camp on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from June 9-July 2. Participants will enjoy arts, crafts, games, sports and swimming. Camp will be held from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. daily, with an optional 7:30 a.m. early drop-off ($20 a week additional charge).

Children must be potty trained and 3 years old before the first day of camp. Cost is $100 per camper. Registration is now open at https://apm.activecommunities.com/jcparks.

For more information, please call (423) 434-5749.

CONTACT:

Sarah Jennings, program coordinator

Memorial Park Community Center

(423)434-5749


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Apr 14, 2015

Lane closure, water outage planned for tomorrow night

The eastbound lane of Indian Ridge Road, from Lark Street to Clearview Street, will be closed overnight tomorrow (from 11 p.m. Wednesday, April 15 until 4 a.m. Thursday, April 16) for waterline maintenance. Traffic will be directed through the work zone.

Also, customers along Indian Ridge from Lark Street to Harding Avenue may experience a water outage between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m.

CONTACT:

Mike Carver, assistant water/wastewater superintendent

Water and Sewer Services

(423)975-2687


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Apr 13, 2015

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of April 13

Public Works projects:

• Skyline Drive (from Knob Creek Road to State of Franklin Road) – road improvements. Periodic closures from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Detours will be in place. Expect delays. Motorists are asked to avoid this area when possible.

• State of Franklin (from Buffalo Street to Roan Street) – crosswalk/median installation. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.

• West Main Street (from Indian Ridge Road to Meredith Street) – roadway improvements. Road closed.

• West Market Street (100 block between Buffalo Street and Commerce Street) – sidewalk replacement. One lane closed periodically. Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.

 

Water/Sewer projects:

• Judson Road – clean up

• 4504 Bristol Highway – sewer line extension

• Lillers Chapel – water line extension; lane closures

• Sunset Drive (Food City) – water line extension

• Indian Ridge Road/Skyline Drive – sewer line maintenance; lane closures

• Paul Saylor Road – water line extension



TDOT projects:

• SR 36 (Kingsport Highway) – water/sewer line replacement; motorists should be alert for new traffic patterns and lane shifts; temporary lane closures; motorists are asked to use extreme caution in this area and expect potential delays. (Summers-Taylor)



All work is weather permitting.

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Apr 10, 2015

Senior Services’ German Conversation Club announces Fruhlingsstraussball

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites citizens to attend the Fruhlingsstraussball (first-ever Spring Ball) from 7:30-9:30 p.m. on Friday, April 24. Live German music (waltzes, foxtrots, polkas, etc.) will be presented by Sorrell and Wilson’s “Squeezable Sounds.” The East Tennessee International Folk Dancers will lead a traditional dance. Participants are encouraged to wear their lederhosen, dirndl, and other festive attire.

This event is open to the public. Cost is $5 per person.

For more information, call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:

Amy Otto, program coordinator

Senior Services

(423)434-6229

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Apr 10, 2015

FHCC Advisory Board to meet Wednesday

The Freedom Hall Advisory Board will meet Wednesday (April 15) at 11 a.m. in the Freedom Hall Conference Room, 1320 Pactolas Road.

CONTACT:

Lisa Chamness, director

Freedom Hall Civic Center

(423)461-4855




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