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May 27, 2016

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of May 30

Public Works projects:
• Towne Acres and Camelot Subdivision – resurfacing preparations. Motorists advised to use caution in this area.
• King Street (between Roan Street and Boone Street) – conduit installation. Road will be closed. Detours will be in place.
• Legion Street (State of Franklin Road to Orleans Street) – conduit installation. Lane closures. Detours will be in place.
• Walnut Street (between State of Franklin Road and McKinley Road) – intersection improvements. One lane closed periodically. Motorists advised to use caution in this area.
• Holston Avenue (between Stuart Street and New Street) – traffic calming device installation. One lane closed periodically. Motorists advised to use caution in this area.
• West Market Street (at Knob Creek Road northwest corner) – intersection improvements. No access to turn lane onto Market during construction.

Water/Sewer projects:
• SR 75 (between Cash Avenue and Muddy Creek Road) – water line replacement
• Roan Street (between Market and Water streets) – water/sewer line replacement; road closed
• 1700 block of Skyline Drive – sewer tap installation; flaggers present
• Glass Road at Lake Meadows – water line replacement; lane closures
• King Street – water/sewer line replacement; flaggers present
• Oak Park area at East Lakeview Drive – sewer rehabilitation project; flaggers present

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May 27, 2016

City earns top ISO rating

The City of Johnson City is pleased to announce – less than a year after earning a 2/2X – that its Insurance Service Office (ISO) Public Protection Classification (PPC) has increased to the top rating of a 1. ISO’s PPC service evaluates the capacity of a local fire department to respond to and fight structure fires.
“We are extremely proud to be among just three cities in the state and 132 in the country to hold a PPC of 1. This puts us in the top 1 percent of communities in the country when it comes to fire service for our citizens,” said City Manager Pete Peterson. “This has been the primary focus of our chief and the administrative staff in the Fire Department. Because of their efforts, we are more efficient and effective which, at the end of the day, saves lives and property.”
Johnson City held a PPC of 3 since 1982 prior to improving to a 2/2X last year. Fire Chief Mark Scott said that the 2015 evaluation was extremely close to a 1, prompting he and the rest of Fire Administration to aggressively pursue the best rating possible.
“Our firefighters really stepped up and did a fantastic job to meet the requirements for the 1 rating,” he said. “We focused a great deal on fire prevention, particularly our smoke detector installation program. Several years ago, the city’s fire death rate was seven times the national average. Since that time, we have installed more than 600 smoke detectors in homes. And I’m happy to say that we have not had any fire deaths in the city in the past two years.”
While the Fire Department carries the rating, the evaluation process involves a review of the Water and Sewer Services (WSS) Department and 911 communications. The rating is a compilation of individual scores of the Fire Department (50 percent), Water and Sewer Services (40 percent), and Washington County 911 (10 percent). This helps to encourage continual collaboration between organizations.
Water and Sewer Services has made a number of capital improvements that have helped earn the ISO PPC 1 including expansion of the Watauga Water Treatment Plant and construction of the new intake in 2002; addition of standby power at key treatment and pumping facilities; and installation of major transmission lines in the water distribution system, which help move large volumes of water for fire events.
Annually, WSS has focused on replacing neighborhood lines and system valves, improving hydrant flow testing, and interconnecting various portions of the distribution system to improve the amount of water delivered from hydrants.
“Our staff has worked diligently to improve our facilities, equipment and processes to get us where we are today,” said Tom Witherspoon, director of Water and Sewer Services. “The rating is really a testament to the cooperation between City departments. We are all partners, and we rely on each other every day to provide the best services possible.”
Washington County 911 is one of those partners, and in recent years it has updated its generator to meet ISO standards, added software for dispatching calls, and implemented quality assurance and training for dispatchers.
“Fire, Water and Sewer Services and 911 may be the only departments that ISO evaluates but there are many others with whom we couldn’t have made the necessary improvements to earn a 1,” Chief Scott said. “Information Technology, Development Services … this list goes on. We are grateful to all of our City partners and the Board of Commissioners for the investments they’ve made.”
Additional steps taken by the Fire Department in the past year include:
• Flow testing and inspection of of all City-owned fire hydrants;
• Implementation of performance measures to ensure that response times are met;
• Completion of 10 hours of Community Risk Reduction Training by all personnel;
• Purchase of additional equipment and tools; and
• Implementation of Automatic Vehicle Locating (AVL) System for all services (operational this summer).
The ISO PPC rating (a 1-10 range, with 1 being highest) plays an important role in the underwriting process at insurance companies. An improved rating could mean a reduction in insurance premiums for many property owners.
“Any changes will be determined by individual insurance companies, but we certainly hope this will save our citizens money,” Peterson said. “Businesses can look at Johnson City and know that they will receive the highest level of service and see a cost savings as well.”

CONTACT:
Pete Peterson, city manager
Administration
(423)434-6002

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May 26, 2016

West Walnut taskforce to meet Wednesday

The West Walnut Street Corridor Taskforce will meet at 5 p.m. Wednesday (June 1) in the Administrative Conference Room of the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St. All interested parties are encouraged to attend.

CONTACT:
Joe Wise, chairman
Planning Commission
(423)202-2509

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May 25, 2016

Senior Services to offer Friday Night Dance June 3

Citizens are invited to put on their dancing shoes and join Senior Services from 7-10 p.m. on June 3 for a Friday Night Dance. Jerry Pierce and the Nightlife Band will provide musical entertainment for the dance, which will be held at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.
Participants are asked to bring a finger food to share. Cost is $5 in advance (at MPCC Senior Services desk by noon day of dance) or $7 at the door.
For more information, call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:
Debbie Fogle, program coordinator
Senior Services 
(423) 434-6231


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May 23, 2016

BOC budget work session set for Thursday

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will hold a budget work session at 4 p.m. Thursday (May 26) 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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May 23, 2016

City seeking input on website

The City of Johnson City is calling on citizens to offer feedback on the City’s website, www.johnsoncitytn.gov. The City’s web design team will collect input from the short, 10-question survey and use it to make enhancements that reflect the community’s use of the site.
The survey is available through June 30 under the Most Popular section of the City’s homepage or via direct link at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/cojcwebsurvey.

CONTACT: Lisa Sagona, director
Information Technology
(423)232-1789

Wendy Graham, communications specialist
Information Technology
(423)434-6076


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May 23, 2016

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of May 23

Public Works projects:
• Antioch Road (Beechwood Drive to Bank Saylor Road) – finishing trail installation (backfilling).
• Towne Acres and Camelot Subdivision – resurfacing preparations. Motorists advised to use caution in this area.
• King Street (between Roan Street and Boone Street) – conduit installation. Road will be closed. Detours will be in place.
• Legion Street (State of Franklin Road to Orleans Street) – conduit installation. Lane closures. Detours will be in place.
• Walnut Street (between State of Franklin Road and McKinley Road) – intersection improvements. One lane closed periodically. Motorists advised to use caution in this area.
• Holston Avenue (between Stuart Street and New Street) – traffic calming device installation. One lane closed periodically. Motorists advised to use caution in this area.

Water/Sewer projects:
• SR 75 (between Cash Avenue and Muddy Creek Road) – water line replacement
• Roan Street (between Market and Water streets) – water/sewer line replacement; road closed
• 1700 block of Skyline Drive – sewer tap installation; flaggers present
• Glass Road at Lake Meadows – water line replacement; lane closures
• 602 Highway 75 – water line installation

All work is weather permitting.


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May 20, 2016

Home Sweet Homicide murder mystery at MPCC June 10

Citizens are invited to a whodunit at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., on Friday, June 10. Home Sweet Homicide will be presented by Murder Mystery Caravan. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the 1890s Sherlock Holmes spoof starts at 7 p.m.
Admission is $10, which includes dinner. Pre-registration and payment are required by Tuesday, June 7. Tickets will not be sold at the door.
Register in person at the MPCC Senior Services desk. For more information, call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:
Debbie Fogle, program coordinator
Senior Services
(423)434-6231


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May 17, 2016

Volunteers needed to serve on JCDA board

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners soon will consider five appointments 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 Johnson City with an emphasis on downtown.

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, June 3. 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:
Sheri Keenan, administrative coordinator
Administration
(423)434-6009

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May 17, 2016

MPCC pool closed

The Memorial Park Community Center pool, 510 Bert St., will be closed for the remainder of the day due to a maintenance issue.

CONTACT:
Sam Miller, recreation services manager
Parks and Recreation
(423)283-5820


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