The Dickson City Council voted in favor of upgrading a road for the planned Titan Partners fuel terminal, a facility to be located east of the city’s official boundaries.
The council voted to upgrade the city’s portion of Two Mile Road to highway standards as part of the broader plan for tanker trucks to travel between Highway 46 and the fuel terminal planned for unincorporated Burns.
The council on Monday passed a resolution authorizing a city application for State Industrial Access Program funds from the Tennessee Department of Transportation.
The motion by Horace Perkins and seconded by Jason Epley passed 5-1-2, with Betty Lou Alsobrooks, Robby Harmon and Joey Turbeville joining them in support. Dwight Haynes was opposed while Bird Armstrong and Michael Outlaw abstained.
The Dickson County Commission previously decided to seek SIA Program funds for the county portion of the road. That was done as part of the commission’s January vote approving a legal settlement with Titan.
The SIA program involves a state-local cost split. Titan has agreed to pay the local share of the road upgrade -- the county and city share -- if TDOT approves the local governments’ application.
Titan owns a swath of pastureland and woodland east of Hogan Road where it plans to extend Two Mile Road to the terminal site. Tanker trucks would get filled at the terminal for deliveries to gas stations.
The resolution passed by the council says local costs paid by Titan will “include but not be limited to road base and surface improvements, road relocation, right-of-way acquisition, utility relocation, signage and road markings, as established in the settlement agreement with the County, and any other terms and conditions negotiated with the City.”
City Administrator Rydell Wesson told the council that the city and Titan are still working on the terms. The next step in the TDOT SIA Program process calls for drafting a contract involving TDOT, the county and city.
“We’re going to continue that conversation,” Wesson said.
Wesson said the negotiations address concerns voiced by Haynes, such as traffic congestion.
The city resolution cites language in the Titan-county settlement, saying, “according to those settlement terms, if the City of Dickson does not approve the application for State Industrial Access Program funds for the improvement of Two Mile Road, ‘Titan and Titan’s customers will utilize the portion of Two Mile Road located within the boundaries of the City of Dickson that would have been included in the TDOT Project without any road improvements.’”
Tanker truck traffic on the road in its current condition could create hazards, the resolution says.
The resolution says “the City of Dickson believes, based on the advice of legal counsel, that its refusal to apply for TDOT’s State Industrial Access Program funds to improve Two Mile Road will not stop, deter, alter or delay the fuel storage facility proposed by Titan Partners LLC and approved by the Dickson County Commission through the litigation settlement agreement.”