The Dickson City Council has approved two resolutions necessary to borrow money for several capital projects approved in the 2019-20 budget.

At a July 15 special session, the council unanimously approved the resolutions required to borrow up to $2 million through the Tennessee Municipal Bond Fund. Once the paperwork is completed, the Tennessee Municipal League will set a closing date for the 20-year loan and lock in the interest rate.

City Administrator Rydell Wesson said the loan will be used for:

  • • Construction of a new downtown parking lot;
  • • Proposed improvements to Henslee Park;
  • • Design and construction of a skate park;
  • • Design work for the first phase of improvements to Buckner Park;
  • • Acquisition of and improvements to property for a new fire station; and
  • • A citywide assessment of access for the disabled.

After the Jones Chevrolet dealership remained vacant for several years, the building was torn down and the City of Dickson purchased the site at the corner of East College and Church streets in November 2017 for $625,000.

While the city plans to construct a parking lot on the site, Mayor Don Weiss mentioned other future possibilities there include a small convention center, new farmers’ market area and a new city hall.

The budget proposes $550,000 to be used for design and construction of a parking lot with access from both East College and Church streets.

With the acquisition of the 126-acre former Dickson Country Club for $1.35 million in 2018, the city created Henslee Park and the Dickson Parks Board began looking at ideas for developing recreational opportunities.

In April, Councilman and parks board member Horace Perkins III said the board’s initial plan for development of the new park consists of a splash pad, large dog park, playground and parking lot.

Wesson said $376,000 of the loan proceeds are projected for the Henslee Park projects.

Prior to purchasing Henslee Park, the city commissioned Kimley-Horn and Associates to prepare a master plan for Buckner Park. Since Henslee Park was acquired, the administration has been evaluating how elements of the master plan can be incorporated with the new property.

The park board decided to move ahead with the first phase of redevelopment at Buckner Park and the loan includes $75,000 for design work to construct a basketball court, a tennis court, a playground and a pavilion along the Weaver Drive border of the park. It also will include a reconfiguration of the area of Ballfield No. 1 to include multiple smaller fields.

Wesson said there is space behind Dickson Fire Department Station No. 1 on Church Street for a skate park. The budget includes $300,000 from the loan to be used for design and construction of the skate park.

Proceeds from the loan will be used to improve fire protection on the east side of the city and to assess the city’s current accessibility issues.

The loan includes $125,000 for the acquisition of land and site improvements for a third fire station. City officials have been looking at several potential sites on the east side of the city with construction of a fire station potentially to be included in the 2020-21 budget.

Another $225,000 of the loan proceeds were projected for completing an Americans with Disabilities Act Transition Plan. The Federal Highway Administration is requiring all cities and counties to complete an assessment of public facilities by Dec. 31, 2019, in order to continue receiving federal funds.

At its July 1 meeting, the council approved a contract with Kimley-Horn and Associates for $237,500 to prepare the transition plan.

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