Rotary Park Scheduled for Temporary Closure on April 18

April 04, 2022 - MoCo Gov.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Tenn. – Rotary Park will be closed beyond the creek side parking lot from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, April 18 to address a pending safety concern that will impact the park amenities. The closure will include the playgrounds, the fitness equipment, the McGregor and Holleman Pavilion and all the parking areas surrounding these amenities. 

"Park patron safety is the top concern when addressing any maintenance issues in the parks, therefore we will not allow any through traffic during this time. We appreciate the public's patience and understanding with this temporary closure," said Parks Director, Sally Burchett. 

The Parks and Recreation office will be closed for in-person visits April 18 but will be fully operational and available by phone or email. For information about the Rotary Park amenities, which includes the Wade Bourne Nature Center, visit mcgtn.org.

County Hosts Meeting for Public Input on Rossview Road Project

April 02, 2022 - MoCo Gov.

Last Edited: April 02, 2022 @ 9:56 am

Approximately 80 Montgomery County residents attended the Rossview Road Preliminary Design Public Meeting held by the Montgomery County Government Engineering Team on March 29 at Rossview Middle School. The purpose of the meeting was to share the preliminary design for the widening of Rossview Road from International Boulevard to East of Kirkwood Road and gain public input about the draft plan. Sharing the preliminary design package was the first public step of many steps within the plan development process. The next steps are to evaluate public comments and make the necessary adjustments that can be made

In advance of the meeting, the engineering project team worked to reach out to all property owners that surrounded the project via a notification letter in the mail three weeks prior to the meeting and used multiple news and social media outlets with the intention of notifying as many people as possible. The extra effort that went into reaching out to those who might be impacted by the expanded roadway resulted in an above-average turnout for a public hearing of this type. 

There are approximately 70 individual properties that will be impacted in some way by this widening project. Under the current preliminary design, three houses would be impacted enough to require a full purchase of the homes. The entire project is scheduled to need approximately 15.6 acres of new right of way and permanent drainage easements to complete the widening. These are preliminary plans that the design team is already reviewing in relation to the public comments that were received from the first public input meeting. The team will continue to work on the plan for the next few weeks and will be in further communication with the property owners who will potentially be affected. 

Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett stated, “This is a complex project. We have the need for more schools in that area of the County but we also know that once the new high school opens, Rossview Road will reach capacity in its current state. The new middle school is opening this August. As part of the school construction, we had to bring utilities to the site. We have a roadway project that is turning a two-lane road into a four-lane road with a center turn lane in preliminary design. There are multiple things happening at the same time. We do not want to spend the time and cost to install a utility this month and turn around in a year to relocate it.”

The Rossview Road widening project is in the unincorporated area of Montgomery County and is a joint effort and responsibility between Montgomery County Government and the Tennessee Department of Transportation. 

“There were concerns from some property owners at the public hearing regarding their property. The County’s Chief Engineer and I have engaged with those property owners through phone calls and emails and we have a meeting set up with them next week,” added Mayor Durrett.

The planning process will take at least until the end of this year to complete with updated plans and more public meetings planned throughout that timeframe.

 

Montgomery County Hosts Women’s History Month Event

March 29, 2022 - MoCo Gov.

Montgomery County, TN — On Friday, March 18, the Montgomery County Diversity and Inclusion Office held its first Women's Panel named #SheMeansBusiness, at the Clarksville-Montgomery County Public Library. 

This event provided an opportunity to educate, motivate, and inspire the attendees with personal stories shared by women in County Government. The discussion led with an introduction of each panelist followed by a poignant message about women empowering women from guest speaker Dr. Rashidah Leverett who also serves as a Montgomery County Commissioner. Each panelist touched on some of the obstacles and challenges they have overcome.

The room was filled with attendees who were eager to hear and ask questions of the panelists as they shared their knowledge and experiences. Six guest panelists participated in the discussion: Purchasing Agent Stephanie Morlock, VSO Assistant Director Stacey Hopwood, General Sessions and Juvenile Court Judge Sharon Massey Grimes, Chief Deputy County Clerk Teresa Cottrell, Chief Deputy Trustee Sydney Green, and County Commissioner Rashidah Leverett. The event was moderated by Diversity and Inclusion Training Officer Zoyie Jackson.

“It was an honor to celebrate our women in government by hosting Montgomery County’s Inaugural Women’s History discussion panel. I am grateful to our Title VI Team for helping to make this event a success. We are already excited about next year’s event,” stated Jackson.

To follow the events happening with the County Diversity and Inclusion Office, visit Montgomery County Government’s social media sites and the County News section of mcgtn.org.

Governor Lee is Keynote Speaker at Veterans Treatment Court Ceremony

February 22, 2022 - MoCo Gov.

Montgomery County, TN — The first Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) Promotion Ceremony of 2022 is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 24 at 2:30 p.m. Tennessee Governor Bill Lee is the keynote speaker for the event. The Phase V promotion ceremony will take place in the County Commission Chambers at the County Historic Courthouse at 1 Millennium Plaza, Clarksville, TN 37040.

 VTC Recovery Court is a unique program for military veterans and active duty service members that provides needed treatment and services under judicial supervision in order to restore veterans and soldiers to their honored status after they find themselves involved in the criminal justice system. VTC has multiple graduations every year signifying participants’ achievement of meeting all treatment goals and court-ordered requirements. The Phase V Ceremony confirms the participant is prepared to reenter their community in recovery and independent of legal involvement.

“We are honored and thrilled to have Governor Lee join us for this meaningful occasion. His involvement in the ceremony is something we had hoped would happen for quite some time. Not only will the Governor’s presence make the graduates and VTC staff feel special, but Governor Lee’s heart will be touched when he hears the testimonies of the participants,” stated Montgomery County General Sessions Judge Kenneth R. Goble, Jr. 

The ceremony is open to the public and there is a Webex option for those who cannot attend in person. To view the meeting online go to Webex.com, type in 2456 552 9432 as the access code, and qVpyCyUf583 for the password.

RPC announces kick-off of Comprehensive Plan Community input is needed to help shape the plan

February 17, 2022 - MoCo Gov.

Last Edited: March 22, 2022 @ 3:09 pm

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Clarksville Montgomery County Regional Planning Commission (RPC) is set to kick-off the planning process for the “Clarksville-Montgomery County Comprehensive Plan: A Vision for Today, Tomorrow, and Beyond”. The plan will serve as a guide for the next 20 years regarding land use, development, and public infrastructure investment.

The foundation of The Comprehensive Plan will be based on community vision and consensus, existing conditions analysis, and future development scenarios. It will serve as a road map to guide policy decisions and land use regulations to achieve the community’s long-term objectives.

The key components of The plan will focus on:

  • Future Growth and Land Use
  • Housing and Neighborhoods
  • Economic Development
  • Transportation and Mobility
  • Infrastructure and Utilities
  • Parks, Natural Resources, and the Environment

The planning stages for The Comprehensive Plan come at a time of rapid growth in Clarksville-Montgomery County after Money Magazine named Clarksville the “Best Place to Live” in 2019, followed by other publications spotlighting the area as a top-pick for millennials, along with highlighting the low cost of living and family-centric community. Most recently, OpenDoor in 2021 named Clarksville as having the most desirable zip code in the country, further reinforcing the increase in zoning cases, subdivisions, and site reviews at the RPC over the past two years.

While community growth brings jobs, investment, and capital to the area, it also brings a unique set of challenges. Land is a finite resource that is a community’s most valuable asset; when compounded with the growth Clarksville-Montgomery County is experiencing in its 554 square miles, competing interests start to arise, and challenges become more complex. Where and how to grow, meeting the housing demand, locating commerce and employment areas, access to recreation and open spaces, and improving area mobility are some of the difficult questions in need of answers.

To help provide these answers, the RPC selected the award-winning planning firm Houseal-Lavigne (hlplanning.com) during a nationwide search for a firm to support the comprehensive planning process. Houseal-Lavigne has worked with more than 400 communities on a range of planning efforts and has delivered more than 150 comprehensive plans throughout the country. Members of their team will visit Clarksville-Montgomery County at the end of March to meet with elected officials and key stakeholders, followed by community-wide workshops and meetings taking place later this summer.

Once completed, The Comprehensive Plan will be the product of the community, with a vision and recommendations guided by valuable input received from residents, business owners, community leaders, and other stakeholders. 

Ways to get Involved: 

The RPC wants to hear from the community. Whether you are a lifelong resident or a recent transplant; a student or military member; a renter, homeowner, or landlord; retired, an employee, a small entrepreneur, or large business owner; every voice matters in this process, and the RPC is looking for everyone to participate.  

Community input is currently being gathered through the RPC’s Comprehensive Plan website at www.cmcrpc.com/compplan.

Clarksville and Montgomery County Residents are invited to,  

  • Take the Questionnaire:  This survey contains questions about the community's critical issues and opportunities that The Comprehensive Plan process should address.
  • Make a Map: Map.Social is a fun and engaging online tool that allows individuals to identify areas on a map of the issues and opportunities facing their communities.
  • Stay Informed: Join the RPC email list to receive periodic updates on The Comprehensive Plan, future community events, and publications.
  • Follow RPC on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CMCRPC/): The RPC will regularly be posting news of events, articles, and documents relating to The Comprehensive Plan.