THE CITY OF OAK RIDGE
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HERE'S WHAT IS HAPPENING AT THE CITY OF OAK RIDGE!
MAYOR GOOCH TOURS USS OAK RIDGE

Oak Ridge  Mayor Warren Gooch recently toured the
USS Oak Ridge, the submarine-servicing namesake ship, which is docked at the U.S. Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore, Maryland. 

The visit follows a ceremony last month at which members of the crew who served during 1975-79, held a reunion in Oak Ridge and presented the ship's bell to the City. At their reunion, the crewmembers also presented a "Board for the Boardwalk" purchased to support the flat top house at the American Museum of Science and Energy.

"After visiting with the crew at the reunion last month, I learned that the ship was docked in Baltimore and contacted the Coast Guard to arrange a visit," Mayor Gooch said. "Almost immediately, I received an invitation to tour the ship. My hosts, Captain George Lesher and Lieutenant Commander Miles Randall, could not have been more welcoming and generous with their time. I invited them for a reciprocal visit to Oak Ridge to help commemorate the anniversary of the ship's commissioning as the USS Oak Ridge."
CITY REPRESENTATIVES ATTEND ENERGY COMMUNITIES ALLIANCE CONFERENCE AND MEET WITH U.S. DOE OFFICIALS

Oak Ridge City  Councilman Chuck Hope and  City Manager Mark Watson recently traveled to Washington, DC to attend a conference sponsored by the  Energy Communities Alliance (ECA) . The ECA is the membership organization of local governments that host or are located near
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) sites. The ECA supported attendance at the meeting with travel grants to the participants.

The two-day conference focused on DOE's Environmental Management program. DOE staff made presentations on topics such as Waste Disposition, Accomplishments in the Cleanup Mission, FY17 Budget Planning, and a View from the Secretary's Office.

Additional sessions were held on the Local Government Role in Cleanup Agreements, and Working with Local Communities to Improve Contracting. Councilman Hope facilitated a session on FY17 Appropriations and Implications for DOE Cleanup, while Mr. Watson was a panelist in a session on the Future of DOE Contracting.

SECRET CITY FESTIVAL
Secret City Festival tickets are on sale now!

Get tickets here!

Charlie Daniels Band will be headlining on Friday, June 10 and Grand Funk Railroad will be headlining on Saturday, June 11.

For more information, such as events, vendors and parking, visit  http://www.secretcityfestival.com/

911 MARKERS ON MELTON LAKE GREENWAY

The City of Oak Ridge Recreation and Parks Department has recently installed Emergency Mile Markers on the Melton Lake Greenway thanks to a generous donation from Frank Chmielewicz, a former Oak Ridge citizen and avid runner. Chmielewicz raised money by organizing a memorial 5k race for friend and fellow runner, Kerry Trammell. Trammell received his Master's in Public Health from the University of Tennessee and was a Wilderness First Responder and EMT. 

Chmielewicz discovered Emergency Mile Markers on the greenways of Orange County Florida. Coupling Trammell's passions for fitness and safety, Chmielewicz formed the idea to implement Emergency Mile Markers for the Melton Lake Greenway in Trammell's honor.

The mile markers' coordinates have been incorporated in the City of Oak Ridge's 911/GIS systems. These markers will help decrease emergency response time and track mileage for greenway users. Featured above is a sample marker that can be found on the Melton Lake Greenway.

CITY IMPLEMENTS SUCCESSFUL RECYCLING PROGRAM AT CENTRAL SERVICES COMPLEX

City of Oak Ridge Central Services Complex employees were treated to a pizza party celebration on Friday, May 6 after reducing the amount of recyclable material improperly discarded into the trash from 40% to 10% over the course of five months. This was the final goal achieved for the COR Values: Recycling program, which is run by Oak Ridge AmeriCorps members, Ellen Comeau  (left) and Erin Kelbly (right) . Doug McGill, Municipal Marketing Manager from Waste Connections, generously donated Jet's Pizza for the reward.

COR Values is an initiative that the members created that aims to help the City of Oak Ridge implemented to become more sustainable as an organization. COR Values: Recycling is the pilot program based in the Central Services Complex (CSC) and is a partnership with Waste Connections. The goals of COR Values: Recycling are to make recycling easier, provide recycling education and to increase overall recycling levels.

Visit Oak Ridge's AmeriCorps Stormwater Team's facebook for more information.

NIGHT GOLF AT CENTENNIAL GOLF COURSE

NIGHT GOLF at Centennial Golf Course
  • Friday, June 17th
  • Friday, July 15th
  • Friday, August 12th
  • Friday, September 9th
9 Hole walking Night Golf event

$40 per Golfer

Includes Green Fee, 1 Glow Ball and 2 Drink Tickets

Register in the Golf Shop or Call 865.483.2291


FIRE HYDRANT OBSTRUCTION

Blocked and obstructed fire hydrants can inhibit fire fighters from relinquishing a structure fire. The fire department is looking to find a hydrant every 300 to 500 feet. When a hydrant is blocked or obstructed, it can delay the fire engine from getting needed water to the building on the fire.  

All plants and landscaping must not be located within 5-feet in all directions (180 degrees) to the sides and back of the fire hydrant, so that at maturity the plants will not obstruct the hydrant within 3-feet sides and rear. From the middle of the side discharge of the hydrant to the curb (15-feet in both directions) no planting or other landscaping shall obstruct the fire hydrant from access to the road. 

Please remember to landscape and prune any foliage surrounding hydrants on your property.


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Oak Ridge, TN 37830