New Bonnaroo Contract to be discussed at County Commission Meeting

The Coffee County Commission will meet at 6pm Tuesday (Nov. 14, 2017) inside the Coffee County Administrative Plaza in Manchester.
A Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival representative is expected to attend the meeting to update officials on the proposed new contract between the county and music festival organizers.
The current contract, which has been in effect since 2006, ended June 30.
The first infrastructure project outlined by Bonnaroo is widening of Bushy Branch Road in Manchester.
Festival organizers have been in discussions with the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) to widen a 2.9-mile section of Bushy Branch Road. The majority of festival attendees use Bushy Branch Road off I-24’s exit 111 to enter the festival site.
According to festival organizers, the project would cost about $6 million.
Bonnaroo organizers are planning to widen Bushy Branch Road from Ragsdale Road to Shed Road. The road would be expanded from two to three lanes, and there will also be a pedestrian lane to make it safer for people who walk to the festival’s entrance.
Earlier this year, county officials and Bonnaroo representatives began talks about the new contract, shortly after the previous contract ended June 30.
The Coffee County Budget and Finance Committee agreed to support a letter to TDOT. The purpose of the letter is to determine if Coffee County would qualify for a 50/50 grant match program for the road project.
One of the less popular changes in the new proposed contract, according to county officials, is the elimination of the flat fee of $30,000, which was previously received by the county. In the proposed contract, ticket fees, also previously received by the county, will go to a fund to be used for infrastructure improvements.
Voting on the issue is not on the agenda for the meeting on Tuesday. (Tullahoma News)