Chief’s Report on status of projects

by Apr 8, 2019Uncategorized


Submitted by Office of the Principal Chief


The EBCI Community is continually growing and changing, and as public servants we must plan to address those changing needs.  These projects listed below address the needs of our community members.  The construction projects have been initiated and are being executed with considerable collaboration, forethought, and care.  The Project Management team has worked hard on planning these projects, under the direction of Executive and Tribal Council with input from the communities affected.

“It is the responsibility of our tribal leadership to serve the needs of our communities,” said Principal Chief Richard G. Sneed.  “I have worked diligently with our project management team to ensure the proper planning has been conducted and the communities buy-in to these projects.  I would like to thank the Project Management Department for their hard work and diligence on this front, you are doing wonderful things for our people and community.”


Big Cove Community Building:

  • Contract for construction executed with Owle Construction
  • Notice to Proceed issued 03/01/2019
  • Site work will begin the week of 3/11/19
  • Anticipated completion date: 11/5/19

Big Cove Community Gym:

  • Community approved final layout on 3/05/2018
  • Johnson Architecture has begun final construction documents

Riverview Campground Clean up:

  • Assessment of site completed September 2018
  • Bid package for remediation currently advertised. Bid date of 3/14/19.
  • Expected completion date by: 9/30/2019

Cherokee Youth Center:

  • Contract for final design is currently processing through Munis.
  • RFQ for Construction Manager at Risk will be advertised 3/18/2019
  • Expected completion date by: 3/30/21



New Snowbird Complex:

  • Project is divided into three phases:
    • Phase one will include design and construction of a package wastewater treatment facility so that the existing septic system can be abandoned
      • Preliminary engineering began 3/01/19
      • Permitting for the new plant will begin by 5/1/19
      • Construction is expected to start by 8/1/19
    • Phase II will be the construction of the new building.
      • Master plan for the space needed was completed in (TBA)
      • Architectural design will begin around 6/1/19
      • Complete plans are expected to be ready for advertisement to build by (TBA)
      • Construction completion is expected by (TBA)
    • Phase three will be the demolition of the existing structures and landscaping of the new parking area.

Needle Exchange:

  • Final layout was approved 03/11/19
  • The final quote is currently being produced.
  • Expected completion date by: 1/15/20

Solar Panels – Harrah’s Valley River Casino:

  • Project construction is complete
  • Final punchlist correction is underway
  • Commissioning of all equipment should be complete by 3/15/19




Ginger Lynn Welch Parking:

  • Project will change traffic pattern and parking for better efficiency and safety at Ginger Lyn Welch Building
  • Work will begin the last week in March
  • Re-surfacing damaged areas, curbing, sidewalk modifications and re-striping


Fire Mountain:

  • Currently new trail features are being planned
  • Trail Dynamics will be adding 1-2 miles of new trail

Smokey Mountain Elementary School Waterline Extension:

  • Project connects school to EBCI Community Water System to improve service reliability and fire protection
  • Design work is complete and permitting is underway
  • Construction scheduled for summer of 2019 while school is not in session
  • Approximate project cost $304,000.00. EBCI share is $186,000.00 with remainder to be paid by Jackson County Schools

Marble Senior Center/Andrews Sewer Connection

  • Agreement reached with Town of Andrews for connection of Senior Center to town sewer system
  • Design expected to be complete by 5/15/19
  • Construction to follow in summer of 2019

Church of God Sewer Connection

  • Cherokee Community Sewer Extension to provide the Church of God and multiple homes with access to city sewer
  • Design underway and expected to be complete by 5/1/19
  • Construction to follow in summer 2019

US 441 North Waterline

  • USEPA Grant funded project to replace waterline from Great Smoky Mountains National Park Entrance to the Oconaluftee Visitors Center
  • Project proposed to improve reliability of service to the national park, the Cherokee Central Schools campus, and lower Big Cove Community
  • Preliminary engineering is complete
  • Currently working through environmental clearances before grant can be officially awarded
  • Design and construction within 18 months


Ground Breaking Dates:

Cherokee Youth Center: May 31 at 3:30 p.m.

Big Cove: May 22 at 2 p.m.

Snowbird: May 23 at 2 p.m.

Needle Exchange: June 13 at 2 p.m.