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City Council Meeting Minutes

CITY COUNCIL MEETING
October 7, 2003 - 9:00 A.M.

The Jackson, Tennessee City Council met for their regular monthly meeting at 9:00 a.m., October 7, 2003, in the George A. Smith Meeting Room at City Hall with Mayor Charles Farmer and Council members John Bannister; Charles “Pepper” Bray; Ernest Brooks, II; Harvey Buchanan; David Cisco; Johnny Lee Dodd; Maurice Hays; Gerry Neese; and Charles Rahm present. Also present was Toni Ross, recorder of the minutes.

Council member John Bannister gave the invocation and led the audience in the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

The minutes of the September 2, 9 and 15, 2003 meetings were approved and signed.

Mayor Farmer presented a proclamation for Domestic Violence Awareness Month to Margaret Cole from Women’s Resource & Rape Assistance. Denice Walton, Coordinator of ACTS of West Tennessee, gave a presentation outlining the goals of ACTS. Mayor Farmer welcomed the members of Leadership Jackson who were in attendance.

SECOND READINGS:

On the motion of Council member Rahm, seconded by Council member Cisco, unanimous approval was given to an Ordinance to rezone property located north of Interstate 40 and west of SR.20 (Hollywood Drive) from B-5/SC-1/FF (Highway Business/Planned Unit Commercial Development/Flood Fringe) District to I-O/FF (Wholesale and Warehousing/Flood Fringe) District, comprising 12.6 acres more or less, submitted by Ed Whalley.

On the motion of Council member Buchanan, seconded by Council member Rahm, unanimous approval was given to an Ordinance to rezone property located at 224 West Deaderick Street from RG-1/HCC (General Residential/Historic Cultural-Conservation) District to RG-1/HC (General Residential/Historic Cultural) District, comprising 0.4 acres more or less, submitted by Roger Markin.

On the motion of Council member Cisco, seconded by Council member Rahm, unanimous approval was given to an Ordinance to establish an occupational safety and health program, devise rules and regulations and to provide for a director and the implementation of such program.

NEW BUSINESS:

On the motion of Council member Hays, seconded by Council member Buchanan, unanimous approval was given to the proposed settlement agreement of Robert Parham’s lawsuit against the City of Jackson.

On the motion of Council member Buchanan, seconded by Council member Bray, unanimous approval was given to the request to authorize the Mayor to enter into agreements with the Tennessee Department of Transportation for easements along the North Highland Avenue widening project.

On the motion of Council member Bannister, seconded by Council member Rahm, unanimous approval was given to Contract Change Order No. 2 for the Landfill Gas Extraction System.

On the motion of Council member Brooks, seconded by Council member Bannister, unanimous approval was given to the Bond Creek Partners to purchase 0.47 acres on Raines Springs Road for the sum of $2,000.

On the motion of Council member Hays, seconded by Council member Rahm, the contract in the amount of $306,708.64 with Ford Construction Company for the Old Medina Road bridge replacement passed 8-0-1, with Council member Bannister abstaining.

On the motion of Council member Bannister, seconded by Council member Bray, unanimous approval was given to a contract in the amount of $21,500 with Anderson Vaughn Architects for professional services for tornado repair at the Fairgrounds.

On the motion of Council member Cisco, seconded by Council member Dodd, unanimous approval was given to a contract in the amount of $10,500 with Askew Hargraves Harcourt for professional services for improvements to the Fire Department Training Center (Serra Building).

On the motion of Council member Hays, seconded by Council member Brooks, unanimous approval was given to a contract in the amount of $49,870 with Askew Hargraves Harcourt for professional services for tornado repair at the Fire Department Training Center (Serra Building).

On the motion of Council member Rahm, seconded by Council member Cisco, unanimous approval was given to a contract in the amount of $8,000 with Hart Freeland Roberts for professional services for tornado repair at the Public Safety Garage.

On the motion of Council member Dodd, seconded by Council member Rahm, unanimous approval was given a contract in the amount of $6,000 with Hart Freeland Roberts for professional services for Civic Center riser specifications.

On the motion of Council member Dodd, seconded by Council member Brooks, unanimous approval was given to a contract in the amount of $9,240 with Pesce Firm Architects for professional services for tornado repair at the Carnegie, Groundskeeping and Westwood Recreation Center.

On the motion of Council member Cisco, seconded by Council member Rahm, the contract in the amount of $1,340,130 with Dement Construction Company, for the Street Resurfacing Project, passed 7-0-2, with Council members Neese and Bannister abstaining.

On the motion of Council member Bannister, seconded by Council member Rahm, unanimous approval was given to the following board appointments:

  • Jackson Housing Authority - Appointment of Jimmy Cole to replace Dr. Cleo Boyd, whose term has expired.
  • Jackson Transit Authority – Appointment of Terry Wright to replace Calvin Shugart, who is deceased.
  • Parks & Recreation Board – Appointment of Samuel Joiner to replace Karia Davis, whose term has expired.

On the motion of Council member Bray, seconded by Council member Brooks, unanimous approval was given to the payment of invoices over $10,000.

Mayor Farmer asked Council members Bannister, Buchanan and Cisco if they would agree to serve on the funding committee responsible for meeting with various non-profit agencies. Council members Bannister, Buchanan and Cisco agreed to serve on the funding committee. There being no objections, the members were appointed and asked to meet with the non-profit agencies and prepare a recommendation to the City Council members at the November 4th City Council meeting.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

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CHARLES H. FARMER, MAYOR

Council Minutes are not official until they have been approved at the next council meeting.


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