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City Council Meeting Minutes

MINUTES - NOVEMBER 4, 2003

The Jackson, Tennessee City Council met for their regular monthly meeting at 9:00 a.m., November 4, 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 Charles Rahm gave the invocation and led the audience in the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

The minutes of the October 7, 2003 meeting were approved and signed.

Mayor Farmer presented a proclamation for Adoption Month to Patsy Turner with the Madison County Chapter of Friends of Black Children.

NEW BUSINESS:

Winston Henning and Dave Ralston of the Jackson Housing Authority presented the Annual Report of Jackson's Community Development Program.

On the motion of Council member Brooks, seconded by Council member Rahm, unanimous approval was given to the proposed settlement of the lawsuit of Elizabeth Thomas and other police officers against the City of Jackson.

On the motion of Council member Cisco, seconded by Council member Rahm, unanimous approval was given the request to hold a city surplus auction on December 6, 2003.

On the motion of Council member Rahm, seconded by Council member Buchanan, unanimous approval was given to a contract in the amount of $20,000 with Hart Freeland Roberts, Inc. to provide design services for a HVAC system at the Police Department.

On the motion of Council member Rahm, seconded by Council member Cisco, unanimous approval was given to a proposal in the amount of $268,625 from Hart Freeland Roberts, Inc for engineering services necessary to produce construction documents for roadway improvements on Campbell Street south of North Parkway to south of Ridgecrest Road.

On the motion of Council member Cisco, seconded by Council member Dodd, unanimous approval was given to acceptance of streets constructed within Briarhill Subdivision Section IV as city streets.

On the motion of Council member Dodd, seconded by Council member Bannister, unanimous approval was given to the purchase of a one acre lot located at the corner of Lafayette and Main Streets for the sum of $110,000.

On the motion of Council member Hays, seconded by Council member Bray, unanimous approval was given to the following resolutions to approve grants to:

  • Jackson Main Street - $20,000;
  • Jackson Arts Council - $50,000;
  • Bemis Historical Society - $5,000;
  • Crossroads Shelter - $5,000;
  • Project Graduation - $1,500 ($300 for each of the 5 high schools); and
  • Regional Interfaith Association - $7,000.

Council member Bannister gave a report and recommendation from the funding committee regarding the funding of certain non-profit agencies previously deleted from the county's budget (STAR Center; Center for Adult Reading and Enrichment (CARE); Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse; Jackson Area Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse (JACOA); West Tennessee Hearing & Speech Center and West Tennessee Cerebral Palsy Association). Council member Bannister made a motion to approve the funding of the STAR Center and the West Tennessee Hearing & Speech, in that the county has made a commitment for funding these agencies. He included in his motion that the council provide funding to the following non-profit agencies contingent upon the agency receiving a commitment from the county for funding: Center for Adult Reading and Enrichment; Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse; Jackson Area Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse; and West Tennessee Cerebral Palsy Association. The motion was seconded by Council member Buchanan and was unanimously approved.

On the motion of Council member Hays, seconded by Council member Bray, unanimous approval was given to the request from ACTS of West Tennessee for a donation of $1,000.

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

  • Keep Jackson Beautiful – Reappointment of Yolanda Harris and Jill Cochran for another 3 year term.

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

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.


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CHARLES H. FARMER, MAYOR


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