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City Council Meeting Minutes

March 4, 2003 - 9:00 A.M.
COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES


The Jackson, Tennessee City Council met for their regular monthly meeting at 9:00 a.m., March 4, 2003, in the George A. Smith Meeting Room at City Hall with Mayor Charles Farmer and Council members John Bannister, Charles "Pepper" Bray, Harvey Buchanan, David Cisco, Johnny Lee Dodd, Maurice Hays, Kenny Holt, Jessie Jacox and James E. Wolfe, Jr. present. Also present were Sharon Bell and Byanker Cole, recorders of the minutes.

Council member David Cisco gave the invocation and led the audience in the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

The minutes of the February 4, 2003 meeting were approved and signed.

After an invitation for public comment was extended, Jimmy Robinson, Johann Merx, Rhodes Barnett and Dale Wilson spoke on business matters listed on the agenda.

PUBLIC HEARINGS:

On the motion of Council member Jacox, seconded by Council member Wolfe, unanimous approval was given to an Ordinance to close and abandon an unnamed alley between Cedar and Prospect Streets.

On the motion of Council member Jacox, seconded by Council member Bannister, the Ordinance to close and abandon an unnamed alley between Campbell and Wisdom Streets passed 8-1 with Council member Holt voting nay.

SECOND READINGS:

Council member Cisco made a motion to table the Ordinance to close and abandon a portion of Mobile Street until next month. The motion was seconded by Council member Jacox and passed unanimously.

On the motion of Council member Jacox, seconded by Council member Cisco, an Ordinance to close and abandon Gin Street passed 5-4 with Council members Bannister, Buchanan, Cisco, Dodd and Jacox voting yea and Bray, Hays, Holt, and Wolfe voting nay. A concerned citizen who lived in the area of Gin Street spoke in opposition to the closing.

On the motion of Council member Hays, seconded by Council member Buchanan, an Ordinance to close and abandon Allen Street, pursuant to the request of the Jackson Madison County School Board, was unanimously approved.

On the motion of Council member Wolfe, seconded by Council member Bray, an Ordinance to Amend Title 14 Chapter 5 of the Official Code of the City of Jackson being the Environmental Advisory/Appeals Board Section to expand the board from six to seven members. The seventh voting member shall be designated as the Madison County Representative and shall be appointed by the County Mayor of Madison County for a term of four years or until the Stormwater Management Intergovernmental Agreement is terminated.

NEW BUSINESS:

On the motion of Council member Buchanan, seconded by Council member Jacox, unanimous approval was given to a 10 year lease agreement with option for two 5-year renewals with Golf Links Management, LLC.

Council member Cisco made a motion to approve a Resolution authorizing the execution and delivery by the City of Jackson, Tennessee of a debt service reserve account guaranty agreement with respect to Telecommunications System Revenue Bonds to be issued by Jackson Energy Authority. The motion was seconded by Council member Dodd and passed 7-2 with Council members Holt and Wolfe voting nay.

A "Brownsfields" presentation by Southwest Tennessee Development District was given by Frank Zerfoss.

On the motion of Council member Dodd, seconded by Council member Jacox, a Resolution approving agreement between State of Tennessee Department of Transportation and City of Jackson for construction of bridge and approaches over Jones Creek was unanimously approved.

On the motion of Council member Bray, seconded by Council member Wolfe, invoices over $10,000 were unanimously approved.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.



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CHARLES H. FARMER, MAYOR


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