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City Council Meeting Minutes

May 14, 2003 - 9:00 A.M.

The Jackson, Tennessee City Council met for their regular monthly meeting at 9:00 a.m., May 14, 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 and Jessie Jacox. Councilman James E. Wolfe, Jr. was absent. Also present were Anita Brooks and Sharon Bell, recorders of the minutes.

Bishop Nathaniel Bond gave the invocation and Councilman Johnny Dodd led the audience in the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

The minutes of the April 1, 2003 meeting were approved and signed.

Mayor Farmer read a Resolution which authorized the issuance of a request for proposals to award a contract for the clean up and removal of debris from the public right-of-ways and the property adjacent thereto and to authorize the acceptance of the best proposal and to execute the contract which complies with all applicable FEMA guidelines. On the motion of Council member Jacox, seconded by Council member Bray, the resolution was unanimously approved.

PUBLIC HEARINGS:

On the motion of Council member Dodd, seconded by Council member Jacox, unanimous approval was given to an Ordinance to rezone property located at the northwest corner of the intersection of West Forest Avenue and Tucker Street from RG-2 (General Residential) District to O-R (Office-Residential) District, comprising 0.27 acres more or less, submitted by Jon Townsend.

SECOND READINGS:

On the motion of Council member Buchanan, seconded by Council member Bannister, unanimous approval was given to an Ordinance to rezone property located on the north side of North Parkway, west of Highway 70 East across from Jackson State Community College, from A-1 (Agricultural-Open Land) District to SC-1 (Planned Unit Commercial Development) District, comprising 0.331± acres.

On the motion of Council member Bannister, seconded by Council member Cisco, unanimous approval was given to an Ordinance to annex and an Ordinance to zone an annexation area referred to as "Sykes," located on the north side of North Parkway, west of Highway 70 East across from Jackson State Community College, comprising 8.946 acres more or less. The proposed zoning for the area is O-R (Office-Residential) District and SC-1 (Planned Unit Commercial Development) District.

On the motion of Council member Dodd, seconded by Council member Jacox, unanimous approval was given to an Ordinance to close and abandon Taylor Alley.

On the motion of Council member Jacox, seconded by Council member Buchanan, unanimous approval was given to an Ordinance to close and abandon a portion of an alley between Church and Cumberland Streets.

NEW BUSINESS:

On the motion of Council member Jacox, seconded by Council member Cisco, unanimous approval was given to a contract for sale of 1.07 acres east of Medical Center Drive to West Tennessee Healthcare for the sum of $175,000.

On the motion of Council member Buchanan, seconded by Council member Jacox, unanimous approval was given to a Resolution approving the Annual Action Plan (2003-2004) of Community Development.

On the motion of Council member Bannister, seconded by Council member Bray, a contract form for the City of Jackson/Union University Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition was approved. Council member Holt abstained from voting on the matter.

On the motion of Council member Jacox, seconded by Council member Hays, donation of the City's interest in a vacant lot located at 652 North Royal to the Jackson Neighborhood Alliance was unanimously approved..

On the motion of Council member Dodd, seconded by Council member Hays, a request to write off outstanding checks/returned checks, Community Development loans and Street Department accounts receivables over 3 years old was unanimously approved.

On the motion of Council member Cisco, seconded by Council member Dodd, a lease agreement with Fleet Capital Leasing for Gateway computers was unanimously approved.

Action to approve a surplus auction at the Jackson Police Department was postponed.

On the motion of Council member Hays, seconded by Council member Buchanan, a contract with Four Seasons Nursery for the purchase of various plants and trees was unanimously approved.

On the motion of Council member Dodd, seconded by Council member Cisco, a contract with Burger Barn for the summer food program was unanimously approved.

On the motion of Council member Dodd, seconded by Council member Bannister, a contract with Aeneas Internet and Telephone for long distance service was unanimously approved.

On the motion of Council member Cisco, seconded by Council member Hays, a contract with Teague Transports for limestone was unanimously approved.

On the motion of Council member Jacox, seconded by Council member Cisco, a contract with Spotless Cleaning Service for parking lot cleaning was unanimously approved.

On the motion of Council member Cisco, seconded by Council member Bannister, a contract in the amount of $189,460.77 with Ford Construction Company for the McClellan Road project, with the original bid amount being $275,622.07 and a negative change order of $86,161.30, was unanimously approved.

On the motion of Council member Jacox, seconded by Council member Cisco, the transfer of the Northside Lion Community Center to the City of Jackson was unanimously approved.

On the motion of Council member Buchanan, seconded by Council member Bray, the following board appointments were approved:

  • Code Advisory/Appeals Board - Reappointment of Hal Crocker, Wendy Braxter, Ron Smith, Jimmy Anderson and Gary Taylor.
  • Zoning Appeals - Reappointment of Max Hart and Roy Chandler, Jr.
  • Jackson Transit Authority - Appointment of Duane Cherry to replace Dr. Ernest Brooks.
  • Historic Zoning Commission - Reappointment of Charlie Mueller and Sue Templeton.
  • West Tennessee Healthcare - Reappointment of Sammie Arnold.
  • Planning Commission - Doug Teague to replace James Tyson, whose term has expired.

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

Johnny Williams, Public Works Director, and Ron Barry, Workforce Enrichment Director, gave a brief report about the clean up efforts after the tornado. Winston Henning, Executive Director of Jackson Housing Authority, gave a report on how vouchers for displaced families would be distributed and Larry Baldwin, Risk Manager, gave a report of the damages done to city owned buildings and properties.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.




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CHARLES H. FARMER, MAYOR


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