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City Council Meeting Minutes

OFFICIAL MINUTES

THE AUGUST MINUTES ARE NOT OFFICIAL UNTIL THEY HAVE BEEN APPROVED BY COUNCIL at the September 2004 meeting.

CITY COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
AUGUST 3, 2004

The Jackson, Tennessee City Council met for their regular monthly meeting on August 3, 2004 at 9:00 a.m. 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 Anita Brooks, recorder of the minutes.

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

The minutes of the July 6, 2004 meeting were approved and signed.

Mayor Farmer read a proclamation for National Night Out.

PUBLIC HEARINGS:

On the motion of Council member Cisco, seconded by Council member Brooks, unanimous approval was given to an Ordinance to rezone property located on the north side of Campbell Street, just north of Ridgecrest Road from A-O (Agriculture-Open land) District to SC-1 (Planned Unit Commercial Development) District, comprising 6.6 acres more or less, submitted by Larry Butler on behalf of RMR Investment Company, LLC.

On the motion of Council member Bannister, seconded by Council member Bray, unanimous approval was given to an Ordinance to Amend Portions of Title 8, Chapter 1, relating to "Intoxicating Liquors."

SECOND READINGS:

On the motion of Council member Buchanan, seconded by Council member Rahm, unanimous approval was given to an Ordinance to annex and an Ordinance to zone an area referred to as the "Birmingham Annexation Area," located on the east side of Old Medina Road, just north of Interstate 40, comprising 5.02 acres more or less. The proposed zoning for the area is SC-1 (Planned Unit Commercial Development) District.

On the motion of Council member Rahm, seconded by Council member Cisco, unanimous approval was given to an Ordinance to rezone property located on the north side of Interstate 40, just east of Old Medina Road from A-O/FH (Agriculture-Open land/Special Flood Hazard) District to SC-1/FH (Planned Unit Commercial Development/Special Flood Hazard) District, comprising 25.3 acres more or less.

On the motion of Council member Rahm, seconded by Council member Buchanan, unanimous approval was given to an Ordinance to rezone property located at 1651 Hollywood Drive from RG-2 (General Residential) District to O-C/B-5 (Office-Center/Highway Business) District, comprising 16.8 acres more or less, submitted by Jim Akin.

NEW BUSINESS:

On the motion of Council member Buchanan, seconded by Council member Dodd, unanimous approval was given to authorizing amendments to the repayment schedules of loan agreements in the amount of $6,000,000, $10,000,000 and $23,595,000 with the Tennessee Municipal Bond Fund.

On the motion of Council member Neese, seconded by Council member Brooks, unanimous approval was given to a request to write off $1,080,473.18 in uncollectible fines over 10 years old owed to City Court.

On the motion of Council member Cisco, seconded by Council member Rahm, unanimous approval was given to a contract with A-1 Chemical Products for janitorial supplies.

On the motion of Council member Bannister, seconded by Council member Bray, the donation of equipment from the Woodworking Shop operated by Cecil Cravens to the Jackson Madison County School System was unanimously approved. (This vote was incorrectly called as 8-0 with 1 council member abstaining.)

On the motion of Council member Bray, seconded by Council member Buchanan, unanimous approval was given to Change Order #1 from DeSoto County Electric, Inc. regarding the Carriage House Drive Signalization Project. (Original contract $147,667.70; change order - $26,644.60; revised contract of $121,023.10.)

On the motion of Council member Rahm, seconded by Council member Neese, unanimous approval was given to Change Order #1 from Dement Construction Company for additional resurfacing work during FY 03-04. (Original Contract $1,340,130.00, change order $179,432.43 for a revised contract of $1,519,562.43.)

On the motion of Council member Neese, seconded by Council member Buchanan, unanimous approval was given to a contract in the amount of $2,300.00 with Fisher and Arnold, Inc. for additional engineering services required for right-of-way staking on the Hollywood Drive Project.

On the motion of Council member Dodd, seconded by Council member Cisco, unanimous approval was given to a contract in the amount of $300,000.00 with the State of Tennessee Department of Transportation for Bridge Replacement on Second Street over Anderson Branch. Pursuant to the Federal Bridge Replacement Program, the city's local share is $60,000.00, representing an 80/20 split.

On the motion of Council member Buchanan, seconded by Council member Dodd, unanimous approval was given to a Certificate of Compliance for Greg and Angie Heath for a liquor store located at 2030 North Highland, known as Old Hickory Package Store.

On the motion of Council member Bannister, seconded by Council member Brooks, a proposed settlement of lawsuits filed against the City of Jackson Fire Department by Debra Bond and Linda Jines was approved 6-3 with Council members Cisco, Neese and Rahm voting nay.

On the motion of Council member Brooks, seconded by Council member Neese, unanimous approval was given to suspend the rules requiring submission of agenda items in advance and form an ad hoc committee to study and give a recommendation about the city's policy regarding concessionaires at the Farmers Market. Council member Brooks recommended that the committee consist of four (4) city council members consisting of Bannister, Brooks, Buchanan and Neese. Felix Fly, Director of the Farmers' Market, addressed the City Council regarding the matter that involved a 12-year-old Medina youth who wanted to sell concessions at the market.

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

  • Housing Board of Adjustment and Appeals – Reappointment of Mary Tyler and Linda Higgins.
  • Industrial Development Board – Appointment of Andy Culbreath to replace Royal Hickey.

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

Mayor Farmer announced that a called meeting of the City Council would be held on Tuesday, August 10, 2004, at 9:00 a.m. to give an update on the redevelopment of East Jackson and Downtown, including mitigation, property acquisition issues and proposed projects.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.




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CHARLES H. FARMER, MAYOR


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