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OFFICIAL MINUTES

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MINUTES
CITY COUNCIL MEETING
AUGUST 2, 2005

The Jackson, Tennessee City Council met for their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, August 2, 2005, 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; Anna Parks-Covington; and Charles Rahm present. Also present was Toni Ross recorder of the minutes.
Council member Dodd gave the invocation and led the audience in the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

The minutes of the July 5, 2005 meeting were approved and signed.
Mayor Farmer presented a proclamation to Sgt. Byron Taylor for National Night Out.
PUBLIC HEARINGS:
On the motion of Council member Rahm, seconded by Council member Dodd, unanimous approval was given to an Ordinance to rezone property located on the south side of Oil Well Road, just west of Walker Road, from an RG-2/PRD (General Residential/Planned Residential Development), RG-3 (General Residential), and O-C (Office Center) Districts to an SC-1 (Planned Unit Commercial Development) District, comprising 17.11 acres more or less, submitted by Larry Jolley, on behalf of V. C. Thomsen, Jr.

On the motion of Council member Buchanan, seconded by Council member Parks-Covington, unanimous approval was given to an Ordinance to Amend the Ordinance governing Registration of Vehicles to establish one rate for all vehicles.
SECOND READINGS:
On the motion of Council member Cisco, seconded by Council member Rahm, unanimous approval was given to an Ordinance to amend the text of the Official Zoning Ordinance for the City of Jackson, Tennessee relative to the definition of “family.”

On the motion of Council member Dodd, seconded by Council member Cisco, unanimous approval was given to an Ordinance to rezone property located on the north and south sides of Shelby Street, just west of South Royal Street, from an RG-3 (General Residential) District to a B-4 (General Business) District comprising a total of 3.9 acres more or less submitted by David Williams and including a larger area initiated by the planning staff.

On the motion of Council member Rahm, seconded by Council member Parks-Covington, unanimous approval was given to an Ordinance to amend the text of the Zoning and Land Use Control, Chapter 4 Sign Control, relative to Mobile Signs.
On the motion of Council member Dodd, seconded by Council member Cisco, unanimous approval was given to an amendment to the City Court Judge Ordinance to set the salary of the City Judge to $97,500, with said salary to be for the duration of the next term of office beginning in August 2006.
NEW BUSINESS:
Gary Grisham and Greg Milam, Co-Chairs of Madison County 20/20, presented the Strategic Plan for Madison County and asked for the City’s support and encouragement.
Mayor Farmer advised that Lewis Cobb, City of Jackson’s attorney, had received a letter from Jerome Teel, Madison County’s attorney, asserting a claim to proceeds from the sale of the city's landfill. Attorney Cobb was present and answered questions regarding the legal title of the property and the operating agreement between the City and the County. Attorney Cobb outlined the various options the City had to resolve the matter. Council member Rahm made a motion that a declaratory judgment be filed in Chancery Court to resolve the issues. The motion was seconded by Council member Brooks and was unanimously approved.

Stan Pilant and Johnny Williams gave a summary of the development proposal for the Entertainment District submitted by Jackson Metro Cinema, LP. Mr. Pilant and Mr. Williams advised that the proposal was still in the review process and would be brought back before the City Council at a later date for final consideration.

On the motion of Council member Cisco, seconded by Council member Parks-Covington, unanimous approval was given to a Resolution authorizing participation by the Jackson Downtown Development Corporation (“JDDC”) in the Tennessee Main Street Program. Mary Bearden, Director of JDDC, was present and advised that JDDC was currently one of fifteen in the State of Tennessee who were participants in the Tennessee Main Street Program and the Resolution was a requirement of the application process.

On the motion of Council member Bannister, seconded by Council member Bray, unanimous approval was given to a change order in the amount of $55,693.53 to Ford Construction Company for improvements to F. E. Wright Drive (original contract $734,884.99, change order no. 1 $55,693.53, new contract $790,578.52.)

On the motion of Council member Hays, seconded by Council member Cisco, unanimous approval was given to a contract in the amount of $29,450 with Neel-Schaffer, Inc. for engineering design services for providing double-left turn lanes on Skyline Drive at Highland Avenue, said amount to be 100% reimbursable by Jackson Madison County General Hospital, with the Council’s approval being contingent upon approval by the JMCGH Board.

Paul Mundt addressed the Council regarding his Petition for a Hearing submitted on behalf of various landlords regarding garbage pick-up at apartment complexes within the City of Jackson. The landlords’ attorney, David Riddick, who had sent a letter requesting the matter be set on the agenda, was not present at the meeting. Lewis Cobb, the City’s attorney, responded to questions from the Council regarding the matter. Mr. Cobb advised that City Court Judge Blake Anderson had previously ruled in his court on the issue. Council member Buchanan made a motion that the Council not take action on the petition in that it was improper since Judge Anderson had already issued a ruling on the matter. Council member Hays seconded the motion adding that the City review Jackson Energy Authority’s billing of sanitation services and determine whether any billing was done in error. The motion was unanimously approved.

On the motion of Council member Cisco, seconded by Council member Brooks, unanimous approval was given to the following board appointments:
Keep Jackson Beautiful Commission – Reappointment of Tammy Buchanan and appointment of Brad Creekmore to fill the expired term of Gwen Carnell.
Community Economic Development Corporation – Appointment of Tom Hensley to replace Mary Adams, whose term has expired, and appointment of Esther Milam to replace Bill Hamilton, who has resigned.
Housing Board of Adjustment and Appeals – Reappointment of Mattie Carroll.
On the motion of Council member Bray, seconded by Council member Parks-Covington, unanimous approval was given to the payment of invoices over $10,000.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

 

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CHARLES H. FARMER, MAYOR

 


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