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City Council Meeting Minutes

OFFICIAL MINUTES

THE NEW MINUTES ARE NOT OFFICIAL UNTIL THEY HAVE BEEN APPROVED BY COUNCIL at the NEXT COUNCIL meeting.

MINUTES
CITY COUNCIL MEETING
JANUARY 3, 2006 and JANUARY 12, 2006
The Jackson, Tennessee City Council met for their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, January 3, 2006, 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 P. Ross, recorder of the minutes.

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

The minutes of the December 13, 2005 and December 16, 2005 meetings were approved and signed.

PUBLIC HEARINGS:
On the motion of Council member Bannister, seconded by Council member Cisco, unanimous approval was given to an Ordinance to rezone property located on the east side of Rushmeade Road, just north of Vann Drive from an RG-1 (General Residential) District to a SC-1 (Planned Unit Commercial Development) District, comprising 0.72 acres more or less, submitted by Jason McCarver on behalf of Columns II Partners.

SECOND READINGS:
On the motion of Council member Brooks, seconded by Council member Rahm, unanimous approval was given to an Ordinance to rescind an Ordinance to close and abandon the western portion of M & O Alley located on the south margin of Chester Street and the centerline intersection of Mobile Street, pursuant to the request of the adjoining property owners.

NEW BUSINESS:
On the motion of Council member Rahm, seconded by Council member Buchanan, unanimous approval was given to Change Order # 2 in the amount of $17,603.23 from Ford Construction Company for completion of project known as Dr. F.E. Wright Road Improvements. (original contract - $734,884.99, change order #1- $55,693.53; revised contract -$790,578.52; change order # 2 - $17,603.23, revised total contract - $808,181.75.)

On the motion of Council member Rahm, seconded by Council member Brooks, unanimous approval was given to a contract in the amount $1,498,630.69 with Ford Construction Company for the Royal Street Improvement-Phase.

On the motion of Council member Bray, seconded by Council member Parks-Covington, unanimous approval was given to the payment of i nvoices over $10,000.

Mayor Farmer reminded the Council that the Lozinak Group had requested that the City Council allow them until January 12, 2006 before making a decision on the contract regarding the lease extension at Pringles Park. Council member Cisco made a motion that the meeting would stand in recess until Thursday, January 12, 2006, at 9:00 a.m. Council member Rahm seconded the motion and it was unanimously approved.

JANUARY 12, 2006 – 9:00 A.M.

The Jackson City Council reconvened on Thursday, January 12, 2006, 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 Hays gave the invocation and led the audience in the pledge of Allegiance to the flag.

Mayor Farmer introduced and welcomed Coach Yancey and the members of the Tigrett Middle School Basketball team.

Larry Butler, attorney for the City of Jackson, was present and updated the City Council on the previous negotiations with the Lozinak Group. Mr. Butler advised that the Lozinak Group had rejected the City of Jackson’s latest proposed contract; therefore, the only contract for consideration was the three year contract submitted by the Lozinak Group. Mr. Butler advised the three year contract included a provision for payment of certain sums to the City of Jackson if the Lozinak Group terminated the contract in any of three years.

Several members of the City Council expressed their concerns/opinions regarding the proposal submitted by the Lozinak Group as well as the importance of keeping baseball in the community. Mr. Butler advised that it was important that a contract be entered into regarding the lease of the stadium to allow the Minor League Baseball to complete their schedule and to allow the Lozinak Group to continue their negotiations with a group which he referred to as “The Bennett Group” for the purchase of the team. Mr. Butler advised that it was necessary to have a contract for the use of the stadium for the negotiations with “The Bennett Group” to continue. Mr. Butler advised that “The Bennett Group” appeared to be sincere regarding the purchase of the team in that they were in the process of submitting Letter of Intent to the Lozinak Group.

Council member Hays made a motion to approve the three year proposal submitted by the Lozinak Group. The motion was seconded by Council member Cisco and was unanimously approved.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

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CHARLES H. FARMER, MAYOR

 

 

 

   

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