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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
APRIL 4, 2006

The Jackson, Tennessee City Council met for their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 4, 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; Anna Parks-Covington; Johnny Dodd; Maurice Hays; 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.

The minutes of the March 7, 2006 meeting were approved and signed.


Mayor Farmer presented proclamations for Fair Housing Month to Kathryn Avent of West Tennessee Legal Services; Child Abuse Prevention Month to Pam Nash of the Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse; and Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Roy Weaver, Superintendent of the Jackson Madison County School System, was in attendance and requested that the City of Jackson allow the School Board additional time to study the proposal for the construction of a new Jackson Central Merry High School on the “Ormet” property. Mayor Farmer asked Mr. Weaver whether he thought 60 days would be sufficient time for the School Board to complete the study. Mr. Weaver advised he thought that would be adequate time. Johnny Williams, the City’s Public Services Director, advised that a Phase I Environmental Study had previously been performed on the property and passed with no adverse findings. Mayor Farmer announced that without objection the Resolution to withdraw the offer of the “Ormet” property would be tabled for 60 days. Council member Parks-Covington made a motion to table the matter. Council member Cisco seconded the motion and it was unanimously approved.

PUBLIC HEARINGS:

On the motion of Council member Cisco, seconded by Council member Buchanan, unanimous approval was given to an Ordinance to amend the Official Map of the City of Jackson by changing the name of a portion of the southwest leg of Rushmeade Road to Vann Drive.

On the motion of Council member Rahm, seconded by Council member Parks-Covington, unanimous approval was given to an Ordinance to amend the Official Map of the City of Jackson by changing the name of a portion of the northwest leg of Rushmeade Road to Express Drive.

On the motion of Council member Cisco, seconded by Council member Dodd, unanimous approval was given to an Ordinance to amend the Official Map of the City of Jackson by changing the name of a portion of the south leg of Pipkin Road to Express Drive.

On the motion of Council member Cisco, seconded by Council member Rahm, unanimous approval was given to the following Ordinances:

    • Amend the Official Map of the City of Jackson by naming an east-west alley between North Church and North Liberty Streets to Rock-A-Billy Alley.

    • Close and abandon an un-named alley between Airways Blvd. and Gordon Street.

    • Close and abandon an un-named alley between 109 and 124 Lexington Avenue.

    • Close and abandon a portion of East Court Alley.

    • Close and abandon an un-named alley between Short and Carson Streets.

    • Close and abandon two east-west un-named alleys between Cedar and Highland Avenue.

    • Close and abandon three north-south un-named alleys between Cedar and Talbot Street.

    • Close and abandon an unnamed north-south alley between Main, Cumberland, Baltimore and Church Streets.

    • Close and abandon a portion of Freeman Street.

On the motion of Council member Dodd, seconded by Council member Parks-Covington, unanimous approval was given to an Ordinance to close and abandon the west leg of Wiley Parker Road from Vann Drive to Rushmeade Road.

SECOND READINGS:

On the motion of Council member Buchanan, seconded by Council member Brooks, unanimous approval was given to an Ordinance to amend the text of the Official Zoning Ordinance Article V, Specific District Regulations, Section 8. B-2 Neighborhood Business District, C. Uses Permitted as Special Exceptions.

NEW BUSINESS:

On the motion of Council member Rahm, seconded by Council member Parks-Covington, a Resolution authorizing the issuance of an interest bearing general obligation capital outlay note, Series 2006-B, in an amount not to exceed $1,995,000, and providing for payment of said note, passed 7-2, with Council members Bannister and Buchanan voting nay.

On the motion of Council member Cisco, seconded by Council member Rahm, unanimous approval was given to the reimbursement of $91,800 to Jackson Energy Authority for environmental remediation of the property located at 91 New Market Street, upon the sale or other disposition of the property.

On the motion of Council member Hays, seconded by Council member Dodd, unanimous approval was given to a contract in the amount of $578,079 with Dement Construction Company for Vann Drive at Emporium intersection improvements.

On the motion of Council member Dodd, seconded by Council member Cisco, the contract with Waste Management for the collection of solid waste was approved 8-0-1, with Council member Bannister abstaining.

On the motion of Council member Buchanan, seconded by Council member Rahm, unanimous approval was given to the sale of the following surplus property:

Name of Offeror

Address

Map, Group & Parcel Number

Cash Amount

Ronnie Bush

105 Valley

087D A 3.00

$1,000

Ameale Hudson

305 Middle Avenue

087B N 20.01

$ 500



On the motion of Council member Rahm, seconded by Council member Dodd, unanimous approval was given to the following board appointments:
  • Airport Authority – Appointment of Tina Mercer to fill the term of Dr. Alex Leech, who has deceased, and Bill Douglas to fill the unexpired term of Robert Alderson, who has resigned.

  • Jackson Transit Authority – Appointment of Mike Freeman to replace Bill Taylor, whose term has expired.

  • Keep Jackson Beautiful – Appointment of Karen Davenport to replace Jan Mansfield.

On the motion of Council member Bray, seconded by Council member Brooks, 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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