Clarksville, TN – This is a continuation of my June 9th, 2013 budget report. Here are some more of the main issues that were worked on.
Part-Time Employee Pay Raise – A council member amendment was made to raise part-time park employee salaries by 25-cents an hour. Some of these employees make minimum wage and it takes several years of city service to see any type of hourly increase. «Read the rest of this article»
Clarksville, TN – I don’t know if there is a Guinness Book record for long council meetings, but I believe we would qualify after Thursday’s regular session. The meeting started at 6:55om Thursday and ended about 2:20am Friday morning.
Things started mild enough, then got feisty and progressed downhill to the point that at the end of the meeting Councilman James Lewis stormed over to Councilman David Allen as they were leaving and said he would see him outside. Police were requested to go outside to ensure the situation did not turn into a knock down and drag out affair.
So basically, it was a regular night at the Clarksville City Council. «Read the rest of this article»
Clarksville, TN – I want to thank all the folks that were able to join Kaye Jones and myself in a joint Ward 10 and Ward 11 community meeting this past Monday, June 3rd. A surprise attendee was Councilman Marc Harris, Ward 6, and we were glad to have him visit.
In order to bring everyone up to speed, I’ll cover the major surprise item I had for citizens.
Madison Street Access Road Concept
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Clarksville, TN – On Monday June 3rd, 2013 at 6:30pm, I will hold a joint community/ward meeting at the Gas and Water building located at the corner of Richview Drive and Madison Street with Councilwoman Kaye Jones of Ward 11.
We will meet in the large conference room that is located in the hallway behind the main entrance (where all the glass doors are) of the Gas and Water building. We will be there to guide you as needed. Please be on time as we usually lock the entrance doors after the meeting starts to ensure building security. «Read the rest of this article»
Clarksville, TN – I want to wish a safe and peaceful Memorial Day Holiday to all. As you join friends and family this holiday and relax in this beautiful weather, take a moment to reflect on those who sacrificed so much in the service of our country to provide a gift that we sometimes take for granted.
That gift being the freedom we live in and experience every day. «Read the rest of this article»
Clarksville, TN – This is the third installment on topics and issues concerning the proposed FY 2014 city budget. Department directors have been working to gather information to questions we posed during the two budget work sessions.
Proposed New Park – Ward 10: Those that have followed my efforts on the council know that one of the items on my long “to do” list was to establish a city park in the ward. If you look at the location of city parks in Clarksville, you will see they are clustered to the western side of the city, with many of those located in or around the old city center.
Proposed New Park – Ward 10
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Clarksville, TN – The FY 2014 budget process is underway. This year’s theme is supposedly things would be tight, as opposed to last year theme, which was spend today and don’t worried about FY 2014. The mayor held initial public city department budget presentations the week of April 22nd, 2013.
I had not sent any budget info out because these early presentations change (which they have). Costs details and more unannounced changes are usually found only when the full line-by-line budget is provided (which they were). «Read the rest of this article»
Clarksville, TN – The Clarksville City Council met in its usual first Thursday of the month regular voting session on May 2nd, 2013. The agenda was one of the lightest I believe I have seen in 6 ½ years of being on the council.
More and more often some of our assigned council committees do not to meet on any regular schedule. A normal schedule would be once a month.
However, there were a couple agenda items that may be of interest to readers. «Read the rest of this article»
Clarksville, TN – The Clarksville City Council met in its usual first Thursday of the month session on March 7th. It was a long meeting lasting until 11:00pm. Here is Part II on the results of some important decisions.
Ordinance 67 (Ethics): You know the history, the delays and now the moment of truth. This ordinance would create an Ethics Commission that would review ethics complaints. Basically Mayor Kim McMillan wants a 5-member commission she would appoint with council approval. «Read the rest of this article»
Clarksville, TN – The Clarksville City Council met in a special session last evening (March 11th) at the direction of Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan. The purpose was to conduct the second (all ordinances require two votes for passage) vote on a spending ordinance 72-2012-13.
As a brief background, the ordinance would have increased an approved spending request of $190,000 for a new chiller (AC Unit) for Clarksville City Hall. The increase would have raised the total expense to over one million dollars. This increase was due to buying a more efficient chiller (cost: $384,000) and replacing lighting fixtures in eight buildings for more efficient units at a cost of over $610,000. The initial vote of approval on this ordinance was held last Thursday (March 7th) and ended in a 6 – 6 tie that Mayor McMillan voted yes to provide passage of the ordinance. «Read the rest of this article»