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»
Overview and Understanding Common Core State Standards
Clarksville, TN – A presentation on Common Core Standards will be held on Wednesday, June 26th at 7:00pm in the Pinnacle. This event is sponsored by the Common Sense Coalition and features Lauri Day as the guest speaker.
Lauri Day was the Republican candidate for the 74th district seat in the Tennessee State House of Representatives. She has been traveling around the state educating the public about Common Core since January.
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»
Final update detailing the first session of the 108th General Assembly
Food, Clothing, and Hygiene Drive to support theFood Pantry
Nashville, TN – House Bill 32, License Plates for our Veterans and Active Duty Military.
House Bill 32, sponsored by Tennessee State Representative Cameron Sexton (R-Crossville) will make some changes, effective July 1st, 2014, to the issuance of license plates to our active duty military and veterans who receive honors and awards such as the Purple Heart, Silver Star, Air Medal, and Medal of Honor.
The most substantial change is moving the Air Medal plates to the category of military cultural license plates. This category also contains other license plates such as the Silver Star and Bronze Star.
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.
Clarksville, TN – This Thursday, June 6th, 2013 at 7:00pm, will be the first reading and vote on the Fiscal Year 2014 City of Clarksville Budget.
I hope that you had a chance to watch the budget work session videos and review the budget documents. If not, they are listed at the bottom of this article. «Read the rest of this article»
Update detailing the first session of the 108th Tennessee General Assembly
Nashville, TN – Eligibility of military dependents for the Hope Lottery Scholarship remains unresolved.
House Bill 427/Senate Bill 57, filed by Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville) and Senator Mark Green (R-Clarksville) was not heard in the House Finance Subcommittee this session. For the third year in a row, the subcommittee did not approve funding this important legislation for military dependents due to budget restraints. The cost of the funding to address an inequity in the eligibility requirements for military dependents is $364,000.
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 – 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.
Clarksville, TN – The Clarksville City Council met in two long, long work sessions this past week (Monday and Thursday) to go over the budget. These sessions have enabled council members to publicly request access to budget and operational information from city department directors, which the mayor’s office has often been unwilling to provide upon repeated request.
It seemed about half the council had few to no questions to ask and the rest of us had many. I will be narrowing the scope of this report and future reports to a few items at a time to help lessen the complexity and reading time.
Be assured, you will still get all the details in more reports, but shorter length. «Read the rest of this article»
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