Topic: Johnny Piper
Clarksville, TN – The current controversy surrounding the hiring of a new Regional Planning Director has revealed yet another unanswered question.
Just who DOES hire the director?
Like the “conflict of interest” debate, and the Clarksville Department of Electricity power board/city of Clarksville relationship, we’ve now learned that we may not know how to properly hire the regional planning director. «Read the rest of this article»
Clarksville, TN – Clarksville Mayor McMillan has surprised the council again by changing course on efforts to revise the city charter. On the Executive Agenda for tomorrow is a resolution to approve a new charter with a vote set for Thursday.
Allow me to recap where we started and where we now are. If you recall, the mayor formed a new committee to revise the city charter for a third time in February 2011. «Read the rest of this article»
Clarksville will have a marina operator. Finally! (keeping fingers crossed)
The Clarksville City Council approved two lease agreements this week to FINALLY get a marina operator to get the marina up and running by spring 2012. The agreement is between the city of Clarksville, and Campbell Telico Marina LLC, to operate a marina and restaurant at the former fairgrounds property. Once completed, it will be one of the finest facilities anywhere. The vote didn’t come without the typical political “posturing”.
Several city councilmen complained about the timing of the special called session, after only receiving the final lease agreement the night before they were to vote on it. «Read the rest of this article»
When Hemlock Semi-Conductor company decided to invest over two billion dollars in Clarksville/Montgomery County to build a new facility, the President and CEO of the Economic Development Council, James Chavez, was a major player. He led a team of recruiters and staff to land the single most important economic partner this community has ever had. Mayor Carolyn Bowers, though, feels Chavez needs to get back to work, “not rest on your laurels” and run the Economic Development Council “as it was originally created.”
Tension in recent weeks has been running high as rumor and unfounded claims about behavior have dominated the discussion. Mayor Bowers was interviewed on Wjzm’s “Clarksville in Review” and talked at length about the situation.
You can hear the entire interview here: Clarksville In Review 12/17/11
Clarksville, TN – The other item I wished to comment on for your info and consideration are efforts to fix traffic problem at Exit 11. Many of you know that my efforts to gain stoplights at the Sango Road – MLK/Hwy 76 intersection go back to 2000. A study effort request that I submitted on behalf of several neighborhoods back at that time did not support stoplights.
After being elected to the council in 2007, I made another request to have the area looked for traffic volume and stoplight needs. Again the study did not support the need. Around 2009 I again asked for a study from the state and it was performed. It showed a greater volume of traffic but not for enough hours of the day. «Read the rest of this article»
If there’s one person who absolutely gets no respect, it’s a cop. I admire a person who wants to be one. There’s not a lot about doing the job that appeals to anyone. A cop is born to be a cop. It’s something they’ve always wanted to do. “To uphold the law.” “To protect and serve.”
The Clarksville Police Department has one of the finest leaders it’s ever had in Chief Al Ansley. Ansley was appointed chief during the Piper administration, and takes a no nonsense approach to his work. His commanders are loyal brothers in arms. Fellow warriors of the streets who know how to get the job done, and understand what their chief demands. If ever there was a “team effort”, this is it. The results are evident. «Read the rest of this article»
Just last week, in the midst of the Barge Port controversy, the city council had the time to debate how the Mayor casts her vote.
You may recall, the powers of the Mayor were the major sticking point of our revised city charter getting support from our lackluster state representatives. They focused on the Mayor’s veto power, his or her ability to have too much power, and control legislation.
Clarksville, TN – In the two previous and current charter update efforts, one of the attempts to change interaction and separate the influence of the mayoral (executive) position over the council (legislative) was made through the voting process.
It has been a complaint of both citizens and council members that have observed and served with previous administrations that the mayoral position could and had exerted undue influence through manipulation of the council votes. Similar complaints surfaced at the last council meeting. However, the two previous efforts to change anything with voting could not gain enough support for change. «Read the rest of this article»
Clarksville, TN – The Marina – New “Request For Proposals (RFP)” have gone out to potentially interested marina operators. I know the city had received interest from marina operators before the RFPs had gone out.
The city has acquired a Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) funding for the construction of transient docks. The grant funding is in the amount of $585,000.
His resignation will become effective on July 1st 2011; six months after initially being hired as the superintendent for «Read the rest of this article». While holding the position, Piper hired a Communications Director, a Human Resources Director, and launched a $390,000 renovation of the CDE offices on Wilma Rudolph Blvd.
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