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Clarksville City Council Executive Session and Comments for January 26th

Clarksville City Council - Ward 10Clarksville, TN – You will note in Section 9 (New Business), Item #3, the Mayor has again brought forth an effort to change one section in the current (outdated) City Charter. The change deals with removing a section of the charter that (in its strictest interpretation) would not allow those to do business with the city to be on any board, commissions or authorities.

This issue was voted on at the last regular council session (January 2012) and did not get the required 2/3s approval for submission to the state legislature. The Mayor is complaining that she cannot find people in Clarksville with particular skills such as architects, lawyers, engineers, accountants and design professionals that don’t do business with the city.

I would say the mayor isn’t looking too hard beyond those she may know personally. If readers recall, during the rework of the CDE board the mayor did not recommend anyone for the board with an engineering, telecommunications, internet, or other electronic/communications background (remember CDE now provides cable, phone and internet services and has had its share of problems in these areas).

When  I suggested that such a person be placed on the board the mayor stated she would not know where to find such a person and dismissed the idea. I found that interesting since I have known about a couple of dozen folks that would fit that capability.

We have items in the charter that are not allowed by current state law, yet our charter worry is about a locally made issue our city can’t see to handle and fix. The city has made a mountain out of a molehill on this topic. The initial problem or question that started all of this was on the county government side, not city.

The simple fix is to go find and ask the people of Clarksville who have no business interests in the city, but have the required skill sets to help their community.  I’ll bet we could find one or two if we looked real hard.

I’ll write more comments and thoughts on charter issues for your consideration a bit later.

 


 

CLARKSVILLE CITY COUNCIL

EXECUTIVE SESSION

JANUARY 26, 2012, 4:30 P.M.

 

 

COUNCIL CHAMBERS

106 PUBLIC SQUARE

CLARKSVILLE, TENNESSEE

AGENDA

1) PLANNING COMMISSION: PUBLIC HEARING

1. ORDINANCE 56-2011-12 (First Reading) Amending the Zoning Ordinance

and Map of the City of Clarksville, application of William and Trena Fendley,

Barry Goad/Select Home Building-Agent, for zone change on property at

Windham Road & Ashland City Road from R-1 Single Family Residential

District to R-2A Single Family Residential District (RPC: Approval/Approval)

2. ORDINANCE 57-2011-12 (First Reading) Amending the Zoning Ordinance

and Map of the City of Clarksville, application of D & M Construction/Bill Mace

for zone change on property at Tiny Town Road & Clearwater Drive from AG

Agricultural District to O-1 Office District (RPC: Disapproval/Disapproval)

3. ORDINANCE 58-2011-12 (First Reading) Amending the Zoning Ordinance

and Map of the City of Clarksville, application of John E. Cain, III, for zone

change on property at Lady Marion Drive & Tobacco Road from R-4 Multiple

Family Residential District to C-5 Highway & Arterial Commercial District

(RPC: Approval/Approval)

4. ORDINANCE 59-2011-12 (First Reading) Amending the Zoning Ordinance

and Map of the City of Clarksville, application of Austin Peay, VI, for zone

change on property at North Henderson Way & O’Malley Drive from R-1 Single

Family Residential District to R-1A Single Family Residential District (RPC:

Approval/Approval)

5. ORDINANCE 60-2011-12 (First Reading) Amending the Zoning Ordinance

and Map of the City of Clarksville, application of J & N Enterprises, Inc., c/o

Marshal Ross, for zone change on property at U.S. Hwy. 79 & Cynthia Drive

from R-1 Single Family Residential District to R-2 Single Family Residential

District (RPC: Approval/Approval)

2) CONSENT AGENDA

All items in this portion of the agenda are considered to be routine and non-controversial

by the Council and may be approved by one motion; however, a member of the Council

may request that an item be removed for separate consideration under the appropriate

committee report:

1. ORDINANCE 38-2011-12 (Second Reading) Amending the FY12 Parking

Authority budget for various capital expenses

2. ORDINANCE 46-2011-12 (Second Reading) Amending the Zoning Ordinance

and Map of the City of Clarksville, application of L.E. Wilson, Jr., John

Arrington-Agent, for zone change on property at Excell Road & Old Excell Road

from R-1 Single Family Residential District to C-5 Highway & Arterial

Commercial District

3. ORDINANCE 47-2011-12 (Second Reading) Amending the Zoning Ordinance

and Map of the City of Clarksville, application of Helen L. Vick, Richard H.

Swift c/o NAI Clarksville-Agent, for zone change on property at Madison Street

& Irene Drive from R-1 Single Family Residential District to C-5 Highway &

Arterial Commercial District

4. ORDINANCE 48-2011-12 (Second Reading) Amending the Zoning Ordinance

and Map of the City of Clarksville, application of the Trustees of Maplewood

Baptist Church, Billy J. Mace-Agent, for zone change on property at Tiny Town

Road & Clearwater Drive from R-1 Single Family Residential District to R-2

Single Family Residential District

5. ORDINANCE 50-2011-12 (Second Reading) Amending the Traffic Camera

Special Revenue Fund and the Capital Projects Budget to transfer funds to the

Police Range Construction Project

6. RESOLUTION 34-2011-12 Renewing the Certificate of Compliance for

Ramesh Kassety (Caddy’s Discount Liquors, 2206B Madison Street)

7. RESOLUTION 35-2011-12 Renewing the Certificate of Compliance for Todd

Morris (Mulligan’s Wine & Spirits, 2255 Wilma Rudolph Blvd.)

8. Adoption of Minutes: Special Session December 20th, Regular Session January 5th

3) COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

Marc Harris, Chair

1. RESOLUTION 36-2011-12 Adopting the Analysis of Impediments to Fair

Housing Choice (Community Development Committee: Approval)

4) FINANCE COMMITTEE

Joel Wallace, Chair

1. ORDINANCE 51-2011-12 (First Reading) Amending the FY12 General Fund

Operating Budget for the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (Finance

Committee: Approval)

2. ORDINANCE 52-2011-12 (First Reading) Amending the FY12 Parks &

Recreation budget to transfer funds for purchase of a bucket truck (Finance

Committee: Approval)

3. ORDINANCE 53-2011-12 (First Reading) Amending the FY12 Legal

Department operating budget for professional services (Finance Committee:

Approval)

4. ORDINANCE 54-2011-12 (First Reading) Amending the FY12 Airport Budget

for new terminal construction (Finance Committee: Approval)

5. RESOLUTION 37-2011-12 Adopting a debt management policy (Finance

Committee: Approval)

5) GAS & WATER COMMITTEE

Jeff Burkhart, Chair

1. ORDINANCE 44-2011-12 (First Reading) Authorizing extension of utilities to

the Winters property on Ashland City Road; request of Britt Little, Weakley

Brothers Engineering, on behalf of Danell Welch (Gas & Water Committee:

Approval)

6) PARKS & RECREATION

(Parks, Recreation, General Services)

Deanna McLaughlin, Chair

7) PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE

(Building & Codes, Fire, Police)

Geno Grubbs, Chair

1. ORDINANCE 45-2011-12 (First Reading; Postponed January 5th) Amending

the Official Code relative to placement of garbage cans (Public Safety

Committee: Approval)

8) STREETS & TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE

James Lewis, Chair

9) NEW BUSINESS

1. ORDINANCE 61-2010-11 (First Reading) Amending the Official Code

relative to anti-noise regulations ((Councilman Redd)

2. RESOLUTION 28-2011-12 (Postponed January 3rd) Authorizing an interlocal

agreement with Montgomery County regarding establishment of a Smart Growth

Commission (Mayor McMillan)

3. RESOLUTION 38-2010-11 Requesting the Tennessee General Assembly enact

legislation to amend the Official Charter relative to conflict of interest (2/3

majority approval to forward to State) (Mayor McMillan)

4. Board Appointments (Mayor McMillan)

10) MAYOR AND STAFF REPORTS

11) ADJOURNMENT

12) PUBLIC COMMENTS

Bill Summers
Bill Summershttp://www.cityofclarksville.com/
Bill Summers is the City Councilman for Ward 10 in Clarksville, TN. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the author are not necessarily those of the City of Clarksville or Clarksville Online.
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