Topic: City Charter
Clarksville, TN – Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan gave her State of the City address at the Customs House Museum today. The Mayor started out speaking about the challenges she has faced since taking office in January 2011, the economic growth of the city, and new programs that are being planned to improve the quality of life for all Clarksville residents.
New programs include: a new parking facility located in downtown Clarksville, along with refurbishments to the existing parking garages; public transit services from Clarksville to Nashville for commuters, bringing a riverboat back to Clarksville; a Summer Night Lights Program keeping Clarksville Parks open after dark to provide safe places for Clarksville Teens; along with a public-private partnership to bring a new convention center to Clarksville. For full details continue reading as a transcript of her speech is included below.
Clarksville, TN – On Saturday, March 19th, Mayor Kim McMillan sat down with Clarksville Online, Discover Clarksville, and WJZM’s Hank Bonecutter to answer some questions on the top topics in Clarksville.
Some of the topics covered include the Marina, the City Budget, Clarksville Department of Electricity, Hemlock Semiconductor, growing infrastucture needs and several others. «Read the rest of this article»
Clarksville, TN – I wanted to pass along a couple of items that are underway or coming to the council.
This ordinance has been brought before the council at the request of citizens concerned with the operating hours that refuse disposal trucks are maintaining. At issue are the 4:00am (maybe earlier) start times where trucks are out in the neighborhoods and businesses (by neighborhoods) picking up trash. The proposed ordinance would require operators to wait until 6:00am to start their routes. «Read the rest of this article»
Clarksville, TN – City Council Ward 11 Town Hall Meeting hosted by City Councilwoman Kaye Jones will be on Monday February 28th, 2011 at 6:00pm. The Meeting will be at the Gas & Water Administrative Offices located at 2215 Madison Street. «Read the rest of this article»
Because of numerous rumors and speculation in the community linking Mayor-elect Kim McMillan to the possibility Clarksville Department of Electricity Power Board members will hire current city Mayor Johnny Piper as the next superintendent of the public utility, she wants to express her opinion to the public on the matter.
“I don’t think it’s a good idea,” she said. “The issue isn’t about whether Johnny Piper is qualified to run the day-to-day operations of CDE, that’s a decision for the Power Board. It’s about good government, which I’ve promoted, and will continue to advocate, as an elected official. Such action would be counter to the spirit of a city ordinance that prohibits elected city officials from becoming city department heads immediately after leaving office. My problem with this situation is a former mayor would be leaving office and going directly into a city leadership position without a break in service, or a ‘cooling-off period,’ as some call it.” «Read the rest of this article»
The bill to significantly revise the City of Clarksville charter made it out of a legislative subcommittee today, with an amendment attached mandating that the changes be voted on in a referendum.
Terry McMoore asked Rep Curtis Johnson office to comment on what we should expect to happen next in the legislature. Rep. Johnson stated next Tuesday at 12 noon the bill will go before the full Local Government Committee and if it passes then it will go before the Calendar and Rules Committee which meets twice a week. They usually pick to meet either on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. at this time they don’t know which day. So it is far from over, the bill as amended could be passed, which would allow voters to decide. Or the bill could be voted down, which would kill the charter revisions.
But, as citizens and voters you need to educate yourself on the issues. I have written and collaborated with others (thanks Terry and Bill) on several articles that you may find helpful. I did not start this series of articles anticipating a long term series, but I am glad to help disseminate information.
One additional piece of information that I have obtained is a copy of the city charter with the recommended changes highlighted. I would like to thank Mr. Joesph D. Schwenz Sr, for providing COL with this file. «Read the rest of this article»
I have posted two articles regarding the city charter, which got some readers and local officials attention. On Feb. 24th, the State and Local Government Committee revisited the controversial revisions to Clarksville charter. This time Clarksville officials attended the meeting, but that didn’t seem to help; some might say it made it worse.
Despite some folks being confident that the legislature would approve the charter, they did not. I am not going to rehash the contents of the video; it speaks for itself. If you thought the last video was “interesting”, please take a moment to watch the video from this meeting. After this meeting, one lobbyist was overheard in an elevator (neither Terry McMoore nor Bill Larson caught her name) saying, “That was textbook on how not to get your legislation passed.”
Based on the emails I have received, I feel that a follow up is needed to address some the issues raised about the video I posted in my last article.
First, I found the video clip while researching an article I am working on highlighting current bills before the legislature. Like many of you, I was shocked after viewing the video and I thought it should be shared. However, I did not want to revisit every twist and turn that has occurred in the multiple year journey of the charter revisions. I simply did not have the time, and the local paper has published numerous articles on the topic. My first thought was to merely post the video without commentary. But since local elections occur this year, I decided to loosely tie the video into a quick pitch for citizen’s to get educated on local issues and cast an informed vote.
Not reporting all the exhaustive details of the charter’s legislative journey has led a city council person to accuse me of “duping” readers using Michael Moore sound bite type tactics, failing to tell “the rest of the story.” To those readers, I say I cannot fail at what I did not attempt. I clearly state in the article and in my subsequent comments, that the article is not addressing the charter’s legality. To imply that I conscientiously left out information because I wanted to paint the local administration is just poorly constructed political spin. «Read the rest of this article»
With the city charter being in the news for the past few months, I found a short video of a state committee meeting that I thought should be shared. The video is of the meeting where the committee killed the bill which would have revised Clarksville’s city charter.
The committee members comments are insightful. No representatives from Clarksville’s administration attended this meeting – not the Mayor, not the Council Members that are for the revisions, and not the Council Members that are against the revisions. Representative Curtis Johnson presents the bill alone…and gets hammered with questions.
Mayor’s denial raises concerns
The recent discord over the makeup of the City Charter Review and Revision Committee has revealed a most unpleasant undercurrent in our government and our community. The fact that this committee, which will revise the city’s primary policy document, lacks any minority participation has caused many to question the selection process and the fairness of the results. «Read the rest of this article»
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