Topic: City Council Executive Session
Clarksville, TN – The council met in a shorter budget special council session (about 4.5 hours) after first conducting the required executive session.
Executive Session – An interesting topic of the executive session was Mayor McMillan’s submission of her nominees for the Clarksville Ethics Commission.
After seeing the nominee list and doing some homework, I asked the mayor to affirm that at least one of her nominees (Pastor Willie Freeman) is a financial donor to her 2014 mayoral re-election campaign. She confirmed this was true. «Read the rest of this article»
Clarksville, TN – The Clarksville City Council met on Thursday, December 13th, not the Charter-mandated first Thursday of the month date, for its regular session. It was interesting that, as part of the agenda, the approval of prior council meeting minutes is required.
The usual council regular session should have met December 6th, but the mayor went out of the country and evidently did not want to miss the council meeting, so she moved it. However, the mayor had the council minutes written for a December 6th council meeting stating that due to a lack of a quorum, no meeting was held and the agenda would be considered on December 13th. «Read the rest of this article»
Clarksville, TN – Clarksville Ward 11 Councilwoman Kaye Jones will be holding a Town Hall Meeting on Monday, December 11th at 6:30pm at Clarksville Gas and Water on Madison Street.
Due to Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan’s visit to Saudi Arabia, the regular City Council schedule has changed. The Executive Session will be on December 10th, and then Regular Session on December 14th.
Because of this, her Town Hall meeting was moved to a later date than normal.
Kaye Jones hopes each of you had a very special Thanksgiving, and are ready for the Holiday Season.
Clarksville, TN – The Clarksville Mayor’s office canceled the City Council’s budget working session yesterday. A majority of the Council Members are unable to attend this afternoon’s session.
The Council’s final budget working session will now be held on May 31st after the City’s Council’s monthly Executive Session which begins at 4:30pm. «Read the rest of this article»
Clarksville, 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in Section 9 (New Business), Item #3, the Mayor has again brought forth an effort to change one section in the current (outdated) City Charter.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. «Read the rest of this article»
Clarksville, TN – Below you will see the agenda for the Executive Session of the council, which is scheduled for tomorrow, January 3rd. There are several items that are of concern. Probably the top issue is the mayor’s version of a new city charter (Resolution 33-2011-12). In an earlier article, I wrote some of the concerns I saw with the approach the mayor has taken.
Next in the agenda list is Resolution 28-2011-2012 which has the city entering an agreement with the county to have another committee determine what the city should do in terms of future growth. As you will recall, the city spent several hundred thousand dollars with input from around 200+ citizens and reviewed just about every plan that had ever been developed (and usually sitting in a shelf getting no action) to come up with ideas on where the city should plan its future. «Read the rest of this article»
Clarksville, TN – At this evening’s Executive Session I asked Mayor McMillan about the current project status at Exit 11. You will recall the issues and road options I raise my article yesterday.
I asked the mayor were we proceeding with the Tennessee Department of Transportation plan as described by Representative Curtis Johnson (using the right-of-way that the state owned, the state funding the $1.3 million price tag, etc) or were we looking at the plan quoted by Councilman Burkhart that would require additional money from either the city or somewhere else to buy land to give it to the state and have them move the exit ramp to intersect with Sango Road. «Read the rest of this article»
Comments by Clarksville City Councilman Bill Summers on the City Executive and Special Session Agenda for October 27th
Please note the Special Session agenda listed below on Ordinance 36-2011-12. The city is offering to pay $100,000 for 26 acres of land that is engineered and used for rain/storm storage. The basin storage area is in the Woodstock Subdivision which has experienced bad flooding in the past couple of years and was developed and is evidently still owned by Councilman Burkhart and his partners.
An appraisal of the land in question came in at $159,000. While I concur the city has a responsibility to try and fix the problem (current repair price is $450,000 for the first phase with the possibility of a second if the first doesn’t work) I have an issue for the city paying for the land to fix the problem. «Read the rest of this article»
In the first voting session of the new city council of 2009, there are issues of public financial disclosure and procedural progress that raise questions of concern. The first executive session of the new council revealed instances of disturbing lack of information sharing at play within the members. Public confidence is eroded when all elected voices are not given equal, full access to needed information upon which informed decision-making is to be based.
The first executive session of the city council for 2009 focused on zoning change requests to be heard at the Thursday voting session. Several items were withdrawn from the agenda and will not be considered at that time.
An ordinance affecting modification of the city’s travel easement regulation was presented. A PowerPoint presentation demonstrated how the modification would affect commercial property development. Discussion included consideration of ADA compliance requirements. The proposal was deferred to allow the Planning Commission to make further revisions. «Read the rest of this article»
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