Upon a motion by Commissioner Gowen and a second by Commissioner Pulley,
the minutes of the March 15, 2001 meeting were approved.
Mayor Lay introduced Anne Morrow to make a report on the Beautification Board. Ms. Morrow indicated that the first Quarterly Clean-up for this year would be March 24th. City Sanitation workers will be at schools inside the city to accept trash between 10:00 and 11:30 a.m. Cash prizes will be presented to the four top school collections. Ms. Morrow thanked everyone for their participation in the fall and winter promotions and asked businesses and citizens to participate in a Spring Promotion.
The Beautification Board has received a grant of 100 dogwood trees and as size of trees allow, they will be planted along North Locust Avenue. They will continue to apply for this grant next year.
Commissioner Pulley announced he has to attend a Power Board meeting this afternoon and has asked Ron Cato to get a copy of a feasibility study for cable system installation from one of the other cities that has done one. This will give us some idea of what is involved and may help us in our decision in the Commission.
Commissioner Pulley also made a motion to rescind Resolution # 00-29-6B, to suspend step raises in the fiscal year 2000-2001. Motion received a second by Commissioner Beard. Motion passed.
Commissioner Pulley also announced the first public meeting on the proposed charter for Monday, March 26, at the Crockett Theater at 6:00 PM.
Commissioner Gowen announced that we would soon start the spring paving program for the City.
Commissioner Neal Beard announced that he would be unable to attend the next three Commission Meetings. He has been called to active duty for the Naval Reserve.
In legal issues Attorney Betz had 4 resolutions for approval.
Resolution # 01-22-3A - To enter into an Inter-local Agreement creating a joint Economic Development Board in Lawrence County, pursuant to the provisions of Public Chapter 1101. Motion to approve was made by Commissioner Lindsey, with a second by Commissioner Gowen. Motion passed.
Resolution # 01-22-3B - To enter into negotiations for a lease agreement with the Lawrence County School Board for the extension of Bobby Brewer Park. Motion to approve was made by Commissioner Beard, with a second by Commissioner Pulley. Motion passed.
Resolution # 01-22-3C - To apply for Park and Recreation Funds through the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation for a multi use facility (Bobby Brewer Park). This resolution replaces Resolution # 01-15-3B passed last week, at the request of the State of Tennessee. Motion to approve was made by Commissioner Beard, with a second by Commissioner Gowen. Motion passed.
Resolution #01-22-3D - To apply for Recreational Trails Program funds through the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation to construct a pedestrian walk-way along Shoal Creek on City-owned property. Motion to approve was made by Commissioner Lindsey, with a second by Commissioner Beard. Motion passed.
Secretary/Treasurer Tom Head informed the Commission and public of a very successful meeting with the State of Tennessee Department of Transportation concerning the Highway 43 project, headed by Commissioner Gowen and Joe Baxter. This is a joint effort with the Department of Transportation and Corps of Engineers for the benefit of the City of Lawrenceburg, based on Federal Funding, not only for highway improvements, but also our storm water drainage improvements.
In citizens request, there were four individuals addressing the Commission.
Mr. Robert Thompson spoke on the Charter, beautification, removal of old buildings, and asked about open end contracts.
Mr. Leon Matney addressed the Commission on the Charter and the citizens right to vote.
Mr. Gerald Spear complimented the Beautification Committee and spoke on the Charter, and whether a vote for a Commissioner is a vote of confidence, or a vote against their opponent.
Mr. Francis Guess asked the Commission on behalf of the Boy Scouts of America, for a place to bury (retire) in ceremony, the U.S. and State Flags. They need a 20 x 30 foot plot. Commissioner Beard made a motion to approve a plot in front of the Veteran's Monument at Mimosa Cemetery. Commissioner Gowen made the second. Motion passed.
With no further business to come before the board a motion was made by Commissioner Gowen, with a second by Commissioner Beard to adjourn. Motion passed, meeting adjourned.