A motion was made by Commissioner Gowen to approve the minutes of the
June 28 meeting; with a second by Commissioner Pulley, the motion
Mayor Lay welcomed newly elected Commissioner Goolsby, congratulating him on his election; and Commissioner Lindsey on his re-election.
Mayor Lay announced the groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, July 9 for the new taxiway at the Lawrenceburg/Lawrence County Airport. The public is invited to attend.
Mayor Lay presented Linda Bryant with a retirement certificate for 23 years of service to the Lawrenceburg Police Department.
Street Department Superintendent, Buddy Howell informed the Commission of problems with citizens placing debris in the gutters. When we have a large rainfall, this debris is washed down to the storm drain, stopping it up and causing streets and lawns to flood. Mr. Howell asked all citizens to place debris on their lawns. There is approximately an eight-day turn around for picking up brush.
Mr. Howell explained the city is preparing a paving plan for every street in the City of Lawrenceburg to be repaved within the next five (5) years. He thanked the Commission for their vision of long range planning.
Attorney Betz had six resolutions for presentation:
01-5-7A - For the Police Department to enter into a Grant Agreement with the State of Tennessee Department of Transportation, Governor's Highway Safety Office to implement a Local Highway Safety Program in the amount of $5,000.00. Motion to approve was made by Commissioner Lindsey, with a second by Commissioner Gowen. Motion passed.
01-5-7B - For the Police Department of the City of Lawrenceburg to apply for the Local Law Enforcement Block Grant Program (LLEBG), with the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Grant amount $19,723.00 with local matching funds in the amount of $2,192.00. Motion to approve was made by Commissioner Lindsey, with a second by Commissioner Gowen. Motion passed.
01-5-7C - To re-appoint Pat Hudgins, Steve Frisbie, and appoint Jim Bush to the Lawrenceburg/Lawrence County Airport Board with terms to expire June 30, 2004. Motion to approve was made by Commissioner Pulley, with a second by Commissioner Lindsey. Motion passed.
01-5-7D - To re-appoint Jerry Cash to the Zoning Board of Appeals, with term to expire June 30, 2005. Motion to approve was made by Commissioner Gowen, with a second by Commissioner Lindsey. Motion passed.
01-5-7E - To re-appoint Rhonda Doerflinger and Terrell Sellers to the Health, Education and Facilities Board, with terms to expire July 1, 2007. Motion to approve was made by Commissioner Lindsey, with a second by Commissioner Goolsby. Motion passed.
01-5-7F - To award bid to Woodall Excavating Company under the Continuing Construction Contract not to exceed $250,000.00 for the Water Department. Motion to approve was made by Commissioner Gowen, with a second by Commissioner Lindsey. Motion passed.
Ms. Bernadine Davis was on the agenda to speak to the Commission concerning the flooding of her neighborhood. Ms. Davis asked to allow Joe Baxter to make his presentation before she spoke.
Mr. Baxter explained that we have been participating in an intensive study with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to gather the data we need to find solutions to our storm water problem. We have reached a point where the Commission will have to make a decision about how we will proceed.
The survey portion of the study is completed, which involved digital 2-foot contour mapping of a majority of our drainage system that collects storm water runoff and feeds into Shoal Creek. We have information to work with that we never had before. Before this study we had no way of knowing just how much water has to be dealt with when we try to plan for highway and infrastructure improvements.
On the state level, we had to get a commitment from the Governor and the Department of Transportation to do what needs to be done in incorporating storm water drainage improvements into the Highway 43 widening project, that we will see get underway next year. Our Mayor has been very active in building a relationship with the Department of Transportation, and he has played a major role in getting this project placed near the top of the state's priority list.
On the federal level, most of the cost of this study has been paid for with federal funds through the Crops of Engineers. We are currently working up an amendment to our cost-sharing agreement to complete the digitization of our aerial mapping that produced these maps. Once this next phase is completed, we will have digital mapping of the entire city area, providing a great planning tool in the future for all departments.
On the local level, we have to do our part in capturing the problem storm water and getting it to its destination without causing flooding problems for our citizens.
We have received our preliminary report from Ensafe that details some alternatives on our part of this solution. This report has been reviewed by the Corps of Engineers, and they have endorsed the methodology. There are several options and alternatives to choose from. We will receive a presentation of this report within the next few weeks, and the Commission will be able to discuss these alternatives and make a decision. The decision will not be without cost, and will need the cooperation of some of our residents in the North Military Area, and Murray Manufacturing to bring about this solution.
The next phase of the study will be a Real Estate Portion. This will identify the location of new water detention areas. This will be a key part of the study, because the material that is removed from these detention areas will be available to use to construct a protective levee around our wastewater treatment plant.
If we are to solve our storm water and flooding problems, all these elements must come together.
There was further discussion concerning brush pick-up on North Military. Mr. Howell is to work with the neighborhood citizens to determine a way to keep brush picked up even more frequently than the eight days, due to the water washing debris out of the citizen's lawn into the gutter and ultimately the storm drains.
Mayor Lay announced the re-appointment of Steve Saliba, Louis Brink, Barry Doss and the appointment of Chris Gowen to the Lawrenceburg Planning Commission.
With no further business to come before the board a motion was made by Commissioner Pulley, with a second by Commissioner Gowen to adjourn. Motion passed, meeting adjourned.