Commission Meeting Minutes
City Of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee
September 5, 2002

The Mayor and Board of Commissioners met in regular session on September 5, 2002.  The following members were present:  Commissioner Robert Pulley, Commissioner Bid Lindsey, Commissioner Buford Goolsby, Mayor Blake Lay, and Commissioner Chris Gowen.

With a quorum present, the meeting was called to order.

The meeting opened with Prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance.

A motion was made by Commissioner Pulley to approve the minutes of the August 15, 2002 meeting, with a second by Commissioner Gowen.  Motion passed.

Mayor Lay announced the dedication of the Soccer Fields at Bobby Brewer Park this Saturday at 8:30 a.m.  He also informed the Commission of the 9-11 Memorial Wall dedication at Pettus-Turnbo Funeral Home at 9:00 a.m. and the presentation of a flagpole and plaque at the Lawrenceburg branch of Columbia State Community College at 11:00 a.m.  All these 9-11 memorials will be held on September 11, 2002.

Mr. Randy Brewer was asked to make a presentation on the Chamber of Commerce.  Mr. Brewer first commented on the many improvements at the Bobby Brewer Park, and regrets he will be unable to attend the opening of the Soccer Field this Saturday.  He then proceeded to inform the Commission that the consolidation of the 21st Century Council and the Chamber of Commerce has been made.  They are still in separate buildings, but will be using grant funds for an addition to the Chamber Office to house all the employees.  Grant funds may also be used for a project needed by a prospect.  He informed the Commission of several prospects interested in our area and some local companies looking at expanding.

Plans are under way to update our marketing efforts via the Internet Web Site.

Also, the County Commission voted to allow the Chamber of Commerce to be in control of the use of the Motel/Hotel Tax for tourism in Lawrence County.  A Tourism Council will be organized.  There are also plans for a Manufacturing Association, and they want to revitalize the Adopt A School Program.

Next Thursday, Lawrence County will again receive the Governor’s Three Star Award for industrial preparedness.  Some of the criteria for the award came from programs started in Lawrence County, specifically the Education Foundation and the Leadership Program.

Mr. Brewer ended his update with a reminder of the annual Chamber of Commerce Dinner on September 10, 2002 at the Lawrenceburg Golf and Country Club.

A Public Hearing on the Local Law Enforcement Block Grant was held. With no one wishing to address the Commission on the grant, the Public Hearing closed.

A Public Hearing on Ordinance # 956 to rezone property to C-2 from R-1 located behind Square Deals was held.  With no one wishing to address the Commission on Ordinance # 956, the Public Hearing closed.

Attorney Betz presented three ordinances and two resolutions for consideration.

Ordinance # 956 – To amend Ordinance Number 789 entitled the “Zoning Ordinance of the City of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee”.  Current owner is John P. and Rebecca Sharp.  The rezoning is to allow Todd Beckman to make to additions his business, Square Deals.

The request is to change the zoning to C-2 from R-1.  Motion to approve Ordinance #956 on second and final reading was made by Commissioner Gowen, with a second by Commissioner Goolsby.  Motion passed unanimously.

Ordinance # 957 -  To approve the budget appropriations of revenue and expenditures for the 2002-2003 fiscal year providing for the operation, administration and maintenance for the municipal government for the City of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee.  Motion to approve on first reading was made by Commissioner Lindsey, with a second by Commissioner Pulley.  Motion passed unanimously.

Ordinance # 958 – To establish the 2002 property tax rate; to levy taxes and to levy ad valorem taxes on all property, real and personal, within the corporate limits of the City of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, subject to taxation.  Motion to approve on first reading was made by Commissioner Pulley, with a second by Commissioner Lindsey.  Motion passed unanimously.

Resolution # 2002-5-9A – To enter into a contract with D & S Contractors, Inc. dba/Dasco, Inc. for Phase I (Contract 1 and 2) of the Lawrenceburg Flood Control Project including the Hicks Street Retention Ponds, Pump Station and Force Main to be funded in part by grant funds from the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as administered by the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA).  Motion to approve was made by Commissioner Pulley, with a second by Commissioner Lindsey.  Motion passed unanimously.

Resolution # 2002-5-9B – To enter into a grant agreement with the Federal Bureau of Justice, Local Law Enforcement Block Grant #2002 LB BX 1148.  Grant funding in the amount of $22,018.00, local funding in the amount of $2,446.00 to be used toward in-car video equipment, weapons upgrading, computer and software enhancement.  Motion to approve was made by Commissioner Lindsey, with a second by Commissioner Gowen. Motion passed unanimously.

Mayor Lay Announced the Ground Breaking Ceremony for the Flood Control Project at 11:00 a.m. on Remke Avenue.

City Administrator David Huseman informed the Commission and citizens of the City’s new web page; www.cityoflawrenceburgtn.com.  He also spoke on the Bobby Brewer Park Master Plan and the user groups that are helping create it.  They will have a presentation for the Commission within the next month.

The plans for the Fire Department Sub-Station were presented to the Commission for their review and remarks.  Mr. Brian Richter, the architect, explained the details.

A motion was made by Commissioner Lindsey to proceed with specifications for bids for the project.  Commissioner Pulley seconded the motion.  Motion passed unanimously.

With no further business to come before the Board, a motion was made by Commissioner Gowen to adjourn, with a second by Commissioner Lindsey. Meeting adjourned.

Attest:  ________________________________

City Administrator/Acting City Recorder