The Mayor and Board of Commissioners met in regular
session on October 17, 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 Lindsey to approve the minutes of the October 3, 2002 meeting, with a second by Commissioner Pulley. Motion passed.
Mayor Lay announced that the Lawrenceburg, Lawrence County Airport has received three awards this year and we are planning “Aviation Week” November 4th through 10th with tours and an air show on November 8th and 9th. We are excited about showcasing our award-winning airport. Local airports are very important economic development tools.
Mayor Lay also announced the Third Annual Prayer Breakfast to be held at the City Administration Building on November 7th at 7:30 a.m. We have sent invitations to all denominations of faith, business and community leaders. Anyone is welcome to attend, please call 762-4459 to let us know you will be attending, so we can plan appropriately.
The Town Meeting scheduled for this evening has been postponed due to other community activities. We will hold the final meeting on October 21st at 6:00 PM in the small courtroom at the City Administration Building. Note: The meeting has subsequently been cancelled.
Mr. Huseman informed the Commission of the recent injury of Gary Kilburn in a four-wheeler accident. He is in Vanderbilt Hospital at this time. Our thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family.
The Public Hearing on Ordinance #959 was opened and with no one wishing to address Ordinance # 959 the Public Hearing closed.
Attorney Betz presented one ordinance and three resolutions for consideration.
Ordinance # 959 - To rezone property located on the west side of U.S. Highway 43 South, north of Dunn Road from R-1 to C-2; known as D&D Hunting and Fishing. Motion to approve on second and final reading was made by Commissioner Lindsey, with a second by Commissioner Goolsby. Motion passed unanimously.
Resolution # 2002-17-10A – To reappoint Steve Saliba, Brenda Gleason and Dian Ezell to the Crockett Theater Board with their terms to expire October 31, 2005. Motion to approve was made by Commissioner Gowen, with a second by Commissioner Goolsby. Motion passed unanimously.
Resolution # 2002-17-10B –To name certain properties associated with the 1998 Flood Buy-out Program as Veterans Memorial Park in honor of H.C. Edwards, Sr. The properties being Shoal Circle, Hayes Avenue, Lafayette Avenue, Bud and Lee Street properties. Motion to approve was made by Commissioner Pulley, with a second by Commissioner Goolsby. Motion passed unanimously.
Resolution # 2002-17-10C – To pursue a grant from the State of Tennessee Department of Tourist Development up to the amount of $3,500.00 for Aviation Week, November 4-10 at the Lawrenceburg, Lawrence County Airport. Motion to approve was made by Commissioner Gowen, with a second by Commissioner Gowen. Motion passed unanimously.
At this time the Mayor presented a proclamation to members of H. C. Edwards, Sr. family and representatives of the Veterans Administration concerning the dedication of Veterans Memorial Park in honor of Mr. H. C. Edwards, Sr. The dedication ceremony is scheduled for November 11, 2002 at 2:00 PM at the proposed park site.
Mr. Dan Foster with the Veterans Administration thanked the Commission for recognition of the Veterans, through the naming of this park. He also complimented the Commission on the good job they have been doing.
Under Citizen’s Request – Mr. Gerald Spear spoke to the Commission. First he complimented the Mayor on holding the town meetings, and expressed his disappointment in the number of persons attending the meetings. He was also disappointed in the number of persons attending the Utility Meeting held this past week.
Mr. Spear also spoke on the importance of Question 2 on the November ballot. The State Constitution can only be changed every four years. Question 2 is in relation to the law passed in 1796 limiting the amount of fine a municipality can charge, without a jury trial to $50.00. That is not much of a deterrent today. It is important to get this information out to the public, so they can vote yes on this issue. This will give the city more muscle in enforcing ordinances and the amount charged for disobeying them.
With no further business to come before the Board, a motion was made by Commissioner Lindsey to adjourn, with a second by Commissioner Goolsby. Meeting adjourned.