City Approves Charitable Donations
BY JOEL WASHBURN
McKENZIE (February 9) — McKenzie Mayor and Council approved its annual donations to non-profit charities during the February 9 meeting.
Approved were: $2,500 to the Gordon Browning Museum and Genealogical Library; $100 to Carroll County Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse; $100 to Shriner’s Children’s Hospital; $100 to JACOA, the Jackson Area Council on Alcoholism, $100 to the American Cancer Society, $100 to the Carroll County Sports Hall of Fame, and $100 the Webb School Alumni Association.
In other business, the board approved paying invoices from Barsto Construction, $5,450; Memphis Ice, $2,650 for an ice machine at the Park Theatre; $4,980 to Rick Watkins, the contracted codes officer; and Smith, Seckman and Reid, $11,228.62, for a lighting project on Waldran Street, that is to be reimbursed through the state’s Department of Transportation’s STP fund. Fire Chief Brian Tucker said the department’s ladder truck was repaired in Nashville at a cost of $7,700. It is operational as a pumper, but the repaired ladder must be re-inspected and certified prior to using it.
Tucker said the department also purchased five sets of turnout gear for firefighters at a cost of $10,200. It was the best bid that met specifications. The lower bid did not offer materials that repelled water, to prevent the uniforms from being water soaked and heavier because of the water.
The city’s beer ordinance now reflects the changes approved by the Tennessee General Assembly to define beer to be of alcohol content of not more than eight percent by weight.
The city approved eliminating the budgetary item of Tourism and Economic Development as a separate budgetary class and rolling that activity into the General Fund. It will eliminate a separate checkbook, said Mayor Jill Holland. Dianne Carter was approved to serve on the board of the McKenzie Memorial Library. Mayor Holland said the Carters – Henry and Dianne are very active in the McKenzie community.
Councilman David Hochreiter said two vacant properties represent a danger to the community. Those are 703 May Street and 96 Maple Street. Both were burned structures.
Chief Brian Tucker said 103 May Street is condemned and the owner of 96 Maple plans to raze the structure and rebuild.
Mayor Holland said the bids for concrete on the North Stonewall Street Sidewalk Project were scheduled to be opened on February 14. The sidewalk will extend from McKenzie Middle School to McKenzie Elementary School and will be funded, in part, by a grant. The project must be completed by mid-summer.
Engineers and the Tennessee Department of Transportation are working on the Cedar Street sidewalk project to extend a sidewalk from downtown to U.S. 79 (Highland Drive).
The city-owned Park Theatre is celebrating its first anniversary of being remodeled and reopened. Over 5,000 patrons have purchased tickets at the downtown cinema.
The Bradford pear trees in front of City Hall were trimmed for safety concerns. Those trees will grow back, said the mayor.
George Nolen, who spoke from the audience, said the railroad crossing at Main and Walnut Street is very rough. He recommended citizens complain to CSX Railroad to make necessary repairs.
During the month of January, McKenzie Fire Department answered the call to six automobile wrecks and four residential fires, said Councilman Hochreiter.
McKenzie Police Department investigated 21 automobile accidents, performed 796 security checks of homes, business, or parks, had 123 investigations, and had 226 vehicle stops, according to the January report.
Councilmen Gene Hale and Cassie Allen were absent.