McKenzie Council Enacts Six Ordinances
Dr. Winkler Receives Posthumous Proclamation
McKENZIE (May 10) — During the regular monthly meeting of May, the McKenzie City Board of Mayor and Council approved six ordinances originating from the McKenzie Regional Planning Commission. In the same meeting, Dr. Volker Winkler was honored posthumously with a mayoral proclamation.
Mayor Holland presented the late doctors children with the proclamation that states: Whereas, it is fitting that the Mayor and citizens of McKenzie, Tennessee should recognize and honor the life and legacy of Dr. Volker Winkler for his outstanding service and commitment to the McKenzie medical community, and Whereas, Dr. Winkler was born in Heidelberg, Germany in 1952, and moved to Southern Ontario, Canada at the age of two. He attended the University of Western Ontario Medical School, and met and married Tina Marie Haggard while in school, and together they had six beautiful children: Kirsten, Jesse, Benjamin, Robyn, Ty and Roman Whereas, Dr. and Mrs. Winkler were traveling through McKenzie to visit family in East Tennessee, when their finances were depleted, and upon learning the community needed a family doctor, the Winkler’s decided to stay for a short while, which turned into over 40 years, and Whereas, in 1978, Dr. Winkler worked with Dr. S.S. Walker in a small office in downtown McKenzie. In 1992, he partnered with Dr. Terry Colotta and Dr. Bryan Merrick to create the McKenzie Medical Center, and Whereas, operating under the belief that patients should be treated as family, and to take care of “Every Patient, Every Time”, the practice has grown to over 300 employees and 37 providers, and Whereas, Dr. Winkler was known as a consummate teacher and mentor for those in the health field, and was always on the cutting edge to advance the medical services for the community, and WHEREAS, Dr. Winkler was also known for his competitive spirit and was a familiar competitor in the Ironman and other athletic competitions.
Now, therefore, in consideration of these facts, be it resolved by the mayor that I encourage our entire community to join us as we celebrate and honor the life and legacy of Dr. Volker Winkler. Proclaimed this 10th day of May, 2018.
The six property ordinances voted on by the council were on the second and final reading. Ordinance #513 to Amend Property Maintenance Regulations, by adding Chapter 5: Property by Neglect. Ordinance #514 to Amend Title 13, “McKenzie Property Maintenance Regulations,” be amended by adding chapter 4 entitled “Junked Vehicles.” Ordinance #515 to amend the official Zoning Ordinance to create provisions governing tiny houses. Ordinance #516 to amend the Zoning Ordinance of McKenzie, TN by amending Chapter 4, section 11413, sign regulations to require sign maintenance by private sign owners. Ordinance #517 to amend Chapter 6, “Provisions Governing Residential Districts”, Sections 11-601, 11602, 11-604, 11-605, 11-606; and Chapter 7, “Provisions governing business districts”, Section 11-706 of the Zoning Ordinance of McKenzie, Tennessee by allowing recreational vehicles as Temporary Living Quarters for Visiting Guests” by permit basis. Ordinance # 518 to amend Chapter 6, “Provisions Governing Residential Districts” Sections 11-601, 11-602, 11-603, 11-604, 11-605, 11-606; Chapter 7, “Provisions governing business districts”, Section 11-706; and Chapter 13, Definitions, of the Zoning Ordinance OF McKenzie, Tennessee by Prohibiting Ready Removable Structures to be used for principal and or accessory residential building. In other business the council voted in favor on the first reading of Ordinance #519 to amend Chapter 4 General Provisions, Section 11-410 off street automobile storage with the addition of new number 6 prohibiting semi-tractors trailer overnight parking in B-3 (Central Business). The second and final reading will take place June 14.
The demolition of the Forrest Avenue property once occupied by Linda Lewis was approved by the council with the acceptance of a $10,000 bid by Anderson Construction. The property will be razed with the debris removed to the Barker Brothers facility and the land leveled. Once completed, the city will put the land up for sale.
Resolution number 18-003 approving a loan between the City of McKenzie and USDA to fund the Wastewater Facilities improvements was granted by the council. The value of the loan is $1.3 million. The loan along with a grant awarded by the State of Tennessee goes towards facility improvements. Bobby Luttrell & Sons, LLC was awarded the contract for the sewer improvements with a bid of $397,985.
In financial matters, the council accepted the expenditures of $8,019.80 to 10-8 video for police vehicle cameras; $2,608.82 to Peppers Automotive for police vehicle repairs; $2,150.20 to B& E Electronics for police radio equipment; $3,349.00 as a deposit for the Jingle Bell Christmas ice rink; and $3,050.14 to Jones Electric for lights at ball fields #1 and #5.
Nominations for the Historic Zoning committee and Parks and Recreation committee were approved. For the Parks and Recreation board the new members are Amanda Morris and Ryan Griffin. New to the Historic Zone are Peggy Kee, Letha Basford and Nancy Bean.
In department reports, Superintendent of the Water Department Billy Wood stated he and his crews are working towards beginning facility improvements. Public Works Superintendent Johnny Mercer said the street department is continuing brush pickup and are working towards developing next year’s budget. Chief Brian Tucker of the fire department received 37 calls for the month of April and the number of commercial alarm calls was down. Chief Craig Moates of the police department said they received 1608 calls for the month of April with 199 warranting an investigation.
The next meeting of the McKenzie City Board of Mayor and Council is June 14, 6 p.m. at the McKenzie Municipal Complex.