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McKenzie Council Approves 2018-2019 Budget

Mike Beasley Confirmed as New Park Director

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McKenzie (September 6) During the regular monthly meeting of the McKenzie Board of Mayor and Council, the council voted to approve the 2018-2019 budget on it second and final reading.

The tax rates for the tri-county city are: Carroll County and Henry County $1.0955 per $100 assessed value, and Weakley County $1.1431 per $100 assessed value.

Tax revenues are as follows: General Fund: local taxes, $2,168,510; state-shared taxes, $694,083; licenses, permits, and fines, $171,600; services and facilities $85,200; and miscellaneous, $1,302,452 for a total of $4,421,845. The Drug Fund adds another $11,800.

Expenses include: debt service, $215,450; theatre, $101,550; solid waste $399,941.

Water and Sewer Fund has revenues equal to expenses at $2,062,190; solid waste revenues and expenses are equal at $435,225; debt service revenues and expenses are equal at $240,400; and theatre fund revenues and expenses are equal at $102,000.

A breakout of the expenses is as follows: General Fund – general government, $659,232; Police Department $1,447,802; Fire Department $414,450; Street Department $1,494,675; Street Lighting $113,000; Parks Department $233,040; Public Affairs $3,700; Tourism and Economic Development, $45,700.

In the separate Water and Sewer Fund, expenses are estimated at $1,602,683.

In other business, the council approved Mayor Jill Holland's recommendation to promote Mike Beasley from assistant to director of the parks department. For approximately seven years Beasley has worked for the city and served five years as assistant director.

The council voted to approve Resolution 18-006. The resolution authorized the submittal of an application to the Tennessee Department of Transportation for the multimodal grant program for fiscal year 2018. If the grant is approved it would serve as an addition to the multi-modal grant used for the sidewalk construction from Cedar Street to Highway79. Mayor Holland stated the grant is a 5% share that will not exceed $50,000.

Under financial matters, a motion was made by Vice-Mayor Gene Hale, seconded by Councilman Randy Callahan to pay $16,252   to PRI Pavement Restoration to repair some of the cuts made in the city streets to repair damaged and leaking water lines.

Mayor Holland presented former Carroll County Mayor Kenny McBride with a plaque noting his 20 as the county mayor.

Under department reports, Water Superintendent Billy Wood was absent due to attending a water workshop meeting in Murfreesboro.

Public Works Director Johnny Mercer reported tree trimming for school bus visibility. His department is making repairs to several walkways.

Parks Director Mike Beasley said they had been busy getting fields ready for the flag football jamboree. Soccer is starting Saturday, August 15. His crew is starting some prep work for the dog park.

Fire Chief Brian Tucker reported to responding to 17 incidents for the month, which included five aircraft standby, four commercial alarms, three motor vehicle accidents, two residential alarms, and various additional incidents. He stated they had finished checking hydrant flows for the city's 437 hydrants.

Assistant Police Chief Richard Sawyers stated the police department had a total of 1343 calls for the month of August. 566 security checks, 230 vehicles stops, 190 investigations, 76 traffic control, 24 citizen assists, 14 alarms calls, and three domestic assaults. Officer Ricky Sawyers informed the council there was an incident at one of the local convenience stores where skimmers were found inserted inside two gas pumps. The incident is still under investigation, and due to information crossing state lines an outside federal agency had been called in.   Officer Sawyers instructed the audience to use their debit as a credit card so the pin number would not be used, but use your zip code when at all possible.

Following department reports the council met in executive session with City Attorney Laura Keeton to discuss pending litigation from former city employee Ricky French.

The next regular meeting for the McKenzie Board of Mayor and Council is October 11 at 6 p.m. at the McKenzie Municipal Complex.

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