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TREZEVANT, Tenn. (August 14, 2018) Trezevant City Council met in regular session Tuesday, August 14 with a short agenda and several challenges. Vice-Mayor Bobby Blaylock presided over the meeting in the absence of Mayor Dennis Mitchell.
Board member Pam Bryant spoke on two subjects and recommended two proposals. The first proposal was forming a committee to explore options on what to do about the water department. The water plant needs an overhaul and now is in need of a new supervisor. One option mentioned was to sell the water department to an outside source, which wasn’t very popular among the board members.
The other proposal concerned the police department. There have been complaints that citizens have been told to contact the sheriff’s department when they contact city police personnel. It was noted Trezevant has $169,409 budgeted for the police department mostly for salaries. Bryant proposed another committee to review the situation with the police department including even potentially eliminating the police department and using the money for other needs. No action was taken on either proposal.
It was announced Trezevant did not receive a $500,000 grant needed to refurbish the water plant. It was also announced Water Department Supervisor Danny Connell had resigned and taken a job in Milan.
There was discussion over the recent loss of Connell and the reasons behind the loss. The discussion carried over to a current employee, Mary Jo Hall, who was initially hired to work with the Parks and Recreation Department and more recently has been doing more tasks for the city. Hall received a number of compliments from board members and discussion was centered on giving her a raise. A motion was made and approved to nearly double Hall’s pay to 15.00 an hour.
In other council action, the board approved the renewal of the waste management contract with Republic for five years. The new contract calls for the rates to remain the same for the first year and increase three percent each year for the next four years.
City Attorney Charles Trotter advised the board that the court order approved by the board last month has been served to property owner Ricky Nelson. The court order is to allow the city temporary rights to conduct a preliminary survey to determine what needs to be done about the ongoing drainage issue which is holding up a project between the city of Trezevant, TDOT, and CSX railroad. Trotter told the board he expects to hear from Nelson before the next board meeting.
The board also heard from Trotter that inspection of the McCrae property has been completed and that McCrae has been very cooperative through the whole process.