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McKENZIE (May 14) — For the second time in history, the City of McKenzie Board of Mayor and Council did not meet in person but via the Internet application Zoom. During the meeting, members of …
McKENZIE (May 14) — For the second time in history, the City of McKenzie Board of Mayor and Council did not meet in person but via the Internet application Zoom. During the meeting, members of the council approved in its first reading Ordinance #531. The ordinance amends the City of McKenzie’s personnel rules and regulations.
The amendment falls under VII-Separations and Disciplinary Actions, A. Types of separations, 2. Layoff. The following sentence will be removed: The order of layoff shall be in reverse order to total continuous time served upon the date established for the layoff to become effective. In its place, it will read: 2. Layoff – The department head, upon approval from the mayor, may lay off an employee in the municipal government service when he/she deems it necessary by reason of shortage of funds, the abolition of a position, or other material changes in the duties or organization of the employee’s position, or for related reasons that are outside the employer’s control and that do not reflect discredit upon the employee’s service. Temporary employees shall be laid off before probationary or regular employees.
The second and final reading of the Ordinance #531 will take place during June regular meeting.
Under financial matters, the council approved payment to Pavement Restoration in the amount of $32,506 for necessary patch work following water line repairs. D&D Service Center will receive payment in the amount of $2,947 for a new motor in one of the Public Works Department’s trucks.
In the June meeting, the council should be presented the City of McKenzie’s 2020-2011 fiscal year budget. Mayor Jill Holland said the budget will contain cuts due to the decrease in sales taxes revenue due in part to the COVID-19 Pandemic. She added the State of Tennessee has seen “a negative growth rate of 39% during this period, which is the worst growth rate since the Great Depression Era.” The only increase during the pandemic came in the form of grocery sales, liquor sales and on-line purchasing.
The Public Works Department informed the council they are working diligently to pick up all remaining debris following the series storms and high winds. Necessary repairs to equipment and trucks put the department behind. The Fire Department was thanked for their assistance to the Public Works Department in the removal of trees blocking roads and driveways.
The next regular meeting of the mayor and council is June 11 at 6 p.m. A decision to meet either in person or via the Internet will be decided closer to the date of the meeting.