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McKenzie Council Lauds Golf Team, Readdresses Emergency Radio Concerns

Posted 12/17/19

McKENZIE (December 9) — The McKenzie Board of Mayor and Council met Monday in which the McKenzie girls’ golf team and Logan Green were presented a proclamation recognizing their …

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McKenzie Council Lauds Golf Team, Readdresses Emergency Radio Concerns

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McKENZIE (December 9) — The McKenzie Board of Mayor and Council met Monday in which the McKenzie girls’ golf team and Logan Green were presented a proclamation recognizing their successful season and appearance at the TSSAA State Tournament in Manchester, Tenn.

During department reports, Councilman Charles Pruneau requested an update on the status of emergency radio system.

Police Chief Craig Moates and Fire Chief Brian Tucker said there had been no improvement with the updates. Area Wide Communications was in the area with E911 Director Kristy Meggs, but the McKenzie officials were not made aware of the nature of the visit.

It was noted, members of the council are tired of waiting for a solution from the Carroll County 911 board. Councilpersons Jason Martin and Pruneau asked for either a regular council meeting or called meeting in January to vote on purchasing an antenna and repeater to be placed on the water tower adjacent to city hall.

The police and fire department are unable to stay in constant communication in town along with signal failure once an officer or firefighter enters a building.

The Carroll County Emergency 911 Board provided the radios to each municipality in the county. As time has progressed the radio quality has not improved as the digital system has slowly and ineffectively been built out. The council was told if an antenna and repeater were installed on the water tower then communications would improve. The approximate cost is $12,000 to $23,000.

Old business the council approved Ordinance 528 approving the city’s fiscal year 2019-2020 budget.

Further discussion to vote on street lights on Highway 22/University Drive and Highway 79 was tabled for a second time.

Under financial matters the council agreed to pay EW Electronic Solutions $23,950 for the installation of a generator. The company was awarded the contract following the opening of closed in the November meeting.

A public hearing was held for the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) on the sidewalk grant and culvert improvements on Main St. The $340,000 grant allows for the construction of sidewalks along Main St. beginning near Maple St. A portion of the grant will be used to help alleviate the continued flooding issues.

Under new business, the council agreed to the payment of bonuses to employees, $100 for full-time and $50 for part-time.

During department reports, the council learned 95% of the sewer rehabilitation project is complete. Water Superintendent Billy Wood said crews working on the lift station will be there for another month making improvements and repairs.

The newly installed digital water meters are going to be read with the automated system within the month of December.

Codes Officer Philip Morrissett stated the burned house on Woodrow Ave. has been demolished and the property returned to grade. He added he is currently working towards demolition of other condemned properties.

The next regular city council meeting is January 8, 2020 at 6 p.m. at McKenzie City Hall.

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