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McKENZIE (April 9) — During the regular monthly meeting (conducted on a digital platform), the City of McKenzie Board of Mayor and Council declared a State of Emergency of the City of McKenzie. Following Governor Bill Lee’s issuance of a declaration of emergency, Tennessee Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS) advised cities to issue a declaration of emergency. Mayor Jill Holland said, “This is just a back-up in case we might need it for FEMA or some other emergency measures.”
Under the Mutual Aid and Emergency and Disaster Assistance Agreement Act of 2004, the mayor is authorized to declare a local state of emergency affecting such official’s jurisdiction by executive order. In Mayor Holland’s order states:
Section 1. In order to protect public health, the City of McKenzie finds it is necessary to request assistance from the President, Governor, and the Tennessee Department of Health to address this public health emergency.
Section 2. All procedures and formalities otherwise required under the McKenzie Municipal Code or Tennessee law pertaining to the following are hereby waived: Performance of public work and taking whatever prudent action is necessary to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of the community; entering into contracts; incurring obligations; employment of permanent and temporary workers; utilization of volunteer workers; rental of equipment; acquisition and distribution, with or without compensation, of supplies, materials, and facilities; and appropriation and expenditure of public funds.
Section 3. The City shall, to the extent possible and provided by law, follow CDC guidance as it relates to COVID-19. City approved events through the month of April are hereby cancelled or postponed.
Section 4. All residents, businesses, and organizations should, to the extent possible and practicable, follow CDC guidance as it relates to COVID-19 and social distancing.
Section 5. All residents, businesses, and organizations shall adhere to the provisions included in Executive Orders No. 17, 21, and 22, attached hereto, issued by Governor Bill Lee.
Section 6. Notice of this Declaration will be promptly communicated to the City Council, and the Order will be filed with the Office of the City Recorder.
Section 7. This Declaration is valid and effective immediately for a period not to exceed seven days and may be incrementally extended for additional seven-day periods as deemed necessary.
In other business, the council agreed to lease agreement with Cellular Lease Consultants (CLC) for the cellular tower located at 608 Como Street in McKenzie. The gross offer was $279,000 for tower lease rights over 99 years. CLC will receive 8% of the total sale proceeds (4% from the buyer and 4% from the seller. The city will receive $257,000.)
The buyer pays a one-time lump sum to the city instead of future lease payments. The land is not being sold; the City of McKenzie is granting the buyer a 99-year easement in the same area currently under easement to American Tower. If the tower ceases to be used or is abandoned, the buyer will remove it from the park and terminate the easement.
The council was made aware of the recent purchase of three police vehicles. Chief Craig Moates purchased a pair of Ford Explorers, 2016 and 2017 models, along with a 2016 Chevy Tahoe. The approximate amount spent was $64,000. The majority of the expense was paid through the drug fund with $10,000 expensed through the Law Enforcement Purpose Only (LEPO) funds.
The next meeting of the Board of Mayor and Council is May 14 at 6 p.m.