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City Council covers variety of issues

 city council swearing in.cmykBy Bonnie Davis Guy

The April 2016 Mountain City Council meeting began with an all-present roll call, quickly followed by the calling forward of city employee, Jack Proffitt. Mayor Keeble presented Proffitt with a commemorative plaque as well as a letter of commendation for his 20 years of excellent service.
“I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for the opportunity to have spent the past 20 years working for the city,” Proffitt said.
According to Proffitt, he has seen many changes and improvements over the years and to him the city just keeps getting better and progressing with equipment, training, and overall working conditions.
Upon completion of the recognition ceremony, citizens who had signed up to address the council members were called forward. Johnson County Little League President, Brian Day, informed the council that this year’s Little League had grown to some 17 teams and opening day for them would be held on April 23, 2016. As part of the opening day festivities, Day asked permission to hold a small parade down Main Street where they would make a left at Farmers State Bank and left again at the library and proceed down College Street. Alderman Bob Morrison quickly made a motion in support of the parade, followed by Alderman Jerry Jordan’s second and an all yes vote. The Spirit Booster Club then addressed the council and asked to be added to the first available date for a fund raising roadblock. Permission was granted with a unanimous vote.  The scheduling for the event was referred to Sheila Shaw, City Recorder.
Jane Ann McGee informed the council she was there as a representative of the Johnson County High School class of 1966. The class would like to be granted permission to place a plaque on the memorial wall at Ralph Stout Park in honor of their fallen classmate, Wayne Stegall, who was the only class member from 1966 to die serving in Vietnam. The council was unanimously in favor of this request and asked McGee to work with Gary Phillips on the placement of the plaque.
Moving forward with the council agenda, the consent calendar including approval of last month’s minutes and the second and final reading of budget amendments 1483-1485 were quickly approved, followed by concerns and comments from each council member.
“Thank you to Barry Bishop for allowing the city to borrow the trash truck this week. It was such a big help in our time of need. I appreciate him working with us,” said Alderman Kenny Icenhour.
Morrison passed out a proposed logo he had created for the Goose Creek Trail. The logo could be used for signage, advertising, brochures and other items to help get the word out about the trail and was unanimously approved. According to Morrison, he had been made aware that the state was intending to double both the city and county’s cost percentage for the 911 budgets. Currently the city’s share was $44,000 per year and if approved at state level, the new city share would double to $88,000. The state comptroller is asking for all city and counties to comply with this increase. The state of Tennessee’s rationale is that local governments must pay for the dispatching services while the state covers the other expenses.
“We are being faced with some rough decisions in lieu of the city’s budgetary limits,” said Keeble.
For the rest of the story pick up a copy of this week’s Tomahawk.