MBA 2006 January
1) Billy Clark: Requested an update on the property tax. Vice Mayor Long responded that the Finance Committee plans to meet in February and it is an item for discussion. Stated that MTAS will be involved in the survey regarding this tax.
2) Susan Slawson: Questioned the mayor regarding a police vehicle outside her son's home in
VI. Waive the oral reading of Minutes of the December 20, 2005 regular Board meeting, and adopt the minutes as presented/corrected. Motion made and seconded by Alderman Gill. Alderman Ruth requested that more details regarding the changes to the Coopertown Personnel Manual.
VII. Waive the oral reading of Minutes of the October 25, 2005 regular Board meeting, and adopt the minutes as presented/corrected. Motion made by Alderman Long and seconded by Alderman Gill. Motion passed with Alderman Ruth abstaining.
Chief Bernard presented the statistics for the recent month that included approximately 550 calls, 146 traffic warning/tickets, two injury accidents, two DUI arrests. Present police department has 11 full time and one part time officers. Discussed the current take-home vehicle policy. Currently has eight vehicles assigned to the department of which three are 2005 models and three are 2006 models.
Questions were field from the audience regarding the number of vehicles assigned to patrol I-24. Chief Bernard responded that the accidents occurring on the interstate dictates at time the number responding to the situation. Alderman Scott asked if the time spent on the interstate is more than the time patrolling within the Coopertown city limits. Chief Bernard responded that at least two officers are assigned to each shift and one is patrolling the back roads utilizing the current inspection checklist.
Questions were asked regarding the limits of I-24, which the department is patrolling. Chief Bernard informed the audience it was 4 miles east bound and westbound one mile. In addition the department has received from the Tennessee Highway Patrol their certification for "The Rules of the Road for I-24 patrolling.
Alderman Ruth asked if the police leave their business cards at businesses they inspect on a daily basis. No procedure is in place at this time since it would give the owners and the general public an idea of when the police make their rounds. Rounds are not on a scheduled basis but random.
The Mayor commented on the article in the Robertson County Times poll on the speed limit survey conducted recently. Out of the 149 votes, 70.5 % responded that the city should follow the recommendations by TDOT.
B. Speed limits for TN highway #49 within Coopertown city limits. Mayor Crosby commented that he himself experienced being passed on a double yellow line. Numerous complaints call to city hall regarding the current speed limits. The question arose if the mayor had the authority to change these limits on his own authority. Alderman Gill stated that the pervious administration changed limits without a public hearing. Vice Mayor Long stated that this was done with Safety in mind. Information was given to each alderman regarding the current state guidelines for speed limits on
Alderman Ruth questioned if the study took each road on an individual basis. Stated also that she received a different view from the MTAS engineer in a recent call to Jackson MTAS office. Mr. Ruth presented his idea to stop passing by utilizing a double yellow line highway #49 within the city limits. This idea was deemed unrealistic because of the traffic patterns.
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D. Bid contracts for Coopertown grass mowing. Mayor Crosby opens the discussion with background information regarding the cost of mowing in recent years and current costs. A motion was made by Alderman Gill and seconded by Vice Mayor Long to open a bid process for this function. This motion passed unanimously.