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City moves forward with property-rights voting ordinance

Friday, August 12, 2011

Shelbyville took the first move Thursday evening to make sure that nonresident property owners have the right to vote.

The council passed first reading of an ordinance that would allow people who own property in Shelbyville, but do not live within the city limits, to be able to vote by absentee ballot.

The option is now available to those voters due to a new law passed by the Tennessee State Legislature this year, according to Bedford County Election Commission Administrator Summer Leverette.

The ordinance faces two more readings and a public hearing.

If approved, the election commission would automatically mail the registered voter an application at least 45 days before the election and if they wish to cast a ballot, the voter would need to send the application back to Leverette's office and a ballot would be mailed back.

The city council and county commission will be getting together soon, but no date has been set as of yet.

The council passed a motion to approach the commission about setting up a joint study meeting and formulating an agenda.

County Mayor Eugene Ray told the T-G last week that he looked forward to meeting Shelbyville's new manager, Jay Johnson, and added it was important for the city and county to work together.

Rec Center repair

The council accepted a bid from Merryman-Farr, LLC of Nashville for a major repair at the Shelbyville Recreation Center.

The firm presented a bid of $43,087.50 for the Desert Air System, that needed five interior coils replaced, due to exposure to chlorine, and a 15-ton compressor. The system is 16 years old, and replacement cost was once estimated to be $300,000, so the council decided at the time to repair and keep the system.

However, while the system has been taken care of by maintenance supervisor James Sudberry, the repairs can not be delayed any longer. The item is covered in the fiscal 2012 budget.

Another item bid on for the Rec Center was floor resurfacing for the gymnasium and racquetball room, which was won by Sports Floors, Inc. of Memphis with a low bid of $4,512.

Other business

* Also passed was a resolution to allow appropriations for a number of non-profits to be funded at an amount of $117,329.

* The council also approved the race route of the Regnar Relay Tennessee which is to pass through Shelbyville on Nov. 4 and 5.

* A motion was approved to use the city's State Transportation Program funding for this year for the resurfacing of three roads and a traffic signal at the intersection of Learning Way and Madison Street.

* Given an OK on third and final reading was a de-annexation request made by Community Bank of Memphis for two parcels that partially front U.S. 231 North, Harts Chapel Road and Midland Road.

The lots consist of 84 acres, are zoned PUD (planned unit development) and would have been part of a 255-lot subdivision development presented to the planning commission in 2006. A public hearing on the matter was also held, but no one spoke.

* The council also appointed Jack Coop for a six-year term on the Industrial Development Board to fill the expiring term of Ron Reed and Mayor Wallace Cartwright appointed Emily Bryant to the Historic Zoning Commission.

* Before the regular meeting took place, the council also held an executive session with city attorney Ginger Shofner regarding pending litigation.