Shelbyville's city council voted Thursday night to donate $2,500 to the upcoming Spring Showcase horse show set for next month.
The show, put on by the Foundation for the Advancement and Support of the Tennessee Walking Show Horse (FAST), is to replace the void left by the departure of the National Trainer's Show from Shelbyville.
Councilman Sam Meek made the motion to make the contribution, saying that the horse shows are "very beneficial to the community." But Meek moved to contribute the amount of $2,500, noting that there were other equine events coming later in the year that the council may wish to contribute to at that time
FAST president Mike Inman had requested a donation of $10,000 last week, the same amount that the council had contributed to the Trainer's Show in years past.
Following no comment from the public, the council also passed the third and final reading of an ordinance establishing the city's new wards.
The layout of Shelbyville's council representation must be reviewed and adjusted every 10 years if necessary based on population changes as reported by the U.S. Census. Each legislative district, whether at the city, county or state level, must contain a roughly equal number of residents, so that each citizen's vote carries equal weight.
A map of the ward changes have been available since November, and both city officials and council members say they've received no comments from the public about the changes. No one spoke at the public hearing Thursday evening for the new ward.
The 2010 Census stated that Shelbyville has a population of 20,335, meaning that approximately 3,400 people will be assigned to each of the city's six wards.
The map was drafted by Johnson, city recorder Vickie Haskins, city planner Ed Dodson and a member of the South Central Tennessee Development District, using their Global Information System (GIS).
City manager Jay Johnson explained last fall that the wards have to be laid out in a "zero sum game," meaning the council didn't have a lot of room to move large numbers of citizens between the areas.
The council also voted to bid on a "solid waste mini packer" -- a small garbage truck that Johnson said would be "ideal" for downtown, alleyways and large lot pick-ups.
A new unit costs approximately $130,000, and a local vendor has a used one priced at $80,000, but Johnson told the council that the city of Franklin recently put two of the packers on govdeals.com, where the bids were currently in the $15,000 to $16,000 range.
Johnson said that the trucks could last eight to 10 years and could be paid for out of the saving the city received from the large solid waste packers just purchased several months ago.
The council also passed an ordinance on first reading to increase city court costs from $90 to $105, to cover costs of the state of Tennessee's litigation tax.
When the state hiked the litigation tax last year, the city never increased its court costs to compensate, resulting in Shelbyville paying money to the state that would have been kept in the past.
A proposal for the purchase of property at 732 N. Main St. was rejected by the council. Brayne Development had offered a bid of $130,000 for the land jointly owned by the city and county, but the council was advised last week that the price was too low.
The lot had an estimated market value in 2010 of $325,000. The building is 4,628 square feet on a 0.9 acre lot, and is next to the newly-opened Waffle House.
The council also approved a motion to hold a fireworks display at H.V. Griffin Park on July 4, ask the county to pay half of the costs and issue requests for proposals for the display.
Another motion passed by the council declares a 23-foot trailer at the Shelbyville police firing range as surplus to be sold as scrap, as well as accepting the donation of an office trailer sitting at the old Bedford County Medical Center, which will be moved to the firing range.
l The council also passed a motion to waive the fees associated with housing demolition for contractors who participate in the THDA grant project to rehabilitate eligible homes within the city.
l A bid of $20,000 by David and Linda Brown for the purchase of city-owned property on Depot Street, just off the public square, was approved. Councilman Thomas Landers voted no, pointing out that the lot was appraised at $25,000.
The property has stood vacant since a deteriorating building was demolished several years ago due to it being a danger to the public.
l The council also placed a number of items on govdeals.com to be sold as surplus.
l Mayor Wallace Cartwright also appointed Steve Taylor to serve the remainder of a two-year term on the city's Parks and Recreation Advisory Board that was vacated by the resignation of Tony Cornish.