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3 city council seats up for grabs

Friday, April 6, 2012

One of the items Shelbyville's city council will take up next week at their monthly meeting concerns getting ready for city elections this November.

Bedford County election commissioner Summer Leverette told city recorder Vickie Haskins that the council will need to pass a resolution asking her office to hold the city election for wards 1, 3, and 5.

Council member Jo Ann Holland represents Ward 1, Kay Rose speaks for Ward 3 and Jean Pruitt is the Ward 5 representative.

Those wanting to run for the three seats can pick up a petition beginning May 18. Qualifying deadline is Aug. 16.

Leverette also asked that the city send her a copy of an ordinance passed last year that allows citizens who own property in Shelbyville, but do not live within the city limits, to vote by absentee ballot.

Baby pool removed

The old "baby pool" at the outdoor swim area at H.V. Griffin Park may be due for some improvements if given approval by the city council. The city received approval from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation in March 2010 to renovate the area due to its age, condition and current regulations, but the work was not funded for the current fiscal year.

The improvement would consist of filling the old pool area with concrete at an estimated cost of $4,000 and installing a "fanbrella," which would cost an estimated $5,000

City manager Jay Johnson said he had spoken to city treasurer Jamey Owen and the city has the money to start the work now. The improvement would be available sometime this summer or the council could wait and put it in next year's budget and do the project next year.

Recreation director Sylvia Pinson explained that when the federal government mandated changes to swimming pool drains two years ago, it would have cost the city an estimated $18,000 to do the work, so the city asked that the state to declare the baby pool obsolete.

Tax bill issue

Another topic will be an agreement with Presto Services of Clarksville to prepare the city's property tax bills.

Johnson stated that a number of towns and counties, including Bedford, have moved over to using the service, printing and mail out the bill, which would arrive in an letter instead of the post cards that had been received before.

Another advantage is that if a person owns multiple properties, an individual sheet would be issued for each plot, but it would also include a summary sheet listing all the properties and taxes owed.

Owen said this saves the city around $2,875, mostly due to the time employees spend getting the bills sorted and ready to go each year.

One more topic the council will deal with is consideration of a professional service agreement with CapRisk Consulting Group to help the city review the management of its retirement plan for the benefits other than the pension employees received. The review is required by state accounting rules and would cost $3,450.