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Fire pumper gains council approval

Friday, August 10, 2012

Shelbyville's city council approved issuing a capital outlay note, or bond, in an amount no more than $300,000 to buy a new replacement pumper for the fire department.

This year's budget for the city budget allocates $425,000 for a 1,500 gallon per minute rescue pumper on a commercial chassis for the department, with $125,000 of funding through the city's general fund and the remaining $300,000 from the city insurance settlement fund.

City manager Jay Johnson has said that said using the $300,000 bond has many advantages, such as benefiting the city's cash flow, less "draw down" in the capital fund budget over the next year and allowing for purchase over a longer period of time.

Tax figures

Treasurer Jamie Owen briefed the council on preliminary figures for the end of the fiscal year, stating that about 92 percent of the city's property taxes has been collected.

Revenue was shown to be $1,547,185 over what had been budgeted and expenses were $1,715,685 under budget.

She also reported that the hotel-motel tax income reflecting June occupancy was $18,064, up 12 percent over last year, which is being attributed to the classic car show.

Owen told the council that in the future she will be using a new expense and revenue report trial in conjunction with the summarized year to date and monthly report they currently receive.

Also, a new cash flow graph will show cash on hand, budgeted revenue and expenses alongside the actual results.

Background checks

The council deferred action on background checks for those wanting to volunteer for activities with Shelbyville's recreation department until the topic could be discussed at next month's study session.

Last month, the parks and recreation board voted 6-1 to recommend the new screening guidelines be required for anyone over 18 wanting to serve as a board member, league director, head coach or any coach who will be alone with players or responsible for a team during a game or practice.

The policy will apply to all youth sports leagues operating on property either owned or leased by the city.

New volunteers would be required to have the checks prior to beginning any sport and those continuing to participate will be required to have a check every two years.

Airport work

Approval was also given to execute a grant contract with the state department of transportation for repairs to the Shelbyville airport's taxiway.

The resolution approved the payment of the city local match of $80,000 for the restoration. Last week, a $1,520,000 federal and state combined grant was approved for the facility.

Initially, the city had requested a total of 90 percent from the state and federal government, with Shelbyville pitching in the other 10 percent, which had been estimated at $160,000.

But the Tennessee Aeronautics Commission has chipped in with five percent -- $80,000, reflecting a new policy change by TDOT in an effort to assist general aviation airports throughout the state.

Street projects

Two motions authorized Mayor Wallace Cartwright to execute agreements with Gresham Smith Partners for two projects -- one is for construction and engineering inspection services for the resurfacing of Blue Ribbon Parkway, East Lane Street and Stanley Boulevard, along with a traffic signal at the intersection of Madison Street and Learning Way.

The other agreement is for a signalization project at the intersection of Depot Street and Bethany Lane, and the city would apply some $200,000 in leftover state surface transportation project (STP) funds to pay for it.

Bids were also accepted from Wright Paving for $646,879.52 for this year's improvements and signalization under the STP money.

401K analysis

A motion was passed to allow an agreement with Healthmart USA to analyze the city's 401K plan.

The firm is offering to perform an evaluation of the city's plan at no cost, looking at the plan's provisions, investment offerings, fees and compare them to industry standards. Johnson said that Shelbyville has no problem with ING, the city's current provider, and that the review was talked about 18 months ago, but was never followed through on.

A resolution was also adopted to accept a bid of $359,088 for the northeast area sanitary sewer rehabilitation project, which would be funding by a community development block grant and the Shelbyville Power, Water and Sewer System.

Other business

l Passed on first reading were amendments to the 2012 fiscal year budget to reflect various year end revenue and expenses.

l A ordinance to add 404 Belmont Ave. to that street's historic district was approved on first reading.

l Bids were awarded to McGrath Industries of Marietta, Ga., for the resurfacing of six tennis courts at H.V. Griffin Park at a cost of $19,494.

l Molder Outdoor Power of Shelbyville won the bid for a riding mower for the public works department at a cost of $7,900.

l Permit software for the planning and codes department from Local Government Data Processiing Corp. of Columbia was awarded at a cost of $4,107.50.

l Also, a proclamation was read establishing a day in honor of Doris Jewel Cannon, who recently turned 100 years old.