More state airport help sought

Friday, October 12, 2012

Shelbyville's city council asked for additional financial help Thursday from the state aeronautics division for repairs at Shelbyville Municipal Airport.

Following a meeting last week with Shelbyville Airport Authority and Garver Engineering, it was determined that the grant request needs to be $1.5 million instead of the original $1.3 million. That increases the local match for Shelbyville to $75,000 -- $10,000 more than previously estimated -- but money is available in the budget.

A preliminary design of the reconstruction project revealed "geometric compliance issues" with the existing aircraft parking ramp. Also, a number of areas on the ramp have deteriorated due to the weight of larger jets that occasionally visit.

The project will include design and reconstruction of the entire aircraft parking ramp and associated taxiways.

Time to speak

Citizens will be able to speak their minds at upcoming council study sessions, which are held nine days before the monthly meeting.

A resolution adopting a policy to allow comments concerning city business was passed, and will be subject to rules set down by the council.

Comments will be permitted at the end of meetings. Citizens will be asked to sign up to comment, but the guidelines state that it is not a discussion period.

Individuals will be limited to three minutes for comments and groups will be allowed five minutes.

Council members or city staff will follow up with information if requested.

People who make personal, impertinent or slanderous remarks, or who become boisterous, threatening or personally abusive can be asked to leave.

'Our town' delay

Action was deferred on a resolution from Our Town Shelbyville's Action committee to submit an application to participate in Tennessee Downtowns, a program of Tennessee's Department of Economic and Community Development.

The program is described as a "competitive community improvement program for communities seeking to revitalize traditional commercial districts." It is open to communities with downtown commercial districts established at least 50 years ago "and whose citizens are ready to organize efforts for downtown revitalization."

The idea was first presented to the council last week by a member of the action committee for Uptown Shelbyville, a different group, but no one from that organization appeared before the council Thursday.

City manager Jay Johnson said he considers the application incomplete and a work in progress. He suggested that a council hold a special work session on the topic, which is set for Oct. 30 at 5 p.m. at the courtroom of the Shelbyville police department.

No mowing

The city will no longer tend a three-acre parcel on Tillman Street.

For many years, Shelbyville's parks department mowed and maintained a lot at 515 Tillman St,, which also fronts Morton Street, for that neighborhood, cooperating with the Roosewald/Tillman trustees.

Shelbyville's Head Start facility and its playground fronts Tillman Street. However, there is no specific recreational use on the property, and according to the county property assessor, ownership is listed as a fraternal community center.

The city has been unable to find any written lease or use agreement, and with recent improvements made to Purdy Court Park, a small unimproved park on the property has not been deemed feasible for the neighborhood.

Other items

Also passed by the council on Thursday:

l On third and final reading, 404 Belmont Ave. was added to that area's historic district.

l Final reading was given to an ordinance to amend last year's budget to reflect year-end revenue and expenses.

l Resolutions were also passed formally adopting "Your Sports Leagues" background screening guidelines for credentialing volunteers.

l On first reading, an ordinance was passed adopting a new personnel policy for the city, also establishing a public hearing date of Nov. 8.

l A number of resolutions were passed establishing the new personnel manual, as well as policies controlling computer, e-mail and Internet usage, social media use and Internet posting policies.

l Guidelines were adopted for preparation of the annual use agreements between the city and athletic leagues.

l A resolution was passed authorizing council participation in next week's Governor's Conference in Nashville.

l The lease on the Senior Citizens Center on Helton Drive has been renewed.

l A resolution was approved to execute a contract with the state department of agriculture to plant 20 trees in city parks.

l A professional services agreement has been made with Gresham, Smith and Partners for engineering services for the planned traffic signal to be placed at the East Depot Street/Bethany Lane/Coney Island Road intersection.

l A number of items were listed as surplus. They will be placed on and sold to the highest bidder.

l Southern Athletic Fields of Columbia won the bids for infield dirt and mound clay.

l Madison Swimming Pools of Goodlettsville was awarded a bid for $120,365 for indoor swimming pool renovations.

l The council also expressed condolences for council member Kay Rose and her family due to the passing of her husband, Harold Rose, earlier this week.