Hazel Albright announces retirement from Obion board

Hazel Albright announces retirement from Obion board

By: John Brannon Messenger Staff Reporter

By JOHN BRANNON Messenger Staff Reporter After 20 years of continuous service to her community, the venerable Hazel Albright of Obion will retire from the Obion board of aldermen June 30. She made a formal announcement to that effect at a board meeting Monday at Obion City Hall. Mayor Patsy Barker presided over the meeting. A quorum of board members attended — Mrs. Albright, Maye Charlton, Jerry Carver, Mike Miller, Franklin Parnell and Tammy Foggie. The announcement came after the board processed a lengthy list of city business. Why is she retiring? “I just need to make a change,” she said. “I’m moving to Knoxville.” Her husband, the late Thomas Albright, died in 2006. At the time of his passing, they had been married almost 60 years. “We appreciate her service of 20 years,” Mrs. Barker said. “She’s seen a lot of things come and go. She’s the one we relied on to read everything and advise the rest of us. She wants to make sure everything is right. “We will miss her.” On June 8, the city observed Hazel Albright Day, highlighted by a reception in the Community Center. She was presented a plaque of appreciation and a copy of a resolution thanking her for her service. The resolution was passed by the board on May 19. Mrs. Barker said it’s up to the board of aldermen to appoint someone to fill the vacancy created by Mrs. Albright’s resignation. “Our city charter says that if (a vacancy occurs) within six months of the next election, it can appoint someone, but it doesn’t have to,” she said. “We are within six months of the next general election. So the board can appoint someone if it wants to, but it doesn’t have to.” The city business transacted during the Monday evening meeting included: • Sanitation bids. Barker Brothers Waste was the sole bidder for a contract to pick residential and commercial solid waste during fiscal year 2008-09, which begins July 1. The rates, partially listed below, are subject to all taxes and fuel surcharges. 1. Residential curbside pickup: $9.14 per unit. 2. Commercial dumpster, one time a week pickup: Two yards, $71.82; four yards, $104.37; six yards $130.41; eight yards, $195.51. 3. Industrial rates: 30 cubic yard open-top: $29.19 per ton plus $180 transportation. The board voted 7-0 to accept the bid and award the contract. “I appreciate this,” Bryan Barker told the board. “As you know, we will sweep the streets for your July Fourth celebration.” It was agreed the job will be done on June 27. • 2008 audit bids. Joe Enoch Associates of Dyersburg was the sole bidder for a contract to audit city books for fiscal year 2008-09. The board voted 7-0 to accept Enoch’s bid of $14,000 and award the contract. • Health insurance bids. Mary Nita Bondurant of Union City Insurance, a representative of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, met with the board. Union City Insurance provides health insurance coverage for city employees. She told the board that rates will increase 10 percent the next fiscal year. The city has 11 employees. For an individual, the base plan coverage will be $369.93, with add-ons as chosen by the city. Family coverage is higher. The board accepted the new rates and insurance coverage by a 7-0 vote. • Resolution No. 2008-07 was approved by a 7-0 vote. The city budget is to be amended upon expiration of the current fiscal year (June 30) to reflect actual revenues and expenditures. • Resolution No. 2008-08 entitled property and ad valorem tax was passed by a 7-0 vote. It enacts a property tax rate of $1.55 per $100 valuation. (There was no change from the current rate.) • Ordinance No. 2008-05 which sets water and sewer rates was approved by a 7-0 vote. It is the first of two required public readings. The ordinance establishes following listed schedule of rates: 1. Inside the city limits: Water/sewer — First 1,500 gallons is $9.20 (minimum bill). There is no increase over the current rate. Water over 1,500 gallons — $3.66 per 1,000. Sewer over 1,500 gallons — $4.88 per 1,000. 2. Outside city limits: First 1,500 gallons is $16.30 (minimum bill). Over 1,500 gallons — $5.48 per 1,000. • Ordinance No. 2008-06 for the 2008-09 budget was approved by a 7-0 vote. This is the first of two required public readings. Revenue: $3,749,467. Expenditures: $3,826,101. • 2008-09 pay scale. Mrs. Barker said the city will grant a 20-cent per hour pay increase. “We didn’t do a percentage (increase),” she said. • Obion Housing Authority lease. Mrs. Barker said a lease prepared by city attorney Jimmy Smith has been signed. It provides for the housing authority to pay the city $5,000. The money will be placed in the city’s general fund. Obion Housing Authority, which has 30 residential units, is governed by a board of directors. “They are the landlords; we are the owners,” Mrs. Barker said. Two resignations by members of the housing authority board were announced — Donald Bloxom and Betty Bobo. Ruth Vaillancourt and Ernie Long are the latest electees to membership on the housing authority board. With the two new members, the board is now comprised of Gracie Ashley, Rodney Underwood, Danny McDonald, Ms. Vaillancourt and Long. Published in The Messenger 6.17.08

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