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Property lines an issue in Dresden

Property lines an issue in Dresden
Upon the completion of research and the reviewing of records, the City of Dresden will now move forward in bidding out for a surveyor to establish property boundary lines within the city limits. The decision came on the heels of assistant public defender Colin Johnson’s questioning of having to pay tax on land he was unsure of being in the city limits at last month’s Dresden City Board meeting. At this month’s meeting of the City of Dresden Board of Mayor and Aldermen this past Monday night, City Recorder Jennifer Branscum shared the findings of her research. “I went back and researched from the 1920s to the present all documented annexation. I researched maps from the 1960s onward and compiled property taxes. Annie Culver (the previous owner of the property) began paying taxes on the property in 1986,” she explained. The City will now send Johnson a list of payments made through the present time and the board will take steps to bid out for a surveyor. In other Communications from the Mayor, board guidance was requested in solving the issue of having two residences inside the city limits without water. The health department recommended implementing a city ordinance to deal with the problem, but the issue was tabled until advice and options can be gathered from MTASK. In Citizen Input, Com. Jimmy Westbrook shared that the building that he and six other individuals own on Hwy. 22 has been experiencing a periodic backup of raw sewage in the basement. “It’s happened twice and this past time, the cost for repairs was $10,131.40. Danny Roberts put in a backflow but now the commodes cannot be flushed. The insurance company said to get it fixed and the adjustor from Nashville said we were not liable for this. It was determined before that the lift station on Gaylord Road extended had malfunctioned,” Westbrook explained. He admitted that the problem lay in Little General’s improper disposal of grease down the drain causing the sewer to become clogged. The public works department has been performing regular checks of the grease traps and in addition to this, City Attorney Jeff Washburn will now look into drafting an ordinance requiring the proper cleaning and disposal of grease from the grease traps. In Employee’s Reports, the board voted to give a $50 donation to Lottie Cooper and the Northwest Tennessee Economic Development Council for the annual Christmas shopping trip. Finance Director Melanie Bynum also reported that after analysis, the City of Dresden operates on $122,000 per month. In 1989, that number was about $70,000. In unfinished business, Flood Ordinance 2009-07 was passed on its second reading and public hearing. Police Chief Brent Perry reported receiving two bids for 2009 Chevrolet Impala police cars. With the low bid of $20,515, the board accepted the offer from Alexander Automotive. Additionally, an amendment was made to the drug fund budget of $8,150.50 for furbishing the car for police work. In new business, Identity Theft Resolution 2009-04 passed on its first reading. “It’s a new federal regulation that municipalities fall under. An identity theft policy must be adopted prior to Nov. 1. Office personnel must be trained on the topic. MTASK put it together and it covers all new regulations the federal government has passed down,” Branscum explained. Washburn reported that a vendors’ lien had been placed on a piece of property on Hwy. 22 that the Industrial Board had been repaying the city for in the amount of $650,000. BancorpSouth along with the Industrial Board now wants the lien to be subordinated. The property is serving as collateral for a $164,000 loan and the board voted to subordinate the lien, but to leave out the property belonging to Rufus McPeak. The board voted to accept the Governor’s Highway Safety Grant in the amount of $5,000 free and clear to purchase digital cameras and overtime. Finally, Fire Chief Dickie Hart postponed his decision to discuss hiring a full-time fire chief on the grounds of affecting city cash flow. He recommended that Mark Mansfield and Shane Wade be considered for hiring on as fire fighters. The next meeting of the City of Dresden Board of Mayor and Aldermen will take place at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 3. WCP 10.09.08

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