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Union City faces unexpected expenses

Union City faces unexpected expenses

Posted: Wednesday, January 6, 2010 9:04 pm
By: Donna Ryder Messenger Associate Editor

 By DONNA RYDER Associate Editor Union City Council members learned Tuesday night the city will have some unexpected expenses. Interim city manager Kathy Dillon presented the council with a contract from J.R. Wauford Co. Inc. for engineering services and resident observation during Phase I of Interstate-69 construction. Resident observation means the company will be onsite during the utility relocation. She said the estimate for the job is $36,000. But, the Tennessee Department of Transportation will only reimburse the city $2,500. “Observation is not reimbursable by TDOT,” she said, adding there are no alternatives for relocation of utilities for I-69. Ms. Dillon said she did not budget for this expense, because she was unaware of it. The expense will be paid through the water and sewer funds, with a portion coming from the fund balance. She said after this relocation, the city should not have any more expenses related to I-69. When a motion was called for, councilman Danny Leggett said, “I don’t think we have a choice.” The motion was approved unanimously. After the meeting was opened in prayer by city attorney Jim Glasgow Jr., the council: • Approved a $272,000 estimate from J.R. Wauford Co. Inc. for painting the elevated water tank at the new industrial park. It is to be paid for with $190,000 from this year’s budget and the remainder from next year’s budget. When councilman Bill “Rat” Harrison asked how often water tanks have to be repainted, Mayor Terry Hailey replied about every 10 years. • Approved the expense for construction of three signs to be placed at the industrial park and to be paid for with a $15,000 grant from Rural Development and another $15,000 from the Industrial Development Corp. The council then voted to accept bids for the project. • Voted to reappoint Ardell Maddox, James David Kendall and Jim Harris to the Municipal-Regional Planning Commission; Al Oliver to the Board of Zoning Appeals; John Horner to the Beer Permit Board; Gene Williams and Jim Bondurant to Personnel Advisory Board; Evelyn Moore to Perpetual Care Cemetery Board; Mike Daniel to Board of Equalization; Randy Chism and Bart White to Parks and Conservation Board; Art Ross and David Moran to Municipal Board of Examiners; Kathy Johnson, Nancy Durham and Tracy Boucher to Insurance Advisory Committee; Bill Dahnke and Karl Ullrich to Museum Committee; Robert Nichols to Board of Housing Appeals; and Ruby McLeary and Steve Rice to Health, Education and Housing Facility Corporation Board. • Approved the nomination of Ray Burden to replace J.H. Ragsdale on the Board of Housing Appeals and Steve Conley to replace Bill Stephenson on the Housing Authority. The council still has to appoint someone to replace Earnest Daniels on the Museum Committee. Associate Editor Donna Ryder can be contacted by e-mail at dryder@ucmessenger.com. Published in The Messenger 1.6.10

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