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Martin’s storm siren replacement slated for next week

Martin’s storm siren replacement slated for next week
It was a lengthy process, but the project to replace the City of Martin’s storm warning system is coming to fruition with the replacement slated to begin next week.
Phillip Johnson told the Martin Mayor and Board of Aldermen during an informal session Tuesday evening that the company will, hopefully, be in town next week to set up poles.
Martin Mayor Randy Brundige said the six new sirens will be spread throughout the city for the maximum amount of protection for its residents and some sirens will be in different places than the original sirens.
Johnson told the board that at this point, of the seven remaining sirens in the city, four are fully functional, two sirens do not work at all and one siren sounds, but does not rotate.
Although the board members voted earlier this year to increase every water customer’s bill by $2 each month for 18 months to pay for the system replacement, the board has to decide how to pay for the system now.
The board will consider a resolution to apply for a 15 to 16-month note totaling nearly $133,000 to pay for the completed project during their formal meeting planned for Monday.
In other news, Building Inspector Billy Stout presented board members with details involving the Tennessee Clean Energy Future Act of 2009. Stout said the legislation passed in the state’s General Assembly last year. As a result, municipalities and counties across the state are being asked to follow the state’s building guidelines for new constructions of single and double-family dwellings.
“We have three options. We can opt-out. We can adopt the International Building Codes. We can do nothing and the state will come in and implement their building codes,” Stout shared.
While Weakley County has already opted out of the measure that would have put building codes in place for people living in the rural districts of the county, Stout said the Martin Board of Mayor and Aldermen should not make a “hasty” decision until the legislation is fully researched.
Alderman David Belote questioned what the state legislation would do to building prices for property owners.
“Builders’ prices would go up on the front end. But there would be immediate energy savings under this legislation,” Stout replied. The building inspector described that the requirements for building materials would model a more “energy efficient” rating for insulation, heating and cooling units, etc.
If the City of Martin allows the state to take over the construction requirements, an agent from the state would be responsible for allowing building permits and inspections, ultimately taking money out of the city’s budget.
“I have seen years where we’ve had $40-$60,000 in building permits. Of course, it won’t be that much this year because of the down economy,” Brundige said.
“This boils down to a safety aspect and a savings aspect,” Stout commented.
If the city opts out of the Clean Energy Act, they have to repeat the process within 180 days of an election each election year.
“I am just asking you to not rush into a decision until I get more accurate information,” Stout said.
He told board members that they would continue to hear more each month about the issue so they could make an informed decision.
Municipalities and county governments must make a decision on the issue by Oct. 1.
Stout said he planned to attend a conference this summer that would provide more details about the Tennessee Clean Energy Future Act of 2009. The board took no action on the legislation pending more information.
In other “green” news, Brundige announced City-wide Clean-up Days are set for Monday, April 19 through Friday, April 23.
To kick off the event, an Arbor Day celebration and tree give-away is planned for Saturday, April 17 at the Martin Recreation Complex. Types of free trees and the time of the event will be announced later.
Throughout the week of Citywide Clean-up, residents are encouraged to help pick up litter, beautify their landscapes and recycle their plastics, glass, paper and cardboard at UTM Recycles! on Moody Street in Martin.
The Martin Beautiful Committee requested the board of mayor and aldermen support an Adopt-A-Street program, modeled after the state’s Adopt-A-Highway program. While the idea is in its infancy stages, the MBC hopes to get individuals and organizations involved with the effort in an attempt to have a once a month clean-up of adopted streets. The board said they would support the Adopt-A-Street program.
Board members will consider a resolution that would allow the city’s public works department to purchase two new brush trucks in exchange for the department’s leased brush trucks. The new trucks would come with a bumper-to-bumper warranty.
The board will also vote on a resolution allowing the issuance of a capital outlay note for police vehicles and fire equipment during its formal session planned for 5:15 p.m. on Monday.
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