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Woodland officials updated on federal flood compliance

Woodland officials updated on federal flood compliance
Associate Editor
Woodland Mills’ mayor and board of aldermen thought it was in compliance with the federal flood ordinance, but they recently learned otherwise.
Bedford Dunavant of Union City Insurance appeared before the board Monday night to inform them there was a misunderstanding and, in fact, Woodland Mills is a non-participating community.
That means should residents of Woodland Mills wish to purchase flood insurance, that would not be possible. It might also restrict Federal Emergency Management Agency money for the city should flooding cause damage to city property.
Dunavant said the city apparently passed an ordinance in 2008, but the application never made it to the federal level.
The mayor and board began the process Monday to be in compliance by approving a notice of intent, passing the flood ordinance on first reading and setting a public hearing on the matter. That meeting will be held June 30 at 6 p.m.
A public hearing on the 2010-11 budget will also be held at that meeting. The budget includes expenses and revenues, respectively, of $74,000 and $65,420 in the general fund, $152,350 and $150,782 in the sewer fund, $23,764 and $22,008 in the refuse collection fund and $10,005 and $9,500 in the street aid fund.
In other business Monday night, after the meeting was opened in prayer by alderman Tom Menees and with the Pledge of Allegiance led by Mayor Wade Carrington, the board:
• Learned its insurance rate will remain the same this year.
• Granted Bill Sowell permission to take the 1960 Woodland Mills senior class photo from the city’s history room to place on display at the 50th-year class reunion Labor Day weekend.
• Heard from Sowell that several street signs are bent or missing.
• Discussed the reason for the placement of a trailer at the old convenience store building. Maintenance employee Perry Carr said it was placed there by the EPA to test the gas tanks.
• Discussed the city limits sign and the fact that it is not straight. Carr said it was hard to get straight when they installed it, but he will look at it again.
• Approved the financial statements for the April general fund, including total assets of $117,595.41, and for May, including total assets of $111,200.78 in the general fund, $5,405.12 in the street aid fund, $5,852.43 in the refuse collection fund and $544,044.10 in the sewer fund.
• Learned an additional $220 in property taxes have been paid, but there is still $1,734 owed from 2009 and $516 owed from 2008. There is also a utility tax of $15 owed, according to city recorder Thelma Green. She has prepared between 20 to 30 bills to be sent as reminders of these tax bills.
• Learned e-mails are being received from Tennessee One Call, but that the mayor thought both e-mails and phone calls were supposed to be received.
• Discussed property owned by Kenneth Johnson which needs to be cleaned up. Alderman Waymon Reagan has spoken with the resident about the matter. Should the property not be cleared in a timely manner, the city can clean it up and charge the property owner. if the city is not allowed to clear the land, the city can take Johnson to court.
• Received an update on the Mount Herman rehabilitation project.
• Agreed to contact the county about a tree which is under Lattus Lane bridge.
• Heard Atmos Energy believes a gas regulator is causing a hole to form on Garrigan Road.
• Learned Woodland Mills is sponsoring the Mayors’ Roundtable Thursday at 6 p.m. at City Hall.
• Agreed to take old flags to Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4862 so they can be properly disposed of during a ceremony July 13.
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Published in The Messenger 6.16.10