Obion board ‘de-annexes’ tract of land
Posted: Wednesday, June 30, 2010 6:08 am
By: John Brannon, Staff Reporter
By JOHN BRANNON
A rare thing it is for any municipality to divest itself of property. But that’s what the Obion mayor and council did Monday evening.
A common thing is for any municipality to annex property, meaning bring it within city limits. But not Obion.
By formal resolution that passed 4-1, the city council “de-annexed” a tract of land lying north of Board Street and west of Seventh Street. The land is described as primarily agricultural and sparsely populated.
Rationale given for de-annexation is that extending utilities to the acreage would be cost prohibitive.
The city council met at 5 p.m. Monday at Obion City Hall. Mayor Tammy Foggy presided; councilmen present were Polk Glover, Mike Miller, Patsy Barker and Donald Bloxom. Councilman Jerry Carver was absent.
In other public business, the council:
• Approved 5-0 the second and final reading of an ordinance declaring the city budget for fiscal year ending June 30, 2011. Revenue: $1,768,839. Expenditures: $1,777,700.
• Approved 5-0 the first reading of an ordinance setting new gas rates. The ordinance states that since the Town of Obion has entered into a natural gas purchase and sale agreement wih Atmos Energy Marketing, “it has become possible to change the gas rate due to the decrease from our natural gas supplier.”
Monthly gas rate for customers within city limits are:
$12 per each 1,000 cubic feet up to 25,000 cubic feet.
$11.50 per each 1,000 cubic feet over 25,000.
First 200,000 cubic feet: Town cost plus $3.
200,000 cubic feet to 400,000 cubic feet: Town cost plus $1.50.
Over 400,000 cubic feet: Town cost plus 50 cents.
3. Customers outside city limits:
Residential: $14.14 per each 1,000 cubic feet.
Commercial: First 200,000 cubic feet: Town cost plus $4.
200,000 to 400,000 cubic feet: Town cost plus $2.50.
Over 400,000 cubic feet: Town cost plus $1.50.
• Approved 5-0 first reading of an ordinance setting new water and sewer rates.
1. Inside city limits.
Water/sewer, first 1,500 gallons $10.50 (minimum bill).
Water, over 1,500 gallons per thousand $3.66.
Sewer, over 1,500 gallons per thousands $3.66.
2. Outside city limits.
First 1,500 gallons $16.79 (minimum bill).
Over 1,500 gallons per thousand $5.48.
• Passed 5-0 a resolution setting property tax and ad valorem tax rates: $1.55 per $100 valuation.
• Opened sealed bids for a contract to construct 1.3 miles of gas pipeline. Only two bids were received:
1. National Gas Piping Co., Inc., of Dyersburg, a bid of $134,716.79.
2. Revell Construction Co. of Union City, a bid of $157,845.
• Approved 5-0 award of a gas line contract to low bidder Natural Gas Piping of Dyersburg.
• Approved 5-0 first reading of a resolution setting increased sanitation rates (solid waste):
Residential pick-up: $14.82 per cart
30 units at Obion Housing: $14.82 per cart
30 units at Spring Valley: $14.82 per cart
Two cubic yard container, once a week: $121
Four cubic yard container, once a week: $140
Six cubic yard container, once a week: $168
Eight cubic yard container, once a week: $267.
Sanitation rates increased because of a new contract with Barker Bros. Waste, according to the discussion. Also, there will be no industrial monthly bulk pick-up as of July 1.
Published in The Messenger 6.29.10