Halloween to be celebrated on a Sunday within UC city limits

Halloween to be celebrated on a Sunday within UC city limits

Posted: Wednesday, September 22, 2010 9:05 pm

By DONNA RYDER
Associate Editor
Halloween falls on a Sunday this year and so it will be for those wishing to celebrate by going door-to-door in search of sugary treats in the City of Union City.
Interim city manager Kathy Dillon told the council Tuesday night that residents have been calling City Hall asking when trick-or-treating would be held in the city. She suggested that if the council made the special day on Saturday or Monday, that it would probably only extend the holiday over several days.
Mayor Terry Hailey said this has occurred several times before and that when Halloween falls on a Sunday, it is held in that Sunday within the city limits of Union City.
No official vote was taken.
In other business, after the meeting was opened in prayer by city attorney Jim Glasgow Jr., the council:
• Approved an interest-bearing general obligation, with an interest rate not to exceed 3 percent, in an amount not to exceed $106,343 for the purchase of a limb pick up truck.
• Authorized the Industrial Development Board to renew a promissory note in the amount of $3 million used to build a spec building with Obion County. The interest rate is 1.49 percent.
• Voted to enter into a contract with Obion County for county-wide fire protection. It calls for the county to bill and collect rural fire fees and to perform dispatch duties. County Mayor Benny McGuire said the program is expected to start in July, after the city’s current plans expire.
• Received a tax report from Ms. Dillon. She said payable taxes for 2009 were $3,943,314, with $3,755,101 collected. Payable taxes for 2008 were $3,369,938, of which, $3,422,198 has been collected. An advertisement listing the names of people who still owe property taxes will be published in The Messenger before the delinquent taxes are turned over to Chancery Court. The amount turned over to Chancery, which includes 10 years worth, is $93,535. Of that, $27,491 has been collected.
• Learned the city has still not been reimbursed all of its expenses from the ice storm.
• Asked who was responsible for the upkeep of the Central School property. Council Bill “Rat” Harrison said the grass, weeds and grounds are in bad shape and it needs attention. Ms. Dillon said that responsibility would fall to the tenant, which is the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Tennessee.
• Granted the local retriever club and Final Flight approval to used a city-owned pond the weekend of Oct. 2.
• Allowed the mayor to sign a letter giving permission to install a Tennessee Civil War Trails  marker at the city’s Civil War cemetery. There will be no cost to the city. McGuire said this should help bring tourists to the city.
• Asked that a letter be drafted to Glenda Chrisp to show the city’s appreciation for her many years of service to the city as executive director of Main Street-Union City.
Councilman Billy Jack “B.J.” Cranford was absent.
Associate Editor Donna Ryder can be contacted by e-mail at dryder@ucmessenger.com.

Published in The Messenger 9.22.10

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