Drug fund money to be used to purchase UCPD vehicles

Drug fund money to be used to purchase UCPD vehicles

Posted: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 9:06 pm
By: Donna Ryder, Associate Editor

By DONNA RYDER
Associate Editor
It turns out state bids are better.
Union City Council members decided Tuesday night to go with the state bids to purchase two vehicles for the police department from drug fund money. The move came after council members asked during their Jan. 4 meeting that local dealers be given the opportunity to bid on the purchase.
On Tuesday night, city manager Kathy Dillon informed the council two bids were received from local dealers — $23,867 from Herman Jenkins and $23,303.24 from Union City Ford. The state bid at Golden Circle Ford in Jackson was $21,499.75. The vehicles in Jackson are available for purchase now, with 15 sitting on the lot. The city would have to wait for delivery if the vehicles were purchased locally. No local delivery date could be guaranteed, Police Chief Joe Garner said.
The council agreed to purchase two Crown Victorias from Golden Circle Ford.
In other business, after the meeting was opened in prayer by city attorney Jim Glasgow Jr., the council:
• Appointed Bridgette Keathley Darnall and John W. Miles to the Municipal-Regional Planning Commission; Shea Riley III and Sam Nailling Jr. to the Board of Zoning Appeals; John Horner to the Beer Permit Board; Linda Reaves to the Personnel Advisory Board; Mike Daniel to the Board of Equalization; Kathy Johnson, Nancy Durham and Tracy Boucher to the Insurance Advisory Committee; Larry Mink, Doris Robinson and Allen Nohsey to the Museum Committee; Laura Johnston and Sacchi Doss to the Civic Auditorium Committee; S.J. Burnett, Leroy Stricklin and Frank Johnson to the Board of Housing Appeals; Connie Rogers, Ron Green and Wes Kennedy to the Park and Conservation Board; Bedford Dunavant to the Industrial Development Board; Phillip Harris and David Searcy to the Municipal Board of Examiners; Sandra Harris to the Health, Education and Housing Facility Corp. Board; and Ann Cameron to the Housing Authority.
The board needs to fill one seat on each of the following — Personnel Advisory Board, Industrial Development Board and Health, Education and Housing Facility Corp. Board.
• Agreed to solicit bids for the purchase of pick up trucks for the Parks, Public Works and Water departments. The actual expenditure of funds will be closer to spring, Ms. Dillon said. Public Works director Steve Ladd said they would be replacing worn out vehicles, one of which has about 170,000 miles on it. They are budgeted items.
• Authorized the solicitation of bids for two salt spreaders and two front blades. They are budgeted items.
• Agreed to purchase a Jacobsen Cushman Truckster turf utility vehicle from Ladd’s Turf, Golf, Utility for $17,964.57. Turf Management director Chris Crockett to the council the vehicles typically last about five years.
• Voted to use Tennessee Municipal League for financing the purchase of a street sweeper. TML bid a 3.810 percent five-year bond, while First State Bank bid 4.124 percent for a five-year note. The street sweeper will cost $176,389. The city’s first payment on the note will be Feb. 1, 2012.
• Sold Lot 32 in the EW Richmond Subdivision to Carpenter Real Estate for $1,005.
• Agreed to purchase a security system for the wastewater plant not to exceed $10,000. It was not a budgeted item.
• Postponed a vote on amending a resolution on water tap fees and establishing a sanitary sewer rodding fee within and outside the corporate city limits.
• Received a report on the budget. Ms. Dillon said the city should be seeing a 50 percent collection rate of property taxes, but it is around 37 percent. Collection of in lieu of and sales taxes are at 50 percent. She added revenues taken in are above expenditures to date in both the general fund and the water and sewer fund.
Ms. Dillon said she is concerned about taking on any more grants because it is uncertain what the new Congress will do.
It was also noted sales tax collections for December 2010 were about the same as those for December 2009.
• Voted to place “Reduced Speed Ahead” signs on Reelfoot Avenue. Garner said it is a common complaint from people against the mobile speed enforcement units that they are not given adequate warning of the speed limit change.
• Took no action on removing the “No Parking” signs on Third and Jackson streets. Garner said when the street is painted properly with a turning lane, there is no room for parking.
• Was informed a resident on Section Line Road would like for the speed limit to be increase from 35 mph to 45 mph. Garner said the issue has been addressed before and it was decided to leave the speed limit at 35 mph because if it was 45 mph people would drive 55 mph.
• Was informed the Planning and Codes Department is following due process for dealing with burned out homes in the city.
• Learned there is some confusion about the city’s remaining $21,000 reimbursement for ice storm clean up. Mayor Terry Hailey said he was told the federal government has not sent the money to the state for distribution, while Ms. Dillon said she was told the city has received all it is going to receive.
• Was informed by Garner the police department now has a Facebook page as a way “to put out information of interest to the public.”
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 1.19.11

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