Obion bridge repair approved

Obion bridge repair approved

Posted: Tuesday, March 8, 2011 9:03 pm
By: Kevin Bowden, Staff Reporter

y KEVIN BOWDEN
Staff Reporter
Obion’s Broadway Street bridge will be fixed by Robert Albright and the town’s fire department will be getting a new tanker truck. The bridge repair will cost the town an estimated $19,000 and the fire truck will cost $11,000.
Both items were approved by the Obion City Council Monday night during a meeting that lasted just over an hour.
Both items were deemed essential and the way the town is handling them is actually saving a considerable amount of money.
Albright met with the council and explained he will handle the bridge repair work and will have the town purchase all the necessary materials to repair the bridge.
The Broadway Street bridge has been shut down for several weeks due to its deteriorating condition. The road over the bridge is one of the most heavily-traveled streets in the town and borders the east side of the town’s ballpark. Albright estimated that after all the materials come in, it will take him just a few days to get two six-foot culverts installed under the bridge and get the road reopened to traffic.
Obion Fire Chief Jamie Evans was at Monday night’s meeting, too, and presented the opportunity to buy a tanker truck valued at between $50,000 and $52,000 for only $11,000. He told the council the truck is necessary for the city to be in compliance with its rural subscription program.
“We need it to participate in the subscription program,” Evans said.
The council agreed to take $5,000 out of the town’s water and sewer fund and use $6,000 from a grant to finance the fire truck.
The vote to buy the fire truck was 6-1, with council member Renee Webber voting against the purchase.
Also during Monday night’s meeting, Mayor Glen Parnell formally appointed a budget committee comprised of himself and council members Polk Glover, Mrs. Webber and Patsy Barker. The budget committee will be responsible for drafting a proposed new budget for the council.
“It’s going to be tough,” Parnell said in reference to the committee’s task of drafting a new budget.
Also during Monday night’s meeting, the council:
• Approved a recommendation from Evans to turn over delinquent bills for rural fire calls to a collection agency. The fire department charges $500 per call for rural fire calls, and several of those bills have not been paid, according to Evans.
• Approved the installation of two new security lights for Indian Park, near the ballfields. The lights will be installed and maintained by the Tennessee Valley Authority at a cost to the town of $5 per month per light.
In a related move, the council discussed the matter of the summer mowing schedule of city-owned property and agreed to seek bids to mow Indian Park, Eddie Huey Park and inside the city’s ballpark.
• Was informed by Parnell that two new grinders approved by the council will be delivered this week and will be installed.
• Discussed the need for the town to have a standard policy regarding purchase orders. The mayor was scheduled to meet with all department heads this afternoon to explain that starting today any purchases on behalf of the town must first have a purchase order from City Hall.
• Was informed that during recent storms a manhole cover on Obion Avenue was forced up and caused major damage to the rear-end of a van owned by Sonny Blakely. The council agreed to pay for the damage to his vehicle.
• Took no action on negotiations with Jere Cutler, who has a city-owned lift station on his property. The issue will have to be settled in court.
• Agreed to spend nearly $290 for the supplies needed to strip and wax the floors at the town’s community center. It was announced at the meeting that the labor for the floor work is being taken care of by the Obion Community Club.
Monday night’s meeting was opened in prayer by Glover and the Pledge of Allegiance led by Parnell.
Staff Reporter Kevin Bowden may be contacted by e-mail at kmbowden@ucmessenger.com.

Published in The Messenger 3.8.11

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