The Westview High School Band is one giant step closer to traveling to Washington with all 59 of its members onboard the bus.
Upon a request from Director Mike Tucker at the City of Martin’s informal board meeting last Tuesday, the board voted to give $3,000 to the Westviw Band at the formal board meeting Monday night. This money will help ensure that all band students get to make the trip to the nation’s capital to play a special concert.
In department head reports, Martin Police Chief David Moore reported that there will be a meeting of a selection committee made up of school board members and representatives of Martin schools to embark on the process of hiring a new SRO for Martin Middle School. Former SRO Nick Glenn has taken a position at the University of Tennessee at Martin. Currently, the department has received 15 applications. Martin schools are the only schols in the county that employ full-time SROs.
In addition, on May 1, another patrol officer will be promoted to the position of investigator to place three investigators on staff.
Moore concluded his report by informing board members that, due to several noise complaints on Lee Street, the police department held a staff meeting and decided to devote overtime hours and “saturate the area with officers on bikes” in order to make sure the noise stays under control.
Kimberly Craddock reported that the Martin Business Association will have a Lunch and Learn on March 22 at the REED Center and a Mix and Mingle on March 24 at Taylor Automotive.
Closing out department head reports, Weldon Library Director Roberta Peacock announced the purchase of an early literacy station computer through a technology grant. The comptuer will feature 38 programs and students can learn everything from reading to math to other subjects with the use of a touch screen and a mouse.
In new business, the board voted to award the bid on a new 75-foot ladder truck for the Martin Fire Department to Pro-Fire Equipment. The total for this is $737,180.
The board also approved:
• Tony Lamar D/B/A Lamar Lawn Care for mowing;
• Resolution R2011 – 07 to hire the engineering firm of TLM Associates, Inc. to assist in the implementaion of the City of Martin’s Transportation Enhancement Project;
• Resolution R2011 – 08 to hire Community Development Partners, LLC to assist in administering the City of Martin’s Transportation Enhancement Project;
• Reduction of the speed limit on Mount Pelia Road from University Street to Hannings Lane to 20 miles per hour.
In announcements, the City of Martin’s Clean-Up Week will be held April 25-29.
March 26 has been officially proclaimed Arbor Day in the City of Martin and Carmen Pendergrass was presented with the official proclamation at the board meeting.
The next formal meeting of the City of Martin Board of Mayor and Aldermen will take place at 5:15 p.m. on Monday, April 11.