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Kenton continues repairs on community center

Kenton continues repairs on community center

Posted: Thursday, April 7, 2011 9:59 pm

By KEVIN BOWDEN
Staff Reporter
Progress is continuing to be made to fix up Kenton’s community center.
The Kenton mayor and board of aldermen approved paying $29,160 to Stambaugh Roofing Co. to install a new roof on the former gym.
Approval of Stambaugh Roofing Co.’s bid was made Tuesday night during an hour and 40 minute meeting at Kenton City Hall.
The Kenton board has considered several options to deal with the deteriorating condition of the existing roof. A new metal roof has been deemed too expensive, it has been decided the existing roof is beyond repair, and so the board decided to accept the bid from Stambaugh Roofing to install a TPO roofing system on the gym.
The roof on the gym was estimated to be 31 years old.
The new roof on the community center will be financed through a half-cent property tax increase that was approved by Kenton residents in June 1996.
The city gets about $1,200 a month in revenues from the tax, which is earmarked for parks and recreation projects, according to Mayor Virginia Davidson.
The city has been using the money to fix up the community center.
In late January, the building was structurally reinforced by the Ram Jack company of Milan. That project cost the city $8,400.
Alderman Faye Sharp, who serves as the parks and recreation commissioner, gave a full report Tuesday night on all the work that is being done to the building.
“The repairs have been finished in the restrooms, including locks for stalls, repair to the latrines in the men’s restrooms, bonding, weather stripping and caulking of six doors, replacing door knobs and repairing door facings to both dressing rooms that had been broken in to and rehanging mirrors,” she told the board.
Mrs. Sharp said 11 boxes of tile have been donated to the city to be installed around the perimeter of the gym.
She said most of the work to the community center has been done by volunteers, but said there is still much more work to be done. She told The Messenger after the meeting she is still seeking volunteers to work on the community center.
Mrs. Sharp also brought up the need for repair work to the city’s walking track, youth center, pavilions and gazebo. She described the city’s concession stand in the ballpark as “deplorable.”
Also during Tuesday night’s meeting, the board:
• Approved transferring the city’s health insurance plan for employees to BlueCross BlueShield. The switch is estimated to save the city about $9,000 and the new plan has the endorsement of Police Chief Steve Meeks and city recorder Camelia Cunningham. The BlueCross plan will significantly reduce the deductible for city employees, according to Mrs. Davidson.
“They think it would be good,” she said, in reference to Meeks and Ms. Cunningham.
“If it suits them, I don’t see any reason why we don’t change it,” alderman Sarah Skinner said.
Approval of the insurance switch was unanimous.
• Was given an update on recent activity with the Kenton Police Department. The board’s police commissioner, alderman Angie Choate, introduced new part-time police officer Kyle Kirk and informed the board of the department’s March activities — 12 abandoned vehicles have been removed, 10 traffic stops were made and six citations issued. In addition, there were 47 calls for service and three arrests were made.
Mrs. Choate said she is very pleased with the work the city’s police department is doing, saying Meeks and his staff are doing “a good job.”
She also informed the board that all the police department’s shotguns are not working, and that’s something she is “really concerned about.”
Meeks will look into options to finance the purchase of new shotguns for his officers. He is expected to make a report to the board at its next meeting.
• Heard, but took no action on, a complaint from Kenton resident Leanne Marvin concerning raw sewage in her yard at 611 St. Marys Street.
“We should be treated with dignity and respect just as others are in this town,” Mrs. Marvin said as she read a prepared one-page statement for the board.
She explained that six years ago she had a septic tank installed in her back yard, but because of problems a lift station was installed in her back yard and her home was connected to the city sewer system.
“From the very first day that we got the lift station, we have had nothing but problems with it,” she told the board.
Mrs. Marvin complained that she has called the city “numerous times” when the tank would overflow into her yard, dumping raw sewage into the yard.
“Not only was this a mess, but it was also unsafe and hazardous waste,” Mrs. Marvin said.
The latest incident was on March 14 and Mrs. Marvin said she feels the city has “neglected” her and her family.
• Adopted Gibson County’s Mitigation Plan for the Gibson County side of the city. The Obion County side of the city is already covered by the Obion County Mitigation Plan.
• Approved the first of three readings for an ordinance that will ban large trucks from using Main Street. The resolution was drafted due to the damage being caused by trucks using Main Street.
• Was informed the city’s new computers have been installed in City Hall and the board agreed to allow alderman Delores Agee to purchase a new printer for City Hall.
• Agreed to continue the practice of not being paid for called meetings, at least until the end of this fiscal year.
• Discussed the need to appoint a supervisor within the city’s public works department. A recommendation from alderman Wade Simpson is expected to be made at the next board meeting.
• Discussed recent complaints about vicious dogs in the city and decided to review the city’s vicious dog ordinance at the board’s next meeting.
Staff Reporter Kevin Bowden may be reached by e-mail at kmbowden@ucmessenger.com.

Published in The Messenger 4.7.11

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