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MFD ladder truck is on the horizon

MFD ladder truck is on the horizon

With a closed sign on the City of Martin landfill, a decision made earlier this summer by Martin’s board of aldermen has come full circle as autumn leaves begin to fall.
During an informal session of Martin’s mayor and board of aldermen, public works director Billy Wagster announced the new debris pick-up service provider, Republic through Barker Bros., will only pick up bagged leaves.
Residents are asked to no longer leave their fall debris on the curb as in years’ past when the City of Martin provided the service.
“Are we prepared to tell our residents that this is the best that we could do?” Alderman David Belote asked during the informal session.
“We will have to send crews around to start unstopping drains because people aren’t going to bag their leaves,” Belote added.
“We have no place to put the leaves. The landfill is closed. We already unclogged drains before when people did not have to bag their leaves. As Billy (Wagster) knows, it is very labor intensive to pick up leaves that are not bagged,” Martin Mayor Randy Brundige responded.
As talk of the limited capacity of the city’s landfill became a need for action, the board of aldermen voted to shut it down this summer. Without a landfill, there is nowhere to store debris for Martin. Aldermen later voted to contract with Republic for debris pickup.
In department news, Martin Fire Chief Russell Schwahn announced Citizen Fire Academy classes for the fall have begun.
Board members passed a resolution on its first reading Monday evening authorizing the issuance of interest-bearing general purpose capital outlay notes not to exceed $235,000.
The purpose of the funds is to take delivery of a ladder truck for the Martin Fire Department this week.
Brundige also announced last week other capital outlay projects in the budget include patrol cars for the Martin Police Department and a bucket truck for the public works department.
The public works department has been on the lookout for a replacement bucket truck for more than two years.
MPD Chief David Moore announced his department is in need of four patrol cars.
The department has located four Ford Crown Victorias, a line of Ford that is no longer in production, but seemingly the preference for the department.
At $24,000 each, plus equipping the units with the squad car package, the anticipated cost is around $125,000 for the vehicles.
On its final reading after no input from the public, board members passed a re-zoning ordinance for properties located at 105 and 107 St. Charles St. in Martin.
The property, owned by Jerry Lamb, was designated B-1 (general commercial). Lamb requested the board re-zone the property to R-3 (high density residential) to allow the spaces to be used for rental property.
The board agreed to re-zone the property during its meeting Monday.
In other news, board members heard a plea for a larger space from Martin Senior Adult Center Advisory Committee chairman Edd Crockett during their informal session last week.
Crockett said there was a collective desire for a larger facility that could house games such as shuffleboard.
The Martin Senior Adult Center serves as the host site for the annual Tennessee Soybean Festival Shuffleboard Tournament, as well as Big Bingo.
Crockett also said noise was a factor when there are on-going events at the SAC.
“It’s difficult to operate two things at the same time,” Crockett added.
When temperatures soar in the summer and drop in the winter months, shuffleboard becomes an obsolete game at the facility because the court is outside.
Unaware of the progress being made the former Martin Middle School, Crockett requested members of his committee be allowed to offer ideas for areas put into place at the facility upon renovation completion to allow senior citizens to share the new space.
Brundige announced a new roof is in negotiations and from there, funds will be assessed and a committee formed for the purpose of determining what could be housed in the future “civic center.”
The search is under way for a new community development director for the City of Martin.
Brundige told board members last week Kimberly Craddock, former community development director, resigned from the position.
The Martin Board of Mayor and Aldermen will meet for an informal session at 5:15 p.m. Nov. 7 in the city courtroom.
A formal meeting is set for 5:15 p.m. Nov. 14. in the city courtroom.

WCP 10.11.11

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