By DONNA RYDER
When it comes to small cities like Woodland Mills, about the biggest thing the mayor and board of aldermen do each year is set the budget.
Such was the case for Woodland Mills in 2011, according to Mayor Wade Carrington.
He and aldermen Waymon Reagan and Tom Menees spent part of their Monday night meeting reflecting on 2011 and looking to 2012 at the request of The Messenger.
Carrington said 2011 was “business as usual” for the city. He added they had a great ball season with the children who play T-ball, minor league and coach pitch on the city’s fields.
Last year also saw the start of concerts at the Woodland Mills Civic Center, with a country music band playing each weekend. The trio said they hope the band will continue to play there and have a successful 2012.
The city also worked on getting the city’s flood plain map in compliance in 2011 so residents could purchase flood insurance if they wished and will continue working with Obion County in 2012 on the city’s mitigation plan.
This year the budget will be on the top of the list of things for the board to accomplish, with no big projects being planned. Another top item on the agenda for 2012 is a city election. Seats to be filled in 2012 are the mayor’s seat and the alderman’s seat currently filled by Reagan. The election will be held in November. Menees will be up for re-election in 2014.
According to the Obion County Election office, paperwork for the two positions may be picked up on May 18 and must be filed by Aug. 16 at noon.
In other business Monday night, after the meeting was opened with Carrington leading the Pledge of Allegiance and Menees offering the prayer, the board:
• Remembered the Carr family in the passing of Woodland Mills resident Joe Carr. He is the brother of Perry Carr, who is the maintenance employee for the city.
• Discussed the refuse collection contract with Bryan Barker, general manager of Barker Brothers Waste Inc.
The city agreed to a built-in 3 percent increase in refuse collection fees and a set fuel surcharge each month for a period of 12 months, when it will be re-evaluated.
The fuel surcharge has been fluctuating based on the price of diesel fuel. Barker said the company uses about 8,000 gallons of diesel fuel every five days.
Woodland Mills is not the only city which has requested a set amount.
Carrington said a set amount is needed so the city can set a budget.
• Reviewed the taxes collected and owed and approved financial statements for December 2011, including total assets of $6,830.84 in the refuse collection fund, $7,163.17 in the street aid fund and $566,984.74 in the sewer fund. The December general fund financial statement was tabled, due to a discrepancy in the amount of tax revenue expected for the month.
• Learned the city is still waiting on the insurance company about repairs to the civic center.
There is a question as to whether the city waited too late to report the damages.
• Heard some residents complained about noise in Woodland Mills over the New Year’s holiday. It was noted no one rented the civic center that evening.
• Learned a resident is concerned about an area on the east side of Thompson Street which has been allowed to grow up and has debris piled up.
It was stated the resident has seen a coyote in the area and is afraid the debris has allowed the coyote to set up a den.
• Agreed for Menees to represent the city at a TML meeting in Medina today.
• Heard Woodland Mills is in good shape for the mitigation plan and a proposal to request a generator for City Hall has been added to the plan. It may be possible to use a grant to purchase the generator. A final meeting on the county’s plan has been set for Jan. 30, Menees said.
• Learned from Menees that the city’s radios are supposed to be reprogrammed so that they may simply be picked up and the city official can call for help when needed.
• Was reminded the next board meeting will be held Feb. 13 at 5:30 p.m.
Published in The Messenger 1.10.12