Obion officials debate wide range of topics

Obion officials debate wide range of topics
By KEVIN BOWDEN
Staff Reporter
Problems with the Obion city dump, a $500,000 state grant and a dispute over a bill for electrical work dominated an hour-long meeting of the Obion City Council Monday night.
The council approved three separate resolutions for a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant for sewer system improvements.
Community Develop-ment Partners LLC will act as the administrator of the grant, King Engineering will serve as the engineer for the grant and Mayor Glen Parnell was named the financial officer for the grant.
A nearly $8,000 bill from Elite Electric Co. is being disputed by the council, which decided Monday night to have the work appraised by licensed electricians. The bill is for electrical work done at two of the city’s water pumps, according to Parnell.
Public Works director Randy Evans passed around several photographs of the work that was done by Elite Electric Co. and council members voiced their opinions the city has been overcharged for the work.
The Elite Electric bill is expected to come up again at the council’s Feb. 20 meeting.
Another ongoing problem being experienced by the city is illegal dumping at the city dump, according to Evans.
He briefed the council on how the dump is being used to unload large amounts of trash. The Obion city dump is certified to accept only brush, according to Evans.
“The dump is a problem,” Evans said. “We need to take care of what we’ve got.”
The issue was discussed at length during Monday night’s meeting.
At one point during the discuss, council member Bob Anderson asked Evans, “What do you want to do at the dump?’
“Mr. Bob, that’s a good question,” Evans replied.
Several suggestions were offered, including installing a secondary gate, fencing around the dump and even installing a dumpster at the city dump site. In the end, the council authorized Evans to deal with the problem and report back to the council.
In other action, the council:
• Approved a $175 per ton bid from Ricky Dugger for blacktopping work in the city. His was the lowest of two bids received by the council.
• Approved a $601.50 bid from Shane Sanford for a 1997 Dodge Intrepid, which was seized by the Obion Police Department from a DUI case. A total of six bids were submitted for the vehicle,
• Appointed council members Anderson and Renee Webber to a new Safety/Emergency Planning Committee. Also appointed to the committee were Randy Evans and Obion Fire Chief Jamie Evans.
• Agreed to apply for a credit card for the city to handle after-hours fuel purchases for such city vehicles as police cars and fire trucks.
In a related matter, Anderson brought up a proposal to activate two fuel tanks owned by the city and use the tanks for after-hours fueling and in the event of an emergency.
“We’ve got the tanks,” Parnell said, referring to a 1,000-gallon gasoline tank and a 250-gallon diesel tank.
“I think it’s something we need to look in to,” council member Mike Miller said.
Randy Evans, Jamie Evans and Obion Police Chief Royce Aker were appointed to work together on reactivating the tanks and finding a secure location to set up the tanks.
• Approved a request from Randy Evans to hold a special sale of surplus equipment at the public works department.
Monday night’s meeting was opened in prayer led by council member James Depriest. Parnell led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Absent from Monday’s meeting was council member Patsy Barker.
Staff Reporter Kevin Bowden may be contacted by email at kmbowden@ucmessenger.com.
Published in The Messenger 2.7.12

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