Annexation plans ‘grow’ in Hornbeak

Annexation plans ‘grow’ in Hornbeak
By CHRIS MENEES
Staff Reporter
Hornbeak’s plans for an-nexation have been mapped out and are proceeding.
The town’s board of aldermen voted Tuesday night to hold a public hearing for the proposed annexation, one of the many steps required in the process.
The proposed annexation will take in areas around the current city limits of Hornbeak. The board had voted in January to proceed with the annexation plans, which have included field work, mapping and the drafting of plans to be presented for required readings.
Hornbeak vice mayor Dennis Dozier explained Tuesday night the board must have a resolution to set a public hearing on the proposed annexation. The board voted to proceed with publishing the required legal notice indicating its intention to hold the public hearing.
The notice must be published 15 days before the date of the hearing, which will be announced, according to city recorder Joyce Truett.
The board also learned the town is required by law to notify the county tax assessor, the county school superintendent and the state Department of Revenue of the annexation plans.
In a related matter, the board voted to approve payment of an invoice for map work for the annexation.
In other action during Tuesday night’s 40-minute meeting, the board:
• Learned options have been discussed for repairing cracks and sinking in the foundation and floor at the town’s fire station.
Alderman Cody Caksack-kar, also a firefighter for the Hornbeak Volunteer Fire Department, said fire personnel have discussed making the repairs to the floor while a fire engine is out of service for repairs and servicing in the near future. Dozier said he has also discussed various options with Hornbeak Fire Chief Bob Reavis and he said there is also a need to replace some siding on the back of the fire station.
• Granted approval to the town’s ball league placing a concession stand at the park in a location beside the tennis courts which would be centrally located to the ballfields.
• Approved the payment of several invoices, in-cluding one for signs and brackets for signs on Short Street; one from the Tennessee Municipal League for various liability and other insurance coverage; those pertaining to the fire department for the purchase of reflective vests, hoods and gloves and for radios; and one for a circuit board for a grinder pump control panel.
• Discussed the purchase of a safe for the office at City Hall, an item recommended by a Municipal Technical Advisory Service consultant. Dozier has looked at two different safes at Sam’s Club. The board decided to let him proceed with the purchase, in an amount less than $300, once measurements are taken to ensure all of the town’s checks and checkbooks will fit inside one of the safes.
• Approved giving mileage reimbursement to maintenance employee Harold Burton at the state rate of 55 1/2 cents per mile for mileage he logs in his personal vehicle for city work.
• Voted to accept bids on the sale of an old city truck. The bid notice will be placed in the same advertisement seeking bids to sell a city-owned tractor.
Aldermen Lynn Finch and Christina Gray were absent from Tuesday night’s session at Hornbeak City Hall.
Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by email at cmenees@ucmessenger.com. Published in The Messenger 3.14.12

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