Obion city officials put a stop to tree trimming dropoff at dump

Obion city officials put a stop to tree trimming dropoff at dump
By KEVIN BOWDEN
Staff Reporter
Commercial tree trimmers will no longer be allowed to use Obion’s city dump to unload their debris.
Final approval of a new city ordinance came during a five minute Obion city council meeting Monday night.
What the new policy means for commercial tree trimmers and other commercial landscapers is they will no longer be allowed to use the dump to leave limbs, yard trimmings or other debris from their work.
The one-page ordinance was unanimously approved on its second and final reading and will go into effect immediately.
Monday night’s meeting was in stark contrast to the normal more than hour-long sessions for the council. It was also the final meeting for outgoing Obion Mayor Glen Parnell and council member Renee Webber.
Parnell will be rotating off the Obion City Council, along with Mrs. Webber. Rodney Underwood was scheduled to be sworn in as Obion’s new mayor this afternoon at 2, along with incumbent council members James Depriest, Polk Glover, Patsy Barker, Bob Anderson, Mike Miller and newly-elected council member Gracie Ashley.
Monday night’s meeting was also unique in that there were no reports from department heads.
City recorder Jana Fluty did inform the council she is monitoring ongoing negotiations between Baptist Health Systems and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. The outcome of those negotiations will have a direct impact on the city’s eight workers who are covered under Blue Cross/Blue Shield.
“I’m trying to stay on top of that and see what we can do,” she said.
She said she is keeping in touch with the city’s insurance agent, Mary Nita Bondurant of the Union City Insurance Agency.
Monday night’s meeting was opened in prayer by Depriest and Parnell led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Kevin Bowden may be contacted by email at kmbowden@ucmessenger.com.
Published in The Messenger 11.20.12

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