Obion prepares for seasonal cleaning

Obion prepares for seasonal cleaning
By KEVIN BOWDEN
Staff Reporter
Obion city officials are getting ready to do a little cleaning up around town this summer.
The Obion City Council voted Monday night to hire Luke Parker of Parker’s Lawn Care to mow the city’s three parks. His bid of $110 per mowing of the three parks was the lowest of six bids submitted for the city’s mowing contract this year.
The council will also advertise for a seasonal worker who will help with summer maintenance work around town. A slum property at 1010 West Palestine Ave. will be demolished.
Also during Monday night’s 45-minute meeting, B.J. Cohn was confirmed as the city’s new fire chief. He is a veteran firefighter and has been a volunteer with the Obion Volunteer Fire Department for the past two years. Cohn replaces Donald Bloxom Jr., who was killed in a two-vehicle crash in late February.
Cohn was unanimously approved by the council as the town’s new fire chief.
Faced with a 23 percent rate hike for health insurance coverage, the council decided to meet with representatives of Union City Insurance to discuss options. The council and insurance representatives met Tuesday night to discuss coverage options.
In other action at Monday night’s meeting:
• It was decided by the council to seek bids for a 2000 Dodge Ram truck and a Model 1652 Polarcraft boat and trailer, both of which have been used by the Obion Public Works Department.
• Approval was granted to working with Union City attorney Jim Powell on collecting delinquent tax accounts in the city.
Dating back to the 2008 fiscal year, Obion has 13 taxpayers with delinquent property taxes owed to the city. There are actually 25 pieces of property with a total of $8,373 owed to the city (delinquent taxes, penalties and interest), according to city recorder Jana Fluty.
• The council voted to opt out of participating in the West Tennessee River Basin Authority’s beaver management program.
• The council voted to hire the Union City accounting firm Alexander Thompson Arnold to serve as the city auditor for the 2013 fiscal year.
Absent from Monday night’s meeting was council member Mike Miller.
Staff Reporter Kevin Bowden may be contacted by email at kmbowden@ucmessenger.com.
Published in The Messenger 4.3.13

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