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Greenfield discusses tennis courts, passes budget

Greenfield discusses tennis courts, passes budget

By MARY JEAN HALL
Special to The Press
GREENFIELD — After discussion regarding the tennis courts plan, the Greenfield board of mayor and aldermen unanimously passed the third and final reading of the Fiscal Year 2013-14 Budget Tuesday night.
The board took about a 15-minute recess for a public hearing, which was the time when citizens of Greenfield could voice their opinion on the budget. Frank Gibson, chairman of the Tennis Courts Project Committee, voiced his concerns over the budget for the concession stand.
“I noticed under the PNL statements for Parks and Recreation Department that your concessions are breaking,” Gibson said. “Why is it breaking? Why can’t we make money?”
The concession stand budget breaks even at $15,500 under the Parks and Recreation budget. Gibson went on to request that funding from the tennis courts come from the concession stand profits or even from United Way.
“I just wonder if we could take a little bit of money and earmark that,” Gibson continued.
City Recorder Randy Potts explained that in the past United Way hasn’t allowed the city to obtain money for summer youth programs. He also explained that the concession stand has been used primarily for convenience.
“The concession stand is basically set up for a convenience for people at the park,” Potts said. “One example is that we literally give team drinks away at cost to all of our teams… I don’t know that we’ve every really tried to make any money out there. We’ve mainly done it as a convenience.”
The board discussed other potential funding sources for the tennis courts project, but came up empty handed. Mayor Cindy McAdams said she has talked to Weakley County Director of Schools Randy Frazier about potential funding, but the situation looks bleak.  
“They’re not going to give any money to the tennis courts,” Mayor McAdams said. “He said if he gave the tennis courts $25,000, he would have to give every other school in the county $25,000.”
For the 2013-14 Fiscal Year, the General Fund budget was balanced at $1,224,895, Street Aid Fund at $62,020, Water and Sewer Fund at $942,586, Sanitation Fund at $165,025, Drug Fund at $2,025, Parks and Recreation Fund at $41,225, and Library and Memorial Fund at $4,135.
After the discussion was over, the budget passed with a 7-0 vote with Alderman Mike Caudle being absent.
In other business, the board passed the “Delta Regional Resolution,” which would allow the city to apply for a Fiscal Year 2013 Delta Regional Authority Grant of $200,000. The local share that the city would have to come up with is $42,937.
The grant would be used to extend the city’s sewer system by implementing the necessary line extension to serve un-served residents along McKenzie Highway.
Public Works director Tony Stout announced about a $16,000 increase in the bid for paving that had been accepted at the last meeting because the company left out a street. Stout informed the board that after redoing the bid, Martin Paving still came up $2,000 lower than the other company. The final revised bid is $86,586.
The board approved the buying of a nine-acre tract of land from William Maiden for the 2013 DRA Lift Station for $8,000. The aldermen also approved a $13,500 purchase of a two-ton truck for the Water and Sewer Department to use. The 2001 diesel truck is being purchased out of Florida with only 65,000 miles on it.
“It’s everything we need,” Stout said. “Everybody will be pleased when they see it.”
With little discussion, the board accepted to amend the 2012-13 budget. The amendment essentially amended the budget to the actual numbers that were spent.
Shane Johnson, president of the Greenfield Advancement Association, spoke on behalf of the GAA. Johnson requested that the City of Greenfield formally join the association.
“Our association is working hard for the city to generate funds,” Johnson said.
He invited everyone to the Greenfield Advancement Association’s block party on July 20.
Fire Chief Bob Dudley announced the Pink Heals National Tour will be in Weakley County June 24 to show support for cancer survivors, and Greenfield will be the first stop. Pink Heals Memphis/Mid-South has visited Greenfield three times over the past two years, including a visit at last Friday’s Relay for Life.
The national tour with several pink fire trucks will be in Greenfield at 11:30 a.m. If a cancer survivor is bed-ridden, or simply can’t get out of the house, they are more than willing to go by their house.
The scheduled stops are 11:30 a.m. at Greenfield, 12:30 p.m. at Sharon, 1:30 p.m. at Martin, 2:30 p.m. at Dresden and 3:30 p.m. at Gleason.  

(Published in The Press on 6.13.13)

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