Local Government–What happened at April city, school board meetings


Sewer lines discussed at April city meeting

CELINA-City officials and concerned residents discussed the possible addition of sewer lines in the Clark Bottom area of town here at the board of mayor and aldermen’s April meeting.

“Several residents have wells and don’t really want to purchase sewer taps,” the meeting minutes said, but some residents in the Clark subdivision area “who are having difficulty….would like to be able to pay the sewer tap fee in order to hook on to the city’s sewer system.”

Mayor Buddy Thompson said the city wouldn’t be able to get grant money for such a project, but would have to borrow the money, since that area of town would not fall under a “hardship umbrella,” the minutes said.  Thompson said he would try to figure out the exact cost for the city to place lines there. 

After much discussion, it was decided there “may be a possibility that one of the residents having difficulty could be hooked up,” the minutes said, and options would be discussed with the city engineer.

In other action, alderman:

• approved the minutes of two March meetings,

• approved the selling of old city equipment (see ad inside today’s paper),

• approved a “harassment policy” to be added to the city’s personnel policy, and 

• approved an updated Interlocal Corporation Agreement Resolution, to be in compliance with the Tennessee Municipal League insurance pool. 

Several motions passed at school board meeting

CELINA-The Clay County school board acted on several motions, including approving school calendars for the next two years, at its April meeting.

The calendars, which appeared in last week’s HORIZON, were among 10 motions acted on at the April 9 meeting. 

In other action at the meeting, the board:

• approved the March meeting minutes,

• accepted a bid of $14,690 from Tennessee Clean Air for a dust collection system in the new shop building at Clay County High School,

• approved the textbook adoption as recommended,

• approved a revised “disaster recovery plan,” 

• Approved three policies–personnel records, bus conduct and foreign exchange students–on first reading. The board also reviewed several board policies and made no changes, and 

• heard a parent’s concern about a school bus incident and took no action on the issue.

Schools director Donnie Cherry discussed several things in his monthly report:

1. Recognizing adult eduction supervisor Anna Ruth Locke for her accomplishments with the local program. Locke will also be supervising the adult ed program in Pickett County beginning next fall.

2. Discussing a new cell phone policy for students and employees that would go into effect at the beginning of the next school year. Cherry told the board he expected to have a policy for them to consider at the May meeting, scheduled for tomorrow night.

3. Discussing several new summer employment programs being made available to students. One is an engineering camp for next year’s 9th and 10th grade students, with $120 being paid to students to attend. Another job program is career training available for 14 students to work 20 hours in May and be paid to attend the Technology Center in Livingston during June and July.