October 2015 City Council Update

Council’s next regular  meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 12th at 7:00p.m. at the Municipal Building. Significant items include:

  • A briefing from the city’s audit firm regarding the marina bathroom project. At our last meeting, Ms. Garcia Garland requested clarification on an apparent $40,000 discrepancy. Though I requested all invoices and purchase orders affiliated with the project nearly 11 months ago, the city manager indicated that he would not turn those over to me without a vote of council. Since then, Ms. Garcia Garland submitted an open records request for the same items, which, to date, has not been fulfilled.
  • Approval of a contract for $82,000 to demolish four properties on or near Wade Lane.
  • Approval to transfer 6 properties to the Land Bank.
  • Appointment of the Charter Review Committee, nominated as follows:
    • Baughn nominates Lin Phillips
    • Callison nominates Martha Wallus
    • Chinn nominates Aaron Wells
    • Gooch nominates Chip Dooley
    • Hensley nominates Matt Bailey
    • Hope nominates Phil Yager
    • Smith nominates Jessica Hill

See the agenda packet here for complete details. All citizens are afforded a minimum of 3 minutes to speak to council at the beginning of the meeting to any subject not on the agenda. All citizens are also afforded a minimum of 3 minutes to speak to each and every item on the agenda.

Results from the September  14th meeting are found here.

Other News

  • Council will appoint new members to various boards and commissions during our December meeting. Vacancies and the application process can be viewed here. I’m awaiting a response from the city manager as to when we will appoint the board for the newly-formed nonprofit that will oversee the Secret City Festival as it was not included in the election notice.
  • Council was briefed last month on the status of the airport. The presentation can be viewed here. You should be able to close the pop up box and view without a dropbox account. My position at the moment:  I’m not sure that I see an airport benefiting anyone other than DOE affiliates, but it appears that neither council nor the citizens have any say in the matter.
  • MTAS should complete its review of the ORPD issues this month. The mayor has informed me that council will not receive their report before Oct 15th. Recent press coverage regarding comments made by Matt Bailey impugned my attempts to retain what little integrity of the process remains. You can read my response here.
  • Council will hold a joint session with the BOE on October 20th at 6:00p.m. to receive the report on recommended preschool solutions

Though I am not always able to respond to every communication, I welcome your questions and feedback. Feel free to share these updates with anyone who may be interested in staying abreast of city issues.

Regards,

Trina Baughn

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