A Tale of Three Cities – FY2017 Budget Column

As we delve into what could be the last city budget I work on as a councilmember, I reflect upon both the state of the city and my contributions thus far. I could boast that, during my tenure, no property taxes were raised and we’ve reduced total debt levels. However, those claims would be misleading … Continue reading A Tale of Three Cities – FY2017 Budget Column

Council Votes: 5/9/16 OAK RIDGE CITY COUNCIL MEETING SUMMARY

The following represents an unofficial account of the significant items discussed and/or voted upon during the May 9, 2016 City Council Regular Meeting. The complete agenda packet is found here and here and a video of the meeting can be viewed here. Draft meeting minutes will be posted on the city website in the June 2016 … Continue reading Council Votes: 5/9/16 OAK RIDGE CITY COUNCIL MEETING SUMMARY

Council Votes: 3/29/16 OAK RIDGE CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL CALLED MEETING SUMMARY

DOE WATER CONTRACT The following represents an unofficial account of the discussion and vote on the 2016 extension of the DOE water contract during the March 29, 2016 City Council Special Called Meeting. The complete agenda packet is found here and here. No video of the meeting was made. Draft meeting minutes will most likely be … Continue reading Council Votes: 3/29/16 OAK RIDGE CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL CALLED MEETING SUMMARY

March 2016 City Council Update

Council’s next regular  meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 14th  at 7:00p.m. at the Municipal Building. Significant items include: Multiple authorizations for local businesses engaged in alcohol sales Authorization to apply for and accept a grant of $250,000 up to $500,000 for synthetic turf at Blankenship. 50% required local match. Water Services Contract with DOE … Continue reading March 2016 City Council Update

December 2015 Oak Ridge City Council Update

Council’s next regular  meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 14th at 7:00p.m. at the Municipal Building. Significant items include: A special report on the Land Bank Adoption of the state and federal legislative agenda Transfer of $325,000 from the general fund to the golf course fund for supplemental operational funding Modification of the water services … Continue reading December 2015 Oak Ridge City Council Update

Council Votes: 11/16/15 OAK RIDGE CITY COUNCIL MEETING SUMMARY

The following represents an unofficial account of the significant items discussed and/or voted upon during the November 16, 2015 City Council Regular Meeting. The complete agenda packet is found here and here and a video of the meeting can be viewed here. Draft meeting minutes will most likely be posted at the city website as … Continue reading Council Votes: 11/16/15 OAK RIDGE CITY COUNCIL MEETING SUMMARY

Council Votes: 8/10/15 OAK RIDGE CITY COUNCIL MEETING SUMMARY

The following represents an unofficial account of the significant items discussed and/or voted upon during the August 10, 2015 City Council Regular Meeting. The complete agenda packet is found here and a video of the meeting can be viewed here. Draft meeting minutes will most likely be posted at the city website as part of the … Continue reading Council Votes: 8/10/15 OAK RIDGE CITY COUNCIL MEETING SUMMARY

Give It Away, Give It Away, Give It Away Now

Sixteen years ago, Partners for Progress successfully lobbied the city to spend over $15 million of your (the taxpayer) money to launch a major development on the West End of Oak Ridge. The promises were enough to make people starry eyed. There was to be a picturesque subdivision of nearly 4,000 homes along with an industrial complex that, when … Continue reading Give It Away, Give It Away, Give It Away Now

Council Votes: Oct 13, 20 & 27 Oak Ridge City Council Meeting Summaries

It has been another busy month! For the sake of time, I've consolidated three of our most pertinent meetings into this one post.  10/13/14 OAK RIDGE CITY COUNCIL MEETING SUMMARY  The following represents an unofficial account of the significant items discussed and/or voted upon during the October 13, 2014 City Council Regular Meeting. The complete … Continue reading Council Votes: Oct 13, 20 & 27 Oak Ridge City Council Meeting Summaries

8/11/14 OAK RIDGE CITY COUNCIL MEETING SUMMARY

NOTE: On this same evening, the BOE held a meeting in which they voted 4-1 (Angi Agle voted “no”) to fully reinstate transportation for all students, effectively suspending the “Parental Responsibility Zone” aka the walk zone upon full re-implementation which is expected to take up to 2 months. The following represents an unofficial account of … Continue reading 8/11/14 OAK RIDGE CITY COUNCIL MEETING SUMMARY

You can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first ~Frederick B. Wilcox

By year’s end, we’ll have had three major elections. Tomorrow, however, may prove to be the real tipping point in our community. A number of citizens have expressed an intent to take a stand in support of their positions on two issues – the school transportation cuts and the future of Clark Park. For weeks, … Continue reading You can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first ~Frederick B. Wilcox