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City of Gleason:  P.O. Box 720 ~ 101 College Street, Gleason, Tennessee  38229

Phone (731) 648-5547; Fax (731) 648-5548

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Diane Poole ~ Mayor

 

I want to take this opportunity, once again, to publically thank all of the Citizens of Gleason who supported me in the recent election and have given me the privilege of serving as your mayor for a second term.

I also want to congratulate the other new members of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen which were sworn in  on November 27th.  These include aldermen Jim Phelps, Marcus Hopper, Doug Johnson and Jerry (Bubba) Dunn Jr., who had previously served in the role of  alderman in the past.

Having now, having had the pleasure of working with these new members of the Board during several board meetings, I am impressed with their love of the City of Gleason, their excitement about serving in this leadership role, their ideas concerning ways of enhancing our great little hometown, and their commitment to serving the  Gleason community.  We have already dealt with several  important issues based on their suggestions and I look forward to seeing the City of Gleason continuing to benefit from their input.

 

Sincerely and Respectfully,

Diane Poole

Diane Poole

Mayor, City of Gleason

 

Gleason Alderman Sworn In, Bulk Pick Up Ordinance Approved

BY JASON MARTIN

jmartin@mckenziebanner.com

 

GLEASON (February 9) — Prior to calling the Gleason City Board of Mayor and Alderman to order, Keith Radford took the oath of office as an alderman. Radford replaced Marcus Hopper who resigned in January.

 

Second readings of the Bulk Pickup Ordinance and rezoning of 160 Smyth Lane were approved Thursday night. With no debate, both measures were accepted. Alderman Doug Johnson voted against the ordinance a second time.

 

The Bulk Pick Up Ordinance states bulk waste collection service is provided for residential properties only. Residents will be charged a fee for the bulk pick up according to schedule. Pickup truck load is $15.00. Larger truck load is $60.00. The scheduled pick up dates are on the second and fourth Monday of each month. The railroad track divides the city into two zones consisting of an east and west zone. The east zone pick up is the second Monday and the west zone pick up is the fourth Monday.

 

The property located at 160 Smyth Lane was rezoned from commercial to residential. The board voted in favor of the first reading of the Court Cost Ordinance. The ordinance changed the fluctuating court cost to a flat $90 fee. If approved on the second reading, the ordinance will go into effect immediately.

 

Alderman Johnson asked to revisit the locking of the lagoon gate. Johnson stated his displeasure with the locking of the gate citing he and area residents needed a place to throw away certain larger items. He questioned the possibility of a key availability through a cash deposit at City Hall. The mayor and other board members conferred the gate needed to remain locked and closed to the general public. Mayor Poole said he could put large items beside the road and have it picked up for a fee on scheduled Mondays.

 

Dale Stephens of the Public Works Department informed the board of needed repairs to city’s early 1980s model Case tractor. Stephens provided an estimate of $1,200 for brake repair and said the repairs were not guaranteed to fix the braking issues.

 

Alderman Radford stated that the city had got its money’s worth out of the tractor since it had over 8,000 hours on it. Anywhere from 4,000 to 6,000 is usually the lifespan of a tractor. It was in the best interest of the city to pursue a new tractor either by lease or purchase. Alderman Jim Phelps asked for Stephens to pursue at least two bids for lease and purchase of a new tractor.

 

In other business, appointments to the Library Board, Planning Committee, Zoning Committee, Industrial Board, Tri-City Landfill and Parks Board were approved. Amy Douglass was hired to operate the concession stand at the park.

 

In department reports, Parks and Recreation co-director Chad Brawner updated the city board on sports signups. Currently, 91 children are registered to play ball in the spring. After meeting with area park directors, Brawner and Billy Borneman recommended the city to conduct background checks on the coaches. Borneman added repairs will be done on the infield at the little league field.

 

Police Chief Jeff Hazlewood referred to 11 city citations with $624.19 in fines collected for January. He informed the board, portable radios were distributed within the department and car radios were to be installed in the next few days. These upgrades were purchased through a recent $15,000 grant.

 

Assistant Fire Chief Mark Stafford provided his report. Alderman Phelps stated he and Alderman Johnson attended the fire department’s recent meeting and was pleased with the department.

 

Phelps closed the meeting reading of an email thanking the city during a recent accident involving a grain truck on James Mill Road.

 

The next meeting of the Gleason City Board is March 9 at 7 p.m. Source: McKenzie Banner

 

Mayor Diana Poole (left) provides the oath of office Alderman Keith Radford (right).

Photo by Jason Martin / The McKenzie Banner

 

GLEASON CITY BOARD

Beer Sales Possible In Near Future

BY JASON MARTIN

jmartin@mckenziebanner.com

 

GLEASON (February 9) — City Hall was near full capacity Thursday night as the Gleason City Board of Mayor and Aldermen opened the discussion of beer sales within the city limits. Newly appointed alderman, Keith Radford opened the debate.

Radford explained the City of Gleason needs to increase its revenue and the sales tax on beer helps the shortcomings of revenue collection. Gleason is the only municipality in Weakley County not permitting beer sales.

 

Sharon collects approximately $20,000 a year from taxable beer sales, while Greenfield collects roughly $30,000 and Dresden with the help of a beer distributor nets close to $125,000 a year from the sale of beer.

 

Mayor Diana Poole responded with a prepared statement voicing her concerns. Poole asked the board to consider other options because she worries about the youth of Gleason and ease of access to beer. She questioned the value of $20,000 against the dangers of alcohol, and warned of a possible need for an increased police presence.

Alderman Doug Johnsons stated people are going to consume beer or alcohol regardless of where it is sold. He said Wal-Mart has an entire aisle of beer, and they do not make anyone buy it.

 

Poole replied people were not supporting local businesses in Gleason, referring to individuals purchasing gas and groceries out of town. She asked if people were going to support a store primarily because it sold beer

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Alderman and Vice-Mayor Jim Phelps explained he ran for a seat on the Gleason City Board because he wanted improvements to the city streets and other improvements to the city’s infrastructure like sidewalks. He said the city is over budget and there are vehicles that need to be repaired or replaced. Phelps continued by saying the money has to come from somewhere. He did not want an increase to property taxes nor induce a business tax.

 

Radford said he believed the sale of beer in Gleason could attract more businesses. The alderman informed the board and mayor that an individual from McKenzie was interested in possibly purchasing the vacant Kimberly’s building if Gleason allowed the sale of beer. He also responded to Mayor Poole’s forewarning about an increased police presence by stating Gleason has a strong police presence but there is still a drug epidemic. He believed people were going to buy drugs regardless of the law just like how people were going to buy beer regardless if it was sold in Gleason.

 

Concerns were raised as members of the audience explained their stance on the sale of alcohol within the Gleason City Limits. Tony Terrell asked to address the board as a citizen instead of a city employee. Terrell, pastor of Beech Springs Baptist Church, spoke emphatically about the his position against beer sales referring to instances where he consoled grieving parents who lost a child to an alcohol-related accident and a wife physically assaulted by her drunken husband.

 

A question on the possibility of a referendum was raised and Poole informed the crowd a referendum on alcohol sales is only used on packaged liquor or liquor by the drink. The mayor added that she wished the board would wait on deciding beer sales until June when they meet about the budget.

 

Radford responded to her request stating meeting a budget was only part of the solution. The revenue needed for sidewalks and other improvements takes more than budgeting. Phelps added the streets need to be professionally repaired, and he expressed his thanks to the previous board for trying to repair the streets with patch repairs

.

Mayor Poole informed the board if they wanted to allow beer sales in Gleason then it takes more than simply passing an ordinance. The Gleason City Board has to create a beer board that sets the regulations of sales within the city limits

.

Radford recommended the board develop an ordinance regarding the sale of beer. Once the ordinance has been developed it must pass two separate readings of the city board.

 

According to the Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS), cities in Tennessee are authorized by the general laws of the State of Tennessee to regulate the sale of beer by ordinance. State laws relative to city beer sales give cities flexibility in regulating beer sales: The town can limit the number of permits The hours of sale, so long as reasonable. The town may prohibit beer sales on Sunday.

 

Regulate distance requirements for churches, schools, and other places of public gathering The town can authorize off-site or on-site consumption, and in the case of on-site consumption can require a minimum number of meals in order to obtain a permit The town can establish zones in which beer may be sold State law provides the city board is required to establish a beer board. The aldermen are free to establish the city board as the beer board or to appoint a separate board. It is recommended the city board serve as the beer board. The city board is accountable to the public, and decisions that it makes are more likely to be made with benefit of legal counsel.

 

The next scheduled meeting is March 9 at 7 p.m. Source: McKenzie Banner

 

Gleason Alderman Resigns

BY JASON MARTIN

During the regular monthly meeting of the Gleason Mayor and City Board of Gleason, recently elected alderman Marcus Hopper’s resignation was announced. The resignation is effective January 28, 2017. Hopper was elected to the board during the November General Election.

Hopper's letter of resignation to the mayor stated that he had received a “job offer that would keep him away for the City of Gleason and the duties of alderman.” It was learned Hopper will attend the Tennessee State Trooper Academy, and following complete of the program, he could be assigned anywhere within the State of Tennessee.

In other business, the alderman revisited the issue of illegal dumping at the lagoon. After a brief discussion, Alderman Jim Phelps made a motion to permanently lock the gate to the public. Phelps stated the original intent of allowing the public to use the area was designed to be a brush and limb drop off following storm damage a few years ago. Hopper seconded the motion.

By a vote of 4-1, the lagoon was closed effective immediately to the public and fines enforced are to be issued for dumping. Doug Johnson was the dissenting vote.

The board reopened the discussion of bulk pick up. Modeled from the ordinance used by the City of Dresden, Gleason will have zone scheduled bulk pick up with a rate fee of $15 per load for a standard truck and $60 for a dump truck. The city will be divided in an East and West Zone with the railroad tracks serving as the dividing line. The second and fourth Monday of the month would be the set pick up days. Dana Deem of MTAS (Municipal Technical Advisory Service) agreed to help develop the ordinance.

Police Chief Jeff Hazlewood informed the board of the estimated cost of repairing one of the city’s patrol cars. It was decided upon by the board to replace the engine due to the warranty and cost compared to a patch repair with no warranty. The new engine will cost roughly $6,000. Phelps said the police department had money in the budget to help offset the cost.

In new business, Monica Dodd of Nexbillpay presented a proposal for the city to take debit and credit cards. Nexbillpay is a company designed to help municipalities remain PCI (Payment Card Industry) complaint in the processing of credit cards. This allows Gleason to take debit and credit card payments for utilities and other services. The mayor and board voted unanimously in favor of using Nexbillpay to process payments.

The issue of varying city court cost was addressed by the board. Phelps stated that the city needed a uniform rate for the cost, and the nature of the violation would set the fine rate. Deem informed the board that he would help prepare an ordinance for the city judge to review.

A request was made to rezone property at 160 Smyth Lane. Currently the property is zoned commercial; however it is used as a residence. The board agreed in the first reading of the rezoning, but has to be read a second time for approval.

In department reports, Chief Hazlewood informed the board that officers were measured for their new vests, and radios were to be ordered. Tony Terrell of the Water Department asked the board to look into implementing a Back Flow Prevention Plan to safe guard against possible water contamination. Fire Chief Jerry Connell stated the department was taking donations for structure improvements and expansion for the fire station. Approximately $4,000 has been raised.

Charles Anderson, President of the Gleason Downtown Revitalization Committee, spoke to board about the committee and how it works independently from the city. Anderson explained the group does not rely on city funding and is a 501 (C) (3) tax-exempt entity. He also addressed the delays on the Memorial Wall at Snider Park.

Deem closed out the two hour meeting with a recommendation of the board to pursue a vision statement. The board along with Deem would develop the statement with a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) analysis. Then each year the board will reprioritize its focus points.

The mayor and board will meet again in a special called meeting January 24 at 7 P.M. to fill the vacancy by appointment of Alderman Hopper. The appointment will run until the next general election in 2018. Source: McKenzie Banner.

 City of Gleason Officials

 

Diane Poole, Mayor
City of Gleason
101 College Street, P. O. Box 720
Gleason, TN 38229
Phone: (731) 648-5547
Fax: (731) 648-0281

Jerry (Bubba) Dunn Jr., Alderman
City of Gleason
101 College Street, P. O. Box 720
Gleason, TN 38229
Phone: (731) 648-5547
Fax: (731) 648-0281

Keith Radford, Alderman
City of Gleason
101 College Street, P. O. Box 720
Gleason, TN 38229
Phone: (731) 648-5547
Fax: (731) 648-0281

Doug Johnson, Alderman
City of Gleason
101 College Street, P. O. Box 720
Gleason, TN 38229
Phone: (731) 648-5547
Fax: (731) 648-0281

Jim Phelps, Alderman
City of Gleason
101 College Street, P. O. Box 720
Gleason, TN 38229
Phone: (731) 648-5547
Fax: (731) 648-0281

Angela Hunt, City Recorder
City of Gleason
101 College Street, P. O. Box 720
Gleason, TN 38229
Phone: (731) 648-5547
Fax: (731) 648-0281

Jerry Connell, Fire Chief
City of Gleason
101 College Street, P. O. Box 720
Gleason, TN 38229
Phone: (731) 648-5547
Fax: (731) 648-0281

Jeff Hazlewood, Police Chief
City of Gleason
101 College Street, P. O. Box 720
Gleason, TN 38229
Phone: (731) 648-5547
Fax: (731) 648-0281

Dale Stephens, Public Works Director

City of Gleason
101 College Street, P. O. Box 720
Gleason, TN 38229
Phone: (731) 648-5547
Fax: (731) 648-0281

Tony Terrell, Water Superintendent

City of Gleason
101 College Street, P. O. Box 720
Gleason, TN 38229
Phone: (731) 648-5547
Fax: (731) 648-0281

 

 

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