The Waynesboro City Commission met in regular session on Monday, June 8th, 2020 at City Hall in Waynesboro. All commissioners were present, including Mayor Jeff Howell, Vice Mayor Charlie Mosley, Commissioner Chris Bevis, Commissioner Jeff Davis, and Commissioner Tony Creasy. Also in attendance were City Manager John Hickman, City Attorney Josh Polk, and City Recorder Paige Jackson.
Mayor Howell called the meeting to order, and Vice Mayor Mosley offered the invocation.
Commissioner Creasy made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meeting. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Davis, and the minutes were unanimously approved.
City Manager Hickman provided the commissioners with monthly cash collateral statements and investment reports. He then updated the commission on several items, including:
-the Independence Day Celebration on July 3rd is still going to take place, including the musical performances, fireworks, and vendors.
-the soccer field lights at the Sportsplex are being installed, and the project should be completed by the end of the month.
-the Waynesboro Municipal Golf Course will be hosting a golf tournament over the weekend, and there are 22 teams already signed up to participate. Hickman estimated that the profit for the golf course would be around $1,000-$1,500.
-the Middle Tennessee city managers’ meeting is scheduled for June 9th at the golf course.
-the sidewalk project on South Main Street is in its final phase, and the older sections of the sidewalk that were not reconstructed will be bleached and pressure washed.
The first item of new business on the agenda was the sale of surplus items, including a 2020 Kawasaki ATV and a 1991 Chevrolet pickup, on govdeals.com. Commissioner Davis made a motion to approve the sale of the surplus vehicles. Commissioner Creasy seconded the motion, and the surplus items were approved for sale.
The 2019-2020 Continuation Budget Resolution was next on the agenda. This resolution allows the city to continue operating on the 2019-2020 budget until next year’s budget is completed. Vice Mayor Mosley made a motion to approve the resolution, and Commissioner Bevis seconded the motion. The resolution was unanimously approved.
The other item of new business on the agenda was the first reading of the 2019-2020 Budget Amendment Ordinance. City Manager Hickman explained that only $107,600 was amended out of a $5 million budget. Vice Mayor Mosley made a motion to approve the ordinance. Commissioner Creasy seconded the motion, and the first reading of the ordinance was approved unanimously.
Under “open items” on the agenda, Commissioner Davis asked if the West Hill Street/Turman Drive/West Hollis Street area is still on the list for pavement restoration, and City Manager Hickman confirmed that it is.
Commissioner Creasy asked if kids can practice baseball at the Sportsplex on weekends, and City Manager Hickman said that they are welcome to do so if the ballfields aren’t rented out for tournaments. Commissioner Creasy then mentioned a few items he has heard complaints about, including:
-the “dip” in the road on Highway 13 South going out of town where the state has been working. City Manager Hickman confirmed that it is a state roadway, but the city will do what they can to make it easier to drive on.
-the odor from the sewer plant. City Manager Hickman said that the digester at the plant is set to be cleaned out the first week of July, which should help a lot with the odor.
-a tile at the James Griggs residence on Hurricane Creek Road. Hickman said that he would have a crew go look at it again.
Vice Mayor Mosley said that he was glad to see the Sportsplex being used for tournaments, because it is bringing lots of people to town that will frequent the businesses in the area. He went on to report that there is a broken swing at City Park that needs repair.
Commissioner Bevis asked if the trenches that have been dug at the Sportsplex for the installation of the soccer field lights will be filled in and sown with grass once the project is finished, and City Manager Hickman said that the contractor will take care of that.
With no further business to come before the commission, Commissioner Davis made a motion to adjourn. Commissioner Creasy seconded the motion, and the meeting was adjourned.