ARDMORE Tennessee

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Present Tuesday, June 8, 2021 when members of the Limestone County Legislative Delegation present a grant for over $15,000 to Athens Fire and Rescue to purchase new AEDs are from left, FF Colton Hill, FF Martin Ezell, FF Casey Bloodworth, Battalion Chief Torrey Downs, FF Chris Gillman, Sen. Arthur Orr, Sen. Tom Butler, Chief Al Hogan, Rep. Danny Crawford, Mayor Ronnie Marks, Rep. Parker Moore, Rep. Andy Whitt and Sen. Tim Melson. (photo courtesy Holly Holman)

Limestone Legislative Delegation funds AEDs for Athens Fire and Rescue

Athens firefighters used an automated external defibrillator (AED) to perform life-saving measures on a woman who became unresponsive while at work and had no pulse while answering a call in May.

Athens Fire Engine 1 C-Shift shocked the woman twice with an AED and restored her pulse. Athens EMS then took over her care and transport. Athens Fire has received reports the patient is recovering.

Unfortunately, the AEDs Athens Fire and Rescue are using are at the end of their warranty dates, meaning the company that supplied them cannot guarantee their effectiveness.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021 members of the Limestone County Legislative Delegation presented a $15,131.67 community grant to Athens Fire to purchase new AED equipment. The eight delegation members are Rep. Danny Crawford, Sen. Tom Butler, Rep. Mac McCutcheon, Sen. Tim Melson, Sen. Arthur Orr, Rep. Parker Moore, Rep. Andy Whitt and Rep. Lynn Greer.

Athens Fire Chief Al Hogan said the funding will purchase seven packages and cases, 10 pediatric pads and six adult electrodes. Hogan, members of the department and Athens Mayor Ronnie Marks thanked the legislators for supporting Athens Fire’s efforts to serve the community.

VBS Slated June 14-18 At Sweet Springs Baptist Church

Children ages four years through 12 years are invited to attend Vacation Bible School at Sweet Springs Baptist Church. Classes will be held June 14-18 from 9 a.m. until noon each day.

Wonder World Fun Fest is the theme for this year's VBS program. The lessons are based on 2 Corinthians 9:15: "Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift."

Transportation will be provided each day for those who need it.

Friday Night, June 18, there will be a Fun Festival beginning at 6:30 p.m. Children will enjoy enormous inflatables, cotton candy, door prizes and snow cones. There will be carnival games and much more.

Sweet Springs Baptist Church is located at 26250 Sweet Springs road in Ardmore, AL. For more information, call 256.423.6237.

Ardmore Athletics Grand Reopening Saturday

The Grand Reopening of Ardmore Athletics & More will be Saturday, June 12. A ribbon cutting will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday with new owners Brianne and Lucas Thornton. The store will be open until 3:00 p.m.

There will be special sales and promotions all day. There will be free t-shirts for the first 50 visitors, free can koozies and free surprises for the kids while supplies last. There will be free refreshments and treats.

Brianne and Lucas are ready to take orders for uniforms and other items. They extend an invitation to everyone to come by and meet them Saturday. Former owner, Tina Woods, and her family will be present for the event.

Ardmore Athletics & More is located at 26636 Main Street in Ardmore, AL, across from Ardmore United Methodist Church. The phone number is 256.423.7529 and email address is info@ardmoreathleticsal.com.

"Whenever we reach out to our Legislative Delegation, they try to support our needs," Marks said. "This grant ensures our firefighters have the AEDs they need to respond to medical emergencies such as the one that occurred in May. We appreciate our legislators seeing the importance of these devices."

Crawford, who lives in Athens, and Butler worked with the delegation to seek support from each member. Butler knows first-hand the importance of AEDs. He said 29 years ago the fire chief in Madison requested funds for an AED. Eight days after the firefighters trained on its use, Madison responded to a call of an unresponsive patient. Butler was that patient, becoming the first patient to undergo use of the AED.

"I have supported AEDs statewide because I know they save lives," Butler said.

City Council Approves 2021-2022 Budget

The Ardmore City Council met in a regular session Thursday, June 3, 2021. In attendance were Mayor Mike Magnusson, City Recorder Mary Prier, Aldermen Wayne Harvell, Garon Hargrove, Shane Emerson, Ken Crosson, and Spencer Smith. Alderman Jason Sherman was absent. Also attending were Mark Mize, Mason Daniel, Ed Burgoon, Ronny Cornelison, Julia Harvell, John Shiffert, and his son, Bhumik Patel and Ravi Patel.

Alderman Harvell led the prayer. Alderman Smith led the pledge.

First item on the agenda was a public hearing on the 2021 - 2022 budget. No comments were made.

Alderman Crosson made a motion to approve the minutes of the May 6 regular meeting. Alderman Harvell second and the vote was unanimous.

A motion was made by Alderman Hargrove to approve the May expenditures. The motion was seconded by Alderman Smith and the vote was unanimous.

The second reading of the 2020-2021 budget amendment, ordinance no. AOR-21-05-06 an ordinance of the City of Ardmore, Tennessee amending the fiscal year 2020-2021 budget, passed by ordinance number 0-20-06-04, was completed. Alderman Harvell made a motion to accept the second reading. Alderman Crosson second and the vote was unanimous.

The second reading of the 2021-2022 budget, ordinance no. 0-21-06-03 an ordinance of the City of Ardmore, Tennessee adopting the annual budget and tax rate for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2021, and ending June 30, 2022, was completed. Alderman Smith made a motion to accept the second reading. Alderman Harvell second and the vote was unanimous.

The estimated actual total revenue and other financing sources for FY 2021 is $1,620,580.00 and total appropriations is $1,619,780.00. These totals include a CDBG grant in the amount of $318,980.00 for upgrade to sewer system.

The fiscal year budget for 2021-2022 includes total revenues and other financing sources to be $1,237,300.00 and total appropriations to be $1,194,870.00.

Mayor Magnusson presented three bids to remove two large willow oak trees behind the pavilion in the park.

Dennis Hayes from Goodspring, TN. bid $2500.00 leaving stumps.

 Jake Putman from Heartland Tree Service bid $5,000.00 including grinding stumps.

Tree Stumps R US bid $5,000.00 and will cut stumps flush with the ground.

Mr. Glover from Pulaski will grind the stumps and clean up the area for $100.00 a stump.

Alderman Hargrove made a motion to hire Mr. Hayes to cut the trees and Mr. Glover to remove the stumps. Alderman Crosson second and the vote was unanimous.

Mayor Magnusson stated there are 2 large pine trees on each side of the pavilion that are deteriorating and need to be cut down. The city received two bids for the project.

Dennis Hayes from Goodspring bid $2,000.00 leaving stumps.

Heartland Tree Service bid $2,400.00 including grinding stumps.

Alderman Smith made a motion to hire Dennis Hayes for the removal of the pine trees and Mr. Glover to remove the stumps. Alderman Hargrove second and the vote was unanimous.

Mayor Magnusson said the city received three bids to remove six trees along the fence line on Austin Whitt Road. There are four trees between the road and fence and two trees inside the fence line that need to be removed.

Dennis Hayes bid $2,800.00 to remove all and leave the stumps.

Jake Putman with Heartland Tree Service bid $4,000.00 including grinding stumps.

Tree Stumps R US bid $3,200.00 and cut stumps flush with the ground.

Alderman Hargrove made a motion to hire Hayes to remove the trees and Mr. Glover to remove the stumps. Alderman Emerson second and the vote was unanimous.

Yolanda Eubanks, director of the Greater Ardmore Chamber of Commerce, sent a request for $250.00 from the city to help pay expenses. For 11 years the chamber did not have a director. The Ardmore Chamber is the only chamber in the state of Tennessee and Alabama that is not on a city or town budget.

The Town of Ardmore furnishes the chamber a building and pays their electric and water bill. Mayor Magnusson suggested the city give $250.00 a month to pay for their internet service and software for the remainder of the calendar year and reassess in January 2022.

Alderman Crosson suggested we give them $300.00 a month. Alderman Hargrove made a motion we give them $300.00 a month for the remainder of the calendar year. Alderman Harvell second and the vote was unanimous.

Mayor Magnusson recommended a $1.15 an hour raise for city street employee Mike Watridge.  Alderman Crosson made a motion to approve the raise. Alderman Smith second and the vote was unanimous.

Next on the agenda was a bill sent to the city from the Giles County Sheriff's Department for $11,161.29. The bill consists of overtime pay for officers working in Ardmore due to a shortage of officers. The bill was for the dates of April 1 through May 31, 2021.

During the discussion, Mayor Magnusson told the council there will be a joint council meeting soon to address the police department and its future. There is an outside independent evaluation of the Ardmore Police Department being conducted by BF & Associates, LLC from Franklin, Tennessee.

After much discussion, Alderman Harvell made a motion to approve and pay the amount. Alderman Crosson second and the vote was unanimous.

There being no further business with the regular meeting the council went into a Beer Board Meeting.

All in attendance for the regular meeting were present.

Bhumik Patel and Ravi Patel applied for a beer and liquor license for 27311 Main Street (beside the produce stand) in Lincoln County. The new building will be 5000 square feet. 2500 will be a convenience store, beer, lottery and the other 2500 feet will be a liquor store with vape shop.

There is a moratorium right now in Ardmore where you cannot open a new store unless you purchase an existing business. However, that expires in July 2021.

Alderman Emerson made a motion to approve the beer license. Alderman Hargrove second. Alderman Hargrove, Emerson, and Crosson voted yes. Aldermen Harvell and Smith abstained. The motion carried.

Alderman Emerson made a motion to approve the liquor license. Alderman Hargrove second. Aldermen Hargrove, Emerson and Crosson voted yes. Aldermen Harvell and Smith abstained. The motion carried.

There being no further business Alderman Emerson made a motion to adjourn the beer board meeting. Alderman Smith second. Meeting was adjourned.

Alderman Emerson made a motion to adjourn the regular meeting. Alderman Smith second. The meeting adjourned at 7:15 p.m.