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Updated Tuesday, January 16, 2017

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   Addy Grace Stagner, left, and sister Lilly Nell Stagner check out the early morning snowfall Tuesday, January 16, on the first snow day of 2018.

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Ardmore To Hire Parks Director

Meeting in regular session Thursday, January 11, 2018 the Ardmore, Tennessee council agreed to hire a parks director to manage the park and the youth sports programs that utilize the facility.

Mayor Tim McConnell called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall with Aldermen Paul Van Manen, Garon Hargrove, Ken Crosson, Raymond Crabtree, Wayne Harvell and Joe Stagner present with City Recorder Mary Prier, Police Chief Jimmy Kennedy and EMA Director Tim Toone. Also present were Mike Magnusson, Julia Harvell and members of the press.

Minutes of the December 2017 meeting were approved by a motion made by Harvell, seconded by Stagner and passed unanimously. The December 2017 financial report was approved by a motion by Crosson, second by Crabtree and passed unanimously.

The mayor then opened bids for the old city trucks. Bids of $350.00 and $616.00 were received for the red Dodge truck, $250.00 and $666.00 were bid for the green dodge and a single bid of $222.22 was received for the white Chevrolet. A motion to sell all the trucks to the highest bidder was made by Stagner and seconded by Hargrove. Voting for the motion were Stagner, Hargrove, Harvell, Crosson and Crabtree. Van Manen voted against the motion.

Mayor McConnell then postponed the appointment of the Vice-Mayor until the February meeting saying that he was not ready to make the appointment.

The council unanimously re-elected Joe Henry to serve as City Attorney for two years and Joe Fowlkes was re-elected to a two year term as City Judge. Mayor McConnell then appointed Tim Toone to another two year term as Fire Chief / EMA Director.

Discussion on paying some of the cost to move the water and sewer lines for the road widening project being done by the state of Tennessee was made by Crosson, seconded by Van Manen and passed unanimously.

Selling the old City Hall building, annex and Farmers Market property was the next item of business.  Alderman Hargrove said that it would make sense to sell the property to reduce the city's overhead and added that proceeds could be used to offset the cost of remodeling and repairs to the Maddox building making it suitable for use as a community center and for groups like the Pickin' and Grinnin' group.

Crosson said that it would be better to offer the property as separate pieces. Crabtree agreed and made a motion to offer the properties for sale and to use the proceeds for work on the Maddox building. Van Manen seconded the motion with all in favor.

Crosson then made a motion to have the properties appraised, seconded by Hargrove, the motion passed unanimously.

Next on the agenda was a discussion on hiring an employee to oversee the John Barnes Area Park and to organize the activities that take place in the park. Discussion involved the possibility of holding various tournaments during the year as well as hosting the summer youth programs. A motion to interview applicants for the position of Park Director was made by Stagner, seconded by Van Manen and passed unanimously.

The meeting was then adjourned.

 

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