Thursday, October 20, 2011
Board acts on small projects
By SUE WATSON
The Holly Springs Board of Aldermen and mayor took up some matters important to citizens at the first meeting in October, including fund-raisers and Veterans Day.
The mayor’s proposal for economic development and repair of infrastructure and the matter of hiring a new police chief were not discussed.
Some citizens’ requests were approved.
A request by Van Rayford for a 5K walkathon was approved for Saturday, Nov. 5, at 8 a.m. The event, which will take mostly the route made by the Killer Kudzu 5K Run, will raise money to defray hospital expenses for the niece of Phyllis Pearson. The child has been in care at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital.
Contact Rayford to participate.
The board approved a resolution praising the Holly Springs School District, its students, teachers, staff, and parents, for attaining the level of Successful School District and Successful Schools (middle, junior high and high school).
Alderman Calvin James asked the board for permission to hold a sit-down dinner for veterans and their families Thursday, Nov. 10 – the day before Veterans Day. He proposed the dinner be held at the Eddie Lee Smith Multi-Purpose Building and that the city and county board of supervisors split the costs. He said Memphis and Shelby County held a similar event that was very successful last year.
Active military, veterans and their families are asked to pre-register at the Multi-Purpose Building by calling Connie Mason at 662-252-4807.
Mayor Andre’ DeBerry asked that the city get an Attorney General’s opinion to discern if the cost for the event would be an allowable expense. He said the board could approve the event at the October 18 meeting, if the city gets a green light from the attorney general.
There was a request to use Spring Hollow Park for an all-day gospel music event. The board discussed where to locate the stage and bleachers due to the uneven ground and steep slope of the hill in the area. The event would be held on a Saturday.
The mayor and board discussed the city’s new employee handbook and presented copies for aldermen to look through.
Alderman Russell Johnson asked if employees have had an opportunity to look over it. DeBerry said the handbook could be shared with staff, but he recommended a staff meeting so the handbook could be discussed as well as other matters.
IT director Ken Robinson reported on the progress of a 30-hour OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Act) training course. Roughly 96 percent of the course is completed with about 80 percent of employees trained. There remains one class left, he said.
DeBerry said he believes the training makes employees more aware of workplace safety rules and improves safety, as well as reduces the number of accidents and claims.
Holly Springs Utility Department manager Don Hollingsworth presented three resolutions for signatures that pave the way for issuance of $2,181,450 in bonds for extension of water projects to the Marianna Road area.
Micheal Crittle, public works director, presented closeout claims totaling $41,000 on the Martin Street project.
The mayor reported that a drainage problem of long-standing was completed on Nunnally Creek and Isom Drive to solve the flooding problem at Edythe Taylor’s home in The Meadows.
The mayor read a letter from the Tourism Bureau requesting that certain trees be trimmed up on certain streets to keep trees from scratching the tour buses that bring visitors to town. He said the utility department caught flak from citizens about trimming trees back. The other side of the coin, DeBerry said, is that he does not want citizens calling the utility department to ask them to trim trees on their property lines when they should be paying for the work themselves.
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