1) The budget for Fiscal Year 2005-2006 was unanimously passed after its second reading.
2) The council ruled on ways to correct a few things deemed nuisances within the city.
3) The EDC's Jody Lassiter gave a presentation concerning the revamping the Economic Development Committee. He gained unanimous approval for his Industrial Development Authority concept.
4) A first reading of an ordinance that would increase the revenue from the cable television franchise from 3 to 5 percent was given.
5) Further discussion was also made on the possibility of rezoning some areas of Adairville currently zoned as "light industrial."
Councilwoman Bernice Dickerson voiced her concern about lots not being mowed within town. As the city has ruled that an unmowed lot can be deemed a 'nuisance,' the city council discussed the city mowing such lots for the owners. The city would then bill the resident for the mowing job. If they refuse to pay the bill, then the city could place a lien against their property.
Another perceived nuisance discussed was skateboarders and bicyclists in the park area. It is currently a city ordinance that skateboards are not allowed on city sidewalks around the Town Square and they are not allowed to be ridden at night on any sidewalks without equipment for the rider to be "properly seen." The penalty for disobeying the ordinance is a $10 fine for the first offense and $20 for a second offense within 30 days.
Chief Jim Ray said that it isn't possible to fine the kids riding the skateboards themselves. Calls to parents of the skateboarders will be made to remind the parents of the ordinance.
The city council also discussed purchasing signs which would remind those on skateboards or bikes about the rules regarding the ordinance.
EDC Executive Director Lassiter and Mayor Jim Wilkerson recently gave a tour of the Auburn Hosiery Mill site to two representatives from the State Economic Development Cabinet. Plans are to have the the mill listed as a state industrial site.
A survey sent to property owners of currently zoned "light industrial" areas have been returned with 16 out of 17 responding. Most agree that they want it rezoned to residential, but disagree on whether it should be R1, R2, and so forth. The mayor and council will take no action until the residents can cumulatively decide on what their wishes are in this matter.
The council gave a great amount of praise to Merle and Lisa Wix for their hard work in beautifying the park in preparation for the Strawberry Festival. Chief Ray reported on how well the festival went in his view and thanked the city employees for their help.
The city plans on using inmate labor to help do restoration work on the cemetery's monuments. A discussion was made about increasing the size of the cemetery in the future.
Prior to a presentation by Lassiter, the council passed a resolution adopting the National Incident Management System, which would help coordinate emergency services within the county in a time of need. These steps to organize the county's emergency services was made after a ruling by the 9-11 Commission and headed by BRADD.
Lassiter then gave a presentation concerning the need for creating an 'IDA' or Industrial Development Authority, Inc. This would change part of the Economic Development Committee to the Logan IDA, Inc., bringing tax benefits which come with incorporation. According to City Clerk Becky Tinch, it would "benefit the entire county."
A first resolution of creating the IDA was read and passed unanimously. All second readings were held and approved on Wednesday at a special meeting.