January 2021

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The first City Council meeting of the year will be held on Jan. 5, 2021. I’m grateful to city staff for making it possible for me to join via zoom. There are several important things on the agenda.

The Agenda with information that provides background on each item can be found in my Google Drive HERE.

BEER BOARD: City Council serves as the Beer Board and we will consider two permits for 321 Smokeshop and Joe’s Italian Cuisine. This meeting will be called at 6:54 p.m.

PUBLIC HEARINGS: Following the Beer Board, Council will hold public hearings to move three of the agenda items forward: Food Truck Parks Ordinance and abandoning two alleys.

Food Truck Parks: The Mobile Food Parks Ordinance can be found in my Google Drive HERE.

Mike’s Fried Green Tomatoes… one of my favorites!

This Mobile Food Parks Ordinance has been discussed for months and was reviewed at the work session in November. The city staff has been exceptionally detailed and thoughtful in creating this ordinance. I love the Food Truck Park in North Knoxville and look forward to the possibility of having one here in Maryville. The Daily Times featured a story about this issue, which you can read HERE.

Alley Abandonments: So, what the heck is this? Yeah, I’ve asked that question too. Alleys used to be planned into cities for trash access, deliveries, electrical, plumbing, and mechanical services, fire engines, and for parking. There are several alleys that the city no longer needs so they’ve been working to remove them from the books to avoid liabilities. I’ve been assured that property owners have been notified by planning officials and did not have objections about taking ownership of these alleys. These are the two alleys up for abandonment.

CITY COUNCIL MEETING!

After these hearings, the City Council Meeting will be called to order at 7 p.m.

  1. CONSIDERATION OF AN ORDINANCE ON SECOND READING AMENDING THE ANNUAL BUDGET OF THE CITY OF MARYVILLE, TENNESSEE FOR FISCAL YEAR 2021. 

This is the second reading on an ordinance to increase the budget for Sandy Springs park facility renovations and repairs, which will cost more than estimated in a plan drafted in 2017/early 2018 for improvements to all city parks. I opposed this increase last month because construction costs are inflated due to the pandemic. I wasn’t comfortable supporting an increase because the extensive city park plan and project estimate wasn’t provided to me until the day before our meeting.

The citizens of Maryville elected a woman who does her homework. Since last month’s meeting, I’ve had time to do quite a bit of research and it looks like construction costs aren’t likely to stabilize until late 2022. (Also, the original estimate was vague so it appears to have been underestimated from the get-go.) A two-year wait on these repairs would impact the overall schedule for maintaining and upgrading facilities in every city park. After diving into those plans and reviewing construction cost forecasts, I plan to support the increase on the second reading.

2. CONSIDERATION OF AN ORDINANCE ON FIRST READING TO AMEND §14-211 OF TITLE 14 OF THE MARYVILLE MUNICIPAL CODE, THE ZONING AND LAND USE ORDINANCE, PERTAINING TO MOBILE FOOD PARKS. 

Food Truck Park! (See above)

3. CONSIDERATION OF AN ORDINANCE ON FIRST READING TO AMEND §14-211 OF TITLE 14 OF THE MARYVILLE MUNICIPAL CODE, THE ZONING AND LAND USE ORDINANCE, PERTAINING TO TEMPORARY USES. 

This ordinance establishes a permit requirement for temporary uses that includes things like selling furniture outside a store or from big containers. (Doesn’t include temporary uses that are addressed in municipal code such as food trucks or fireworks.) The requirements address parking, pedestrian pathways and landscape buffers. The ordinance can be found on pages 23-28 on the pdf Agenda HERE.

4. & 5. Are the two alley abandonments from the hearings (see above)…

  • CONSIDERATION OF AN ORDINANCE ON FIRST READING TO ABANDON AN ALLEY LOCATED BETWEEN CUNNINGHAM STREET AND MONTVALE ROAD DESIGNATED AS ALLEY #291. 
  • CONSIDERATION OF AN ORDINANCE ON FIRST READING TO ABANDON A PORTION OF AN ALLEY LOCATED BETWEEN DAVIS DRIVE AND CUNNINGHAM STREET DESIGNATED AS ALLEY #110. 

6. CONSIDERATION OF A RESOLUTION AMENDING THE CITY OF MARYVILLE’S POSITION CLASSIFICATION COMPENSATION PLAN. 

The city will be revamping their software so this allows the City Manager to re-classify a staff position. (No financial impact)

7. CONSIDERATION OF A MOTION TO RATIFY THE EMERGENCY PURCHASE OF A REPLACEMENT GEARBOX FOR THE OXIDATION DITCH AERATOR AT THE REGIONAL WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT. 

(From the Agenda attachment): Council is requested to ratify the emergency purchase of a replacement gearbox for the oxidation ditch aerator at the Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant at a cost of $97,782.00. The two oxidation ditches at the wastewater plant are critical components of the treatment system. Until the gearbox is replaced, only one of the oxidation ditches is operational reducing treatment capacity and resulting in violations of our state issued NPDES permit. This is the manufacturer of this equipment and they are the only vendor that provides replacement parts for this system. The gearbox has a 22-week delivery period. Therefore, the City Manager has authorized this as an emergency purchase. 

8. CONSIDERATION OF A MOTION TO AUTHORIZE THE MAYOR TO SIGN AN AMENDATORY AGREEMENT WITH NEW CINGULAR WIRELESS PSC, LLC REGARDING THE WATER TANK ATTACHMENT OPTION AND LEASE AGREEMENT AT 1902 CLYDESDALE ROAD. 

(From the Agenda attachment): NEW CINGULAR WIRELESS PSC, LLC is requesting a sixth amendment to the Water Tank Attachment Option and Lease Agreement to change out existing equipment at the site and update mailing address. The change will result in an increase in lease payment of $150 per month. *Amendment is at the end of the agenda pdf.

9. CONSIDERATION OF A MOTION TO APPROVE THE SALE OF LAURAL BRANCH PARK PARCEL NO. 2 TO DOWNEY OIL COMPANY, INC, PARCEL NO. 4 TO SEEFRIED INDUSTRIAL PROPERTIES, INC AND PARCEL NO. 7 TO DARRELL & REBECCA SUSAN DILLARD. 

At the September City Council meeting, the City Manager was authorized to negotiate the sale of property located in Laurel Branch Park. Negotiations are complete for three of the parcels and the city manager will be asking Council to approve the sales.

10., 11., and 12. Are requests to approve the re-appointments of:
Gary Best and Adam Weibaecher to Historic Zoning Commission
Sarah Shepherd to Downtown Design Review Board
David Cockrill to Blount Memorial Hospital Board
In the future, I’d like to discuss a more inclusive process and to truly evaluate diversity on these boards and commissions. For the sake of continuity, I don’t see any reason not to support these re-appointments.

Share your thoughts with me! Email Sarah@herron.group or call/text 865-214-7699


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