The Clifton City Commission met in regular session on Monday, May 28th, 2019 at City Hall in Clifton. Commissioners in attendance included Mayor Randy Burns, Commissioner Mark Staggs, Commissioner Eva Ruth Warren, and Commissioner Bill Willoughby. City Manager Doug Kibbey and City Recorder Barbara Culp were in attendance as well. Vice Mayor Layton Packwood was absent.
Mayor Burns called the meeting to order. Mayor Burns offered the invocation, and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all.
Commissioner Warren made a motion to approve the minutes from the meeting on April 22nd, the Beer Board meeting, and the special meeting on May 6th. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Staggs, and passed unanimously.
First on the agenda under old business was an update on the new batting cages at the ballpark. City Manager Kibbey said that construction had started on the batting cages, and the trusses were set to be put up the following day. He also said that a problem had been discovered with the electricity - no more power can be run from the concession stand. He said that a new transformer will probably have to be installed.
Next was the second reading of the Water/Sewer Rates Ordinance. Commissioner Warren made a motion to return the customer rates back to what they were prior to April. Commissioner Staggs seconded the motion, and it was passed unanimously.
The second reading of the FY 2019-2020 Budget Ordinance was next. Commissioner Warren made a motion to approve the second reading of the ordinance. Commissioner Staggs seconded the motion, and it was unanimously approved.
First under new business was the Engine Compression Braking Ordinance. City Manager Kibbey said that there is a standard MTAS ordinance to limit “jake brakes” in the city that could be put into place. The ordinance would be the first step, followed by the installation of signs and then enforcement by the police. Commissioner Willoughby made a motion to adopt the Braking Ordinance, and Commissioner Staggs seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously.
Next was the Clifton Marina Noise Resolution, which would exempt the marina from the current noise ordinance from May through September. This would allow the marina to host musicians and other events during the summer months. Commissioner Warren made a motion to approve the resolution. Commissioner Staggs seconded the motion, and it was unanimously approved.
The final item under new business was the Clifton Marina Sub-Lease Agreement. City Manager Kibbey pointed out that some changes had been made to the lease agreement, including the statement that the lessee may make improvements in lieu of rent with the lessor’s approval. Commissioner Warren made a motion to approve the Sub-Lease Agreement. Commissioner Staggs seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Department reports were next. Parks and Recreation Director Eddie Simmons reported that all was going well in his department, and the Dixie Youth regular season was winding down but that All-Star practices would still be going on at the ballpark. He told the commission that the engine had blown up on one of the mowers, and the department needs a new one as soon as possible. A discussion followed regarding the purchase of a new mower, and City Manager Kibbey said that he would check on prices.
Police Chief Byron Skelton told the commission that he is currently short-staffed, with one officer currently suffering from health issues, and one leaving the following week for inservice training.
Fire Chief Lindsay Roberts reported that he is working on getting ambulance service into the new fire hall. He said that he received three bids on the fire suppression system for the fire hall kitchen, and the lowest bidder, B&B from Milan, TN, will soon begin the installation of the system. Their bid was $3,450. Chief Roberts said that he has received one bid on the sprinkler system for the fire hall, from Key Fire Protection, $5,806.
City Manager Kibbey told the commission that he has researched a river height monitor/gauge, and the U.S. Geological Survey in Knoxville recommended installing a stationary one. If they install one for the city, there will be an installation fee and a yearly monitoring fee. No action was taken by the board.
Public Works Director Austin Clark was unable to attend the meeting, but City Manager Kibbey reported no problems in the Public Works Department, and said that the inmate line crews were getting caught up.
Next, Commissioner Willoughby made a motion to lease the lot in the city just past Hasti Mart in order to keep it mowed. The motion died for lack of a second. City Manager Kibbey said that he would send another letter to the property owner regarding a fine if the lot is not mowed.
Commissioner Staggs mentioned the city signs that have recently blown down, and City Manager Kibbey said that they would all soon be repaired and reinforced to prevent being blown down again in the future.
Commissioner Willoughby then initiated another discussion regarding the installation of a restroom somewhere downtown, possibly at either the corner of City Hall or near the fire hall. He said that visitors to the downtown area desperately need an accessible restroom. After a fairly lengthy discussion, no new motions were made, and no action was taken by the board.
Commissioner Willoughby then asked if anyone had any objection to him installing a vending machine near the Chamber of Commerce. No objections were voiced, and Commissioner Willoughby said that he would contact the Chamber of Commerce for permission.
Lastly, Mayor Burns asked City Manager Kibbey to send a letter to the motel to remove the discarded couches from the street.
With no further business to come before the commission, the meeting was adjourned.