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Sheriff Releases Weekly Crime News Update

February 27, 2012
by: 
Dwayne Page
Melanie Chaffin Herrod

In his weekly update on crime news, Sheriff Patrick Ray reports that 54 year old Melanie Chaffin Herrod of Murfreesboro is charged with driving under the influence, simple possession of a schedule III controlled substance, and simple possession of a schedule IV drug. She was also issued a citation for violation of the implied consent law. Her bond totals $4,500 and she will be in court March 1.

Sheriff Ray said that on Tuesday, February 21, Herrod was pulled over by an officer in the Stop and Buy parking lot on Highway 70 in response to a complaint of a reckless driver. Herrod's vehicle matched the description. Herrod told the officer that she had just stopped to ask for directions.. Herrod had very slurred speech and she was unsteady on her feet. She performed poorly on all field sobriety tasks and appeared to be under the influence of an intoxicant. Herrod refused to submit to a blood test. During the investigation, the arresting officer observed in plain site, half a pill believed to be a Vicodine. A further search revealed three other half pills and one whole pill of Vicodine. A metal box was also found containing eight oval orange pills believed to be Alprazolem.

28 year old Gustavo Garcia Sanchez of Morgan Drive, Smithville is charged with a second offense of driving on a revoked license. He was also issued a citation for failure to exercise due care and violation of the financial responsibility law (no insurance). Sanchez is under a $3,000 bond and he will be in court on March 1. Sheriff Ray reports that on Monday, February 20 Sanchez was operating a motor vehicle north on New Home Road when he turned in front of a southbound vehicle, causing it to run off the roadway and into a fence. Sanchez said he did not see the oncoming vehicle. Sanchez could not provide proof of insurance. A computer check revealed that his license were revoked for a DUI and that he was arrested for his first offense of driving on a revoked license in Warren County in September 2006.

39 year old Kristie Renea Waggoner of New Home Road is charged with domestic assault. Her bond is $2,500 and she will be in court March 15. Sheriff Ray reports that on Wednesday, February 22 Waggoner assaulted her boyfriend on New Home Road by slapping him in the face, leaving bleeding scratch marks.

28 year old Brian Paul Wyer of Long Branch Road, Lancaster is charged with public intoxication. His bond is $1,000 and he will be in court March 1. According to Sheriff Ray, officers responded to a call of an intoxicated person at the condos on Dale Ridge Road last Wednesday, February 22. Upon arrival, the deputies found Wyer passed out in the passenger seat of his pickup truck. He had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his person. Officers awakened Wyer but he could not walk so they carried him to the patrol car. Wyer was brought to the jail for his safety.

42 year old Morris Edward Knowles of Anthony Avenue, Smithville was issued citations on Saturday, February 25 for no drivers license, violation of the open container law, violation of the financial responsibility law, roadway lane for traffic (for weaving), and possession of drug paraphernalia. He will be in court on March 8. Knowles was stopped on South College Street for failure to maintain lane of travel. The officer found that Knowles had an open beer in the vehicle and he could not provide proof of insurance. During a search of the vehicle, the deputy found two needles under the passenger seat. A computer check revealed that Knowles had no drivers license.

Judge David Patterson Hands Down Sentences in Criminal Court

February 27, 2012
by: 
Dwayne Page

Several people appeared in criminal court for sentencing Friday after entering pleas under negotiated settlements.

Judge David Patterson presided.

23 year old Emily Fare pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and received a three year sentence on probation. She must complete anger management classes. Fare is also under a restraining order to keep away from the victim.

33 year old Amy Ford pleaded guilty to initiation of a process to manufacture meth and received an eight year sentence to be served at 30%. She must undergo an alcohol and drug assessment. Ford was fined $2,000 and given jail credit of 169 days. The sentence is to run concurrently with a probation violation against her.

24 year old Travis D. Rich pleaded guilty to promotion of the manufacture of meth. He received a two year sentence but was given credit for 170 days of time served. He must undergo an alcohol and drug assessment and follow the recommendations. Rich was fined $2,000. The sentence is to run concurrently with a violation of probation case against him.

39 year old Michael Shane Wilcher pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor offense of unlawful photographing and was granted judicial diversion supervised probation for a period of 11 months and 29 days. He must perform eight hours of community service.

40 year old Amy Rachel Vanatta pleaded guilty to unlawful photographing and was granted judicial diversion supervised probation for a period of 11 months and 29 days. She must perform eight hours of community service

28 year old Steven Bly pleaded guilty to aggravated criminal trespassing and received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days all suspended to supervised probation. He must make restitution of $1,000 and is under a restraining order to keep away from the victim.

40 year old William Ray Roller, Jr. pleaded guilty to promotion of meth. He received a two year sentence and was fined $2,000. He was given jail credit of 305 days.

47 year old Scott Ferrell pleaded guilty to theft over $500 and received a two year sentence all suspended to supervised probation. The sentence is to run consecutively to a violation of probation case against him.

31 year old Chris M. Pack pleaded guilty to attempted aggravated burglary and received a two year sentence. He must make restitution in an amount yet to be determined. Pack was given jail credit of 114 days.

26 year old Brandon Thomas pleaded guilty to initiation of a process to manufacture methamphetamine. He received an eight year sentence on community corrections. Thomas was fined $2,000 and assessed a cost for cleanup.

32 year old Paul A. Willingham pleaded guilty to aggravated criminal trespassing and received a suspended sentence of 11 months and 29 days. He will be on supervised probation and he must make restitution to the victims in the amount of $10,800.

27 year old Jessica Dyal pleaded guilty to theft under $500 and was given ten days to serve. She will then be on supervised probation. Dyal must make a $75 contribution to the economic crime fund

27 year old Shannon Anderson pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary and theft over $1,000. He received a five year sentence for the burglary and four years in the theft case all suspended to supervised probation by community corrections. The two sentences are to run concurrently. Anderson must pay $150 to the economic crime fund and undergo an alcohol and drug assessment. He was given jail credit of 34 days. Anderson must also pay restitution in an amount yet to be determined.

30 year old Kenneth Adam Wright pleaded guilty to a second offense of driving under the influence. He received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days suspended to CPS probation, except for 45 days to serve. Wright must undergo an alcohol and drug assessment and follow the recommended treatment. He must also participate in an alcohol safety education program and pay a fine of $615. He will lose his license for two years.

30 year old Tiffany Greer pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary and received a three year sentence in the community corrections program. She must make a $150 contribution to the economic crime fund and pay $925 in restitution. Greer was given jail credit from August 28 to December 22, 2011.

41 year old Daniel Mayo pleaded guilty to possession of a schedule II controlled substance for resale and driving under the influence. He received a three year sentence in the drug case and 11 months and 29 days for the DUI all suspended to supervised probation except for time served. The sentences are to run concurrently. Mayo was fined $2,000 and he will lose his license for a period of time. Mayo was given jail credit of 246 days.

50 year old Kenny Herman pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days all suspended to community corrections supervised probation except for 48 hours to serve. He will lose his license for a period of time. The sentence is to run concurrently with his current probation. He is to report to jail when medically able.

26 year old Jessica R. Bogle pleaded guilty to promotion of the manufacture of methamphetamine and received a three year sentence suspended to 29 days of time served with the balance to be served on community corrections. She was fined $2,000. Bogle was given jail credit of 29 days.

29 year old Bradley Shane Redman pleaded guilty to assault and received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days on probation to run concurrently with state probation.

40 year old Wanda Mathis pleaded guilty to delivery of a schedule II controlled substance and received a three year sentence on TDOC probation. She must undergo an alcohol and drug assessment. Mathis was fined $2,000 and she must make restitution of $50 to the Smithville Police Department.

31 year old Jessie Adcock pleaded guilty to auto burglary and theft over $1,000. He received a two year sentence in each case to run concurrently with each other all suspended to supervised probation except for 90 days to serve. Adcock was given jail credit for 90 days.

23 year old Matthew Wilbur pleaded guilty to sale of a schedule VI controlled substance and received a two year sentence all suspended to supervised probation. He was fined $2,000.

27 year old William Corey Dickens pleaded guilty to two counts of theft over $1,000 and received a two year sentence in each case to run concurrently all suspended to supervised probation except for 250 days to serve. He must make restitution of $7,500 to one victim and $6,000 to the other. Dickens was given jail credit of 170 days.

29 year old Elizabeth Chalfant pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days all suspended except for time served. She will lose her license for a period of time and must undergo an alcohol and drug assessment.

36 year old Juan Adam Valdivia pleaded guilty to a second offense of driving on a revoked license and received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days on supervised probation. He will lose his license for a period of time.

37 year old James W. Goodman pleaded guilty to manufacture of methamphetamine and received a three year sentence to serve supervised by community corrections. He was fined $2,000.

24 year old Coty Lynn McCormick pleaded guilty to simple assault and received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days on probation to run consecutive to a probation violation against him. He must pay restitution to the victim in the amount of $43,506 receiving credit for any amount paid by the Tennessee Victims Compensation Fund.

42 year old Kathy Roller pleaded guilty to promotion of the manufacture of meth and possession of a schedule II controlled substance for resale and received a three year sentence to serve in each case to run concurrently. She was fined $2,000. Roller was given jail credit of 224 days.

42 year old David Anderson pleaded guilty to promotion of the manufacture of methamphetamine and received a two year sentence suspended to state probation. He must undergo an alcohol and drug assessment and follow recommendations. Anderson was fined $2,000 and given 170 days of jail credit.

Three Sentenced in Bank Robbery

February 25, 2012
by: 
Dwayne Page
Craig Hill
Ricky Estes
Roxanna Landis

Three people charged in the robbery of Liberty State Bank at Liberty in August 2010 pleaded guilty under negotiated settlements in criminal court Friday

40 year old Craig Hill, 46 year old Ricky Estes, and 27 year old Roxanna Landis all of Smithville were each indicted on the charge of aggravated robbery in April, 2011.

Standing before Judge David Patterson Friday, Hill pleaded guilty to robbery and received a ten year sentence to serve in the Tennessee Department of Corrections as a range III offender. The term is to run concurrently with any other sentence against him. He was given jail credit of 559 days.

Hill, who is accused of actually committing the robbery in which $6,000 was taken, turned himself in at the DeKalb County Jail on Saturday, August 14th, 2010 eleven days after the robbery on Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010.

Estes and Landis were arrested on August 20th, 2010.

Estes pleaded guilty to facilitation of aggravated robbery. He received a six year sentence in special needs as a range one offender. The sentence is to run concurrently with a violation of probation case against him. Estes was given jail credit of 553 days

Landis pleaded guilty to facilitation of attempted aggravated robbery. She received a five year TDOC sentence suspended upon time served. Her probation will be supervised by community corrections. Landis was given jail credit of 123 days.

After Hill's arrest, Sheriff Patrick Ray said that "On August 3rd, 2010 through an investigation into the robbery, Hill was identified through (bank surveillance) video tapes and other investigative tools to be the person responsible for the robbery. Lawmen had been searching for Hill ever since. Hill, who had been living out of town since this incident, came to the DeKalb County Jail to turn himself in on a violation of probation warrant. While there, he was questioned by Sheriff's Department Detectives about the robbery and admitted his involvement in the robbery of Liberty State Bank".

The warrant for his arrest alleged that "On or about the 3rd day of August 2010, Craig Anthony Hill did enter the Liberty State Bank in Liberty Tennessee presenting the teller with a note stating "Give me the money in 20's and 100's, I have a gun" thus putting the teller in fear of her life. The teller at that point took the cash from her drawer and gave it to Craig Hill as instructed. The amount of money taken during the robbery was in excess of $6,000."

According to Sheriff Ray, Estes "aided in the robbery of Liberty State Bank by being involved in the planning of the robbery and driving the get away car. He also shared in the proceeds from the robbery."

Sheriff Ray added that Landis "aided by being involved in the planning of the robbery, freely leaving in the get away vehicle, and sharing in the proceeds of the robbery".

UCDD Board Places Wendy Askins and Larry Webb on Administrative Leave (SEE VIDEO OF MEETING HERE)

February 24, 2012
by: 
Dwayne Page
Wendy Askins
Larry Webb (Photo provided to WJLE courtesy of Smithville Review)

In an emergency meeting held Friday morning in Cookeville, the board of directors of the Upper Cumberland Development District voted 16 to 5 to place Executive Director Wendy Askins on administrative leave for 30 days along with her deputy director, Larry Webb of DeKalb County, pending the outcome of an internal investigation.

The action comes as the result of a NewsChannel 5 investigation over recent allegations regarding the Living the Dream project and alleged mismanagement of UCDD funds.

Neither Askins nor Webb were present at the meeting

The five members voting against administrative leave preferred an immediate dismissal of Askins.

Both Askins and Webb will be paid for two weeks of the 30-day leave. As part of the motion, the board also voted to take their credit and gas cards, along with keys and vehicles and they will not be able to sign any checks while the investigation is underway.

Earl Carwile was appointed as interim director and Ashley Pealer was named as interim deputy.

Meanwhile, the board voted to rescind a vote in a previous meeting adopting language from bogus minutes approving a transfer of $300,000 to Living the Dream and asked attorneys to get the $300,000 back by whatever legal means is necessary.

The board also voted to seek new auditors while requesting a state investigation of the man who has been their auditor for several years, Tom Jones. In light of the revelations by NewsChannel 5's investigation, board members question why Jones has never turned up any findings during his audits of agency finances.

County Commissioners Interview Applicants for School Board

February 24, 2012
by: 
Dwayne Page
County Commissioners Interview Doug Stephens
Doug Stephens
County Commissioners Interview Boyd Trapp
Boyd Trapp

The two men seeking the vacant sixth district school board seat were interviewed by members of the county commission Thursday night.

The all-committees meeting was held at the UT Extension office in the new complex on South Congress Boulevard.

Last month, the county commission voted to accept applications through February 6 from anyone in the sixth district wishing to fill a vacancy on the school board created with the recent resignation Bruce Parsley.

Doug Stephens and Boyd Trapp applied for the position. One of them is expected to be appointed Monday night by the county commission to serve out Parsley's unexpired term through August 31.

Stephens said he believes the school board and county commission should work together and develop a five and ten year plan for the betterment of the school system. "We've got a lot of issues at hand. I think that I am a good negotiator. I think I can bring some values to the table. I think the school board members need to be able to get along and communicate their issues better with the county commissioners. Just from what I've read and have knowledge, there's a lot of issues there. I know how to look at finances. I deal with lots of money. I am extremely conservative in my view and values. I know some of the things that we need. We have a fifty year old school. We've got a forty year old school. They're both in need of a new school. I know that. But we've got to have a way to pay for it. We've got to figure it out. We've got to have a plan. We don't that I know of. We all agree that we need some new stuff. What are we going to do without a plan?. I want to have a five year plan and a ten year plan. In my work life, I have monthly goals and yearly goals. I have five year plans," said Stephens.

A resident of Bethel Road, Stephens said he has lived here for twenty years and is active in the community. "We moved here in the county in 1991. I sell construction equipment and have since 1984. I went to high school in Sparta and graduated there. I am a club scout master here in DeKalb County and have been for four years. I am heavily involved in that. I have two kids, Emily and Will. Emily is in the ninth grade and Will is in fifth grade. I have a vested interest in the school system here. I go to Elizabeth Chapel Baptist Church and have for eleven or twelve years. I am involved there. My wife, Mary Beth is from Smith County. She is a pharmacist here in town. I have a vested interest in seeing that the school system becomes better," said Stephens.

Trapp, a lifelong resident of DeKalb County, said he would like the opportunity to serve. "The reason I am interested in it is that I would like to see DeKalb County have the best schools there are in the State of Tennessee. I think we've got some good schools already. We've got some good teachers but I just thought I'd give it a try (run for the school board) to try and help the school system as much as I can. I'd like to put a little input in it," said Trapp.

Trapp and his wife Linda are residents of L. Hendixson Road in the Blue Springs community. "I have lived there forty six years ever since me and Linda married. I went to Liberty High School for three years and came up here in 1964 and was a member of the first graduating class at the high school (DCHS). I've got two grand kids, Jayrah and Jamison. Jamison is in the second grade and Jayrah is in the seventh grade. My daughter-in-law, Janet is a teacher. I have two sons. One of them, Dwane, has passed away. The other, Darrel works at Star Manufacturing. I have been involved a lot with the kids in Little League baseball. I was president of the Quarterback Club," said Trapp.

Both Stephens and Trapp say they will run for a full four year term on the school board in the August 2 DeKalb County General Election.

Open-Air Stage Proposed for Evins Park in Downtown Smithville

February 23, 2012
Tennessee Downtowns Program Revitalization Efforts Begin

After months of planning and development, the Tennessee Downtowns Program Steering Committee members recently met with Mary Evins, Gaius Overton, and William Kooienga to view the perspective designs for the new open-air stage to be built in Evins Park in Downtown Smithville later this year. “The stage will be a welcome and beautiful addition to the county allowing for outdoor concerts, performances, and other community events for the public to enjoy and use,” says Tennessee Downtown Committee chair Steve White.

“This is just one facet of our many plans for the downtown revitalization efforts,” says Chamber Director & TN Downtowns Steering Committee Member Suzanne Williams. “We are excited to partner with the Evins Foundation on this initial project and believe this to be one of the many successes coming out of the committee’s hard work, vision, and planning.”

The 3-D Models, rendered by Architect Gaius Overton and Artist William Kooienga, are available for viewing at the Chamber’s new location in the Courthouse, Room 201. If you are interested in volunteering to help with this project, being on one of the new TN Downtown Program Committees, or making a donation to the downtown revitalization efforts, call the Chamber of Commerce office at 597-4163.

Pictured l-r:
Steve White, TN Downtowns Program Steering Committee chair; Alan Webb, TN Downtowns Program Steering Committee; William Kooienga, Sculptor/Beech Hollow Studios; Mary Evins, Evins Foundation; Gaius Overton, Architect; Jackie Smith, TN Downtowns Marketing Committee; Suzanne Williams, Chamber Director and TN Downtowns Program Steering Committee; and Wade Smith, TN Downtowns Program Steering Committee; (not pictured) Mark Ashburn, TN Downtowns Program Steering Committee

DeKalb County Looks for Success during Great American Cleanup

February 23, 2012

Spring time is near, signaling the return of the nation’s largest annual community improvement program, Keep America Beautiful’s (KAB) Great American Cleanup™ (GAC).

Last year, 143,053 Tennessee volunteers contributed 358,240 hours picking up 121,098,794 pounds of litter and debris from all 95 counties (visit www.ktnb.org/gac.html for more results).

Keep Tennessee Beautiful (KTnB) will once again look for improvement during this year’s GAC in Tennessee, which will take place March 1-May 31. KTnB also will look to extend its streak of achieving 100-percent participation from all 95 counties during GAC to six years in a row.

Last year in DeKalb County, a total of 136 volunteers gathered 10,340 pounds of litter during KAB’s annual spring event. DeKalb County seeks more volunteers this year to be even more successful.

Keep Tennessee Beautiful Executive Director Sutton Mora Hayes said, “The citizens of Tennessee have shown their dedication to keep our state clean, green, and beautiful over the past few years. I know that with the cooperation of our volunteer network across the state, we will accomplish even more this year.”

For more information on how you can get involved in a GAC event in DeKalb County, please call Chamber Director Suzanne Williams at 615.597.4163.
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Alderman Danny Washer Concerned with Talk of Pay Raises for Mayor and Council

February 22, 2012
by: 
Dwayne Page
Danny Washer

Smithville Alderman Danny Washer has concerns about Mayor Taft Hendrixson's proposed changes in the city charter and that's why Monday night he suggested a workshop to discuss it further before any action is taken.

Washer has a particular concern about the proposal to increase aldermen pay from $25 per meeting to $150 per month and potentially doubling the mayor's pay from $1,000 to $2,000 per month.

Any change in the city charter requires support of at least two thirds of the aldermen (four out of five) and approval by the state legislature. And the pay raises would not take effect until the next terms of office, meaning that if the pay hikes were put in place this year, only the mayor and two aldermen elected this year would get the raises. The pay of the other three aldermen would not be increased until after the new terms begin following the city election next year.

Still, Alderman Washer, during Monday night's city council meeting, said he has a problem voting for pay raises because the public perception is that the aldermen are raising their own pay. "I don't want to do nothing," said Alderman Washer. "We're voting on a pay raise and a lot of changes and I don't want to do that. I personally do not like to vote on myself a raise," he said.

Mayor Hendrixson responded, "It wouldn't affect you. It will affect the next people in office. It don't affect anyone in office right now," said Mayor Hendrixson.

Alderman Washer answered, "I don't like that at all. The ones out in the city of Smithville, when they hear this, its looking like we're voting ourselves a raise. If I was sitting out there where they (public) are at that's the way I would look at it," said Washer.

Mayor Hendrixson said, "We are not voting ourselves a raise. You're talking about $150 a month (for the aldermen). That's not much money,' he said.

Mayor Hendrixson then asked, "When do you want to do a workshop?"

Alderman Washer answered, "As soon as we can would be fine." Washer said he felt the aldermen and citizens needed more time to become better informed on the proposals.

That workshop is set for Monday night, February 27 at 7:00 p.m. at city hall.

If the charter is changed as proposed, each of the aldermen would receive $150 per month in pay, effective with the next term of office. The aldermen currently receive $25 for each meeting, both regular and special. That comes to $50 per month since there are usually two regular meetings per month.

The mayor's pay, which currently is $1,000 per month, could be raised to as much as $2,000 per month, as set by the aldermen effective July 1st of each year.

Regular city council meetings would be reduced from twice to once per month and special meetings would be scheduled as needed.

The mayor and aldermen's terms of office would remain staggered but under this plan, their terms would go from two years to four years and city elections, now conducted every year on the third Tuesday in June, would eventually be held every two years on the first Thursday in August to coincide with the county general elections.

Under the proposed changes, the mayor and two aldermen elected this year, June 19 would serve for a period of two years and two months. Those positions (mayor and two aldermen) would be up for election again on the first Thursday in August 2014, in conjunction with the county general election. Whoever is elected in August, 2014 would serve for four years, from September 1, 2014 to August 31, 2018.

The other three aldermen positions would be up for election in June 2013 and whoever is elected would serve for a period of three years and two months, until August 31, 2016. Those three aldermen positions would then by up for election again in August, 2020, to coincide with the county general elections.

Alderman Steve White told WJLE Wednesday night that he believes action on city charter revisions should be delayed until next year to give the city council more time to study the existing charter. He said there may be other changes aldermen want to make in the charter other than those being proposed right now.

2012 County 4-H Public Speaking Held

February 22, 2012
by: 
April Martin
County 4-H Public Speaking Participants

What is your greatest fear? Some would say snakes, others would say heights, and still others say flying in a plane. You will be surprised to hear that man’s greatest fear is public speaking. For DeKalb County 4-H members, however, public speaking is a life skill which they have honed into poise, charisma, confidence, and a desire to achieve.

The DeKalb County 4-H Public Speaking Contest was held recently. According to Extension Agent April Martin, “The public speaking contest is one of the 4-H Club’s most important activities. Speaking before an audience is something that we all have to do at some point in our lives. 4-H is one of the first places that young people learn this skill. Public Speaking teaches 4-Hers writing, organizational, and speaking skills as well as equips them with confidence and a sense of accomplishment.”

Participants in the 4th grade included: Mya Ruch (1st place), Clayton Kirby (2nd place), and Christian Trail (3rd place). Other participants included: Mary Maple, Kaylee Martin, Anna Chew, Darren Waggoner, and Isaac Cross.

Participants in the 5th grade included: Kaitlyn Bain (1st place).

Wyatt Martin was the 1st place winner in the 7th grade and Lydia Trail was the 1st place winner in the 9th grade.

Mya Ruch, Clayton Kirby, and Lydia Trail advanced to the regional contest recently and received participation awards.

The University of Tennessee Extension offers all its programs to all eligible persons. More information about Extension programs can be found at https://utextension.tennessee.edu/dekalb/Pages/default.aspx.

County 4-H Public Speaking Participants (front row, left to right): Anna Chew, Kaitlyn Bain, Kelsey Wade, Jadyn Young, Mary Maple, and Kaylee Martin. Second row: Mya Ruch, Clayton Kirby, Christian Trail, Isaac Cross, and Darren Waggoner. Third row: Wyatt Martin and Lydia Trail.

Aldermen To Consider Making Charter Changes

February 21, 2012
by: 
Dwayne Page

The Smithville Mayor and Aldermen are considering making changes to the city charter.

Under a proposed resolution presented to the aldermen Monday night by Mayor Taft Hendrixson, the terms of office of the mayor and aldermen would go from two years to four years and they could receive more pay, starting with whoever is elected this year. Passage of the resolution requires at least a two thirds majority of the aldermen and approval by the state legislature before it could take effect

Action has been delayed on the resolution in order to give the aldermen and citizens a chance to become better informed on the proposals.

The mayor and aldermen have scheduled a workshop for Monday, February 27 at 7:00 p.m. at city hall to discuss the proposed changes in more detail.

If the charter is changed as proposed, each of the aldermen would receive $150 per month in pay, effective with the next term of office. The aldermen currently receive $25 for each meeting, both regular and special. That comes to $50 per month since there are usually two regular meetings per month.

The mayor's pay, which currently is $1,000 per month, could be raised to as much as $2,000 per month, as set by the aldermen effective July 1st of each year.

Regular city council meetings would be reduced from twice to once per month and special meetings would be scheduled as needed.

The mayor and aldermen's terms of office would remain staggered but under this plan, their terms would go from two years to four years and city elections, now conducted every year on the third Tuesday in June, would eventually be held every two years on the first Thursday in August to coincide with the county general elections..

Under the proposed changes, the mayor and two aldermen elected this year, June 19 would serve for a period of two years and two months. Those positions (mayor and two aldermen) would be up for election again on the first Thursday in August 2014, in conjunction with the county general election. Whoever is elected in August, 2014 would serve for four years, from September 1, 2014 to August 31, 2018.

The other three aldermen positions would be up for election in June 2013 and whoever is elected would serve for a period of three years and two months, until August 31, 2016. Those three aldermen positions would then by up for election again in August, 2020, to coincide with the county general elections.

The verbatim proposed resolution states as follows:

"Whereas, the City of Smithville, Tennessee, incorporated by Chapter 486 of the Private Acts of Tennessee for 1941, as amended, of the General Assembly of the State of Tennessee; and

Whereas, the interest of the City of Smithville, Tennessee will be better served if the charter of the town is further amended; and now therefore;

Be it resolved by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen of the City of Smithville that:

The Honorable Senator Mae Beavers and Honorable Representative Terry Lynn Weaver are hereby requested to introduce the following act to the General Assembly of the State of Tennessee:

An ACT to amend the charter of the City of Smithville, Tennessee, being Chapter 486 of the Private Acts of Tennessee for 1941, as amended:

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Tennessee:

Section 1. Section 5 of the Charter is amended by changing the following text: "That the governing body of the City of Smithville shall be known and designated as the Board of Mayor and Aldermen of the City of Smithville, said governing body to consist of a Mayor and five Aldermen, each of whom shall be householders and freeholders not less than eighteen years of age and residing within the limits of the City of Smithville," SHALL BE CHANGED TO THE FOLLOWING TEXT:

"THAT THE GOVERNING BODY OF THE CITY OF SMITHVILLE SHALL BE KNOWN AND DESIGNATED AS THE BOARD OF MAYOR AND ALDERMEN OF THE CITY OF SMITHVILLE, SAID GOVERNING BODY TO CONSIST OF A MAYOR AND FIVE ALDERMEN EACH OF WHOM SHALL BE CITIZENS NOT LESS THAN EIGHTEEN YEARS OF AGE AND RESIDING WITHIN THE LIMITS OF THE CITY OF SMITHVILLE"

Section 2. Section 5 of the Charter is again hereby amended by changing the following text: "The officials of said City shall receive the sum of twenty five dollars for each meeting, both regular and special, said sum representing the approximate out-of-pocket expenses incurred by said officials" SHALL BE CHANGED TO THE FOLLOWING TEXT

"THE ALDERMEN OF SAID CITY SHALL RECEIVE $150 PER MONTH EFFECTIVE THE NEXT TERM OF OFFICE FROM DATE OF CHARTER AMENDMENT." AND SHALL MEET ONCE PER MONTH ON THE FIRST MONDAY AT 7:00 P.M. AT CITY HALL EXCEPT HOLIDAYS."

Section 3. Section 5 of the Charter is again hereby amended by changing the following text. "The compensation for the Mayor shall be set by the Board of Aldermen each year by ordinance to be effective July 1 of each year. Such compensation shall be in addition to any put-of-pocket expenses incurred by such official. SUCH COMPENSATION SHALL NOT BE LESS THAN $1,000 PER MONTH AND NOT MORE THAN $2,000 PER MONTH, PAYABLE MONTHLY, OUT OF THE CITY TREASURY". EFFECTIVE THE NEXT TERM OF OFFICE FROM DATE OF CHARTER AMENDMENT.

Section 4. Section 8 of the Charter is amended by changing the following text: "Said ordinances shall be submitted and passed on two separate readings at regular or specially called meetings of the Board, the second reading to be not less than one week and not more than two weeks from and after its first reading or introduction; CHANGED TO THE FOLLOWING TEXT: "SAID ORDINANCES SHALL BE SUBMITTED AND PASSED ON TWO SEPARATE READINGS AT REGULAR OR SPECIALLY CALLED MEETINGS OF THE BOARD."

Section 5. Section 11(6) the following text: "Whenever the office of the city judge is not filled by the appointment of some other person, the city recorder shall be the city judge" IS HEREBY DELETED. (editors note: The city judge is appointed by the aldermen to a regular two year term and is paid $1,000 per month. Hilton Conger holds that position. The city recorder does not act as city judge)

Section 6. Section 20. The following text is added at the end of the section and supercedes language pertaining to prior election dates:

THE DEKALB COUNTY ELECTION COMMISSION SHALL HOLD AN ELECTION ON JUNE 19, 2012. TO BE ELECTED ARE ONE MAYOR AND TWO ALDERMEN AT WHICH THE MAYORAL CANDIDATE RECEIVING THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF VOTES SHALL BE ELECTED MAYOR AND THE TWO ALDERMEN CANDIDATES WHO RECEIVE THE FIRST AND SECOND HIGHEST VOTES SHALL BE ELECTED ALDERMAN FOR THE TERM JULY 1, 2012 THROUGH AUGUST 31, 2014. A PERIOD OF TWO YEARS AND TWO MONTHS. THE NEXT MAYORAL AND TWO ALDERMEN ELECTION WILL BE THE FIRST THURSDAY IN AUGUST 2014, SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES FROM THIS ELECTION WILL HOLD OFFICE FROM SEPTEMBER 1 THROUGH AUGUST 31, 2018, WHICH IS THE COUNTY GENERAL AND STATE ELECTION DATE."

"ON THE THIRD TUESDAY IN JUNE 2013, THE DEKALB COUNTY ELECTION COMMISSION WILL HOLD AN ELECTION TO ELECT THREE ALDERMEN. THE THREE ALDERMAN CANDIDATES RECEIVING THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF VOTES SHALL BE ELECTED ALDERMAN. THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES SHALL HOLD OFFICE FROM JULY 1,2013 TO AUGUST 31, 2016. A PERIOD OF THREE YEARS AND TWO MONTHS."

THEREAFTER EACH TWO YEARS ON THE DATE OF THE GENERAL STATE ELECTION HELD ON THE FIRST THURSDAY IN AUGUST, THE DEKALB COUNTY ELECTION COMMISSION SHALL HOLD AN ELECTION TO FILL VACANCIES IN THE OFFICES OF THE MAYOR AND ALDERMEN OCCURRING ON SEPTEMBER 1ST OF THE SAME YEAR AND THEIR SUCCESSORS SHALL BE ELECTED TO TERMS OF FOUR YEARS."

Section 6. This act shall become effective when it has been approved by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen of the City of Smithville by a vote of not less than two-thirds of the entire membership of the board after resolution is approved by the General Assembly.

In other business, the aldermen Monday night approved on second and final reading following a public hearing, an ordinance to update the city's cross connection regulations.

Simply put, cross connection occurs when contaminated water gains entrance to and pollutes a safe water supply. Through the careful monitoring of the City water supply system and the installation of backflow prevention assemblies, the risk of cross connection can dramatically be reduced.

A backflow prevention assembly prevents potentially dangerous substances or contaminated water from entering the public water supply. This assembly consists of a valve that allows water to enter a building but prevents the water from returning to the supply line. Cross connection contamination usually occurs if there is a loss of pressure in the water supply system. The loss of pressure can create a siphonage situation that will actually pull the water from a building back into the system.

The State Division of Water Quality requires that all public water systems maintain an active program to identify and control cross connections. This ordinance is the basis for the City's program. Everyone that installs or repairs these assemblies is required to be certified by the State of Tennessee.

Mayor Hendrixson said the city has someone certified to deal with cross connection and backflow prevention installation and repair.

During the public hearing, Waniford Cantrell said he thought the DeKalb Utility District should be asked to take similar action. The DUD is the City of Smithville's largest water customer.

Alderman Steve White asked that a letter be sent to the Langley and Taylor Pool Corporation of Nashville requesting that they come back and fix cracks that have developed in the pool since their repair work last spring. The city has a three year warranty and the company is apparently liable for work called for under the contract which was warrantied but not done properly

The aldermen voted to promote Josh Hawkins to supervisor of the sewer rehab program, filling a vacancy in the position. He will be on sixty day probation before being hired on a permanent basis.

The aldermen voted to accept Aeronautics grants approved for the Smithville Municipal Airport including a $166,667 grant for apron expansion design. The city's local matching obligation is $16,667. Meanwhile, Wes Nokes, airport manager, reported to the aldermen Monday night that he has received a verbal commitment for a $1.5 million grant to re-pave the airport runway and to pave and expand the parking area. The local matching share is $150,000.

Mayor Hendrixson also mentioned that the city won the Tennessee Association of Utility District's Region Four "Best Tasting Water Contest" last week at the Cookeville Golf and Country Club. He and the aldermen congratulated Todd Bowman, Smithville Water Plant Superintendent, and members of the staff for their work in helping attain the honor.

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