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Director Meets "Most" Expectations of School Board

June 9, 2016
Dwayne Page
Director of Schools Patrick Cripps
Results of Patrick Cripps Annual Performance Evaluation by School Board

The DeKalb County Board of Education's recent annual performance evaluation of Director of Schools Patrick Cripps has been completed and the result shows he is meeting “most” expectations of the board.

Cripps’ overall average score is 4.48 out of a possible 6 score.


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In accordance with state law, the school board is required to develop and implement an evaluation plan to be used annually for the director of schools. Board members used a four page evaluation form to rate Director Cripps (1-5) in each of 60 areas from eight categories including on his relationship with the Board, the Community, Staff and Personnel, Educational Leadership, Business and Finance, Personal Qualities, Strategic Planning Skills, and Tennessee Specific questions.

A rating of "1" meant his performance was "Consistently Below Expectations". A "5" rating signified that Cripps "Met All Expectations". A rating with an asterisk (*) symbol or 6 meant he "Exceeded Expectations".

Other ratings were:
"2"-Meets Few Expectations
"3"-Meets Some Expectations
"4"-Meets Most Expectations

Each board member scored Cripps in all areas from the categories on the form. The scores were then averaged to arrive at the grand total score. The forms were then sent to officials of the Tennessee School Boards Association where the scores were tabulated and averaged.

The Director’s strengths, based on the overall report, were his personal qualities and board relationship. Weaknesses were in strategic planning skills and a category called Tennessee specific questions.

A breakdown of the scores in the eight areas of evaluation were:

Performance Goal Average

Board Relationship

Community Relationships

Staff and Personnel Relationships

Educational Leadership

Business and Finance
Personal Qualities

Strategic Planning Skills

Tennessee Specific Questions

Grand Total

The following is a further breakdown of the average score in each area of the evaluation:

Keeps all board members informed on issues needs, and operation of the school system. 4.29
Supports board policy and actions to the public and staff. 5.00
Has a harmonious relationship with the board. 5.29
Upon request, provides clear explanations of alternatives for recommendations. 4.86
Works toward creating and maintaining a high degree of understanding and respect between staff and the board. 5.14
Advises the board on need for new or revised policies. 4.71
Refrains from criticism of individual or group members of the board.5.14
Exercises good judgment and objectivity in making recommendations to the board. 5.00
Offers professional advice to the board on items requiring board action, with appropriate recommendations based on thorough study and analysis. 4.57
Understands and executes the intent of board policy. 4.71
Seeks and accepts constructive criticism of his work. 5.14
Keeps board informed in employment, promotion, and dismissal of personnel. 4.00
Average 4.82

Is an effective spokesman for the school system. 4.43
Is respected and supported by the community in conducting the operation of the schools. 4.57
Builds public support for the school district. 4.57
Solicits and involves the community in planning and problem solving for the schools. 4.29
Develops cooperative relationships with news media. 4.57
Participates actively in community life and affairs. 4.71
Achieves status as a community leader in public education. 4.71
Works effectively with public and private agencies. 4.43
Works effectively to serve the needs of diverse constituencies. 4.57
Average 4.54

Develops a good staff morale and loyalty to the organization. 4.71
Treats all personnel fairly, without favoritism or discrimination, while insisting on performance of duties. 4.86
Delegates authority to staff members appropriate to the position each holds. 4.43
Recruits and assigns the best available personnel in terms of their competencies. 4.57
Ensures that salary schedules for all personnel are competitive and within budgetary limitations of the district. 4.29
Represents the best interests of the board in working with teachers and their organizations. 5.00
Solicits input from staff in planning activities. 4.71
Maintains up-to-date job descriptions for all personnel. 3.71
Ensures that adequate planning and evaluation of curriculum and instruction occurs. 4.43
Develops and empowers staff, resulting in an effective educational team. 4.71
Average 4.54

Has a vision and communicates a mission for the school system. 4.57
Understands and keeps informed regarding all aspects of the instructional program. 5.00
Implements the school system's philosophy of education. 4.71
Participates with staff, board, and community in studying, problem solving, and developing, curriculum and instructional improvements. 4.43
Organizes a planned program of staff evaluation and improvement. 4.14
Models the highest professional standards to staff and community. 4.71
Is an effective advocate of lifelong learning. 4.71
Creates an environment which encourages staff to constantly strive for improvement. 4.57
Incorporates technology as a teaching-learning strategy. 4.36
Encourages staff to be innovative in problem-solving. 4.43
Utilizes a leadership style that is effective and fits the culture of the community. 4.57
Average 4.56

Has an understanding of the needs of the school program, plant, facilities, equipment, supplies, and the budget required. 4.29
Supervises operations, insisting on competent and efficient performance. 4.71
Ensures that funds are spent wisely, and adequate control and accounting are maintained. 4.79
Average 4.60

Defends principle and conviction in the face of pressure and partisan influence. 4.71
Maintains high standards of ethics, honesty, and integrity in all personal and professional matters. 5.00
Earns respect and standing among his professional colleagues. 4.57
Exercises good judgment and objectivity in arriving at decisions. 4.50
Maintains pose and emotional stability in the full range of his professional activities. 5.14
Speaks clearly and concisely with staff members, the board, and the public. 5.14
Writes clearly and concisely. 5.14
Keeps up-to-date with 21st Century Schooling and societal issues. 4.86
Average 4.88

Works effectively with board, staff, and community to develop both long and short range strategic plans. 4.00
Keeps board and community informed on progress towards short and long range plans. 3.93
Develops a Five Year Plan which includes strategies, goals, and projected student outcomes. 3.86
Average 3.93

Keeps board informed about rules and regulations of the Tennessee State Board of Education and all other government/state agencies. 4.43
Provides evidence to the board of effective evaluations of staff members including the Required Principal Performance Contract. 3.71
Incorporates requirements of the Educational Improvement Act (1992) into strategic plans. 3.86
Includes the five (5) components and outcomes of the system's Report Card in long and short range planning. 3.86
Average 3.97


Certified Personnel Hired for Next School Year

June 9, 2016
Dwayne Page

Director of Schools Patrick Cripps has signed contracts with the 236 Professional Personnel for the 2016-17 school year.

Cripps presented a list of the employees to the Board of Education Thursday night.

Certified personnel at each school are as follows:

DeKalb County High School-
Angie Anderson, Charlotte Blaylock, Danny Bond, Amanda Brown, Kathy Bryant, Kevin Burchfield, Kelley Burgess, Britney Campbell, Amee Cantrell, Jeanine Cantrell, Todd Cantrell, Gary Caplinger, Mary Anne Carpenter, Andrew Cook, Lisa Craig, Deborah DePriest, Andrew Dixon, Brittany Dixon, Donna Emmons, Tina Fletcher, Amanda Fuller, David Gash, Josh Gulley, Sara Halliburton, Susan Hinton, Sonja House, William Jennings, Nate Kennard, Dylan Kleparek, Brad Leach, Tracy Luna, Lynus Martin, Rebecca Miller, Lori Myrick, Rolando Navarro, Jenny Norris, Scott Odom, Nallely Ortega-Prater, Shelly Painter, Walteen Parker, Linda Parris, Leslie Parsley, Tonya Perry, John Pryor, Jane Rice, Marilyn Roberts, Melissa Ruch, Daniel Seber, Michael Shaw, Steve Trapp, Chris Vance, Michael Whitefield, Seth Willoughby, and Sara Young.

Northside Elementary School-
Marla Beshearse, Kelly Birmingham, Mollie Bratten, Linda Bush, Shanea Cantrell, Megan Carroll, Lori Chew, Allison Collier, Trent Colwell, Michael Crockett, Alisha Day, Ashley Dean, Tabitha Farmer, Danny Fish, Lindsay Floyd, Jerry Foster, Carrie Gottlied, Amanda Griffith, Jennifer Griffith, Melissa Hale, Cynthia Hale, Jessica Hale, Patty Hale, Kirsten Hankel, Jennifer Herndon, Lorie Isabell, Karen Jacobs, Shelly Jennings, Karen Knowles, Kristy Lasser, Lisa Mabe, Jama Martin, Amanda Mathis, Libby McCormick, Diana Moon, Elizabeth Nolt, Josh Odom, Beth Pafford, Deb Poteete, Amy Raymond, Ashley Reeves, Melissa Roysdon, Carol Sampley, Tammy Sims, Jessica Styer, Carol Tripp, Cheryl Vandagriff, Kristen Van Vranken, Betsye Walker, Ginger Wenger, Jared West, and Sandy Willingham.

DeKalb West School-
Joey Agee, Jessica Antoniak, Jenny Cantrell, Jeanna Caplinger, William Conger, Kim Crook, Martha Damron, Tonya Ellis, Janet England, Sabrina Farler, Karen France, Cathleen Humphrey, Regina Kent, Nadina Manganiello, Shelia McMillen, Amanda Mullinax, Tammy Payne, Lori Pryor, Mary Ann Puckett, Cynthia Pulley, Kelly Pyburn, Jennifer Shores, Katie Stutts, Teresa Sullivan, Shelia Vanatta, Natasha Vaughn, Susan West, Cynthia Wilson, Vicki Wilson, and Amy Young.

Smithville Elementary School-
Misty Agee, Ashley Barnes, Renee Beaty, Kelly Birmingham, Lindsey Bouldin, Whitney Brelje, Beth Cantrell, Tiffany Cowart, Edward Dillard, Melba Farmer, Tina Gash, Sydney Gremmels, Vicky Hawker, Bradley Hendrix, Holly Hendrix, Mary Henny, Tanya Howard, Kelly Huling, Ana Jarvis, Amanda Johnson, Angela Johnson, Niki Johnson, Magen Jones, Jennifer Judkins, Leah Magness, Kristen Malone, Adrienne McCormick, LeVaughnda Midgett, Leslie Moore, Lisa Neal, Macy Nokes, Allison O'Conner, Joy Parker, Layra Parker, Anita Puckett, Jane Ramsey, Amanda Rhoady, Allison Rigsby, Bethany Rigsby, Heather Shehane, Emily Summers, Carol Tallent, Ashlee Thomason, Janet Trapp, Carol Tripp, Julie Vincent, Tiffany Wheatley, Kristy Williams, Janet Woodward, Christie Young, Crystal Young, and Sherian Zamora.

DeKalb Middle School-
January Agee, Josh Agee, Suzette Barnes, Cassandra Binkley, Mary Ann Blair, Nancy Cowan, Amanda Dakas, Tena Davidson, Courtney Davis, Jenny Elrod, Holly Espinosa, Jason Farley, Amy Fletcher, Suzanne Gash, Lesa Hayes, Lori Hendrix, Cecilia Jenkins, Randy Jennings, Bryan Jones, Michelle Jones, Natalie Kintz, Michael Lewis, Martha Melching, Debra Moore, Justin Nokes, Emily Phillips, Justin Poteete, Cody Randolph, Candice Scrabo, Penny Smitty, Tonya Sullivan, Laurie Sweeney, Jennifer Sykes, Kitty Thomas, Cheryl Vance, Tad Webb, Jennifer West, Kathryn Wisinger, and Alicia Wittenberg.

Central Office Staff-
Gina Arnold, Michelle Burklow, Dr. Danielle Collins, Lisa Cripps, Elise Driver, Amy Fox, Amy Lattimore, Joey Reeder, and Lori Rogers.


Peggy Sutton, resignation, Cook, SES

Talitha Looney, resignation, Cook, SES

Barbara Vanatta, resignation, Sub Cook

Tracy Robertson, resignation, Cook, DWS

Freeda Phillips, retirement, Cook, SES

Jean Hayes, retirement, Manager, SES

Roger (Ricky) Hendrix, retirement, teacher, DWS

Brian Reed, retirement, Educational Assistant, Alternative School

Melissa Peranteau, resignation, bus driver

Mary Henny, retirement, teacher, SES

Rebecca Whimpey, resigning, teacher, DMS

Doris Cantrell, retirement, teacher, DWS

Marshall Ferrell, retirement, teacher, Alt. School

School Support Staff Hired for 2016-17

June 9, 2016
Dwayne Page

Director of Schools Patrick Cripps has employed the 191 support staff for the 2016-2017 school year.

The personnel report was submitted to the Board of Education during Thursday night's regular monthly meeting

Those employed at DeKalb County High School are:
Rena Adcock, Vicky Atnip, Wanda Bradford, Kathy Chapman, Tommy Clark, Kenderly Cripps, Debbie Eaton, Regina Estes, Beverly Ferrell, Darnette Hibdon, Melissa Hicks, Thomas Maney, Charles Martin, Marsha Martin, Paulette McDonald, Rhonda Merriman, Sara Parker, JoAnn Pittman, Denise Rutland (part time), Vicky Sandlin, Carol Swope, Norman Underhill, Danny VanDyne, Tiffanie VanWinkle, Jamie Wright, and Debbie Young.

DeKalb Middle School:
Sue Arnold, Jennifer Benton, Suzanne Caldwell, Anita Conley, Tammy Ferrell, Trena Ferrell, Fay Gilreath, Doris Graham, Jeremy Haas, Connie Haggard, Tammy Maynard, Josh Melton, Angie Moore, Lisa Norton, David Parker, Paula Pinegar, Pauletta Ruffner, Mary Sanders, Brad Trapp, Vicky Walker, and Polly Wilkins.

Smithville Elementary School:
Austin Bain (part time), Janis Barnes, Brenda Beth Cantrell, Debora Cunningham, Cindi Dias, Darlene Evans, Jennifer Gay, Betty Griffith, Margie Hale, Dan Hooper, Milinda League, Sara Lomas, Pat Milam, Tera Mooneyham, Eden Nokes, Michelle Overstreet, Holly Owens, James Owens, Rebecca Parker, Rhonda Pelham, Amelia Phillips, Lori Poss, Stephanie Reeder, Brenda Rigney, Jennifer Roller, Mary-Margaret Tripp, Tammy Tyler, and Celia Whaley.

Northside Elementary:
Pam Baines, Fay Baker, Sue Close, Evril Cubbins, Tena Edwards, Terrie Ford, Robbie Joan Frazier, Gary Good, Phyllis Hallum, Sherry Judkins, Melinda Lattimore, Sunshine Martin, Thelma Martin, Rebecca Moss, Lynn Pichey, Jo Dean Redmon, Ruby Thomason, JoAnn Vanatta, Kim Violet, Robin Warren, Deneene Willingham, and Rita Young.

DeKalb West School:
Holly Bain, Brenda Bandy, Jerry Childress, Donna Driver, Dorothy Duggin, Pauline Frazier (part time), Stephanie Fuson, Lisa Hale, Donna Hale, Julie Hale, Jennifer Martin, Mary Mathis, Linda Moser, Nancy Mulloy, Faye Nixon, Tina Paschal, Rhonda Pilgrim, Elizabeth Redmon, Kristi Sullivan, and Rena Willoughby.

County Wide Positions:
Chandra Adcock, David Bates, Chanson Boman, W.C. Braswell, Cindy Childers, Christie Colwell, Shea Colwell, Billy Curtis, Bettye June Dodd, Christie Driver, Wade Ferrell, Greg Frasier, LeAnne Frasier, Yvonne Hale, Rebecca Hawkins, Terry Hicks, Earl Jared, Freda Johnson, Rita Johnson,Tammy Judkins, Jenean Lawson, Debbie London, Deborah Magness, Shirley Mathis, April Odom, Shirley Ours, Danny Pirtle, Jr., Melissa Pirtle, Jo Dean Redmon, Joyce Robinson, Roger Sharp, Cindy Taylor, Kimberly Turner, Jamie Vickers, Judy Wiggins, Joannie Williams, and Aaron Young.

Michael Agee, Danny Bond, Dwayne Cantrell, Shannon Cantrell, Shara Cowan, Debbie Eaton, Ricky Edwards, Marshall Ferrell, Julie Fitts, Tina Fletcher, Linda Fowler, Bill Fowler, Lynn Griffith, Orlando Guzman, Terry Hall, Darnette Hibdon, Melissa Hicks, Kathy Jacobs, Danny Jenkins, Dwight Knowles, Frances Lawson, Daniel Lawson, Donnie Lewis, Roy Merriman, Ronald Merriman, Linda Gail Pack,Jimmy Poss, Ashley Redmon, Myron Rhody, Jimmy Sprague, Carol Swope, Ken Taylor, Bobby Taylor, B.J. Thomason, Cindy Washer, Danny Washer, and Angela Wilkerson.

Remaining Pieces of DCHS Gym Floor Available for Sale

June 8, 2016
Dwayne Page
Remaining Pieces of DCHS Gym Floor Available for Sale

The 53 year old gym floor at DeKalb County High School has been removed and a new floor is being put down.

Most of the old gym floor has already been discarded but a few planks and pieces remain. Fans who would like to have one or more may purchase them to keep as a souvenir. Prices start at $10.00 and up . Funds raised will go toward replacing the gym floor. If you are interested please call the school at 615-597-4094.

Tatrow Gets Eight Years Probation in Meth Case

June 7, 2016
Dwayne Page
Christopher Brock Tatrow

A 26 year old man indicted on a meth charge in April was sentenced in DeKalb County Criminal Court on Tuesday, June 7.

Judge Gary McKenzie presided.

Christopher Brock Tatrow entered a plea to possession of a schedule II drug (methamphetamine) over .5 grams and received an eight year sentence, all suspended to supervised probation except for time served. He was given two months of jail credit. Tatrow must also undergo an alcohol and drug assessment.

The indictment against Tatrow alleged that on or about July 20, 2015 he knowingly possessed a schedule II controlled substance, to wit: Methamphetamine, in the amount of 0.5 grams or more with intent to sell or deliver such controlled substance on the grounds or facilities of any school, or within 1,000 feet of the real property that comprises a public or private elementary school, middle school, or secondary school, preschool, child care agency, public library, recreational center or park, constituting the offense of possession of a schedule II drug, methamphetamine, over .5 grams for sale and delivery in a drug free zone.

31 year old Edward Judkins, Jr entered a plea by criminal information to theft over $500 and received a two year sentence to serve. He must make restitution of $300 to the victim. Judkins was given jail credit from February 17 to June 7.

The indictment against him alleged that on January 27 Judkins took a 2001 Honda Civic over the value of $500 constituting the offense of theft.

20 year old Ernest Willard Dodd, Jr. entered a plea to burglary and received a four year sentence suspended to supervised probation. A theft charge against him was dismissed. The term is to run consecutive to a General Sessions violation of probation against him. Dodd must also make restitution of $9,485 to the victim. He was given jail credit of 221 days.

The case against a co-defendant, 20 year old Dustin Allen Sullivan remains pending in court.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Thursday, October 22, 2015 Sullivan allegedly broke into a building on Sink Creek Road and took several mechanics tools including wrenches, rachets, sockets, and pliers valued at more than $12,000. Tools from the victim's property were later found in the homes of both Sullivan and Dodd.

35 year old Shanna May Bogle entered a plea to theft of property over $1,000 and received a three year suspended sentence. She was given 279 days jail credit and must make restitution of $280 to the victim.

Fire Chief Wants City to Buy New Combo Fire Engine/Rescue Truck

June 7, 2016
Dwayne Page
Smithville Fire Chief Charlie Parker
Fire Chief Wants to Replace 1992 Pierce Dash 1250 GPM pump truck
Fire Chief wants to Sell or Dispose of Rescue Truck
Fire Chief wants to Sell or Dispose of Cargo Van

Although the Smithville Volunteer Fire Departments fire trucks have been well maintained over the years, Chief Charlie Parker says its time to replace at least one of them because of its age.

He is asking that the city purchase a new combination fire engine/rescue vehicle to replace the fire department’s oldest fire truck, a 1992 model, as well as a 20 year old rescue truck and cargo van.

According to Chief Parker, the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) recommends that first line fire trucks be replaced within fifteen years of manufacture. “Currently our front line engine is 14 years old and our reserve or second engine is 24 years old. The NFPA and MTAS (Municipal Technical Advisory Service) recommend replacing a front line engine every 15 years and a reserve engine every 20 years. We do strive to keep our engines in good condition and make sure they pass the annual test but with any aging vehicle there are always ongoing issues to keep them in good operating shape,” he said.

Chief Parker said a new combination fire truck/rescue vehicle would be more efficient and economical and possibly require less manpower. “ We’re thinking this may be a good viable option to help us get more equipment to the scene with less personnel. It would also help us on costs because we would be maintaining fewer vehicles,” he said.

The estimated cost of a new combo fire truck/rescue vehicle is $625,000.

The new city budget includes $100,000 for a new rescue truck and $16,000 for a washer and dryer to clean the fire fighter’s turnout gear but no funds have been budgeted for a new fire truck.

Chief Parker suggested to the mayor and aldermen Monday night that the $100,000 budgeted for a new rescue truck could be used as seed money or down payment on a new combo fire engine/rescue truck either through an outright purchase or under a five or ten year lease plan. He added that even if a new combo fire truck/rescue vehicle were ordered today it would probably take seven to eleven months before it were delivered.

While the city has ample money in its general fund reserves to make such a purchase, Mayor Jimmy Poss and City Administrator Hunter Hendrixson want to first apply for a FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant through the Upper Cumberland Development District.

“AFG grant funds are available for vehicles and according to UCDD officials the grant filing period opens in January and they are willing to write that grant for us. They have been fairly successful for us in the past. They got us the $500,000 CDBG grant for the wastewater plant. My opinion is to shoot for something for free or a 15% match first. They will write it this fall and submit it in January,” said City Administrator Hendrixson.

Alderman Josh Miller agreed that the city should first try for a grant.

However, Chief Parker would like the city to commit toward the purchase of a new fire truck/rescue vehicle even if a grant is not approved. “ Time is not on our side. NFPA recommends having a first line apparatus within fifteen years of service. Our newest engine will be fifteen years old in 2017. The other one is twenty four years old and it will soon be considered an antique. We have to get on a replacement schedule to keep from everything needing to be replaced at once,” said Chief Parker.

Also in the city fire department fleet is a 2012 ladder truck and a pickup truck.

Smithville Poised to Again Raise DUD Water Rate

June 7, 2016
Dwayne Page
Smithville Mayor and Aldermen

The City of Smithville is again poised to raise the water rate it assesses the DeKalb Utility District.

With only a few months remaining before the DUD opens its new water treatment plant, the city plans to charge the DUD $3.00 per thousand gallons for the water it buys from the municipality starting July 1. That is up from the $2.67 per thousand gallons the city currently charges. Once DUD breaks ties, the city will lose its largest water customer and hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue. In the budget, the city has reduced projected revenues from the sale of water to the DUD from $765,000 for the year ending June 30, 2016 down to $400,000 for half the year in 2016-17. City officials say such a loss of income may eventually force the city to look at ways of cutting spending or raising new revenues to make up the difference.

The new rate to the DUD is included in the 2016-17 budget ordinance adopted on first reading by the aldermen Monday night. The vote was 3 to 0. Two aldermen were absent.

But does the new rate violate a court order?

In February, 2014 Chancellor Ronald Thurman ordered the City to reduce its water rate to the DUD from $5.00 down to $2.67 per thousand gallons, which a water study found in 2013 was the city’s actual cost to produce water at the time.

Following a two hour hearing in Cookeville, Chancellor Thurman granted a DUD motion for a temporary injunction barring the city from continuing to impose its $5.00 rate until the city gave proper notice to DUD and justification for raising the rate above $2.67 per thousand gallons.

During that hearing, the Court found that the city violated Section 18-502 of the Smithville City Code, which required the City of Smithville to give the DeKalb Utility District 30 days' notice in advance of a rate change. The City of Smithville gave the DUD only 16 days' actual notice in advance of the rate change. The Chancellor also found that the city had not given proper justification for arriving at the $5.00 rate.

In an effort to remedy the notification issue in the future, the aldermen voted in March 2014 to abolish the 1980 ordinance, which set the rate to the DUD at that time and also provided that a 30 day notice would be given the DUD if the city were to modify the rate.

City officials say the proposed rate hike now is based on the utility engineers recommendation. But the new $3.00 per thousand gallon rate would not take effect until July 1 and is subject to passage of the budget ordinance on second and final reading at a special meeting of the mayor and aldermen on June 28.

Pay Raises, Sanitation Truck, New Police Officer Position, Sewer Plant Rehab Included in New City Budget

June 7, 2016
Dwayne Page
Mayor and Three Aldermen

The new budget for the City of Smithville includes pay raises for employees, a new sanitation truck, the addition of a new full time officer in the police department to help cut down on overtime, matching funds to replace the Holmes Creek Bridge, street paving including on the public square, new equipment for the fire department, and an upgrade of the waste water treatment plant, among other projects.

The aldermen voted 3-0 Monday night to adopt the new $6.6 million budget ordinance on first reading. Second and final reading action will come at a special meeting on Tuesday, June 28 at city hall. Aldermen Shawn Jacobs, Josh Miller, and Gayla Hendrix voted for the budget. Aldermen Danny Washer and Jason Murphy were absent.

Under the new budget, city hourly and salaried employees will get a 3% pay raise except for any police officers who are due to get an increase in pay under the department’s wage scale for all hourly employees. However the police department wage scale, which has been an eight step plan, will stop at six steps hereafter. The last two steps are being eliminated to keep police department salaries from getting too far out of line with other city workers.

In an effort to reduce overtime within the police department, the city is changing the officers shift schedules and creating a new full time officer position. With the new hire, the police department will have fourteen full time members including the chief, captain, one lieutenant/investigator, two sergeants, an investigator, and eight full time officers, plus two clerks.

The city is also increasing its contribution to Justin Potter Library from $500 to $5,000.

General Fund Capital outlay projects for 2016-17 total $692,000 including the following:

*Fire Department equipment- $116,000

*New sanitation truck and trash containers- $350,000 (unspent from 2015-16 year)

*Street Department-Holmes Creek Bridge Project & Unspecified- $60,000

*Police Department Car & Unspecified- $30,000

*New Animal Shelter- $75,000 (unspent from 2015-16 year)

*Airport: Taxiway Initial Design & Unspecified- $20,000 (Mostly funded by grants)

*City Hall Building (Unspecified)- $25,000

*Public Works-Buildings & Grounds (Unspecified)- $5,000

*Parks and Recreation- $5,000

*Financial Administration- $1,000


State Street Aid: Paving-$350,000

Water and Sewer projects including the following:

*Sewer Plant Rehabilitation- $2,750,000

*Tube Settlers for Water Plant- $40,000


Council Adopts Budget on First Reading with No Tax Increase

June 7, 2016
Dwayne Page
Council Adopts Budget on First Reading with No Tax Increase

The Smithville Board of Mayor and Aldermen Monday night approved on first reading the new 2016-17 budget ordinance on first reading.

The vote was 3-0. Aldermen Shawn Jacobs, Josh Miller, and Gayla Hendrix were present. Aldermen Danny Washer and Jason Murphy were absent. Second and final reading action will come at a special meeting on Tuesday, June 28 at city hall.

The new budget totals $6-million 608-thousand 981 dollars. Under the new spending plan, the property tax rate will remain the same at 64.9 cents per $100 of assessed value. The city property tax rate is budgeted to generate $820,000.

Water and sewer rates are to remain the same. City water customers will continue to pay $5.00 per thousand gallons of usage. Rates for customers outside the city limits are $7.50 per thousand gallons. City sewer customers will continue to pay $5.00 per thousand gallons plus the flat usage rate of $3.62.

The rate the city charges the DeKalb Utility District will increase from $2.67 per thousand gallons to $3.00 per thousand gallons.

The city is expected to wrap up the 2015-16 budget year June 30 in the black in both the general fund by $153,724 and water and sewer fund by $76,399.

Total general fund revenues for 2016-17 are projected to be $3,127,010, not enough to cover total estimated expenditures of $3,976,981. The city plans to appropriate $849,971 from the general fund surplus if needed to balance the budget.

The water and sewer fund is expected to show a surplus of $157,925 by years end with total revenues at $2,622,600 and expenditures of $2,464,075. But the 2016-17 water and sewer fund is supported by a $500,000 grant for sewer plant rehabilitation which is counted as income to the city for just one year .

The city will also lose hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue when the DeKalb Utility District launches its new water plant, which could come before next summer. In the budget the city has reduced projected revenues from the sale of water to the DUD from $765,000 for the year ending June 30, 2016 down to $400,000 for half the year 2016-17. City officials say such a loss of income may eventually force the city to look at ways of cutting spending or raising new revenues to make up the difference.

*Other interesting facts:

According to the budget the city is projected to take in a total of $2,303,160 in local tax dollars in 2016-17 including:

Property Taxes- $820,000

Wholesale Alcoholic Beverage Taxes-$230,000

Wholesale Liquor Tax-$80,000

Interest, Penalty & Costs on Property Taxes-$5,000

Payments In Lieu of Taxes-$60,000

Local Option Sales Taxes-$980,000

Business Taxes-$75,000

TVA Payment In Lieu of Taxes-$53,160

City Awards Bid for Milling and Paving Around Public Square

June 7, 2016
Dwayne Page
City Awards Bid for Milling and Paving Around Public Square

The City of Smithville plans to begin a milling and repaving project on the public square later this summer or early fall.

During Monday night’s meeting, the Aldermen voted to award a bid to Tinsley Asphalt Company of Tullahoma for $203,460, which was the lowest of the three bids submitted. The other bids came from Rogers Group of Cookeville for $254,910, and LoJac Enterprises at $432,500.

“They will be milling up around the public square from Highway 56 on Walnut, Main, and Market Streets all the way to College Street and around the square,” said City Administrator Hunter Hendrixson.

Milling is a process of removing at least part of the surface of a paved street in preparation for repaving.

Meanwhile, the city plans to pave a few other city streets (yet to be identified) later this summer or fall.

The aldermen awarded a separate bid to Tinsley Asphalt for that project at $70.40 per ton, which was the lowest of the three bids submitted. The other bids were from Rogers Group of Cookeville for $75.25 per ton and LoJac for $93.50 per ton. The bid prices are good for a year.

The city’s 2016-17 State Street Aid budget has $350,000 for paving including $250,000 for the streets around the public square and $100,000 for other city streets.

In other business, Mayor Jimmy Poss re-appointed Hilton Conger to a new four year term on the Smithville Electric System Board of Directors. The aldermen approved the reappointment.

Conger serves with fellow members Walter Burton, Anthony Hagan, John R. Nixon, and Mayor Poss.


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