City Council Meeting
November 19, 2020
The City Council met on Tuesday, Nov. 10 and discussed the purchase of new voting machines, changing the name of a city street and the approval of Employee Health Insurance Coverage.
New Voting Machines
The first item on the agenda under New Business was a resolution regarding the purchase of new voting machines for the Election Commission.
Administrator of Elections Rusty Isbell went before the Budget Committee for the County Commission last month and explained that the voting machines that are currently used are unreliable as four of them went down during this year’s elections.
Isbell explained that there was a grant that would cover $100,000 of the purchase price, and the City government would only need to supply $36,000 and the county would supply the remainder of the full cost of $274,651.
Vice Mayor Don Barber motioned to accept and Councilman Cody Mitchell seconded. The purchase of new voting machines was unanimously approved.
Poplar Street Name Change
Next was a resolution to change the name of Poplar Street to Smith Avenue as it “causes confusion for E911 responders and the United States Postal Service,” the resolution stated.
Vice Mayor Barber motioned to approve and Councilman Kevin King seconded. The resolution was unanimously approved.
City Employees’ Health Insurance
Last was a resolution to approve next year’s health insurance coverage for the employees of the City of Hohenwald. City Recorder Kyle Hamm informed the council that the health coverage had increased by 5.4 percent, but was within budget and already accounted for.
Councilman Mitchell made a motion to approve and Councilman Scottie Bass seconded. The resolution was unanimously approved.
October City Council Meeting
James L. Richardson “Driver Safety” Matching Grant Program
A resolution authorizing the City of Hohenwald to participate in the Pool’s James L. Richardson “Driver Safety” Matching Program.
This resolution authorized the City to participate in the program and to “provide a matching sum to serve as a match for any monies provided by this grant.”
Vice Mayor Barber motioned to approve the resolution and Councilman Cody Mitchell seconded. The resolution was unanimously approved.
Surplus Property: Police Dog Kennel
Next the council passed a resolution declaring the Police Dog Kennel as surplus property “Whereas the City has property which has been replaced, abandoned or no longer needed.”
Councilman Mitchell motioned to approve and Councilman King seconded. The resolution unanimously passed.
The Pool’s Property Conservation Matching Grant Program
This resolution allowed the City of Hohenwald to participate in a Property Conservation Matching Grant Program in which the City was encouraged to implement a property conservation program.
The resolution also stated “the City of Hohenwald is further authorized to provide a matching sum for any monies provided by this grant.”
Councilman Bass made the motion to approve and Councilman King seconded. The resolution was unanimously approved.