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Skateboarding Banned in Historic District - Lankford Moves, Resigns From Council
5/30/2012 8:25:23 PM
Last Updated:
4/17/2014 1:08:56 PM

Councilwoman Dianna Lankford

MCKENZIE (April 10) Skateboards and skating are will be banned from the historic district, historic downtown, or any place where such activity disrupts traffic, either motorized or pedestrian or business operations or creates a damager to bystanders. Additionally, bicycles on the sidewalks in the downtown historic district will be banned. Violators can be fined $50. McKenzie City Council approved the first of two readings on the ordinance on Thursday, April 10.

McKenzie opened a new skateboard park in City Park, where skateboarders are urged to participate. Skateboarders will be provided a sticker to place on their skateboards to denote the rider understands the rules.

Mayor Jill Holland announced the resignation of Councilwoman Dianna Lankford for the Council. She, and husband, Eddie, have sold their house in her legislative district and have temporarily moved to downtown, across from City Hall. They will move to Arkansas to be near their daughter and grandchild.

The city plans to advertise the vacancy to seek candidates. Persons must reside in the geographic district. The appointment would be until November, when the seat would be filled by election.

The city purchased three patrol cars from the City of Lexington for a total of $9,000. Chief Craig Moates said the three vehicles will replace two patrol cars and his car. All have considerable fewer miles than those to be replaced.

The city also applied for a Local Parks and Recreation Grant for the depot green space in order to add a splash pad. Mayor Holland said a community assessment survey indicated the desire for recreational opportunities for children and a splash pad was highly recommended. It has less liability than a city swimming pool, she noted. If the grant application is successful, the pad will be located near the city's railroad depot. It is a 50/50 grant. The city is requesting up to $250,000 in grant funds. The local share includes the in-kind portion of the land value.

Mayor Holland read a proclamation honoring the McKenzie/Carroll County United Neighbors for 20 years of service to the community. Virginia Cross accepted the proclamation from the mayor. Mrs. Cross plans to retire soon. Saudia Akin is the new director. An open house is scheduled April 27, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Two bids were opened for a lawnmower for the Parks and Recreation Department. Power Supply of McKenzie bid two commercial 60-inch mowers with accessory equipment at $11,921.73 and $12,081.73 respectively. Dickson County Equipment Company offered a Gravely brand 60-inch with accessory equipment at a price of $10,358.10. The bids were sent to a committee of Ricky French, Gene Hale and Billy Barksdale for the final decision.

Vice-Mayor Hale said the Police Department logged a number of events during the month of March, including 263 house checks for residents and 357 checks of the city parks. Councilman Raymond Glisson said the house checks provide a sense of security for residents as they leave home. He said the Police Department has a formal application form to file to request the free service.

Councilman Charles Pruneau registered a complaint about unkempt property at the intersection of Cherry and Bailey at a rental house. He also noted that a residence on Magnolia Street had its front porch stacked full of items. He also had a complaint about the sidewalks being obstructed by residents' garbage cans.

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