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
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