Hopkinsville Mayor Dan Kemp is inviting the public to attend the first Community Conversations of the year and voice their concerns to local elected officials.
Mayor Kemp says the event is a great way for local citizens to learn about what’s going on within the city and that he will include his budget address in the event.
Mayor Kemp says the meeting also allows residents to meet with local elected officials and department heads and express their concerns and received immediate feed back from those officials.
The first Community Conversations meeting for the year is scheduled to take place Thursday, May 10th from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the Lackey Municipal building.
For residents who are unable to attend the meeting are encouraged to submit their questions or comments online at www.hopkinsvilleky.us/community or contact the mayor’s office at 270-890-0200.
The second annual Todd County “Egg-stravaganza” will kick off tomorrow in Elkton.
The carnival rides will begin at 3pm at the Elkton Die Cast property, according to Todd County Welcome Center Director Deborah Sale, who says this year’s event will be bigger than the first.
The festivities get underway in earnest with Bike Night during the evening hours, with live music and plenty of opportunities for family fun. Egg-stravaganza continues through Saturday.
An increased police presence on Tiny Town Road in Clarksville yesterday netted positive results.
The major roadway that takes motorists from Trenton Road to Fort Campbell Boulevard has become one of the most dangerous roads in Tennessee over the last couple years and Clarksville Police promised a day of increased enforcement.
A news release says there was only one minor accident Monday morning and the rest of the day was wreck-free. There were 81 traffic stops resulting in 97 citations—74 of which were speeding.
Magistrate John Camp (left), Judge Executive Darryl Greenfield (center) and Treasurer Tammy Robertson (right) discuss next year's budget/photo by Adam May
Employees of Todd County government could very well see an increase in their hourly wage come July 1st, but that will also likely mean a change in their vacation and sick time procedures.
Saying he is nearly certain many county employees have used sick time for activities such as hunting and fishing in the past, Judge Executive Darryl Greenfield proposed to give full-time employees an across the board 75 cent raise and part time employees a 50 cent raise—while weighing that against a reduction in the number of sick and vacation hours accrued each month.
Under the proposal, employees with five or less years tenure would go from 12 to six days of vacation per year; those with five to 10 years would fall to 12 days a year and those with 10 years and up would remain at 18 days annually.
Fiscal Court also used a liberal interpretation of the restricted special session agenda item titled only as “Administrative Code” to remove a major portion that previously allowed employees to sell back their sick days to the county at the end of their time with the county.
The judge said he feared there would be an influx of employees quitting and selling back their time between now and when it would go into effect if court waited to put it on the agenda for a regular meeting.
Judge Greenfield’s proposal would also reduce the number of sick days accrued by all employees to six days a year. He said the extra pay will help several employees on the low end of the pay scale with an extra 30 dollars a week, while drawing the “time off” policies closer to the civilian world.
Court was agreeable with the judge’s proposal and also found little wrong with his proposed budget for the next fiscal year of nearly 6.2 million dollars. Magistrates did request a few changes in the spending plan, but the only major differences from last year would be in the employee salary increases, assuming they pass during a regular meeting later this spring.
Listen to the 7:15am newscast on Lite 98.7 Wednesday morning for the full story.
Treasurer Tammy Robertson (left) and Magistrates Alfred Blake and Rex Johnson (center and right) listen to a proposed salary increase and administrative code change/photo by Adam May
Hopkinsville City Council tonight approved the first reading of an amended budget for fiscal year 2011-12, with Chief Financial Officer Robert Martin saying the city is expected to spend $27, 230,000 out of $27,239,469 that has been budgeted
In other business, council members authorized Mayor Dan Kemp to enter into and execute a $250,898 contract between the City and Community Development Services for the management and administration of the Community Development Block Grant program.
City Council also authorized Mayor Kemp to execute a memorandum of understanding with Christian County to accept $20,212 from the 2012 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant program to go towards funding the Christian County Juvenile Drug Court program.