A disagreement over the handling of the city’s youth basketball league team selection procedures continued during tonight’s Centre City Council meeting. BJ Major, a parent and coach, alleged that Council Member Marc Johnson did not follow the draft procedures that had been agreed upon, but instead retained the same team that he coached last year. In response, Johnson stated that the other coaches were fine with his team’s selection.
Following a lively debate between Major, Johnson, members of the council, and Parks and Recreation Chairman Charles Glazner, Major informed the council that he would be resigning as coach and would be seeking a refund. Johnson then informed the council that he had someone lined-up to fill that vacancy. Click below to hear the exchange in its entirety.
Theresa Hulgan, Director of Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce was on hand to discuss some changes coming to the Cherokee County promotional brochures including the current map. Hulgan explained that to create a more effective promotional brochure, the three currently separate brochures are being condensed to one brochure that will include a county map. The smaller size will allow for placement in stands at various welcome centers across the state and distributed at boat shows across the country. The Chamber will utilize $2,000 of city funds that is already yearly budgeted for the maps.
At the recommendation of Billy Mack Garrett, Chairman of the Planning Commission, the council approved the rezoning of a parcel of land near the Chestnut Bypass from Highway Commercial to Residential.
Sealed bids were accepted for the installation of a new heating and cooling system at the former Federal Building, future home of the city’s police department. Due to a discrepancy in one of the bids, the council will table the matter, following the advice of City Attorney Al Shumaker.
The council discussed awarding Centre Elementary School a portion of the remaining capital improvement funds to help the school purchase Google Chromebooks. After some concern over whether the city would actually have the funds that were previously budgeted, the council agreed to table the matter until the actual numbers can be assessed.
The council agreed to replace the boom and bed on the brush truck, including everything behind the cab, for a total of $59,894.
$3,500 will be refunded to a local business due to an overpayment of sales tax.
Aldo, the council agreed to award city employees their annual once-a-year raise during the Christmas season.
The next regular Centre City Council Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, December 9th, at 6 pm.