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Newbern board approves utility setbacks, condemns houses

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Newbern librarian Janice Peevyhouse requests members of the Newbern Board of Mayor and Aldermen dream big about the library's future. Peevyhouse said she would like to complete a feasibility study on the benefits of expanding the library in the future.
The city of Newbern approved two ordinances requiring 10-foot setbacks from underground utility lines, mains or utility easements at the board's meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

Aldermen on the Newbern Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved the second reading of the ordinances with a motion by Robert Hart. Alderman Chris Odom added a second and the motion passed, unopposed, with all members present at the first meeting of the New Year.

A public hearing was held at 6:45 p.m. in the town's municipal building concerning the ordinance. No residents attended.

In new business, City Recorder Jason Roberts shared the addresses of five homes within the city limits now slated for demolition through the town's condemnation process.

Homes located at 108 S. Grayson, 320 S. Monroe, 201 N. Monroe, 204 W. Johnson and 203 W. Johnson were recently looked over by Inspection Solutions, a company hired by the town to determine whether the structures could be saved.

"Those properties were deemed a hazard," said Roberts. "Certified letters were sent out (and) no one appealed the process. What we are doing now is alerting you (to the process)."

Roberts and Newbern Mayor K.W. Dennison told aldermen that the city tries to take care of several properties each year in an effort to clean up neighborhoods throughout Newbern.

In reports:

* Librarian Janice Peevyhouse requested hiring two part-time employees. Peevyhouse reported the position of one employee, who left in September, had not been filled over the slower winter months. Another employee just turned in her two-weeks' notice and Peevyhouse would like to hire new employees in time to train them before the busy summer reading program begins.

Hart moved to allow Peevyhouse to hire two part-time employees, with Alderman Bennie Greene adding a second. The motion passed unanimously.

Peevyhouse expressed her excitement in the library's participation in the Tennessee Electronic Library and World Book Online, which offers three levels of research capabilities for residents of all ages.

She also asked board members to dream of big things for the library, including expansion opportunities.

"We would like to do a feasibility study to expand the library," said Peevyhouse, who said plans to expand would include incorporating the town's current 'wi-fi alley' and the Flowers building into one large library building. "It will probably be years down the road, but it's something we'd like for the board to be thinking about. We are getting kind of cramped. That's a good thing."

* Police Chief Harold Dunivant requested permission sell five vehicles. Alderman Kathy Clements moved to approve selling the vehicles to the highest bidder by auction, with Larry Fesmire adding a second. The motion passed without opposition.

* Dennison thanked Public Works Director Sandy Hill and those responsible for Newbern's Christmas decorations for their hard work beautifying the town during the holiday season and commended the community for a large turnout at the Christmas parade.

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