By Daniel Brunty
The Winston County Journal
The City of Louisville Board of Alderman made an important decision in regards to street improvements in the city during their regular meeting on Feb. 21.
Troy Johnson, attorney for Phelps Dunbar, was on hand to present a resolution in which the city would issue general obligation bonds for the purpose of providing funds to pay for the cost of constructing, improving or paving streets, sidewalks, driveways, parkways, walkways or public parking facilities, and purchasing lands. It would also, if necessary, pay for the cost of issuing the bonds and other related improvements within the city.
Johnson also explained that the principal amount for the resolution would not exceed two million dollars. The bonds will be secured by a special tax levied annually on all taxable property within the city, allowing payment of the principal and interest on the bonds when they are due. The bonds will also be tax exempt under the tax code. City leaders noted that the city would aim to pay the bonds without a tax increase.
Most of the alderman on the board agreed that the city needed improvements in regards to the streets, and also that the city would be financially able to afford the resolution. After a few more questions by the board to Johnson, a motion was made to accept the resolution. After a second of the motion, the board unanimously approved to accept the resolution.
The board also discussed the lease of the Georgia Pacific Company, which decided to end their business in Louisville. Georgia Pacific would like to bring a third-party company in to help expedite their departure from the building, but does not have a provision within their agreement that will allow them to do so. Georgia Pacific is requesting for the mayor to authorize a reassignment of the lease to a third party company, which will help Georgia Pacific remove their property from the facility.
The board would have to amend the original lease in order for Georgia Pacific to bring in the third-party company. The third-party company would also have to meet the approval of the board before they would be allowed to be put on the lease.
After the discussion, a motion was made to amend the lease to a third-party after approval of the third party. The motion was seconded and approved by the board.
The board went into executive session after to discuss a personnel matter at the Louisville Fire Department with Fire Chief Terry Johnson. After the session, the board made a motion to approve Johnson’s recommendation for a 30 day suspension without pay and retraining for a LFD employee. The motion was seconded and approved by the board.
In other news, the board:
Had a hearing on unclean property on 208 Vance Street. They approved a motion to extend the time period until April 3.
Had a hearing on unclean property at 205 Vance Street. With the property being in compliance, they approved a motion to remove the property from the unclean property list.
Heard update on 304 Rogers Street. With the property being in compliance, they approved a motion to remove the property from the unclean property list.
Heard update on 210 Smith Circle. With sale pending, they approved a motion to extend the time period.
Heard update on 114 Armstrong Street. With the property being in compliance, they approved a motion to remove the property from the unclean property list.
Heard update on 116 Armstrong Street. They approved a motion to extend the time period until April 3.
Heard update on 201 Johnson. After update, a motion was made to tear down facilities on the property. Motion was passed.
Heard update on 404 Academy Street. After update, a motion was made to tear down facilities on the property. Motion was passed.
Approved motion to hire Calvert Spradling Engineers, Inc. and Sample, Hicks, and Associates for engineers and administrators for the 2012 CDBG projects.
Tabled decision regarding appointment to the Airport Board after the city/county joint appointment ended on Feb. 1, 2012.
Approved police training request for Barry McWhirter to attend the Fire Arms Instructor course on Feb. 27-29 in Tupelo (registration $50).
Approved police training request for Patrick Estes to attend the Drug Recognition Expert Training class in Gulfport on March 25-April 8 (no registration fees).
Took no action in regards to incorporating a local Crimestoppers chapter in Winston County.
Approved request to pay Myron for $1,657.04 for promotional items, so that Chief Claiborne can apply for a reimbursement for the DUI Grant.
Approved request for Todd McCullough and Kylie Ming to attend the MS Recreation and Park Field Management workshop on March 7 at Oxford ($30 each).
Discussed E911 position.
The City of Louisville Board of Alderman will have their next meeting on March 6, 2012.