Board members upset that business paints building before their approval

In their Tuesday, July 7 meeting, the Mayor and Board of Aldermen discussed and approved a request from Take 5 Oil Change, 403 Hwy. 80 East to paint and add signage. Take 5 Oil Change is in the location of the old Speed Lube Location.

Take 5 oilPrior to the vote, Ward 1 Alderman Dave Ellis commented on the proposed front view of Take 5,  saying, “It’s kind of out there, and it just doesn’t seem like it’s reasonably compatible with other businesses in the area. It stands out a bit.”

The Mayor explained that it is painted in the company’s colors and logo.

“I hope you like it because it gonna be done before we got here tonight to vote on it,” Ward 4 Alderman Keith Perritt said. “That’s my problem; I’m a bit disappointed that we have no representatives in this building right now on a plan that has already been done and accomplished…we don’t make a habit of putting the cart before the horse for something that needs to have Board approval.”

Perritt suggested it would be good to let new people and businesses know that the Planning and Zoning Commission is in an advisory capacity; just because they make a recommendation or say something is approved doesn’t mean that it is approved by the Board. The Board approved by a vote of 4-2.

A project long awaited by Ward 6 Alderman Mike Cashion is underway with the approval and acceptance of a bid from Wildstone Construction Services to initiate the traffic calming on Park Avenue and Patio Place. Three bids were received, with two bids coming in below the estimated price, Consulting City Engineer Bill Owens said. Wildstone’s winning bid was for $139,929.50. Clinton’s Board of Aldermen unanimously approved the acceptance of the bid, 6-0. Ward 5 Alderwoman Jan Cossitt was not present.

The Board also approved entering a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the City of Clinton, the Clinton Police Department and the Clinton Public School District to accept the 2020 MCOPS grant funding for the School Resource Officers in the amount of $20,000. The vote was 6-0.

Parks and Rec will get a new John Deere Gator TX from MS Ag for $7,783.90, with the Board’s approval of 6-0.

take 5 oilBoard members also discussed and authorized (6-0) a drainage channel between the I-20 westbound ramp at Springridge Road and Hampstead Circle and Hampstead Boulevard. MDOT and the City propose repair to the drainage channel.

“This will be the first step in a process to enter into a permit with MDOT to get on City property,” explained Consulting City Engineer Bill Owens. “They will put out for bids and send to the Transportation Commission.

The Board also approved 6-0 to advertise for bids for the 2018 Transportation Alternatives  Arrow Drive and Cynthia Road Multi-Use Path.

In other action, the Board approved a Water Tower and Cellular Communications Commercial Lease Agreement between the Clinton Public School District and the City of Clinton. During a brief discussion about the tower lease agreement, there were eight seconds of silence in the livestream broadcast of the meeting when Aldermen Jim Martin was speaking. There was only a red question mark displayed on a black background from around 32:24 until 32:32. Martin’s comments can be read in entirety in the “Speaker Philip Gunn promises $1 million to City” story in this issue of The Clinton Courier.

The Board adjourned until 7:45 PM for an Executive Session to discuss the prospective purchase, sale or leasing of lands. After the executive session, the Board approved to sell and convey a parcel of land owned by the City to McNeely Plastic Products, Inc. The sale will take place in thirty calendar days, and was approved by a vote of 6-0.

The next Board meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21, at the Municipal Courtroom, 305 Monroe Street.

By Katherine R. Dougan

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