Seeking Applications for City Committees

Do you have the expertise to serve on a City Board or Committee, or ever thought about it, LaVergne?   I do have to admit the thought has crossed my mind a time or two!  Well it’s time to get out and contribute to our great City. The following committees and boards have vacancies to fill, according to the information from last night’s Board workshop.

Historical Preservation Advisory Committee

LaVergne Housing Authority

Library Board

Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee

Construction Board of Adjustment and Appeals

Beer Board

Greenway Advisory Committee

Local Emergency Planning Committee

Senior Citizens Advisory Committee

Stormwater Appeals and Advisory Board

There’s a description of each Board/Committee available on the City website, along with the application and procedures.

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Transparency Begins at City Hall

I attended the Board of Mayor and Aldermen workshop last night – along with Deborah B. – and some of the items discussed are definitely worth flagging at this time.  One issue was that the City *must* consider increasing the sewage rates because Nashville has more than doubled what city residents are now paying.  As a result, the city is eating the additional fees – to our detriment as residents because … well because the city has no money to do this.

Mayor Senna Mosley said (and even though this is in quotes, I’m really paraphrasing), “If you need to buy a loaf of bread but the price of wheat has gone up, the cost of the bread also goes up through no fault of the grocer.  But you still have to pay for the bread.”  The point is that the city has no control over what Nashville charges and it has reached the point where it can no longer afford to carry the costs for residents.  The price has gone up from $.47 to $1.27 p/X number of gallons.

Mayor Mosley proposes that as the fees are increased, the public be informed of the details through a number of avenues: Channel 3, online, and more.  In addition, at one point the Mayor suggested that the city budget be made easily available for residents.  Both Deborah and I want to chime in that this is a good move.  People are more knowledgeable than given credit… we do know what “line item” means and how to read budgets.  So kudos to the city if they do take this step in making government operations more transparent.

The next meeting is scheduled on December 7th at 7:00 p.m.  If you want to make a day of it, come to the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony beginning at 5:00 p.m., take a dinner break, then come back for the meeting.

Are there other ways you think the city can be more transparent for residents?

LHS Teacher Files Complaint

LaVergne High School teachers have now filed a complaint against the Rutherford County Schools Director Harry Gill Jr.   REA representative Pam Jones had recently filed multiple complaints on behalf of the educators at LHS in regards to Principal Dirk Ash.  The complaints had been investigated by the staff attorney Angel McCloud whose findings stated they were unfounded.   Jones now fights for the right for procedures in the complaint process be fair, unbiased and properly investigated, according to the DNJ.

“The REA believes what is of greatest importance in any complaint is the ability for the complainant to have sufficient steps to attain a proper investigation and ultimately a truthful and unbiased decision. The REA believes that good teachers do not need protecting by the adoption of an unfair complaint procedure. … Due to Mr. Gill’s eradication of the (school board) hearing step, the REA complainant (Jones) has no recourse. The REA believes that the current complaint procedure has been so severely altered by the Director that no complainant can have the reasonable expectation of fair, honest and unbiased treatment. “

This will remain an interesting chapter in the tenure of Mr. Gill because being informed of current policies is vital to teachers and staff, along with parents and students.

Bring It Or Else

Ha! … except for the whole dead deer, that is …