Regarding Resignation Package

UPDATE:  DNJ Editorial Re: Resignation

In a period of heavy growth, Moshea’s 11-year resume, first as city engineer and then as city administrator, is not marked with great achievements. Ultimately, the Board of Mayor and Aldermen must be held accountable for the person in that leadership post, and it also failed to do its job.

And they failed again.  In a most epic way.

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The motion has been made and seconded regarding the acceptance of the resignation of Mark Moshea. Aldermen have expressed concern over his departure pay not being enough and three members voted no. They felt he was not being paid enough after his years of service. In a 3-2 vote, the separation package was not accepted.

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Possibilities & Opportunities Through Grants

With the recent changes within our City leadership, I often think that we have more possibilities for LaVergne.  It would be wonderful to see positive change that directly involves and affects the community.  However, in a city government that may be lacking the resources, how can you develop and sustain any new projects?

Grant writing is the answer that could bring many wonderful programs and ideas to life for residents.  Although the criteria, competition, and limitation to grants can be a drawn-out process, there are many available that could build or sustain new programs.  I’m  certainly not a professional grant writer, but I have researched, applied and been provided several individual grants.  My email is always full of grant alerts from many different resources and I’m always looking these resources over to see what funds can be found.  Grants are  available – this is what started my wandering mind imagining what great possibilities we could have for LaVergne!  For example,

2011 RBFF National Youth Fishing & Boating Initiative
RBFF’s National Youth Fishing & Boating Initiative is offering education grants for 2011. Youth-focused boating, fishing and conservation organizations are encouraged to apply by the December 27, 2010 deadline.

Key requirements of RBFF’s grant application guidelines include introducing boating and fishing to minorities and under-served communities. Special consideration is given to programs that:

  • Offer multiple on-the-water learning opportunities.
  • Encourage long-term involvement of participants.
  • Foster multi-generational participation, e.g., engaging seniors as youth mentors.
  • Provide adequate screening, selection and training of staff, instructors and volunteers (including a criminal background check).
  • Promote conservation education and include at least one conservation experience that actively engages participants in a hands-on activity.
  • Provide inclusive programming.
  • Support existing RBFF partnerships

Best Buy Consumer Electronic Grants

What are the Best Buy Consumer Electronics Recycling Grants?
The Best Buy Consumer Electronics Recycling grants are designed to help provide more environmentally responsible electronics recycling opportunities for consumers across the country.

Who can apply for the Grants?

  • Best Buy grants are open to any group across the country planning to conduct an environmentally responsible consumer electronics recycling event.
  • Grants are designed to defray costs for events already planned and allow groups to do more with their budgets. Grants range from $500 – $1500 per event, depending on the size and scope of the events.
  • Priority is given to electronics recycling events, but other types of events that include electronics recycling are considered.

Baseball Tomorrow Fund Grant

Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) grants are awarded on a quarterly basis after a thorough and selective application process. The grants are, for example, for travel team expenses, field lighting, and international requests. The application evaluation process takes three-to-six months, which depends upon the date that the letter of inquiry is received.

    These are only a few of the grants available – there are many more.  I don’t know all the details; however, I wonder if any thoughts or ideas on the development of new programs are ever discussed at the City Committee meetings.  So tell me LaVergne, what brilliant ideas do you have or would like to see in our community?

    O Christmas Tree

    In honor of our city’s annual Christmas tree lighting tonight, I changed our header to something more holiday-ish than what my husband describes as a stick in the water.

    The ceremony tonight begins at City Hall at 5:00 p.m.  We’ll see the Roy Waldron Elementary School dance team perform, then be serenaded by their choir.  We’ll have about an hour then before Mayor & Aldermen meet at 7:00 p.m.

    If you come, bundle up because … sheesh … is it cold out!