Clarksville City Council’s first meeting for 2014

Lee Erwin reporting

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The first regular session of the Clarksville City Council for 2014 took place Thursday, January 2 with a short list of items on the agenda. The council approved funds to begin a project for a new precinct for the Clarksville Police Department and acceptance of a land donation for a new fire station.

The council passed an ordinance authorizing a budget transfer of $250,000 to create a project for a new north precinct for the Clarksville Police Department. The Clarksville-Montgomery County School System has approved a lease to the city for land at the Minglewood Elementary School Campus on Cunningham Lane for a new precinct.

Councilman Geno Grubbs, formerly an officer with the Clarksville Police Department talked about the need for the proposed north precinct. “We’ve been renting a commercial building in north Clarksville and operating a precinct out of it. This will be the first step to get a permanent police precinct building in north Clarksville for the citizens and for our officers,” said Grubbs.

Acceptance of a parcel of land for a much needed station for Clarksville Fire Rescue was passed by the City Council. The land was a donation of a portion of what is known as the Gordon Seay Property near Tylertown Road in Clarksville. Plans are for the two acres of land to be the site of Fire Station 11.

In other business at the meeting the council voted to amend the general fund budget and capital projects budget to increase funding in the amount of $200,000, accept a federal grant for $160,000 and provide a match of $40,000 for improvements to Sango Road.

At the end of Thursday’s City Council session Councilwoman Kaye Jones asked Mayor Kim McMillan to talk about the City of Clarksville’s emergency plan for people who need shelter from the extreme cold weather the area is experiencing. Jones was referring to those who are homeless or have homes with no heat.

McMillan said the city does not have a particular building that operates as a warming station but the city would work with the local Red Cross chapter in case the need arose for such a facility. The mayor added there are a number of churches and nonprofit organizations in the community like the Salvation Army and United Way that provides help to those in need of shelter.