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Citizen comment time limit sparks ejection from Bluff City BMA meeting

May 9th, 2014 8:30 pm by Nick Shepherd

Citizen comment time limit sparks ejection from Bluff City BMA meeting

BLUFF CITY — Seven minutes before Bluff City started its regular Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting, Bluff City Chief of Police Greg Depew told audience members there would be no more screaming or cursing or they would be removed.

Mere minutes into the meeting, a man broke those rules and was removed from the meeting.

He was removed after Mayor Irene Wells asked for a resolution to follow the rules regarding how long citizens can speak in the citizen comments section of the meeting.

There is a city ordinance which says citizens get three minutes to make comments. Wells said those ordinances have not been followed and a motion was needed to be made to enforce the ordinance.

After some debate, the board all voted yes to enforcing the current rules, starting at the next meeting.

Approval was given to apply for a rural development loan or grant totaling $2.5 million for replacing both wastewater lift stations on State Route 390, replacement of the igloo on Bluff City highway, water line replacements on Pineola Avenue, Cedar and Carter streets and Lakeview Circle along with replacements at the mobile home park along Bluff City Highway and Vickers Road.

Other improvements from the proposed loan and/or grant include the addition of a water tank at the existing water treatment plant and a sewer extension into the Piney Flats community.

In other business, the BMA approved new lights to be put in at the baseball field at no charge to the city because the lights were donated by another baseball club.

An ordinance adopting an employee cell phone policy was unanimously approved on first reading.

Two work sessions, one regarding the budget and the other in regard to the sale of the old city hall building, will take place on May 19 at 6 p.m.

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