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BMA Highlights January 19, 2016





BMA Highlights for January 19, 2016 Meeting
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Please find below highlights from the Board of Mayor and Alderman meeting on Tuesday, January 19, 2016.

This newsletter is a new and improved version of your BMA highlights. We hope you enjoy the new template as we continue to strive for excellence in communicating with our citizens.  

PUBLIC HEARINGS
  • Annex/Zone 8ac on Childress Ferry Rd adjacent to Warrior Falls
B. BUSINESS MATTERS REQUIRING FIRST READING
  • $3.2 million upgrades to water/water for Beechwood/Foothills/Buchelew section of Colonial Heights annexation
  • $92,668 of funding to emergency repair/rehab of low/moderate housing
  • $116,025 School funds to purchase property at Park/Center and Overlook 
  • Kingsport Power (AEP) franchise agreement/fees
  • Budget Cleanup Ordinance for FY16 
    • $32,000 from Library Improvements to reimburse Street Resurfacing for cash needed for FY16 Library MOE.
    • $30,000 from Justice Center for Marketing and Public Relations
    • $250 received from the Douglass Alumni Association to Parks/Rec operating
    • $15,000 from Fire Station #5 Generator project to fund a match for a grant to purchase Cardiac monitors. This money will be reimbursed to the Generator project through FY17 CIP.
    • $76,103 received from the State to Border Region project
    • $26,000 from Land Acquisition to Police Seized Vehicle Lot Improvement project for surveillance cameras and other improvements.
    • Transfer $44,000 from the Cooks Valley Road project to the Reedy Creek Terrace Bridge project.
    • Transfer $19,000 from Veterans Memorial project to the Brickyard Park Ball Field project for additional electric and site items needed.
    • Transfer $69,566 from the Lincoln Street Resurfacing project to the Rotherwood Green belt project.
    • Transfer $20,000 from the Granby/Lewis Lane/University Blvd. project to the Lincoln St./Cooks Valley project. 
    • Transfer $37,512 from the (MPO015) MPO Administration project to the (MPO016) MPO Administration project to fund a consultant for the Long Range Transportation Plan.
    • The Water & Sewer projects were closed by transferring funds from the old projects to the new projects. $78,684 was transferred from the Water Plant Improvements project (WA1200) to the Water Plant Improvements project (WA1505) and $51,477 was transferred from the Lift Station Telemetry project (SW0902) to the Lift Station Telemetry project (SW1603).
C. BUSINESS MATTERS REQUIRING FINAL ADOPTION
  • Amend zoning of the former Armory site at W Stone Dr / Lewis Lane
  • Amend sign ordinance by adding decorative lighting regulations
  • Convert Senior Project Manager position to FTE in Engineering
  • Appropriate $23,000 received from pouring rights at three parks
  • Accept/appropriate $1,000 from Swimming Saves Lives Foundation       
D. OTHER BUSINESS
  • Acceptance of FY2015 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report 
E. APPOINTMENTS
  • Reappointments to the Kingsport Economic Development Board 
    • Ken Frolich
    • CeeGee mcCord
    • Keith Wilson 
CONSENT AGENDA
  • Grant Application for State Library and Archives Construction Grant
  • Easement/ROW for Tranbarger Drive Sewer Extension
  • Easements/ROW for Ph II Water System Upgrades (in Southside area)
  • Traffic Engineering - apply for membership with Tennessee One-Call
  • Extend agreement with Prairie Farms Dairy for additional year
  • Amend agreement with Gordon Food Service for additional year
  • Agreement with USGS for LiDAR Data Collection Spring 2016
  • Assistance to Firefighters (AFG) grant for cardiac monitors
  • Arts Project Support grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission
  • Multi-Modal Access Fund grant from TDOT
  • Fees for Kingsport Aquatic Center                                                    
NEXT BMA WORK SESSION -- Monday, February 1, 2016, 4:30pm, City Hall
Presentations:
- Key Budget Messages
- Review of Current Capital Improvement Projects 
- Updates on Quarterly Financials and Projects Status 

NEXT BMA MEETING -- Tuesday, February 2, 2016, 7pm, City Hall
(Watch Live on Charter Channel 192)
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Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

More information on the power franchise agreement



AEP Franchise Agreement

For more information regarding the AEP Franchise Agreement with the City of Kingsport, please click here for the presentation by Assistant City Manager, Ryan McReynolds.
 




--
Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

Rodney Dye goes above & beyond




Staff Recognition
Rodney Dye

 
On November 23, 2015, Rodney was carrying out his normal duties in Public Works when he noticed Ms. Nina Collins had fallen in her driveway. Rodney stopped and helped Ms. Collins back to her house to ensure she was not injured. When Rodney finished his shift for the day, he drove back to Ms. Collins house to check on her condition.

Rodney's actions provide a wonderful, living example of the difference between providing a city service and being a fiber in the fabric that makes our community strong. This example, which Rodney provided, helps explain what makes Kingsport a great community.  Thanks Rodney! 




--
Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

Get involved with ONEKingsport


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GET INVOLVED with ONEKingsport

If you are interested in knowing more about the ONEKingsport Summit Workgroups or how to get involved, please go to www.kingsporttn.gov or contact Justin Steinmann for at steinmannj@kingsporttn.gov.

To share your ONEKingsport story, please go to www.onekingsport.com




--
Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

Kingsport returns $1.1 million to Fund Balance with Clean Audit Report


Kingsport Returns $1.1M to the General Fund Balance
with a Clean Audit Report

Kingsport Board of Mayor and Alderman returned $1.1 million to the General Fund, which represents an increase of approximately 9.5% over FY14 ending balance.

In addition, the City received a clean and unmodified opinion on the Fiscal Year 2015 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report or CAFR, the highest opinion a CPA firm can issue. A CAFR is a detailed review of city government including schools from a financial perspective. It covers thirty-six separate funds and all manner of financial issues from debt to assets.

The FY2015 audit, which Audit Committee chair and Vice Mayor Mike McIntire called, "exceptional" in that this was the 17th year with a clean report for the City.

Only one deficiency was noted in the audit, down from two last year. It is a material weakness noting the city was not closing capital projects fast enough after completion.

McIntire stated, "The BMA has already taken action to improve our performance in this area by hiring a project manager to help oversee our many capital projects. We also anticipate having a timeframe for closing projects after substantial completion."

CAFR includes a copy of the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting awarded for the FY2014 CAFR.  This is the fifteen-straight year that our staff has received this award from the Government Finance Officers Association, and makes the city one of only a select few government organizations to receive this prestigious award.

"Our staff deserves a tremendous amount of praise, because they are doing an excellent job managing their departments and projects to ensure our City stays in a strong financial position," said City Manager Jeff Fleming.  "A special thank you to Jim Demming, Judy Smith, Lisa Winkle and Sid Cox for their diligence." 

 



--
Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

Boss for a day: 9-year old serves as Kingsport City Manager

http://www.timesnews.net/Local/2016/01/23/Boss-for-a-day-9-year-old-serves-as-Kingsport-s-city-manager.html?ci=stream&lp=2&p=1

ONEKingsport working hard on big ideas

http://www.timesnews.net/Local/2016/01/24/One-Kingsport-work-groups-working-hard-on-big-ideas.html

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Board of Education Work Session Notes - January 19, 2016


The Kingsport City Schools Board of Education held a work session on Tuesday, January 19, 2016.   Several key items were discussed, including:

·         Recognition of Kingsport Board of Education members during School Board Appreciation Week.
·         An update on the professional learning framework "iPD," available to KCS staff through a Gates Foundation grant.
·         An overview of the paperless process currently being implemented by KCS staff in the development of the 2016 Budget.
·         A quarterly financial report.
·         A review of the work done by the KCS Communications Department.
·         Presentation of the 2014-15 KCS Annual Report.

To view the full work session notes from this evening, please click here.  Have a great evening!

-Andy

Andy True
Chief Administrative Officer
Kingsport City Schools
400 Clinchfield Street, Suite 200
Kingsport, TN  37660

www.WeAreKCS.com … A spotlight on the people and programs of KCS






--
Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

Dobyns-Bennett life skills students crowned Homecoming King & Queen


WJHL

Dobyns-Bennett life skills students crowned Homecoming King and Queen
KINGSPORT, TN (WJHL)-Students at Dobyns-Bennett High School in Kingsport have crowned their homecoming king and queen, and they were ...
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Best home sales since 2008

http://www.timesnews.net/Business/2016/01/19/NETAR-reports-best-home-sales-since-2008.html

Centennial Park gains fundraising sponsor



http://www.timesnews.net/Local/2016/01/18/Centennial-Park-gains-fundraising-sponsor.html

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

BMA Highlights January 19, 2016



BMA Highlights January 19, 2016
BMA Highlights for January 19, 2016 Meeting
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BMA Highlights

Please find below highlights from the Board of Mayor and Alderman meeting on Tuesday, January 19, 2016.

This newsletter is a new and improved version of your BMA highlights. We hope you enjoy the new template as we continue to strive for excellence in communicating with our citizens.  

Honorary City Manager for a Day
Miss Hagan Dietrich

 
Hagan Dietrich is 9 years old, and is the great-granddaughter of the City's lifelong friend, Sam Anderson. At her school, she is the President of Student Council.  She is also on Safety Patrol and does the school news through the intercom in the mornings.  She is a reading buddy with a girl who is deaf, and they communicate through sign language.  Hagan loves going to church, riding her scooter and roller skating in her free time.

This opportunity was provided by Jeff Fleming as a live auction item to the Rotary Club of Kingsport's annual fundraiser. The proceeds benefited the Rotary Club's signature project, Clothing Closet for Kids, where new clothes are provided to homeless children in Kingsport City Schools.
Staff Recognition
Rodney Dye

 
On November 23, 2015, Rodney was carrying out his normal duties in Public Works when he noticed Ms. Nina Collins had fallen in her driveway. Rodney stopped and helped Ms. Collins back to her house to ensure she was not injured. When Rodney finished his shift for the day, he drove back to Ms. Collins house to check on her condition. 

Rodney's actions provide a wonderful, living example of the difference between providing a city service and being a fiber in the fabric that makes our community strong. This example, which Rodney provided, helps explain what makes Kingsport a great community.  Thanks Rodney! 
Kingsport Returns $1.1M to the General Fund Balance
with a Clean Audit Report

Kingsport Board of Mayor and Alderman returned $1.1 million to the General Fund, which represents an increase of approximately 9.5% over FY14 ending balance.
 
In addition, the City received a clean and unmodified opinion on the Fiscal Year 2015 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report or CAFR, the highest opinion a CPA firm can issue. A CAFR is a detailed review of city government including schools from a financial perspective. It covers thirty-six separate funds and all manner of financial issues from debt to assets.
 
The FY2015 audit, which Audit Committee chair and Vice Mayor Mike McIntire called, "exceptional" in that this was the 17th year with a clean report for the City.
 
Only one deficiency was noted in the audit, down from two last year. It is a material weakness noting the city was not closing capital projects fast enough after completion.
 
McIntire stated, "The BMA has already taken action to improve our performance in this area by hiring a project manager to help oversee our many capital projects. We also anticipate having a timeframe for closing projects after substantial completion."
 
CAFR includes a copy of the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting awarded for the FY2014 CAFR.  This is the fifteen-straight year that our staff has received this award from the Government Finance Officers Association, and makes the city one of only a select few government organizations to receive this prestigious award.
 
"Our staff deserves a tremendous amount of praise, because they are doing an excellent job managing their departments and projects to ensure our City stays in a strong financial position," said City Manager Jeff Fleming.  "A special thank you to Jim Demming, Judy Smith, Lisa Winkle and Sid Cox for their diligence." 
AEP Franchise Agreement

For more information regarding the AEP Franchise Agreement with the City of Kingsport, please click here for the presentation by Assistant City Manager, Ryan McReynolds.
 
GET INVOLVED with ONEKingsport

If you are interested in knowing more about the ONEKingsport Summit Workgroups or how to get involved, please go to www.kingsporttn.gov or contact Justin Steinmann for at steinmannj@kingsporttn.gov.

To share your ONEKingsport story, please go to www.onekingsport.com
PUBLIC HEARINGS
  • Annex/Zone 8ac on Childress Ferry Rd adjacent to Warrior Falls
B. BUSINESS MATTERS REQUIRING FIRST READING
  • $3.2 million upgrades to water/water for Beechwood/Foothills/Buchelew section of Colonial Heights annexation
  • $92,668 of funding to emergency repair/rehab of low/moderate housing
  • $116,025 School funds to purchase property at Park/Center and Overlook 
  • Kingsport Power (AEP) franchise agreement/fees
  • Budget Cleanup Ordinance for FY16 
    • $32,000 from Library Improvements to reimburse Street Resurfacing for cash needed for FY16 Library MOE.
    • $30,000 from Justice Center for Marketing and Public Relations
    • $250 received from the Douglass Alumni Association to Parks/Rec operating
    • $15,000 from Fire Station #5 Generator project to fund a match for a grant to purchase Cardiac monitors. This money will be reimbursed to the Generator project through FY17 CIP.
    • $76,103 received from the State to Border Region project
    • $26,000 from Land Acquisition to Police Seized Vehicle Lot Improvement project for surveillance cameras and other improvements.
    • Transfer $44,000 from the Cooks Valley Road project to the Reedy Creek Terrace Bridge project.
    • Transfer $19,000 from Veterans Memorial project to the Brickyard Park Ball Field project for additional electric and site items needed.
    • Transfer $69,566 from the Lincoln Street Resurfacing project to the Rotherwood Green belt project.
    • Transfer $20,000 from the Granby/Lewis Lane/University Blvd. project to the Lincoln St./Cooks Valley project. 
    • Transfer $37,512 from the (MPO015) MPO Administration project to the (MPO016) MPO Administration project to fund a consultant for the Long Range Transportation Plan.
    • The Water & Sewer projects were closed by transferring funds from the old projects to the new projects. $78,684 was transferred from the Water Plant Improvements project (WA1200) to the Water Plant Improvements project (WA1505) and $51,477 was transferred from the Lift Station Telemetry project (SW0902) to the Lift Station Telemetry project (SW1603).
C. BUSINESS MATTERS REQUIRING FINAL ADOPTION
  • Amend zoning of the former Armory site at W Stone Dr / Lewis Lane
  • Amend sign ordinance by adding decorative lighting regulations
  • Convert Senior Project Manager position to FTE in Engineering
  • Appropriate $23,000 received from pouring rights at three parks
  • Accept/appropriate $1,000 from Swimming Saves Lives Foundation       
D. OTHER BUSINESS
  • Acceptance of FY2015 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report 
E. APPOINTMENTS
  • Reappointments to the Kingsport Economic Development Board 
    • Ken Frolich
    • CeeGee mcCord
    • Keith Wilson 
CONSENT AGENDA
  • Grant Application for State Library and Archives Construction Grant
  • Easement/ROW for Tranbarger Drive Sewer Extension
  • Easements/ROW for Ph II Water System Upgrades (in Southside area)
  • Traffic Engineering - apply for membership with Tennessee One-Call
  • Extend agreement with Prairie Farms Dairy for additional year
  • Amend agreement with Gordon Food Service for additional year
  • Agreement with USGS for LiDAR Data Collection Spring 2016
  • Assistance to Firefighters (AFG) grant for cardiac monitors
  • Arts Project Support grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission
  • Multi-Modal Access Fund grant from TDOT
  • Fees for Kingsport Aquatic Center                                                    
NEXT BMA WORK SESSION -- Monday, February 1, 2016, 4:30pm, City Hall
Presentations:
- Key Budget Messages
- Review of Current Capital Improvement Projects 
- Updates on Quarterly Financials and Projects Status 

NEXT BMA MEETING -- Tuesday, February 2, 2016, 7pm, City Hall
(Watch Live on Charter Channel 192)
Copyright © 2016 City of Kingsport, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
225 West Center Street
Kingsport, Tennessee 37660

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Kingsport is located on the Tennessee-Virginia border at the crossroads of I-81 and I-26 near the geographic center of the Eastern U.S. This city of 50,000 in a metro of 308,000, was planned by renowned American planner John Nolen in his office at Harvard Square. Located in the lush green foothills of the Tennessee Valley, it is surrounded by the Southern Highlands and mountain lakes. Kingsport is home to Marriott’s www.MeadowViewResort.com and thousands of acres of unique, natural amenities at Bays Mountain and Warriors Path Parks. The natural geography provides a temperate, well-balanced climate with four seasons and a natural shelter from extreme weather. Population growth has also been well-balanced, ensuring you will not outgrow your decision to relocate. With no personal property taxes, special assessments, or state income taxes on salaries/wages, you’ll find that Kingsport has a very low cost of living coupled with an exceptionally high quality of life (see for yourself at www.BestPlaces.net). The regional airport (TRI) has direct flights to Atlanta, Charlotte, Orlando and St. Pete/Clearwater with easy access, parking, and virtually no security lines. The public education system was planned by Columbia University and Newsweek has repeatedly recognized the local high school as one of the best in America. Year in and year out our graduates go on to the top colleges and universities (and without costly private school tuition fees). Harvard also recognized Kingsport in 2009 with the Innovations in American Government Award for its higher education initiative. What are you waiting for? It’s time to leave the high costs, traffic jams, and stress behind and discover this hidden gem.