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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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
To share your ONEKingsport story, please go to www.onekingsport.com.
- Annex/Zone 8ac on Childress Ferry Rd adjacent to Warrior FallsB. 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
- $30,000 from Justice Center for Marketing and Public Relations
- $250 received from the Douglass Alumni Association to Parks/Rec operating
- $76,103 received from the State to Border Region project
- Transfer $44,000 from the Cooks Valley Road project to the Reedy Creek Terrace Bridge project.
- Transfer $69,566 from the Lincoln Street Resurfacing project to the Rotherwood Green belt project.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 FoundationD. OTHER BUSINESS
- Acceptance of FY2015 Comprehensive Annual Financial ReportE. APPOINTMENTS
- Reappointments to the Kingsport Economic Development Board
- Ken Frolich
- CeeGee mcCord
- Keith WilsonCONSENT 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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