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Pegram Board of Mayor and Aldermen Approve 2013/14 Proposed Budget on 1st Reading

pegram_logoBy DALE GRAHAM

The Pegram Board of Mayor and Aldermen met in regular session last week. All members were present.

The Pegram Emergency Management Board was approved to purchase 10 radios and 4 battery packs. Started at $2190 was previously approved. The items came in at a higher price of $2,340. In order to approve, aldermen had to rescind the previous motion and re-approve the higher expenditure for Pegram Emergency Management Board radios, which they approved unanimously.

Also approved unanimously on 1st reading was Ordinance 2013-99, the annual budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2013 and ending June 30, 2014. The proposed budget shows: General Fund $793,361.97 in total available funds with $396,000 in propsed expenditures; State Street Aid Fund $148,409.23 and in expenditures; Sewer Fund shows $485,691.36 available and $338,800 in proposed appropriations and; Fire Department with $352,784.93 in available funds with $191,000 in proposed appropriations. There will be a public hearing on May 30th before second reading at the regular meeting.

Last month, after complaints that solicitors were being dropped off in neighborhoods and going door to door, the council asked if they had an ordinance in place that would require solicitors to somehow ‘check in’ with city hall staff. At the time, Pegram does not have a solicitation ordinance. Attorney Martha Brooke Perry told the Mayor and Aldermen that they could indeed require permitting before solicitors begin going door to door, along with a permit fee. Mayor Charles Morehead stated that the Town had enough unenforceable ordinances, although Perry pointed out that the town has an agreement with the Cheatham County Sheriff’s Department to enforce violations of ordinances. Alderman Bob Sanders, who did some door to door sales earlier in his life thinks permitting is a good idea. “It’s nice to know that if there’s a stranger walking down the street or knocking on the door, if he has a sticker or a temporary permit of some kind it would allow our citizens to feel a little more comfortable”, Sanders said. He added, “this one instance that I had a couple of weeks ago, the guy was a little obnoxious”. After Sanders identified himself as an alderman and suggested the solicitor go check in at city hall, “he didn’t do anything but go to the next house”. Bill Herbert agreed with Morehead that “it’s an enforcement issue”. No motion was made and Morehead said that if more discussion was needed they could do that at the monthly staff meeting.

Mid America once again won the fireworks bid for the Pegram Independence Day Celebration. They are the same company that provided last year’s fireworks, which didn’t get set off until September due to dry conditions, but were still a big hit.

The Pegram Board of Mayor and Aldermen will meet for their monthly work session on May 9th at 7 pm. The Town Meeting will be held on May 30th, 7 pm.

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