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After two months of discussion, the City Council approved a Classification and Compensation Plan for City employees. City Manager presented the proposal hoping to make salaries comparable to cities similar in size to Crossville, and to bring police and fire up to statewide averages. The plan was approved in a 4-1 vote with Councilmember Danny Wyatt voting no. The raise will cost about $300,000 annually and will be retroactive to January 1st, 2015.
City Councilmembers were hesitant to fully commit to a Joint Economic Development Program with the County and Chamber of Commerce, but did approve a motion to begin an earnest attempt to resolve issues and work together for economic growth in the area. Jesse Kerley called the approval a big step for the City.
A recent move limiting public comment and constituent interaction during council meetings was replaced with a revised set of rules during Tuesday night’s council meeting. Mayor James Mayberry, prior to the vote, noted that regardless of the outcome of the vote on the matter, he was always open to comments from the audience regarding any issue before council. The revisions includes provisions to encourage those who wish to speak before council to register with the City Clerk, but do not require it. The motion to adopt the revisions was approved in a 4-1 vote with Wyatt voting against.
Local attorney Ivy Gardner was selected as the new City Judge, replacing Tom Bean who retired last month. Gardner was sworn in during the regular session of the City Council on Tuesday, after 2 rounds of balloting. Gardner received 4 votes in the final ballot, while former City Attorney Lanny Colvard received 1. Council also approved a motion to instruct the City Manager to begin taking applications for a new City Attorney. Councilmember Jesse Kerley made the motion that was seconded by Pete Sousa. While the current attorney, Kenneth Chadwell, has not announced any plans to leave the post, Councilmember Kerley feels the Council should look at other applicants. The motion passed in a 3-2 vote with Harris and Wyatt voting in the negative.
Thieves stole just about everything they could get their hands on, including a wedding video, in the burglary of a Mimosa Lane home. According to reports from the Cumberland County Sheriff's Department, the victim said she came home to find a door leading to her garage open. A window had been broken to gain entry and the front door of the home was wide open. Numerous jewelry items were taken, 2 flat screen t.v.s, gun clips, hearing protection and shooting glasses, coins, cash, luggage, a space heater, a printer, an iPad, vehicle titles, a passport and kitchen scales. The burglars also took a video camera and the victim's wedding video. Reports indicate this may be just a partial list of items taken in the break-in and the loss could not be estimated at this time. No suspects were named and the case remains under investigation.