BY SARAH R. GREGORY
A vote on proposed changes to the charter of the Town of Greeneville will likely be taken by the town's Board of Mayor and Aldermen during a regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday afternoon.
The 4 p.m. meeting will be held in the G. Thomas Love Boardroom at the Greeneville Light & Power System building.
A number of revisions to the charter have been proposed -- some major and some minor.
The proposed changes would:
* lengthen the terms of office of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen from the current two years to four;
* move the Greeneville municipal elections from June to August to coincide with the County General Election, as a cost-saving measure;
* set redistricting requirements in an effort to have approximately equal populations represented in the Town's two wards;
* remove the staff of the Recorder's Office and the Chiefs and Assistant Chiefs of the police and fire departments from the Town's Civil Service system, with current employees in those positions "grandfathered in";
* remove a cap in the existing charter that bases the number of police officers the Town may hire on population;
* remove from the charter the specified salaries paid to members of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen and instead make the determination of their salaries part of the Town's regular budget process;
* allow proposed new ordinances to be published on the Town's website in addition to being published in a newspaper of general circulation in the community;
* remove antiquated language in the charter that refers to "Sabbath-breaking";
* remove restrictive language in the charter so as to allow the Town to support pageants, parades and other festivities; and
* remove Justice of the Peace and City Judge responsibilities from the Mayor and the Recorder.
Two resolutions that would send the proposed changes to the Tennessee General Assembly and Gov. Bill Haslam for approval were originally on the agenda to be considered at the previous meeting of the board on Oct. 15.
Board members instead voted unanimously to table the matter for three weeks until Tuesday's meeting to allow more time for public input concerning the proposed charter changes.
OTHER AGENDA ITEMS
There are several other items of business on the board's agenda, including a number of purchases.
* The board will consider purchasing a pressure washer for use by the Public Works Department and a maintenance vehicle for the Parks and Recreation Department.
* Purchase of a 2013 Chevrolet Impala Police Package sedan and a 2014 Ford Utility Interceptor will also be considered. The vehicles would be used by the Greeneville Police Department.
* Aldermen will consider making a $7,500 appropriation from the town's fund balance to assist in the installation of a water line at Mount Pleasant Industrial Park as part of the Huf-Tennessee manufacturing expansion.
* Updates to ordinances pertaining to the public water system and sewer system will be considered.
* Board members are also scheduled to consider on first reading adoption of an update to the cross-connection ordinance, which pertains to measures to keep treated and untreated water separated, and the sewer-user ordinance.
Voting on water-and-sewer-related matters would come after public hearings on the issues, which are also scheduled for the Tuesday-afternoon meeting.
These matters -- which primarily deal with legal language, according to information provided by the Town -- are being considered because of updates in state requirements.