BY SARAH R. GREGORY
The Greeneville Board of Mayor and Aldermen took action Tuesday on measures to update present building and fire codes as required by Tennessee state law and to change the date of election of members of the Greeneville Water Commission and the Greeneville Board of Education.
The election date was changed from June to August to coincide with the Greene County General Election.
Aldermen also approved the purchase of 60 smartphones for the Greeneville Police Department.
With little discussion, the board voted unanimously to update the present building and fire codes from the 2006 International Code to the 2012 International Code.
Building Official Jeff Woods explained that Tennessee Code Annotated requires municipalities to update every seven years to the latest code.
Woods said the Town needed to update to comply with that state law.
He noted that "there aren't a whole lot of changes" from the 2006 code to the 2012 code, and said that the document had been reviewed by Greeneville City Attorney Ron Woods.
The document outlines commercial, residential, mechanical and plumbing codes that must be followed, as required by the state.
The biggest change from the 2006 version to the 2012 version, Woods said, is the section pertaining to the energy code.
The other notable change, he said, was the addition of codes related to in-ground swimming pools.
The state requires alarms to be placed on in-ground pools, he said. Protective fencing must also be present.
Those regulations, Woods said, pertain to commercial and private in-ground swimming pools. Above-ground pools are not addressed in the code.
Alderman Darrell Bryan made a motion, seconded by Alderman Keith Paxton, that the measure be approved.
The board voted unanimously in favor.
Aldermen also voted in favor of a resolution to change the election of members of the Greeneville Water Commission and the Greeneville Board of Education from June to August.
The change coincides with the board's previously-approved changes to the town charter which, if approved by the Tennessee General Assembly and on a second vote by the Greeneville board, move the town's municipal elections to August to coincide with the Greene County General Election.
The resolution approved Tuesday would extend terms of current office holders in the Greeneville Water Commission and Greeneville Board of Education by two months to coincide with the change from June to August.
The resolution asks state Sen. Steve Southerland, R-1st, of Morristown, and state Rep. David Hawk, R-5th, of Greeneville, to introduce the change in a private act of the General Assembly.
Prior to adjourning, aldermen voted unanimously to approve the purchase of 60 smartphones that will be used by officers in the Greeneville Police Department.
The planned purchase coincides with a change to different software used by the department.
Assistant Chief of Police Craig Fillers said that officers will create their reports and issue citations through software on the phones.
The 60 smartphones -- some Samsung Galaxy 4 and some Samsung Note 2 models -- can be secured through a state contract.
After available price promotions are applied, Fillers said, the units can be purchased at a "considerably lower" cost than previously projected.
The total cost for the devices was listed as $6,890.
No timeline for when the phones would be implemented in day-to-day police operations was outlined.