BY SARAH GREGORY
Following the regular meeting of the Greeneville Board of Mayor and Aldermen on Tuesday, Feb. 19, the board will conduct the second of three scheduled public workshops to discuss proposed changes to the town's charter.
A news release from Town Hall indicates that the proposed charter changes to be discussed on Tuesday include:
* removing from the town's Civil Service system the Recorder's office staff, the position of Recorder, and the positions of chiefs and assistant chiefs of the Greeneville Police Department and the Greeneville Fire Department;
* removing references in the charter to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen's salaries and, instead, including those salaries in the Town's regular annual budgeting process.
At the workshop, City Administrator Todd Smith will explain the rationale behind each proposal and answer questions that members of the board may have.
No formal action is taken by the board at the workshop sessions.
Instead, the workshops are designed to give the board members an opportunity to discuss the proposals, formulate ideas, and hear questions and input from interested citizens.
At the first charter workshop, held on Feb. 5, Greeneville Mayor W.T. Daniels expressed disappointment that so few citizens were present to listen to the discussion, ask questions and give input about the proposed changes.
Mayor Daniels said he encourages citizens to attend the public workshops.
"I hope people will show up. I hope they will want to send e-mails," he said.
"We're going to be up-front with everybody [about the proposed amendments to the charter]," he added. "We're going to lay it out on the table."