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Editor’s Note: A portion of this story ran in the July 18 edition of the Independent. However, it was incomplete. This is the full version.
City of Henderson Board of Mayor and Aldermen met Thursday, July 11. The first item of business for the night was swearing in Tommie Jean Faulkner as the newly appointed Alderman, filling the vacant position left by her husband, the late Tim Faulkner.
“We decided as a board to appoint Tommie Jean Faulkner to fill the position,” said Alderman Bobby Barnes. Board members unanimously approved the appointment.
Judge Eddy Patterson swore Faulkner in to her new position. She will serve unti the first Monday in September of 2014.
Faulkner had asked the board’s permission to serve in her husband’s vacancy, and Alderman Keith Smith said that he appreciated her coming before the committee in June and believes that “she will be a great addition to the board.”
“I am both blessed and honored to have the opportunity to fill this seat that was vacated by Tim’s death,” she said. “I’m excited about it and I’m looking forward to working with all of these board members.”
Faulkner added that she hopes to be able to help the board make decisions that are beneficial to the City of Henderson as well as the residents whom they serve.
In delegations, Mayor Bobby King stated that members of the Chester County Library Board had made a presentation to the board members prior to the beginning of the regular meeting. The presentation involved sharing plans and goals for the library expansion project. No action was required. (See related story on page 2-A.)
The board approved building plans from Bart Hunt who plans to build a 100-foot-by-100-foot building near the Henderson Industrial Park.
The final reading of the 2013-2014 Budget took place without any discussion. The tax rate will remain the same at $1.22 per $100 of assessed value for the upcoming budget year. Utility rates will also remain the same.
City Recorder Jim Garland told the board that the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office had recommended the board to merge the Industrial Park Fund into the General Fund.
“It no longer meets their definition of a special revenue fund,” Garland said.
He added that none of the figures had changed and that the fund would simply be rolled over. The board voted in favor of the change.
Board members voted in favor of using assigned funds to purchase materials and a pickup truck for the Public Works Department. Bid for the materials were consistent, and the truck, which is priced at $20,690, was budgeted for the upcoming year.
Other items approved for bids included a leaf machine, commercial lawnmower, two police cars, utility materials, utility billing printing service, sewer rodder and three handheld meter reading devices.
Mayor King was given the go-ahead to hire for the newly established position of Park Superintendent. King stated that he will put out notice in the late fall.
The fulltime position will include responsibility for city parks, signs and green areas, landscaping, maintenance, supervising summer help and other duties as needed.
Three buildings were approved for condemnation. The board voted to give notice that the Georgia Fields Estate at 105 North Church Ave., A. M. Cox and Wade Cox property at 616 Luray Ave., and the Thelma Gardner house at 437 Fourth St. are eligible for condemnation.
Utility Director Mark Elkins informed board members that Freed-Hardeman University has asked that a water line for fire suppression be installed between University and Main St. FHU has agreed to pay the costs of the water line, but if installed the city must take possession of it. He stated that the City of Henderson would not be out any money in the arrangement, but the city must take on the cost for depreciation.
Fire Chief Glenn Bryan asked the board’s permission to apply for a $2,000 Safety Partners Grant with 50/50 matching through TLM. The city already planned to spend money for safety items, so receipt of the grant would help purchase additional items for the Henderson Fire Department.

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