I had commented before the Committee meeting this AM that things would be going smoother and faster, with some of the more contentious things out of the way. Of course, I jinxed the whole thing. Less than 10 minutes in, Lumpy Lambert proposed a resolution in memorium of Charlton Heston, a "strong defender of the Second Amendment." Were Charlton Heston a Knoxvillian, I could see this, but I have to agree with Davis that this opens the door to all kind of non-Knoxvillian memorium resolutions. The other commissioners apparently wanted to pick their battles with Lumpy, and it was let to pass. Fortunately, not too much time was wasted.
South Knox High School site- vote to maintain status quo (no demolition).
Motion to ban cellphones from meetings- voted to deny recommendation. Particular opposition from Hammond (business) and Davis/Defreese (child care issues).
Motion to require Fansler to appear before Commission and "explain" deemed an inappropriate bad idea and withdrawn. Still, lots of discussion and complaints about the inability for commissioners to contact each other outside of announced meeting.
(As unfair or unreasonable as it seems... we have to live with it. It's like when your boss gives you unreasonable demands, you can complain all you want, but at the end of the day, you have to find a way to work within the parameters you are given. Announce a meeting with your co-district-commissioner every two weeks at Long's Drugstore or the equivalent if that's what it takes to have enough time to collaborate on district issues.).
Mayor Ragsdale will have an address at Hardin Valley High School no May 14th, 8:00 am.
Resolution opposing toll roads- easily passed, MacKenzie made a point that while we all oppose the Orange Route as a toll road, a resolution that bans them forever may be too strong.
Modify Process for Charter Review Committee (Davis/Daniels)- Basically, allow the Commission to vote to approve the list of names from the mayor's office to the Charter Review Committee, and to give Commission the right to approve (or turn down) the CRC's final recommendation. Lambert proposes more Commission involvement in actually picking the names (based on the process used for the temporary appointees, taking resumes, interviews, etc). MacKenzie says he opposes changing a process he doesn't see as broken. Passed with recommendation 6-2 for the 4/28 meeting.
Resolution to reduce time frame for putting petitions on ballot- passed w/recommendation.
Charter petition amendments- sent on without recommendation. Amended versions handled by separate vote?
Audit Review Meeting discussion.... motion to postpone to a later date, assuming Finance committee agrees to postpone as well.
DeFreese added a motion to only name buildings and roads after deceased individuals. I agree with this totally, I have seen this kind of thing abused over the last several years (as a political favor).