Video recording of council meetings up for discussion

Friday, April 9, 2010

Trash, gas and videotape are topics for Lewisburg's City Council meeting on Tuesday night in City Hall.

The seemingly never ending story of Cedar Ridge Landfill and whether it will close this year may start another chapter as councilmen discuss waste disposal options with representatives from a major competitor of the corporation that has the landfill.

Allied Waste's offer was presented to the council a month ago when the offered price was guaranteed for another 45 days. Discussion was continued until 6 p.m. April 13 in the Council's Chamber at 131 E. Church St.

"Discuss videoing council meetings" is also listed on the agenda. Meetings are now recorded on audiotape. Other cities record and televise their meetings on cable TV channels provided by cable companies in those towns including Brentwood, Franklin and Murfreesboro. The Rutherford County seat dedicates cable franchise fees to fund its studios, cameras and staff.

Also Monday, the council is scheduled to consider:

* Accepting a payment in lieu of property taxes from the Lewisburg Gas Department. Public utilities, including the Tennessee Valley Authority and telephone companies, make payments similar to property tax payments but because of a state law, they're not subject to direct taxation.

* Adopting an ordinance concerning rules and regulations pertaining to city-owned cemeteries.

* Closing an alley between 633 and 641 North Church Street.

The council is also scheduled to discuss drafting a resolution to state the city's policy on energy consumption and how to lower such costs.