PF may eliminate public hearing for personnel policies

Apr. 14, 2014 @ 09:13 AM
In a meeting Monday afternoon at 5:30 p.m., the Pigeon Forge City Commission will consider an ordinance to eliminate the requirement for a public hearing when amending the city’s personnel policies.
 
The ordinance would apply to the way in which the city can go about advertising available job openings. According to Assistant City Manager Eric Brackins, the city is limited in its options for advertising an open position. With the change, flexibility will be added.
 
“This is the first step in the process,” Brackins said. It would not apply to every job opening the city has, he added.
 
Financial Director Dennis Clabo said that the municipal code currently states that every job opening has to be run in the local newspaper, but with the change, the city could potentially also run some openings on its website for extended periods of time.
 
“We can save money, but still be effective,” Clabo said. “It should help us get the best candidate we can.”
 
Clabo said that city representatives met with consultants from the Municipal Technical Advisory Service who recommended this change.
 
“This only relates to municipal personnel in the municipal code,” Clabo said. “The council can’t do anything without having an open meeting anyway. This just drops the two words ‘public hearing’ from this part of the municipal code.”
 
At the meeting, there will also be a public hearing regarding an ordinance to rezone property located on Wears Valley Road from R-1 (low density residential) district to C-6 (mixed use commercial) district. This property is next to the Goats on the Roof amusement park.
 
Other new business the commission will consider:
 
n A resolution for an EACA amendment to the deferred compensation plan for the City of Pigeon Forge.
 
n An ordinance to amend the zoning map of Pigeon Forge by rezoning parcel 38.00 of tax map 084 (located on Veterans Boulevard) from R-1 (low density residential) district to C-6 (mixed use commercial) district.
 
n A change order from Charles Blalock and Sons for Jake Thomas Road reducing the costs by $134,370 due to drainage changes.
 
n Bid for 60 foot median poles and LED luminaires from Graybar.
 
n Proposal from CDM Smith for design work on intersection improvements for the roadway and traffic signal on Veterans Boulevard at the Dollywood DreamMore Resort entrance and the future Jake Thomas Road.
 
n A lease agreement with the Boys and Girls Club for the land located next to the tennis courts.
 
n Bid to construct a new building maintenance building from McSpadden, Inc.
 
n A contract with Carroll and Company Consultants for a TDOT Compliance review for the Trolley Department.
 
n A bid to purchase a genie boom lift for the LeConte Center from Stowers Rents.
 
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