Ardmore City Hall and the Ardmore Library are open and operating under the guidelines of the state’s Tennessee Pledge.
As activities, businesses and events start to open under the state’s guidelines, the Ardmore (Tenn.) Board of Mayor and Aldermen is following the state’s lead as well.
During its May 7 meeting, the board agreed to give its Parks Committee the authority to allow organized sports and open parks when the state releases guidelines for them. This will allow the parks and sports leagues to start when the guidelines are released without requiring a called meeting of the board.
The Ardmore board also approved first reading of an amendment to the 2019-20 city budget at its May meeting. The amendment decreases General Fund revenues by $71,600 and increases expenditures by $7,750; decreases Street Aid revenues by $1,500 and decreases expenditures by $5,000; and decreases Library revenues by $5,343 and decreases expenditures by $5,500.
City Recorder Mary Prier explained that revenues decreased from the city’s General Fund included reduced income from the park concession stand and reduced sales tax income. Prier noted that she is unsure exactly how the COVID-19 shutdown will actually affect sale tax collections through the end of the fiscal year, which ends June 30.
Second reading on the budget amendment ordinance is scheduled to be held at the board’s June 4 meeting.
The city of Ardmore will receive $57,000 in relief funds from the state. The funds can be used on infrastructure and paving, and Mayor Mike Magnusson said he would like to see the city add funds to the state money to get streets paved.
The board decided to wait until its June meeting to consider a resolution that includes detail on what streets will be paved and how much it will cost.
In other business the Ardmore Board of Mayor and Aldermen:
• Failed to make a motion on the mayor’s request for a full-time employee to help with grass cutting.
• Heard that wind blew a pavilion from the Farmer’s Market and hit the Pizza Hut building. The pavilion was destroyed but Magnusson said the city’s insurance deductible would be more than the pavilion was worth. Magnusson said an individual had offered to pick it up.
The next meeting of the Ardmore, Tenn., Board of Mayor and Aldermen is scheduled for Thursday, June 4, at 6:30 p.m. at Ardmore City Hall.