City Council Preview

Pulaski City Administator Terry Harrison received a favorable evaluation from the Board of Mayor Aldermen’s annual review.

Harrison received an average score of 4.66 out of 5 in the city council’s review of his performance in nine categories that included: individual characteristics, professional skills and status, relations with elected members of the governing body, policy execution, reporting, staffing, supervision, fiscal management, and community, as well as four narrative questions.

Harrison was rated highest in the fiscal management category, with a score of 4.83, and lowest in the supervision category, with a score of 4.4. All members of the board completed the evaluation except Alderman Vicky Harwell.

Among other items discussed during Monday’s work session, Economic Development Director David Hamilton gave an update on the county’s economic situation.

As of March, before most of the business shutdowns due to COVID-19, the unemployment rate for Giles County was at 4.8 percent. Hamilton said the unemployment rate will increase as reports come in for the months of April and May.

Another item on the agenda was the issue of the Abernathy Field Airport manager’s contract.

Airport Manager Randy Jones has been employed by the city for more than 40 years. Mayor Pat Ford explained that the joint committee of the city and county is looking for transparency on the figures brought in by fuel sales and hangar rentals.

These details are not required to be disclosed in Jones’ current contract.

After much discussion, the board agreed that City Attorney Andy Hoover would talk to Jones about renewing his contract with updated language to reflect the committee’s request.

In other business, Harrison recommended the city award the bid for a new sewer camera to the highest bidder, 502 Equipment, after Department Head Roger Hayes had the bidding companies demonstrate each piece of equipment.

The Pulaski Board of Mayor and Aldermen will next meet at noon Tuesday, May 26, at City Hall.

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