Rick Nunley Is New Soddy Daisy Mayor; Patti Skates Is Vice Mayor

Thursday, August 7, 2014 - by Gail Perry
New Soddy Daisy Commissioner Max Lowe is shown with Judge Clarence Shattuck
New Soddy Daisy Commissioner Max Lowe is shown with Judge Clarence Shattuck
- photo by Gail Perry

Thursday night was the first commission meeting in Soddy Daisy since positions were shuffled following the departure of ex-City Manager Hardie Stulce two weeks ago. Vice Mayor Rick Nunley moved into the mayor’s role and ex-mayor Janice Cagle is now city manager leaving an empty seat on the commission.  At the Thursday meeting, Commissioner Patti Skates was nominated and unanimously elected to be the new Vice Mayor.

At the July 17 meeting when the changes took place, Max Lowe was nominated to fill the position of the sixth commissioner until the next election.

Thursday night General Session Court Judge Clarence Shattuck conducted a swearing in ceremony for the new commissioner.

 New City Manager Cagle thanked the commissioners for the opportunity to serve the community in the new capacity, a position that she held in the past.

 A concerned resident of the Soddy Daisy spoke to commissioners asking for help for a recurring problem. Along Old Dayton Pike, south of the lake, there is an issue stemming from a rental community of duplexes. Residents there deposit garbage in bags on the ground, along the road instead of in trash cans. This promptly is scattered by dogs and raccoons and it remains that way for weeks. “It’s shameful,” and a disgrace to the citizens of Soddy Daisy, said the speaker.

 In the past, the city has sent a letter of complaint to the out of town owner with no results, said the city manager. She said now there is another person taking on the role of codes enforcement who will be sent to the problem area tomorrow. It was suggested that a fenced in space for garbage cans might be the solution.

Resident Ramona Johnson came to the meeting to ask for permission to rent Veteran’s Park for  fund raising events spread over the next three months and beyond that if they prove to be satisfactory to both the organizers and the city. Regulations that govern the use of this park specify it can only be used by non-profit organizations such as school organizations to raise money.

 The events to be held are described as family friendly fun with food and music. Ms. Johnson portrayed the two groups that will hold the events as non-profits. “TNT Stone Ministries” does international mission work she said. The second group, “Sisters Funnel Cake,” is raising money for a yearly trip for five sisters in memory of their mother.

 In the past the park has only been used for one day events versus reserving it for on-going monthly affairs. Concern was expressed that other organizations and churches would want to do the same thing. City Attorney Sam Elliott advised the commission that this should be treated as just a private group that wants to rent the park. Paperwork must be provided if the organization is set up as a non-profit said Vice Mayor Skates. It was decided to allow the rentals for the next three months before giving further approval.

 The next regular meeting of the Soddy Daisy Commission is scheduled for Aug. 21 at 7 p.m.

 



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