GLEASON (January 14) — A couple of items on the agenda during a
special-called meeting of the Gleason Board of Mayor and Aldermen on Thursday,
January 14, involved entering into a lease-purchase agreement for a building to
house the Gleason Police Department.
major topic of discussion, presented by Gleason Police Chief Paul Eddlemon,
involved procuring a building for the Gleason Police Department. For years, the
Gleason Police Department has operated out of a small room inside City Hall,
which some officers have described as a broom closet.
“For many months, we have been in discussions about a police
department – a place where we can conduct our business and interview suspects
and victims,” Chief Eddlemon said. It would also provide extra office space.
Chief Eddlemon said he needs privacy to do his job, which
involves the administrative duties of his department.The chief stated, before
Charles Anderson was elected mayor and was still chairman of the Gleason
Downtown Revitalization Committee, he spoke with him concerning leasing the
building directly across from the Bank of Gleason, which is a former insurance
Chief Eddlemon stated the property owners gave him a price of
$27,500, but the previous Gleason Board of Mayor and Aldermen didn’t want to
move forward with the project, before the election was over. Since the original
offer was made by the couple that owns the building, the husband died, and his
widow is offering to sell the property at a reduced rate.
“Mayor Anderson went back to the owner of the building and
discussed the offer,” Chief Eddlemon said. “The contract was typed up and
reviewed by City Attorney Beau Pemberton, who stated everything is in order.”
The cost to purchase the building is $20,000. However, the city
has been offered the option of entering into a lease to purchase agreement for
property at $350 per month, which totals $4,200 annually. Every month a lease
payment is made, it is taken off of the purchase price with no interest charged.
In 57 months, the building will be paid off and become the property of the City
Chief Eddlemon estimated the renovation costs would be $3,000 or
less. This includes constructing partition walls, an evidence room and
purchasing a couple of doors. He also wishes to install signage over the door
and on the window, identifying the building as the Gleason Police Department.
This amounts to a one-time cost of $3,400.
The current owner agreed to purchase ceiling tile, because some
are missing; ensure the heating and air conditioning systems are operational;
and pay taxes and insurance on the property while under the lease agreement.
Chief Eddlemon said he figured the monthly operating cost of the
building to be $575. A breakdown of monthly costs amounts to: $350 per month
lease, $4,200 annually; $150 per month, $1,800 per year for electricity; $25
monthly, $300 yearly for gas heat; and $50 per month, $600 per year for phone
“We save money by sharing the internet with Gleason Fire
Department,” Chief Eddlemon.
He stated, the total annual cost for the lease and utilities
amounts to $6,900. “We can adjust our budget to fit the $6,900 per year, which
would provide a place for us to work and operate.”
“It’s a prime location for a police department,” Mayor Anderson
said. “It’s across the street from the bank, close to Gleason School, and right
down the street from the drug store.” He noted this would meet the city’s needs
in the foreseeable future.
Mayor Anderson indicated, “My long-term goal is to build a
brand-new police department on a piece of land near the center of town. Then,
we’ll have the building across from the bank vacant to attract a business and
generate property taxes, or sell it for a profit.”
The mayor stated the roof and plumbing are in good shape and the
heating and cooling system is less than five years old.
“I think it would be a good addition to our town,” Mayor Anderson
Pemberton stated, if the board approves the contract, the
12-month lease agreement goes into effect February 1, 2021.
Chief Eddlemon says he would utilize his construction skills to
renovate the building, and believes he could have the department in the building
by March 1.
The board voted unanimously to approve the lease-purchase
agreement for the property to be utilized as Gleason’s new police department. (Source:
Restructuring the Gleason Downtown
New Mayor Looks Looks to the
very capably served, since 2014, as President of the Gleason Downtown
Revitalization Committee, newly elected Mayor Charles Anderson, has wisely
chosen to consider a restructuring of this important Committee.
that the development of this Committee was initially stimulated by an idea
suggested by Mayor Poole, he indicated that he has greatly appreciated the
support and dedication of the citizens of Gleason regarding the efforts of the
committee since its founding.
wishing the Citizens of Gleason well as we draw near the end of a troubled year,
he indicated that he felt that it was time to resign as President of the
Revitalization Committee, effectively immediately.
highlighted that “It’s time for the younger generation, with a strong Facebook
following to take our Non-Profit organization to new and higher levels.”
He went on
to note that It has been suggested that the Revitalization Committee partner
with the Gazelles for a virtual Christmas tree lighting event that could be
streamed on Facebook Live on a date yet to be set but before Christmas at the
Anderson went on to indicate that he hopes we all can work together and make
this happen, as it would benefit those of us who live locally as well as
Gleason natives that stay in touch with Gleason sponsored events.
said, it was noted that the current officers of our 501c (3) Non-Profit
organization includes the following new officers.
Cruz Legens, replacing Charles Anderson.
President: Sam Owen, replacing Gary Doster.
Treasurer: Luke Hughes, along with Doris Owen, (replacing Ron Arnold).
Phelps, Doris & Eric Owen, Diana Poole, Martha Ann Arnold, Jim Johnson, and
Charles & Rose Anderson.
Gleason Board Members
Sworn In During First Official Meeting
GLEASON (December 7) — The first
meeting of the newly-elected Gleason City Board took place
Monday, December 7. The proceedings began with Gleason City
Judge Tommy Moore swearing-in the board members, beginning with
Mayor Charles Anderson. Out of the eight
candidates running for
office in the November 3 election, the four available alderman
seats were filled by: incumbent - Keith Radford; and newcomers -
Danny Browning (Vice Mayor), Wade Cook and Tommy Hodges. Mayor Anderson
expressed his appreciation to the people of Gleason for
supporting him and giving him their vote of confidence. He
promised to be a good steward of the people’s money and strive
to improve the city’s financial standing.
Mayor Anderson said of his
predecessor, Diana Poole, “She served as mayor two terms and has
been a great mayor. She has left the town in a good financial
status, and for that, I am grateful.”
“I know actions speaks louder
than words,” Mayor Anderson said. “I could make a lot of
promises I might or might not be able to keep for various
reasons, but I want to see Gleason grow. I want us to maintain
having a good place to live. I want to see prosperity. “I want
to give something back to the town. The only way I know to do
that, from a financial standpoint, is to donate the mayor’s
salary, after taxes, back to the city.”
Mayor Anderson stated the money
will go toward the food voucher program, with certificates
redeemable at the city’s only grocery store, Gleason Superette.
“That will be available beginning January 1, 2021.”
Mayor Anderson encouraged everyone
to remember the Golden Rule in their dealings with one another
by “doing unto others as you’d have others do unto you.” He also
asked local citizens to “think of what you can do for your town,
not just what your town can do for you.”
Danny Browning, who is the town’s
first black alderman, said, “I am honored to be voted in as
vice-mayor. I’m looking forward to the next four years. It’s an
honor I don’t take lightly. I feel blessed.”
Browning has worked for the Sheriff
’s Department for the past 22 years, and part-time as a Gleason
police officer for about six years. Browning, who formerly lived
in Greenfield, has been a citizen of Gleason for six years.
“It’s going to be a great four
years,” Alderman Radford said. “I hope we can lure some more
businesses out to the four-lane, and in the downtown area. It
has a lot to do with the economy and people’s attitudes.”
Radford, who is the only board member to be re-elected, works at
K.R. Trucking, and has been a city resident for the past 15
I’m just very humbled to win,” said
Alderman Tommy Hodges. “I’m glad the people of Gleason have
given me the opportunity to serve them.” Hodges was born and
raised in Gleason, where he has resided for the past 52 years.
He works at K.T. Clay Company. Alderman Wade Cook said, “I
appreciate the opportunity to represent the City.” Cook raises
beef cattle and sells crop insurance.”
During the Gleason City Board
meeting that followed the swearing-in ceremony, Mayor Anderson
announced he plans on having a student from Gleason School lead
the group in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance at each board
meeting. He called Gleason 7th-grader Luke Lawrence forward to
lead everyone in the Pledge.
He also mentioned several of Luke’s
accomplishments. Mayor Anderson stated Luke, who is the
13-year-old son of Lee and Amy Lawrence, claimed the
championship trophy and $100 prize in the 2020 Weakley County
Schools Spelling Bee. He is also the regional winner of the 4-H