Monthly Meeting of the Gleason Board of Mayor &
Gleason Board Approves ‘Stop Meth Now’
During the regular monthly meeting of the Gleason
Board of Mayor and Aldermen, Thursday, August 8,
members approved an ordinance requiring a
prescription to purchase products containing
pseudoephedrine or ephedrine.
The board also approved a resolution authorizing the
Weakley County Clerk’s Office to collect the City of
Gleason’s wheel tax.
Another topic of discussion was a request for
Gleason firefighters to be paid when they are called
out to establish a landing zone for a medevac
Additionally, board members heard department reports
‘Stop Meth Now’ Ordinance
An ordinance requiring a prescription for the
purchase of products containing pseudoephedrine or
ephedrine, known as the “Stop Meth Now” ordinance,
passed on first reading with Mayor Diana Poole, and
aldermen Jerry Connell, Mike Morris and Charles
Bookout voting in favor of the ordinance. Alderwoman
Kris Morse abstained because she is a pharmacist at
City Drug Store in Gleason and wanted to avoid any
conflict of interest concerning the issue.
Both of these ingredients, which are commonly used
in cold and allergy medicines such as Sudafed, are
necessary for the production of methamphetamine. By
eliminating easy access to these drugs, the
ordinance seeks to close meth labs and drive meth
cooks out of the county, as has occurred in other
areas that passed similar ordinances.
During discussion, it was mentioned the City of
Dresden passed a similar ordinance on second and
final reading; Martin will consider approving the
ordinance on second reading Monday, August 12;
Greenfield will have the first reading of the
ordinance when it meets August 13; and Sharon board
members, who decided there was no point to pass the
ordinance during the board’s last meeting (because
products containing these drugs are not sold in the
city limits), have since decided to discuss the
issue when it meets Monday, August 12.
Morse said, “I think it’s a serious problem around
However, Alderwoman Morse explained she has mixed
feelings on the subject.
“I can see both sides of it. I think it’s pitiful
the state hasn’t addressed this. We discuss this at
pharmacy meetings every year.”
She stated the majority of the population is being
penalized for what a minority of the population is
Alderwoman Morse said, “If you are sick on Saturday
night or Sunday (when doctors offices are closed),
and you feel awful, you better hope your friends
have some (cold medicine).
“I can’t tell you I’m for it or against it. I really
have mixed emotions on it. And, I’m really glad I
don’t have to vote on it.
Alderman Mike Morris asked if she would be able to
write a prescription for products containing
pseudoephedrine or ephedrine, as suggested by T. B.
I. Agent Tommy Farmer and Winchester Chief of Police
Dennis Young, during the board’s July meeting.
She said, “No. Not at this time. Not until they
change the law. I will have no control over it
On the other hand, Alderwoman Morse stated with
other Weakley County municipalities passing the
ordinance, if Gleason has no such ordinance, all of
the meth cooks would be coming to Gleason to get the
products they need. However, Morse noted, she only
sells these products to her regular customers,
The ordinance states in part:
“The Mayor and Board of Alderman of the City of
Gleason recognize that the clandestine manufacture
of the illegal drug methamphetamine has become a
scourge on our community, and persons engaged in the
clandestine methamphetamine manufacture and use
routinely endanger innocent children, their
neighbors, and innocent citizens.
“Ten innocent children in 2012 had to be placed into
foster care because of methamphetamine/ drug related
child abuse and neglect in the last year in Gleason
and Weakley County alone, costing taxpayers $110 per
child per day for foster care services.
“Five houses in 2011 and three in 2012 have been
quarantined as a result of meth labs.
“The environmental impact upon the City of Gleason
and Weakley County from the hazardous waste
generated by these labs is estimated to be over
$35,000 in property damage and the impact is upon
“Tennessee generally, and City of Gleason
specifically, have become known to drug enforcement
officials for the high incidence of illicit
manufacture, sale, and use of methamphetamine.
“The Board of Mayor and Aldermen of the City of
Gleason believes there is a current and immediate
threat to the public health, safety, and welfare in
that the manufacture, transportation, possession and
sale of methamphetamine is inherently dangerous, and
that the chemicals, compounds, substances,
byproducts and wastes associated with the
manufacture of methamphetamine are both dangerous
and injurious to the public health, safety and
welfare of the citizens of Gleason.
“The Board of Mayor and Aldermen do believe, hereby
find and determine that the limitations hereinafter
adopted will assist the City in its efforts to
combat the criminal activity associated with the
illegal manufacture of methamphetamine in the City,
and will not unduly restrict legitimate businesses
or customers from selling or buying these products.”
The civil penalties section of the ordinance states:
“Any City of Gleason sworn law enforcement officer
is hereby empowered to issue a citation to any
person for any violation of the provisions of this
section. Citations shall be issued in person to the
alleged violator and shall direct the alleged
violator to appear in City Court on a specific day
and at a specific hour stated upon the citation.
Citations issued for a violation of any of the
provisions of this section shall be tried in the
City Court. The City Court Judge shall determine
whether a defendant has committed a violation of
this section. The City shall bear the burden of
proof by a preponderance of the evidence. If a
defendant pleads guilty or “no contest” to the
alleged violation, or is found guilty by the City
Court Judge, the City Court Judge shall assess a
civil monetary fine as a penalty against any person
found to have violated any of the provisions of this
section, said fine to be in an amount of $50 for
each violation. Each day of violation shall be
deemed a separate violation. Each separate package
containing any substance containing any ephedrine as
defined herein shall be deemed a separate violation.
In addition to the civil monetary fine, any
defendant who pleads guilty or “no contest” to the
alleged violation, or who is found guilty by the
City Court Judge, shall be assessed court costs as
provided by law. Appeal may be had as provided by
The ordinance will be considered on second reading
during the September 12th board meeting.
On a split vote of 4-1, Gleason Board members
approved a resolution authorizing the Weakley County
Clerk’s office to collect the City of Gleason’s
Under the terms of the agreement, Gleason would pay
the County Clerk’s office a fee of $1 per sticker
issued and a 5.0 percent commission on all motor
vehicle regulatory fees collected by the City of
The resolution states, the city sticker fee is
collected as citizens renew their license plates.
Gleason’s current city sticker fees are $30 for most
vehicles, $50 for 3/4 ton or larger trucks, and $20
City Recorder Angela Hunt stated, currently, the
city stickers come due January 1 of each year and
must be collected by February 28. The resolution
changes this requirement, and stipulates the city
stickers must be renewed when citizens renew their
automobile tags. She notes this spreads the influx
of revenue from this source out over the year,
rather than concentrating it into a couple of
Alderman Connell stated he believes Gleason should
continue collecting the fees rather than contract it
out to the County Clerk’s office.
“I just don’t think it’ll work,” Connell said.
“Every other city in the county is doing it, so
apparently it’s working,” Alderman Bookout said.
When the question was called on the motion to
approve the resolution, Alderman Connell cast the
only “no” vote.
Fire Department Medevac
Gleason Fire Chief Jerry Connell informed board
members that when Weakley County EMS calls for an
air ambulance to land to airlift a patient, due to a
medical emergency, local firefighters are paged out
to establish a landing zone for the helicopter.
Chief Connell stated Gleason
firefighters are not being compensated for this type
of call-out, and requested the board allow the Fire
Department to pay them for establishing a landing
It was noted the firefighters were paid for the
service in the past, but approximately three or four
years ago, it was discontinued, due to the City
going through a rough economic time. The
firefighters volunteered to perform the service for
free, because it is a public safety issue. However,
now that the City is in better fiscal condition,
they are asking to be paid for the service.
Chief Connell stated firefighters are paid $25 per
fire call, and would receive $20 for establishing a
landing zone, providing the pay is reinstated.
The board unanimously approved the pay request on a
motion by Alderman Connell and second by Alderman
Gleason Police Chief Jeff Hazlewood stated, during
the past month, the Gleason Police Department
officers issued 12 state warrants, 47 city citations
issued, but no juvenile petitions. A total of
$3,239.79 was collected in fines, court costs,
litigation tax and driving school fees.
In the public works report, submitted by Dale
Stephens, it was noted Gleason Public Works
Department is concentrating on cleaning up the town
in preparation for the Tater Town Special. This
includes extra mowing and hedge trimming. Stephens
states tree trimming from streets has been going on
for the past couple of weeks and the public is
encouraged to contact Gleason City Hall if they have
tree limbs hanging down along the street that need
trimming. Additionally, local residents are asked to
do a little extra yard cleaning in preparation for
the event. Stephens requests citizens to stop
blowing grass clippings on the sidewalks or in the
streets, because it clogs the storm drains. “If you
have clutter around your house, stack it out at the
road and we will pick it up,” Stephens said.
Concerning the Parks and Recreation Department,
Mayor Poole stated, this is Stacy Collins’ last
season to serve as park director, and the City is
accepting applications for the job, which begins in
Jacky Esch stated Gleason Rotary Club members would
be cooking at the concessions stand at Snider Park
during the summer ball season.
Mayor Poole stated Gleason Library has received
grants to replace some of its computers.
Mayor Poole requested each board member to be
thinking about future goals and list possible
improvements the City might make during the next
four years to better serve local citizens. She asked
that they prepare to discuss these goals at the
September board meeting.
One example she mentioned is a farmer’s market.
Another possibility Alderman Bookout suggested was
applying for grants to improve the sidewalks, which
are in bad shape, or non-existent, in some areas.
Mayor Poole noted sidewalk improvements along paths
children walk to school is of special importance,
due to safety concerns.
Board members acknowledged this has been discussed
before, but it was never pursued. One of the reasons
for this was it is not a 100 percent grant. The
Board agreed it’s worth learning more about the
grants to see what can be done.
The Tater Town Special begins August 26 and
continues through the end of August. The Gleason
Board will be riding in the old fire truck during
the Tater Town Special Parade scheduled for
Saturday, August 31.
T he next board meeting is Thursday, September 12,
2013, beginning at 7 p. m.
Water and Sewer
Rate increase in Gleason’s
FY 2013-2014 Budget
There is no
property tax hike in the budget for fiscal year
2013-2014, as approved by members of the Gleason
Board of Mayor and Aldermen, during their regular
monthly meeting, Thursday, June 13, but the budget
does include an increase in the water and sewer
The board also heard reports and
Board members unanimously approved
the budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year, as
presented, with Alderman Charles Bookout being
In the new budget, the property tax
rate remains unchanged at $1.39 per $100 of assessed
value. However, there is a 3.0 percent increase in
the water rate and a 3.0 percent increase in the
sewer rate. The residential water rate is now $17.30
per 2,000 minimum gallons of usage; and the
residential sewer rate, which is figured at half of
the water rate, amounts to a minimum charge of
$8.65. The combined minimum water and sewer rate
equals $25.95 per month.
Total monies available from all funds
amount to $1,278,335, and total expenditures are
estimated to be $1,190,730.
A breakdown of money allocated for
the City’s various funds in the FY 2013-2014 budget
is as follows:
• In the General Fund, total revenues
of $621,700, plus a fund balance of $20,000, gives
the City a total of $641,700. Total projected
expenditures in the General Fund amount to $621,182.
• The Drug Fund shows total revenues
of $23,000, and a fund balance of $2,000, which
amounts to $25,000 in total available funds. Total
expenditures are estimated to be $23,000.
• Total revenue in the Water and
Sewer Fund is estimated to be $323,765, and the fund
balance is projected to be $20,000, for $343,765 in
total available funds. Expenditures are listed at
• In the Solid Waste Fund, total
revenues are $181,370, fund balance is estimated at
$20,000, which amounts to $201,370 in total
available funds. Expenditures are estimated at
• The State Street Fund shows
projected revenues of $41,500, and a fund balance of
$25,000, which equals $66,500 in total available
funds. Expenditures are listed as $41,500.
In department reports, Assistant
Police Chief David King stated, during the past
month, there were four state warrants issued. The
crimes listed in the warrants are for: assault,
public intoxication, driving on revoked and theft of
property. Additionally, a total of 42 city citations
were issued for various offenses, including: 19
-speeding; four -financial responsibility (no auto
insurance); three -driving license violations; six
-seat belt violations; one -animal at large; one
-reckless driving; two -registration violations;
five -wheel tax violations, and one -light law.
There were no juvenile petitions issued. Officer
King stated local citizens are getting used to the
new stop sign installed on Mill Street, and he has
only had to issue a few warning tickets.
Gleason Fire Chief Jerry Connell
reported firefighters responded to Gleason School
after maintenance personnel inside the building
accidentally set off a fire alarm. Gleason
firefighters were also called to extinguish a car
fire on Church Street and to establish a landing
zone at Snider Park for a medical helicopter to land
and transport a patient having a medical emergency.
Additionally, Chief Connell asked
members of the Gleason Police Department to escort a
convoy of pink fire trucks into town. He said they
would arrive at approximately 3:30 p. m. Monday,
June 24, and stop in front of Gleason School for a
brief stay before moving to the next town. He
explained that Pink Heals Organization would visit
Weakley County on its famous pink fire trucks to
promote breast cancer awareness and support. Cancer
survivors and their families are encouraged to come
out and show their support for the fight against
cancer. (See separate article, “Pink Heals fire
trucks to tour Weakley County.)
Mayor Diana Poole complimented City
Recorder Angela Hunt for the highly detailed report
she provided board members, showing where all of the
money goes to operate city government.
Addressing the board, local citizen
Jackie Esch said, “I appreciate everyone of you very
much, and the good job you’re doing.” Mr. Esch
stated he expects Gleason to continue to flourish
and prosper. He stated the clay processing industry
located in the area would likely remain at Gleason,
due to its central location to surrounding clay
mines, and the high cost of shipping. He explained
that it’s much more cost effective to process clay
as close to the source of the raw materials as
The board is scheduled to meet at 7
p. m., Thursday, June 27 to approve the second
reading of the budget.
The next regular monthly meeting of
the board is Thursday, July 11, at 7 p. m.
City of Gleason to
Install Four-way Stop
HVAC Purchase for Fire Department
Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved a new four-way
stop, during their regular monthly meeting,
Thursday, May 9.
Additionally, the board also approved
purchasing a new air conditioner and ductwork for
the Gleason Fire Department, and heard reports and
Board members voted unanimously to
convert a two-way stop at the intersection of Mill
and Holland streets into a four-way stop.
Currently, drivers on Holland Street
must stop at the intersection of Mill Street.
Alderwoman Kris Morse stated there
are a lot of children in the area and the four-way
stop would slow traffic and make it safer for
The installation of a “Four Way Stop
Ahead” sign to warn motorists of the new four-way
stop was also approved.
The board agreed to have an
announcement printed on City water bills to inform
local citizens about the new four-way stop.
According to City Recorder Angela
Hunt, the signs could be installed as early as
Wednesday, May 15.
Gleason Fire Chief Jerry Connell
stated the air conditioning unit at Gleason Fire
Department has been inoperable for the past two
years and needs to be replaced, now that a donated
unit to take its place has stopped working and is
Connell said he wishes to purchase a
three-ton air conditioning unit and ductwork to
route the airflow where it is needed.
He noted the air conditioner could be
purchased from Gleason Hardware at a cost of
$727.70, the ductwork would cost $450, and
installation is $75, for a total cost of $1,252.70.
It was noted, because the air
conditioning unit costs less than $2,500, it may be
purchased without going through the bidding process.
Connell noted purchasing items
locally, when this is possible, helps support local
The board unanimously approved the
purchase on a motion by Alderman Mike Morris and
second by Alderman Charles Bookout.
In department reports, Assistant
Police Chief David King stated, during the past
month, Gleason police officers issued three state
warrants, 24 city citations, but no juvenile
“We’ve had complaints about speeding
on East Grove Road, and we’ve written a couple of
tickets there, but for the most part, everyone was
pretty much driving the speed limit,” King said.
In the Public Works report, Mayor
Diana Poole stated on Monday, May 6, OSHA inspected
the Gleason Water Plant and issued a good report,
saying the facility is clean and orderly.
In the Fire Department report, Chief
Connell stated, during the month of April,
firefighters extinguished a grass fire on Janes Mill
Road, conducted driver’s training and attended a
City Recorder Angela Hunt stated a
bake sale raised $233 for the Gleason Library.
Mayor Poole said the rainy weather
the past few times a citywide yard sale was held has
decreased participation somewhat, but everything
considered, “they did pretty good.”
The next regular monthly meeting of
the Gleason Board is Thursday, June 13, at 7 p. m.
Gleason Board Discusses Security
The installation of security measures
at Gleason City Hall was among the many topics of
discussion during the regular monthly meeting of the
Gleason Board of Mayor and Aldermen, Thursday, April
11. Other items on the agenda included: the possible
future use of hand-held police speed cameras;
developing a Website for the City of Gleason; adding
Internet security to the City’s insurance policy;
the status of UT Martin’s recycling trailer; and
department reports and announcements.
Gleason Police Chief Jeff Hazlewood
stated he continues to research the installation of
additional security measures at Gleason City Hall.
Chief Hazlewood said he is in the
process of obtaining prices on security glass and
security doors to be installed in the front lobby of
City Hall, to protect city employees in the event of
He stated fingerprint locks on
security doors would cost approximately $800.
Chief Hazlewood stated he is still
researching the possibility of using portable,
hand-held speed cameras, but is not ready to
recommend their use at this time.
Hazlewood said he wishes to speak
with officials in more local towns to see what they
have to say about the system before proceeding
Specifically, he mentioned consulting
with the City of McKenzie about the issue.
Local citizen, April Lieberman, gave
board members an update on the status of the
volunteer work she is doing to develop a Website for
the City of Gleason.
Lieberman stated she is collecting
data and needs more information from members of the
community to complete the project.
To keep jobs and shopping local, she
mentioned posting a free business directory on the
Website listing the goods and services offered by
area businesses. Lieberman stated this would provide
local citizens with the information about who in the
area offers what services (electrical, plumbing,
auto repair, carpentry, etc.), and what types of
goods are offered at local stores and shops. Phone
numbers, addresses, days and hours of operation of
these local businesses would also be listed.
This is in addition to official
information provided on the Website concerning local
governmental offices and departments; the names of
public officials and how to contact them; a list and
description of city services; public meeting times,
dates and locations; local events, such as parades,
carnivals, citywide yard sales, fund-raisers, and
other activities; sporting activities, including
playing schedules, who to contact for team tryouts;
and other useful information.
Lieberman stated she is also working
on the design and layout of the Website.
Once the project is completed, she
noted it typically costs $170-$180 per year for a
company to host the Website.
Lieberman added she would volunteer
her time to keep the City’s Website current, once it
is developed and becomes operational.
She encourages anyone
with information useful for the business directory
or other community information to contact her at her
email address email@example.com.
Alderwoman Kris Morse said, “I
appreciate what you’ve done. You’ve put a lot of
time into this.”
Other board members shared the
sentiment and gave Lieberman the green light to
continue developing the City’s Website.
A proposal to add Internet security
to the City’s TML insurance policy was tabled for
City Recorder Angela Hunt explained
the City of Gleason recently renewed its insurance
policy with TML and the representative mentioned it
would be possible to add Internet security onto the
policy at a cost of approximately $792 annually.
This would provide liability insurance protecting
the City in the event of a lawsuit over the loss of
personal information, due to the system being hacked
by Internet thieves who use such information to
steal people’s identity. However, the policy carries
a $25,000 deductible.
The board agreed to table the
proposal until the insurance agent can come to talk
to the board and explain the details of the policy.
Hunt said she would contact the agent
and ask him to address the board during the next
UT Martin’s Recycling
Board members mentioned several local
citizens have contacted them and expressed their
desire for the City to bring back the UT Martin
recycling trailer, because it is something they use
and provides a valuable service to the community.
UT Martin previously delivered the
recycling trailer to Gleason, picked it up, emptied
it at the sorting center, and returned the trailer.
However, due to financial cutbacks, the program no
longer has the funds to deliver and pick up the
trailer. For this reason, if the City of Gleason
wishes to use the trailer, city employees must
transport it back and forth between the City and UT
Board members agreed the recycling
trailer is worth keeping.
Alderman Jerry Connell stated he
plans on getting another empty trailer when one
becomes available and bringing it to Gleason to
continue the service.
In department reports, Police Chief
Jeff Hazlewood stated, during the month of March,
there were: three state warrants issued, 31 city
citations written, but no juvenile petitions. Total
fines collected amount to $1,994.15. Of this amount,
$314.15 was collected in fines, $1,147.50 in court
costs, $82.50 in litigation tax, and $450 in driving
Fire Chief Jerry Connell stated the
only fire call Gleason firefighters responded to was
on Parks Well Road, which turned out to be a false
alarm. He mentioned Gleason Fire Department is
hosting a chicken cookout at the fire station,
Saturday, May 11, which is a fundraiser for the
department. He noted there is also car wash at the
fire station on that date, sponsored by Gleason High
School students. Connell said on May 18, a local
softball team is holding a car wash at the fire
In the Parks and Recreation report,
Mayor Diana Poole said the summer sports season is
“in full swing” at Snider Park.
In announcements, Mayor Poole stated
the next citywide yard sale is Friday, May 3 and
Saturday, May 4.
A Library Bake Sale is on Saturday,
A citywide cleanup is scheduled for
Monday, May 6, at which time debris will be picked
A Health Fair will be held Saturday,
May 11, featuring numerous free health checks. Some
of the events include: a medical helicopter landing
and being on display in downtown Gleason; free
health screenings, including blood pressure checks,
mammograms, diabetes screening, and cholesterol
checks. Law enforcement will provide several
educational programs -two featuring drug dogs, one
about gang activity, and another concerning drug
activity. The Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention
of Child Abuse will have a display during the Health
Fair. And April Lieberman offered to set up a booth
to provide local citizens who cannot afford to buy
prescription medication with the information they
need to get free prescriptions. A schedule giving
times and locations of these events will be made
available to the public prior to the Health Fair.
The next regular monthly board
meeting is Thursday, May 9 at 7 p. m.
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