ted meadows

Ted Meadows

Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

In a move that reversed plans approved at their recent regular April meeting to begin advertising to seek candidates for a new city manager, the Crossville City Council unanimously approved hiring Ted Meadows as the new city manager, effective May 1.

The council took the action in a special-called meeting Thursday afternoon. In addition to the city manager hiring, the council also discussed the city providing $25,000 to sponsor this year's Tennessee Women's Open golf tournament and approved a long list of consent agenda items.

Councilman Boyd Wyatt started the discussion of the city manger agenda item saying the city had been without a regular manger for several months now and he had been contacted by Ted Meadows, who had been a previous applicant for the city manager's position several years ago. Meadows was previously employed as the plant manager of the Avery Dennison plant from 1982 through 1993. Prior to his job at Avery Dennison, Meadows had lived and worked in the Crossville area since the early 1970s.

Since leaving Crossville, Meadows worked for two industrial firms in New Jersey and returned to Crossville in 2004 to help care for his wife's family, including the late Forest Kidwell. In his letter to the city council, Meadows said he would like to return to work as he does not find retirement to be that appealing yet.

He concluded his letter to council members saying, “I believe that I still have much to offer in the growth of Crossville.”

Wyatt said, “Mr. Meadows is strong and capable of handling all aspects of the city.”

Wyatt moved Meadows be hired effective May 1, 2008 at a starting salary of $96,000, with health and dental insurance provided to Meadows and his family. Wyatt's motion includes a six-month probationary period, after which he would receive a 5 percent salary increase with a majority vote of the council.

Wyatt asked if the motion was in order and attorney Tom Looney, filling in for city attorney Ken Chadwell, said he had reviewed it and it appears in order.

Council members briefly discussed the action with Councilman Earl Dean saying he was in favor of the Meadows' hiring. Councilman Carl Duer agreed, commenting that Meadows is someone who knows the community. While Councilman Kerley said that while he didn't know Meadows, he had heard a lot of good things about him from his grandfather.

Wyatt also pointed out the compensation was less than what previous city manager Jack Miller was receiving at the time he was fired from the position.

The motion passed with all five council members voting in favor. A work session was held Friday morning for the council to sit down with Meadows and be interviewed. Each councilman was to be limited to a maximum of 5 questions.

Meadows had been very active in community improvements and service organizations, including serving as president of both the Chamber of Commerce and the Crossville Noon Rotary Club. Meadows also served as a member and the chair of the Private Industry Council for the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA).

Wyatt also moved to rescind the council's previous motion about advertising for the position, which also passed unanimously. A motion was also approved to continue paying interim city manager Mike Turner the additional salary he has been receiving for an extra week to help Meadows get settled in during his first week of employment.

The council also approved a $25,000 expenditure on the Tennessee Women's Open golf tournament as the event's sponsor. The expenditure will be considered funding to help promote Crossville tourism and retirement and added to the budget for the coming fiscal year.

The tournament lost its sponsorship and might have been moved from Crossville to another location if the council had not acted. The council discussed that Crossville is the Golf Capital of Tennessee and that will be the name of the tournament for this year.

The council approved a long list of consent agenda items but pulled some items out for individual action. One of those items was the third and final reading of an ordinance adopting regulations for stormwater facilities.

Several meeting have been held with developers on the new stormwater regulations the city is required to approve by the state. Kevin Dean of the city engineering department explained to the council the developers' complaints are not with the ordinance its self, but with the post construction detention policy that controls the amount of runoff permitted after the development is completed. That policy will come before the council in the future following additional public meetings on the matter.

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