Mary Jane Skinner received the City of La Vergne’s first Citizen of the Year award at the June 4 meeting of the Board of Mayor & Aldermen.

Skinner has lived in La Vergne for more than 30 years. She has participated in the rescue squad, assisted with the local Boy Scout troops and volunteered at many city events as well as the Senior Center.

She currently serves on several committees and boards including the Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee, the Senior Citizens Advisory Committee and the Stormwater Appeals & Advisory Board.

The City of La Vergne has decided to honor one citizen every year who has contributed to the city, improved the community, demonstrated outstanding leadership and served as a role model.

“Ms. Skinner is a shining example of a lifetime of community service to the city of La Vergne, its people and the community as a whole,” said Mayor Jason Cole, who presented the award to Skinner. “When looking for someone to step up in the community, you will find Ms. Skinner there every time, ready to help.” 

Skinner received a Citizen of the Year certificate and a key to the city. 

Rhonda Taylor of the Stormwater Department received the City of La Vergne Outstanding Performance Award. Cole said she is a role model in the department and city staff, and that Taylor is a pivotal employee willing to accomplish whatever the department needs.

Other board business

The board also passed on second reading a separation of Automobile Repair Zoning from the general Commercial Zones to have more control about where auto repair businesses can be operated in the city, with an eye toward improving aesthetics on the main roads in the city.

The auto repair ordinance change generated some discussion about how to distinguish between auto service and auto maintenance.

The board also approved a bid to upgrade the city’s Channel Three Television Station, metering and automation software for the Water Department, computers and in-car cameras for police vehicles, and improvements to the water treatment plant.

The city moved forward in adopting the new $23 million budget, scheduled to take effect July 1.

One budget point of discussion was about whether to add a second part-time position for the Senior Citizens Center or to create one fulltime position.

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