McMinnville’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen is composed of seven people elected to make policy decisions for McMinnville city government, including Alderman Steve Harvey.
Learn more about Harvey in this week’s snapshot.
Q: Briefly describe yourself.
A: I’m married to the former Lisa Cantrell and have four grown children – Gracie, Patrick, Martha and Liza.
Q: Do you have any hobbies/ interests?
A: Music, boating, and MTSU Blue Raider athletics.
Q: Are you still in a band? What instrument do you play and what’s the name of your band?
A: Yes, I play guitar and sing. Our band is called Assisted Living and our members are Nick Bouldin, Wayne Wolford, Joe Collier and myself.
Q: Is music a big part of your life? If so, what’s your favorite band, singer or genre of music?
A: Yes, it is, but as much as I like it, I don’t keep up with new music as well as I should. Some of my favorite artists are The Allman Brothers Band, Van Morrison, Stevie Wonder, Bonnie Raitt and Keb Mo.
Q: Which is more difficult, being an elected official or being a general contractor? Why?
A: Being an elected official is definitely more difficult for me. Decisions are tough because they affect so many people. Also, being an alderman is more new to me since I haven’t been doing it nearly as long as contracting.
Q: Is there a downtown event that you look forward to participating in each year?
A: Absolutely, we put on a Christmas show at the Park Theater called Hark the Park. The proceeds benefit Hamilton Street Center where my wife works. We are one of two shows that have sold out both the lower level and balcony of the theater. I usually don’t perform at all, but just act as emcee.
Q: How long have you been an alderman?
A: I’m in my first year of my second term so about four and a half years.
Q: What has been your toughest decision while being on the board? Which measure was most conversional and why?
A: The toughest decision has been deciding to hire and then hiring a new full-time city administrator. The most controversial has probably been the Civic Center remodel just because of the enormous expense of the project.
Q: Where do you stand on the indoor pool?
A: It’s no secret that I am strongly in favor of an indoor pool.
Q: Are you happy with the city’s bottom line now?
A: Our general fund balance carrying over to next fiscal year is not quite where we would like it to be, but it’s not nearly as bad as some think it is and we are making cuts to our upcoming budget to remedy the situation.
Q: In brief, for those who don’t know, what does an alderman do?
A: An alderman sets policies and makes decisions about the day-to-day operations of a city. We are who decided to refinish the tennis courts, build bathrooms at Riverfront Park, purchase a new firetruck, upgrade our Community Development Department, change property zonings and close down Main Street on Friday nights, just to name a few things.
Q: What do you consider to be the top three capital projects that need to be addressed in the next few years?
A: Police Department, city park improvements, and an indoor pool.
Q: If you received a $1 million donation to use for the city of McMinnville any way you wanted, where would you use it?
A: I would split it between Rocket Park, Pepper Branch Park, and street paving.
Q: Best contact info?
A: 931-607-8690 or firstname.lastname@example.org