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Measure to limit serial appointments fails
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A measure that would have discouraged McMinnville officials from making serial appointments to several boards and commissions failed Tuesday night.The measure failed 5-2. Mayor Jimmy Haley, Vice Mayor Ben Newman and Aldermen Ken Smith, Jimmy Bonner and Rick Barnes voted against it, while Aldermen Mike Neal and Billy Wood voted in favor of it.The measure would have affected the Board of Zoning Appeals, the Board of Adjustment Appeals, the Historic Zoning Commission, the Board of Public Utilities, the Alcoholic Beverage Board, the County Tax Equalization Board, the Industrial Development Board and the Tri County Railroad Authority.Prior to the measure failing, Neal encouraged the board to vote in favor of it.“The resolution being proposed is a policy directed at this board regarding criteria used in making various board appointments,” said Neal. “The intent is to allow more opportunities to the citizens to serve on various boards which fall under this board’s authority.”Neal denies the measure is about setting term limits.“It is not about setting term limits placed on these particular positions, but a policy restricting this board in the appointment process.