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Ice Storm resulted in $50,000 in employee overtime expense

By Bill Short

A common site around North Shelby County these days are tree limbs on the curb in front of homes. Crews are getting around collecting the damaged limbs from the ice storm earlier this month.

A common site around North Shelby County these days are tree limbs on the curb in front of homes. Crews are getting around collecting the damaged limbs from the ice storm earlier this month.

Millington’s new Interim City Manager Chris Dorsey said recently that one result of the March 2 ice storm was $50,000 in unanticipated employee overtime expense.
In his first report since he was hired last month, Dorsey told the Board of Mayor and Aldermen during its March 10 meeting that some “equipment charges” also resulted from the storm.
While noting that he submitted those expenses to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Dorsey expressed hope that Millington will receive a “disaster declaration” and can get some federal reimbursement.
But he said he is not sure how much longer the city will have to wait to learn the “status” of that.
He also does not yet have “a good handle or an estimate” on the amount of debris that is out there.
“There are still a lot of things that can be cut up and brought out to the curb,” he noted. “It could be a few months before we can get all that debris out that’s in some of these neighborhoods.”
Depending on what happens with FEMA and the declaration, Dorsey said he might recommend that the board “get contracted labor” to help remove the debris.
“There’s a certain amount of reimbursement that you can get on that,” he said. “It will be well worth being able to do that to get the debris up.”
Dorsey complimented and expressed appreciation to all the city employees for their “hard work and dedication” during the storm.
“Many people went above and beyond the call of duty in helping with the response,” he said, “with getting trees out of the roadways and getting the roads sanded and salted.”
While noting that he began his new job on Feb. 18, Dorsey said he has met with all of Millington’s department directors.
“Dealing with the budget for this upcoming year,” he said, “I’m trying to get my arms around some of the expenditure issues and things that are going on in the different departments. So, I’ve learned a lot about the city operations in quite a short time, and I’m looking forward to continuing that process.”
While acknowledging that the past few weeks have been a “transition period” for him, Dorsey expressed appreciation to former interim city manager Mike Chesney for “being around” during that time. He said Chesney has introduced him to many of his contacts in the Millington area, so he could be brought “up to speed” on the issues and events that are occurring.
“He has made my job a lot easier,” Dorsey acknowledged. “He has saved me a lot of time being able to start up with some of the projects and things he’s working on right where he left off, without my having to start over and figure it out.”
Because he and Chesney agreed that they would attempt to complete the transition period by the end of this month, Dorsey said they have been doing a lot of work in that area.
He noted that they were scheduled to attend the Tennessee Municipal League’s Legislative Conference this week in Nashville. And he expressed hope that Chesney will come back for “a couple of days” at the end of this month to help “wrap up” some “last-minute things.”

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