Chattanooga Mayor Urges County Government to Seek Home Rule

Mayor Ron Littlefield on Thursday spoke to a crowd of city leaders about his 12-month challenge to pursue a unified government in Hamilton County.

Earlier, county leaders expressed their discontent at having the city government assume the lead on consolidation talks.

“We’re a part of the county,” [Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield] said. “We’re a big part of the county.”
Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield’s home rule invitation baffles leaders: Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield’s ho… http://bit.ly/nxuJx2
CliffHightower
July 26, 2011
On Thursday, 28 July 2011, Mayor Littlefield held a forum at the City Council building. He outlined his plans, then took questions and comments from the nearly 100 gathered.
Mayor Ron Littlefield said today he will establish an exploratory committee to start discussing a charter for home rule for Hamilton County or for metropolitan government should Chattanooga and the county merge.
Chattanooga Times Free Press
July 28, 2011
RT @CliffHightower: Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield establishing home rule exploratory committee: Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefiel… http://bit.ly/r0XFDs
rbeeland
July 28, 2011

Packed house for meeting Mayor Littlefield called to talk metro gov't, home rule. http://twitpic.com/5xafuc
Photo by calliestarnes on twitter

NOT in attendance: Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger and Hamilton County Commission Chairman Larry Henry.
KevinWestWGOW
July 28, 2011
Caught a bit of the mayor’s forum via @chattaction live stream. Seemed like it was a good discussion.
itypewords
July 28, 2011
Littlefield holds meeting to discuss consolidated government: Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield held a meeting t… http://bit.ly/qvgm0U
WRCB
July 28, 2011
Mayor says we can unify “public safety forces” without a referendum.
KevinWestWGOW
July 28, 2011
Mayor describes Chattanooga as “the center of the universe in sewage treatment.” Says we need a unified sewer & water utility.
KevinWestWGOW
July 28, 2011
Littlefield says he has had “push back” from the county in merging parks & rec. Says this should be “easy…a happy thing.”
KevinWestWGOW
July 28, 2011
.@chattaction member Perrin Lance (no relation) says btwn 11-19 reps on a unified council far too few. Suggests 25.
TnTicket
July 28, 2011
Mayor throws down a 12-month challenge: unify in 12 months. Moving into a Q&A session.
KevinWestWGOW
July 28, 2011
Littlefield: “we know the *staffs* (of city & county govt) can work together well.”
TnTicket
July 28, 2011
One TV station posed the big question on Facebook.
As Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield continues the discussion on consolidated government today, do you think that structure would benefit residents in Hamilton County and the city?
WTVC-TV NewsChannel 9 News
July 28, 2011
Those opposed:
A commenter says he wishes for another option: “not marriage, but divorce.” Says county is “parasitic” to city. Littlefield: “that’s harsh”
TnTicket
July 28, 2011
Another commenter says he doesn’t want services to urban areas (Avondale, Eastdale, etc) diluted if size of city jurisdiction increases.
TnTicket
July 28, 2011
“As a county resident can I propose the time table be set for when HELL freezes over.” — specchem, commenting at Chattarati
Those wary:
African-American community activist Maxine Cousins wants to be sure protections outlined in 1989-90 federal court ruling are maintained.
TnTicket
July 28, 2011
heneh said…

The Mayor states “Home Rule would allow ordinance powers like the city now has, such as more zoning power and code enforcement. Now the county operates under state constitutionally mandated law in which the county must pass some laws by going through the Tennessee Gereral Assembly.” My question is what is it that the Mayor wants to change in the way of zoning and code enforcement that makes it necessary to get the Tennessee General Assembly out of the way? We need the details not a general overview. What is the plan behind the plan?

Those in favor:


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