3 things to know from last night’s Oak Ridge North City Council meeting

Oak Ridge North City Council held its second meeting of the month Monday night. Here are the three things residents may have missed:


1. Capital improvements budget workshop scheduled for this week
The City of Oak Ridge North will hold a capital improvements budget workshop on Wednesday, June 27 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall to discuss projects in the upcoming budget year.





2. Retail demographics to be updated
Heather Neeley, director of economic development, said the city's economic development corporation is working on compiling new retail demographics with The Retail Coach, a national retail consulting, market research and development firm.

"We have not done that since 2014 so this will be a good chance to have updated demographics of our retail trade area," Neeley said. "[Retail Coach] used cell phone data to figure out where people are coming from and how far people are coming in, so it’ll be really interesting to see those kind of details."

Neeley said she will present the data to EDC members next month before she brings the demographics before city council members.





3. New city manager search moves forward
City manager Vicky Rudy, who gave her official notice of resignation April 7 and will retire after August 31, said city officials have narrowed down the search for a new city manager.

"We have a meeting Saturday at 2 p.m. to discuss the four candidates we are looking at closer," Rudy said. "We’re moving right a long on schedule it looks like."

Rudy also proposed a future workshop be held for the new city manager and city council members to promote teamwork and interaction between employees, which all city council members unanimously agreed with.

"In a transition period, our tendency is to get down into the weeds and try to start doing the nuts and bolts of the businesses of others peoples jobs," Mayor Jim Kuykendall said. "We don’t have that problem here because we got a great staff. We just need to make sure we maintain where we are and give the staff support and give the person coming in a great jump start."