Good or Bad: Make a Call

In the early days of our website, I was chided by a city worker about how easy it was to pick up the phone and talk to the Mayor and Aldermen about concerns.  Perhaps it is time to make that happen… pick up the phone LaVergne and tell our elected officials how you feel about last night’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting.

Mayor Senna Mosley
(615) 405-1571
smosley@lavergnetn.gov

Vice Mayor Chris Farmer
(615) 566-5517
cfarmer@lavergnetn.gov

Alderman Tom Broeker
(615) 207-8030
tbroeker@lavergnetn.gov

Alderman Sherry Green
(615) 793-6982
sgreen@lavergnetn.gov

Alderman Dennis Waldron
(615) 397-7027
dwaldron@lavergnetn.gov

49 comments for “Good or Bad: Make a Call

  1. Theresa
    December 8, 2010 at 8:56 am

    Please, someone help me get my facts straight so I know who I want to have a few words with…who were the three votes that did NOT accept the severance?

    • mark
      December 8, 2010 at 9:17 am

      yes Waldron, Green and Broeker wanted to give Moshea more money!

  2. tony vanatta
    December 8, 2010 at 9:02 am

    green,waldon,broeker,

  3. Theresa
    December 8, 2010 at 9:25 am

    Thanks guys…now I know who I want to fuss at!!

  4. December 8, 2010 at 9:49 am

    I want to thank Mr. Broeker for speaking to me this morning. After a long discussion, I understand why he voted "no"… this issue is by no means over and I hope the Board of Mayor and Aldermen will meet again soon to resolve it. Legally. Fairly. Firmly. Finally.

    • tony vanatta
      December 8, 2010 at 11:22 am

      thats why i wasn't saying anything,when talking to tom,after he won,and haven't talked to him since,but when i did,,he seem to be understanding and fair person,so until i hear from him,or his reason why,then mouth shut,i feel i miss judge him once and want do it again,running your mouth before you know the truth or why can make you look stupid,,been there done that,

  5. Leanne
    December 8, 2010 at 10:15 am

    What was his reason?

    • tony vanatta
      December 8, 2010 at 11:17 am

      that what i want to know,,before i say anything,,

  6. Cee Dee
    December 8, 2010 at 11:20 am

    Kathy, hate to say it, but at least one of those numbers will do you no good to call. She doesn't pick up the phone. Shows her commitment to the PEOPLE. But thanks to Dennis & Tom for being gracious enough to take the heat for the vote last night. Agree or disagree, at least they will talk to you. The other one should be ashamed to call herself a person for the peopel IF she will not talk to them — my opinion!

    • Leanne
      December 8, 2010 at 11:34 am

      Sherry Green,

      IF you are going to represent these citizens and the city of Lavergne. Then answer or at least respond to the concerns of the citizens.

  7. Tom Broeker
    December 8, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    While my vote on this issue may not have been popular or sat well with some I will assure everyone that I will make myself available to the citizens of La Vergne at all times. Regardless of this issue, this board will move La Vergne forward.

    Tom Broeker
    207-8030
    394-2821

  8. hiden from the good
    December 8, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    Man oh Man Do Senna and Chris have their work cut out for them..
    The "good ole boy network" is alive and well with Sherry (What should I say now?) Green, Tom (Screwed up the city's baseball and softball leagues, now turn me loose on the rest of the city)Broeker and Dennis(yes I can be bought)Waldron. These 3 don’t feel that Mark Moshe got his pockets lined enough at city expense and want to pay him more.
    Oh and why does Mike Slinker come to our meetings – he doesn’t live in LaVergne & obviously didn’t get the message from the election.
    Senna & Chris, the voters spoke loud and clear and have got your backs – don’t let Senile Sherry, Tactless Tom & Deceitful Dennis continue to put their and their friends interests before the interests of the City of LaVergne.

  9. Theresa
    December 8, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    Tom, would you be willing to openly discuss (here so many will see) why you voted the way you did? Maybe if we (the citizens of LaVergne) understand, we would be less inclined to fuss.

  10. Tom Broeker
    December 8, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    Theresa,
    I absolutely will discuss my vote here online or, if so desired, in any other public forum. This goes for now through the end of my term.
    My vote last night had nothing to do with Mr. Moshea, his role as city administrator, or anything pertaining to his past. Quite frankly, I worked two weeks with this man and know very little about him. This was not an attempt to keep him in that role or to appease others that have served with him. The question I had was the City of La Vergne acting appropriately regarding this seperation. As many have stated here, this has not always been the case. My ONLY concern was that the city take the high road and set the tone for the future. Was the severance / seperation package sufficient for an official that has served the city for 11 years and through 4 mayors? I previously had asked the same question at the workshop on Thursday. Basically that is it. Some feel the man is not entitled to a severance package at all. Others feel it wasn't enough. It is my wish that this city, this board act appropriately and above reproach in all circumstances despite any personal feelings or potentially "hot" items that are placed in front of it and I was only attempting to ensure that was the case here. It is so unfortunate that we did not resolve this issue last evening as this truly is a new beginning and this is a great board but we will move forward and La Vergne does have a bright future.
    I want to say I totally understand my role on this board. While it is a difficult one, I will NOT back down from it. I'm quite sure this will not be the last time that I will take some heat. I did last month from many when I nominated Chris Farmer to become our vice mayor. He was the correct choice and best person for our new mayor and La Vergne and I voted my heart. Last evening, I did the same. I will listen to the citizens and become as knowledgable as I can in attempt to make the best decisions for all of the city. (And those decisions will be mine!) I will remain available regardless of whether my vote is a popular one.
    Respectfully,
    Thomas Broeker

    • hiden from the good
      December 8, 2010 at 4:10 pm

      Several of us overheard Mike Slinker comment to his friend that you did exactly as he told u – comment?

    • tony vanatta
      December 8, 2010 at 4:12 pm

      thanks tom.
      I may not understand everthing that went on,but your vote is your own,as is the others votes,as long as you stand by your vote and and try to get people to understand why you for that way That all that matter,as i wish the vote was the other way it wasn't,as like you said,i have very bad feeling for him,because of how he treated me when i frist move up here,over my flooding in my yard,He treated me like a dog no joke,as i was nice believe of not,even the city worker where shaking there heads,and that was before i new anybody up here at all, The only i know i couldn't set on that board and vote for this without feeling getting in the way,an i really can't sat ,how i feel about him on here,I WILL JUST BE GLAD WHEN HE IS GONE,so WE CAN MOVE FORWARD,,THANKS AGAIN,

  11. Theresa
    December 8, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Tom, I appreciate your willingness to discuss this.

    Questions that I have seen on several posts I would like to ask you specifically. Did Mr. Moshea sign the severance agreement that was presented to the board? If so, why did you believe it was not in his best interest if he had already agreed to it. Did he have a contract with the city? Was there anything outlined in it regarding severance?

    I, and others here, just want to understand the process of making these decisions. Regardless of his "history" with the city (and I am a friend of the Dooley family) shouldn't he be free to sign the agreement of his own accord and have the board respect it?

  12. Cee Dee
    December 8, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    I heard that Ms. Green made the statement last night that Moshea was MADE to sign his resignation. Now, my feeling on that is that he took the best road he could travel by signing a resignation instead of having a lot of, shall we say, unsavory things brought up or exposed about his tenure with the city. I'm pretty sure he would rather have taken his original offer than have some things brought out, which the media seems very interested in. This may have worked against Moshea instead of in his favor — in which case, I'm sure he'll be thanking those who voted to deny last night!

  13. Tom Broeker
    December 8, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    To my knowledge, Mr. Moshea did not have a employment service contract and, yes, he did sign his severance agreement. Regardless, of his signature it had to be agreed upon by the Board of Mayor and Alderman. Was Mr.Moshea capable of making his own decision? Absolutely, but we were obligated to legitimately review this package and agree upon it. This original package / offer did not come before the board until the workshop on Thursday with the vote being scheduled for last night. Could I have "rubber stamped" it and passed it on through just because the mayor or vice-mayor supported it? Absolutely, however, isn't that the type of leadership so many on this blog speak out against? I asked questions for clarification on whether this was right for the city and to do my job and I voted my conscious based upon the information I had at the time. I accept that my decision was not a popular one. We WILL resolve this issue and move forward.

  14. Cee Dee
    December 8, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    I guess you could say it was "rubber stamped" with the old administration instead??? If more clarification was needed, that should have been put into a motion, right?

    • Tom Broeker
      December 8, 2010 at 6:08 pm

      Cee Dee,
      I do agree we should have resolved it last evening either through a motion or additional discussion.

  15. Who Said What
    December 8, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    My question is:
    why was Jerry Gann overheard at the meeting saying out-loud; "He did exactly what I told him to do" (referring to Broker). More than one person heard this statement made. Interesting huh.

  16. Tom Broeker
    December 8, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    I hope I've answered all legitimate questions, if there are any further again I can be reached at 394-2821 or 207-8030.

  17. good ole boy here
    December 8, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    I am going to join the ranks of the other chicken ***** on here and hide my name cause we are skeered and don't want anyone to know whom we are. So now I can say anything I want and no one will know who i am.

  18. Does That Mean
    December 8, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    Now I am curious.
    Tom,
    Are you saying that employees that have in X amount of years should receive a severance package if they resign?
    I know that there are a few (more actually) employees that have in more time (some cases way more) than Moshea, they have no contract. Should we not offer them a better package than what you would like to offer Mark?
    Some would probably be willing to resign if they could get the same package that you will end up giving Moshea. Maybe they should get more since they did not get us sued over and over again, they had to put up with indecision and neglect from the person you want to give our money to.
    I even know where to get some of the money.
    The City should take over all of the concessions at the parks (we do own the buildings and pay the bills) and use the profit to pay off other long time employees.

  19. retired businessman
    December 8, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    This severance package seems to be more than enough. He agreed to it, the reasoning of some of the alderman is "he has done so much for the city". so he deserves more. What was his $80,000 plus yearly salary for?? To do little then leave with a big check?? He has cost this city a lot of money because he did not do his job properly. Where I come from your fired or resign, maybe you get 2 weeks pay and a slap on the back. This is typical of all goverment enities, whether local or national. Spend OUR MONEY like you would spend your own!! Don"t reward poor performance with more money.

    • tony vanatta
      December 8, 2010 at 9:29 pm

      will where i come from ,you got pushed out door and a kick in a–,,,,

  20. justin
    December 8, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    Charlie, you stated that Mr. Moshea made $ 82,000 dollars a year. I think that the city pays all insurance for all La Vergne employees. Family coverage would run from $ 10,000 to $ 20,000 a year so.
    This is an estimate, it could be higher but I don’t think that it would be much lower.
    Salary $ 82,000
    Insurance $ 15,000 I split the difference
    total $ 97,000 dollars a year
    Severance package for 3 months = around $ 24,000 dollars
    Severance package for 6 months = around $ 48,000 dollars
    Alderman Broeker, a good and trusted friend of ours sang your praises and a lot of people listened to him. He is still a good and trusted friend, and yes we will still listen to him. He was on the money about Mayor Mosley and I thank him for that. I supported you and for that I am sorry, it will never happen again. I understand that you work for the post office, well for the first time I understand the term POSTAL. The only thing that makes me happy is the fact that you will only be in office for 2 years. I will work hard to keep you out after that.

    • tony vanatta
      December 8, 2010 at 9:34 pm

      and i know about 3 year ago the black truck he drove was lavergnes too,,but that would be hear say,,,

  21. La Vergne Resident
    December 9, 2010 at 12:10 am

    First of all, I would like to clarify to everyone that Senna has yet to respond to everyone on this site WHY she wanted to give Mark Moshea a severance package in the first place. Remember, folks…it was our Mayor Senna Mosley that wanted to PAY Mark Moshea additional tax payer money to get rid of him by wanting to agree to a resignation that stipulated additional money to Mark Moshea! Looks like she don't have the guts to make the hard decisions we need for LaVergne. In addition, based upon what I know of Tom Broeker, he will stand up against any non-sense that Senna wants to do.

    Here's another interesting thought to consider (in addition's to another writers comment above)…since Senna won the election this year as Mayor, once 2014 comes and we all work hard to get her out of office — we no longer have to put up with Senna anymore as well. No more as Alderman…no more as Mayor!

    And Chris Farmer — I want to like you, but please cut the cord from your mamma (Mamma Mosely). Chris, can you tell me why you wanted to pay Mark Moshea a severance package in the first place. You and Senna were the only 2 who wanted to accept the resignation..one in which had a stipulation and a requirement for the City of LaVergne to pay him a severance package in the first place.

    Chris and Senna — Sounds like you both have explaining to do to this audience!

    Senna — Now that you are Mayor, you don't have time for this site anymore, huh? Is the kitchen getting too hot? We want answers — dang it! Why did you put this resignation package together to begin with…let alone want to agree to it with our tax payer money!

    I will work hard to get you out of office Senna. You can bet your bottom dollar. The clock is ticking…so you might as well do all you can as a 1 term Mayor — similiar to what our current President will be!

    • mark
      December 9, 2010 at 6:41 am

      First of all Senna is busy trying to run the city. Would you rather have her online commenting about things or running the city and cleaning it up. She is at city hall everyday not like past mayors where they were only seen if tv stations popped up or a meeting.

    • tony vanatta
      December 9, 2010 at 7:40 am

      roflmbo…its all ways nice to read stuff like this,,if you only new what you where talking about,but you dont,

    • Unknot Your Underwea
      December 9, 2010 at 9:04 am

      It sounds like someone has his panties in a wad. Sour grapes maybe?

    • Cee Dee
      December 9, 2010 at 10:07 am

      Lavergne Resident — did you run for office during the last election — maybe the mayor position? This all sounds very familiar! I think your posts sound very vindictive in nature. Certainly you can see nothing wrong with wanting to do what's best for the citizens of La Vergne & support those who are working in a positive direction to see that happen. You seem to be a bit off track here on the subject matter.

  22. vice mayor chris far
    December 9, 2010 at 4:07 am

    La Vergne resident as an elected official I can not answer that question on this site at this time. Alderman Tom Broeker has already started discussing his reasoning for voting on here. Since he engaged in the discussion no other elected official can answer on here due to it being a discussion us. Feel free to call or email me. I can and would love to answer your question I just am not allowed to on here now.

    Chris Farmer
    615-566-5517
    cfarmer@lavergne.org

  23. vice mayor chris far
    December 9, 2010 at 4:12 am

    In my last post it should have said this could be considered a discussion between two elected officials. Sorry for the mistake

  24. Mayor Senna Mosley
    December 9, 2010 at 8:05 am

    I can not and will not violate the sunshine law. This is an open discussion site and one elected official has commented; therefore, I CAN NOT by LAW. I have an office at city hall. I am there majority of the time when I am not in meetings. I have an open door policy and welcome everyone to come by and discuss any questions or concerns you may have.
    793-6295 ext. 3274 office
    405-1571 city cell always on
    793-2469 home before 8:30 a.m. after 5:00p.m.

    • mark
      December 9, 2010 at 8:37 am

      tell em girlfriend….thats why we love you so much you tell it like it is and you do things by the book…guess their not used to doing things by the book huh?
      people better get use to the new way of things being ran in the city…it's called the RIGHT WAY!!

  25. james
    December 9, 2010 at 9:17 am

    Yet before you were elected Mayor you and everyone else on here belittled all other board members because they would not come to this site and comment. Can't have it both ways.

    • Theresa
      December 9, 2010 at 9:32 am

      Ok, I tried not to jump back in on this since it had become so juvenile. But, I have to stand up for someone who is being attacked with BS. I have been reading this blog for a long time and I have NEVER, EVER seen Mayor Mosely attack anyone on this site personally or professionally.

      Everyone needs to just take a little time out. There is no need for personal attacks. Whether you voted for these people or not, you have not given them a chance. They have only been in office for a month!!!

      If you have questions, email them, call them, snail mail them, I don't care, just contact them. It has been made clear to us that no other elected official in LaVergne can comment on this thread. So stop pushing the issue. Quit the name calling, quit the threats to remove them from office, just knock it off.

      And, if you can't play nicely on here, please, I am begging you, take your toys and go home!!!

      • Sherry
        December 9, 2010 at 12:25 pm

        You tell 'em, Theresa! I didn't put in my two cents' worth because it was getting so ridiculous! 🙂

  26. i'mhidingmyname
    December 9, 2010 at 9:41 am

    EDITORIAL: Moshea's departure right for La Vergne

    THE DAILY NEWS JOURNAL • December 8, 2010 http://www.dnj.com/article/201012080300/OPINION01

    I've read all the comments on here. The one questioning why responders would choose not to reveal their names is pretty self evident. Some of these folks work for the city and know first hand how their supervisors would react to their using their right to freedom of speech. Mr. Moshea is but the first one to be shown the door (hopefully) and this hullabaloo over that is not encouraging to CoLV employees opening up. I support Mayor Mosley wholeheartedly – I have watched her and come to know her over the past 5 years.
    Next on my list would be the city attorney who seems to think his job has been to cover the rears of the Mayor, Aldermen and Department heads. He doesn't seem to grasp that we, the residents of LaVergne, pay his salary and as such he works for us. Too often he has facilitated in cover ups and undo/redoes to fix mistakes. Secondly, we have a an assistant Chief of Police who is married to a LaVergne officer – one, or both of them need to go, my preference would be the assistant chief. There are issues in every department of this city that need to be corrected and resolved. I believe the Mayor knows this and will do her sworn duty, and do them well within the confines of legality. I can say in my numerous visits to city hall over the past 5-6 years I have noticed recently many more smiles and a much more relaxed atmosphere – and that's with the Mayor being in the building!

    • Cee Dee
      December 9, 2010 at 12:01 pm

      I believe you have it wrong about the city attorney. I think he has been left in the dark UNTIL he is hit in the face at the meetings with some of the things that have gone on. He has not in the past been given the courtesy of a call or written info on some things that should have been brought to him BEFORE anything was done. His job is to try to straighten out the mess made by some on the board or in an administrative position. Hopefully, this will now be remedied as I know Senna is all about doing things LEGALLY and will seek the attorney's input before taking action — doing it the right way. I think the attoney has always had our interest at heart, but like so many others has had his hands somewhat tied . . .

  27. Cee Dee
    December 9, 2010 at 10:00 am

    James — for clarification: I believe Ms. Mosley's comments about other board members not commenting on this site before the election were regarding the pre-election questions being asked of all those running for office. Some would not answer questions or respond in any way — one only rambled on & on about things not asked! This had nothing to do with "official city business" — it had nothing to do with on-going voting or anyting that would sight the Sunshine Law. It was an "open forum" which is legal to do. The Moshea deal is on-going city business & cannot be discussed in violation of the Sunshine Law.

  28. tony vanatta
    December 9, 2010 at 11:04 am

    Well i will have to say,that my eyes where open,after i chilled out,after reading what LAVERGNE RESIDENT,posted,i was so mad,upset my chest hurt,and then i was like what if mayor mosleys kids read this,I did not post anything here about it,but i did on my fb wall,it was very bad ,as i was so upset,but then i got to thinking,just what if there kids can some how get my wall through a friend,so i went back and deleted it,i pray i never every hurt a child feeling over anything i post,,

  29. tony vanatta
    December 9, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    ok,,everthing that man has done is in black and white,,in his file,,right there,,he is a city worker,no better no less,,than another one,,,or is he,,,,there isn't another city worker that would get anything ,if they did anything like he has done,they wouldnt get a dime,,they would be fired,,on the spot,,,oh wait he has done that to city worker,,with a smile on his face,,i think mayor mosley and vice mayor was being to nice,,after everything he has done,,i would have kicked his butt out,,with nothing,

  30. imhidingmyname2
    December 10, 2010 at 1:21 am

    I believe that there are some people within the city establishment that would not appreciate their employees posting on this site because our speech cannot be controlled. With that being said i would like to chime in about the comment concerning the city attorney:
    The attorneys job is to offer legal advice, which he does quite well. He does not make decisions or policy, he gives legal advice when requested and represents the city only to a certain point in court. He is not in the business of covering up anything, he advises staff; he cannot force staff or the board to heed his advice.
    Some on this site would bash employees, making claims of them being part of the problem and part of the good ole boy network. This is simply not true! We as employees have bosses that we have to answer to. Do you go to work and argue with your boss? Even if you are right in your argument, do you know all of the facts behind your bosses decision to deviate from the norm? Many of us want to be able to do our jobs as best as possible but we have people that tell us what to do and believe me it has not been easy on us. Mark Moshea not making decisions, Kathy Payne being allowed to have different standards for everyone, board members interfering and citizens pissed off at us. Many times it didn't matter which way we went because we would be wrong on one end or the other and that is demoralizing.
    Now we are at a new point: Senna wants us to do our job the right way and if anyone interferes we are to call her. While I have not always agreed with Senna, I do respect her because I know where she stands on an issue. I have had many conversations with Senna over the years, she doesn't hold back and calls it the way she sees it. I respect that because I do the same. The best part: I do not fear losing my job anymore when I disagree with the boss. She wants to know my opinion, she might not always like it but she will listen. She will not tell me to let something slide, if we have a rule use it; if it is unclear, call the attorney. I am good with that; are you?

    • Cee Dee
      December 10, 2010 at 9:45 am

      Thank you for speaking for the city employees. It's so good to finally see that you have a voice & can perform your jobs without fear. There may be some who are used to not having to work much & are not too happy having to perform now, but I so appreciate those of you who have now been given the opportunity to do the jobs you were hired to do & to do them to the best of your abilities — for the good of the City. You are the ones who deserve your pay! Make a difference!!!

  31. steve noe
    December 10, 2010 at 10:49 am

    OK this is getting old, can't someone start a different rumor or something for us to write about? complain about? piss and moan about?

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