Major retail development back on track in MJ
[Paddocks on Mt. Juliet Road. Major amendment to site plan approved by City Commission. Project has already lured Wal-Mart and Lowes. Gipson Group sent several lawyers and a biologist to explain why the change was made. Something about a wetland. Vote was 3-2 with Hagerty and Bradshaw opposed]
City Budget hit by ‘unanticipated’ debts
[We think they mean ‘expenses.’ “We have a lot of bills someone seems to have forgotten about.” – City Manager Randy Robertson. $600k for ROW for the new ramp from I-40 to Providence, $250,000 to TDOT for the retaining wall alongside the new ramp, and $600,000 to pay for the relocation of Horizon Concrete at the Beckwith interchange. We sympathize with Robertson. These projects were certainly obscure and well hidden.]
Commissioners outline goals for 2008: roads, long range planning, park land top priorities
[Ray Justice : roads, governmental infrastructure, police staffing, city finances and park land
Ed Hagerty: promote Edge City, recruit office parks to Beckwith Road area, establish good working Land Use Plan, increase property values for everyone
Jim Bradshaw: getting a handle on city finances, keeping tabs on road projects, more oversight on development, establish a farmer’s market
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Some planning could ease the pain of long meetings
[The City Commission meeting last Monday lasted for four hours. . . and the sound is messed up on channel 3 again]
from the Chronicle:
Will MJHS be open for the ’08 year?
Shake ups and let downs for new biz
inside headline: Prologics development delayed, Paddocks back on track
Oh, and both papers had big front-page stories about the MJPD discovery of $42,000 worth of stolen goods in a Mt. Juliet apartment.