Commission seals deal to purchase former MJES site
Elam opposes idea
[but apparently only because she wanted to do MORE for the YMCA. She’s suddenly more concerned with how the road to the new Mt. Juliet High School will be built – which is actually a very good question. How is that road going to get built?
Favorite line from this story: “Sparks flew at the commission table. . .” ]
Two-plus years before Phase II road project complete
[and by “road project,” the MJN means the widening of Mt. Juliet Road. TDOT has finally scheduled a letting date for December 2008. No word on whether the legislature has actually approved the TDOT road project budget yet.]
Ex-city planner sues city, mayor: officials weigh in
[update to the Lebanon Democrat article from last week – now with quotes from Mayor Linda Elam, Vice Mayor Ed Hagerty, Commissioner Ray Justice, and former planner Bobby Franklin]
“Mt. Juliet Mayor Linda Elam said she is not concerned about the lawsuit in a “legal prospective.” “But old issues are being brought up,” she said. “I think it is unfortunate for the city, [that] people are rehashing old issues. All you need to know is the city has yet to be served. It was filed over a week ago. That’s all you need to know about another attempt at character assassination.”
All we need to know is that the city hasn’t been served? Really?
Vice Mayor Hagerty said he didn’t “fully understand” the legal issues involved and wanted to reserve comment until he read the suit. “I don’t know why someone would work for the city and then turn around and sue them,” he said. “I’ve never sued a former employer before. I don’t get it. If it’s so bad why not quit? I think we have too many attorneys circulating City Hall.”
That’s right. The problem is too many attorneys. And if an employee finds out about ethical violations on the part of an elected official, they should just quit quietly… before they can be fired.
District 1 Commissioner Ray Justice said he had obtained a copy of the suit. “Anytime there’s potential litigation, yes, I’m concerned,” he said. “But I have faith we’ll work out the details. Obviously Bobby thinks he has a case.”
a) Its not “potential litigation” once the lawsuit has actually been filed. Then its “actual litigation.” b) Commissioner Justice has a copy of the suit? But the Mayor said the City hasn’t been served! Hmmm….. sounds like somebody is not telling the truth again.
teaser for the inside opinion:
How many consultants does it take to run a city?
from The Chronicle:
Former MJ planner sues City, mayor
“The mayor illegally prevented me from speaking at a city commission meeting,” Franklin said Monday. “The acting city manager illegally fired me. And then they lied about me. And the rest of the city commission did nothing to stop them.”
“This lawsuit is as much about the public’s right to know as it is about any damages done to me,” Franklin said Monday.
Funds for new MJHS road may be used to buy land
[This is turning into a very complicated deal – see below]
Developer to donate five acres of park land to MJ
The inside story is headlined:
Curd Road funds could buy old MJES site
[the article talks about two different resolutions. One resolution would authorize a swap of four acres owned by the City on Mt. Juliet Road for 60 acres owned by local developer Harold Feener at the end of York Road. Will Sellers sponsored a resolution that calls for appraisals on both pieces of property. The second resolution was to purchase the old MJES site using, in part, money the County had pledged for the construction of a new road to the new MJES. The unanswered question is still, “Will there ever be a new road built to the new MJES?”]
lots to discuss…