I know… that was last week! Deal with it!
from The Chronicle of Mt. Juliet:
YMCA land donation challenged by officials
Challenged? The quotes do sound like they’re challenging the donation. Which raises the interesting question of why elected officials would be opposed to a landowner donating land to the YMCA? Is there more going on here than meets the eye?
Dr. Kaelin’s comments were interesting. He’s concerned a) why “the city seems to be in such a hurry,” b) why is the City using $950k slated to correct Curd Road to buy land for the YMCA, and c) why is the city “cramming” the YMCA into 5.5 acres.
Commissioner Ray Justice (who represents the Little League on the Mt. Juliet City Commission) transparently hopes the YMCA turns down Dr. Kaelin’s offer and that Dr. Kaelin will then “offer the land to the youth sports organizations in our community.”
Commissioner Will Sellers (who represents Willoughby Station) said, “The Y looked at that area last year and had many concerns.”
Commissioner Ed Hagerty (who used to represent Davy Crockett and MJ penny-pinchers) said, “the old MJES site was identified as the number one site.”
Commissioner Jim Bradshaw (who represents Belinda City) said, “Mt. Juliet already has a Y – I went to the ribbon cutting already.”
City Manager Randy Robertson could not be reached for comment.
And Mayor Linda Elam is not mentioned in the article (what’s up with that?).
The question remains, “Why would elected officials challenge the land donation?”