and other matters.
The agenda for the next meeting of the Mt. Juliet City Commission is up on the City web site. There are a couple of interesting items.
They’re going to take up, once again, Vice Mayor Hagerty’s proposal to dedicate the proceeds of the hotel/motel tax to go towards the purchase of the property which they voted to give to the YMCA. They tried to pass this last time they met, but it failed to pass on a 2-2 tie after Commissioner Justice left the meeting.
Commissioner Justice is sponsoring two items on the agenda. One is an amendment to the City’s Ethics Code which is described, cryptically, as “Amend Ethics Ordinance – Board Members.” It really seems to us that public notice is NOT adequately given when the public has no idea what’s being proposed in advance of the meeting. It would be a trivial matter for the full text of each agenda item to be available on the City’s website. The state legislature and the US Congress both give us full access to bills as soon as they are filed. The City of Mt. Juliet should do the same.
Commissioner Justice’s second item is a “discussion item” titled “Amend Title 1 of the City of Mt. Juliet Code – Board of Commissioners.” Like the item mentioned above, this title is so vague that there’s no way for any member of the public to discern what the Commissioner might be proposing.
Note to Commissioners: If the passage of an item would be jeopardized by letting the public know what it is ahead of time, it’s probably not a good idea.