Headlines from the Mt. Juliet News, June 4, 2008

City appeals to Supreme Court to stop crematorium
[Bond Memorial won their case at trial court and at the court of appeals. Now the City has asked the State Supreme Court to review the case. Bond Memorial argues that operating a crematorium should be allowed as part of their funeral home business. The City has argued that a crematorium is a separate business that requires a different zoning and therefore should not be allowed on the property where Bond Memorial currently operates]

Mt. Juliet city manager contemplates job change
[according to Vice Mayor Hagerty, Mr. Robertson has an offer for substantially more money, and is considering the new job because it would allow him to live closer to his son, who lives in the D.C. area. Hagerty, Sellers, & Justice all are quoted as saying they would like Mr. Robertson to stay]

Census, Chambers investigation ongoing
Preliminary census numbers over 25,000

[The final census numbers were turned in to the State Planning Office on May 15th. It’s puzzling as to why the City hasn’t disclosed the results and the paper hasn’t asked]

Commission discusses land swap of city owned land for park property
[Commissioner Sellers: “. . .anyone else interested in a swap?” Commissioner Justice: “another appraisal exists on the Feenor property and the one considered by the commission may not be accurate”]

Then again, maybe it’s that “other appraisal” that’s not accurate. Commissioner Justice’s enthusiasm for this swap raises the question of whether he is acting on behalf of the City, or acting on behalf of Harold Feenor. . .

Bonus: Editorial on page 4:
Swapping might be best left to the kids

[heh]

– Publius

Next Meeting of the Mt. Juliet City Commission: Monday, June 9, 2008 – Grant Worksession at 5:45pm, Public Hearing at 6:45pm, Commission Meeting at 7:00pm. Link to Agenda

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5 responses to “Headlines from the Mt. Juliet News, June 4, 2008

  1. Bobby Franklin

    Publius,

    This bill was carried in the Senate and House this session by Mae Beavers and Susan Lynn. I think it originated about the time Mt. Juliet considered paying over 2 million dollars to Harold Feenor for property he purchased in October 2006 for only 450,000 dollars. Coincidence?

    SENATE BILL 3363 By Beavers and HOUSE BILL 3306 By Lynn

    AN ACT to amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 6,

    Chapter 56, Part 3, relative to municipal purchasing.

    BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE:

    SECTION 1. Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 6-56-304(5), is amended by adding the following language at the end of the subdivision: provided, however, no purchase, lease or lease-purchase of real property shall be made and no contract for the purchase, lease or lease-purchase shall be entered into until the municipality first obtains an independent appraisal of the fair market value of the real property to be acquired;

    SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law, the public welfare requiring

  2. Larry Whitney

    Looks like Sellers is doing Feener’s bidding, as well as Justice. Keep in mind that Sellers and Feener are neighbors. Did Feener contribute to Sellers election campaign fund???

  3. Butch Huber

    Feener doesn’t live in Willoughby Station anymore. They were neighbors, if you consider living on opposite sides of Willoughby Station to be neighbors, but Feener moved out of Willoughby Station. However, that does not mean that they are, or aren’t, friends. I have no idea what the connections may be between Sellers and Feenor, I just wanted to make sure the story was correct as far as the neighbor post is concerned.

  4. Man of the People!

    Mr. Feenor lives in a house he built located in a new section of Clearview. It is worth much more than the York Road property. But whether or not someone is a neighbor is irrelevant as everybody has a cell phone these days.

    The new home is located in District 4, where the Commissioner has thankfully shown no enthusiasm at all for Mr. Feenor’s rock pile.

  5. Butch Huber

    I agree that whether or not someone is a neighbor has any relevance or not. Just wanted the record to be accurate. Harold has a beautiful home, but what does the value of his home have to do with this deal?

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