The race is on. . .
There was a mayoral forum in Lebanon on Tuesday morning. Marlowe said, “he would not place a property tax until there was a clear understanding of needs and if they can be met with the current fund streams.”
No more signs in public rights of way
Report on the City Commission meeting from Monday, 9/22/2008
The City Commission substituted a new version of the sign ordinance between first and second reading and then passed it. By not voting twice on the substantially new version, the Commission’s action is null and void. Par for the course for this Commission. The major impact of the new sign ordinance is to completely ban ALL signs from the public right-of-way, effective Jan 1, 2009 – so as not to affect this year’s political campaign. The ordinance passed 4-1, with Commissioner Justice opposed. The pay raise for the Commission passed 3-2. Elam changed her vote from “for” to “abstain” between first and second reading. City Manager Randy Robertson was absent from the meeting.
MJ out of gas, MJPD saving on fuel bills
They’re using bicycles and doubling up (2 to a car) on the midnight shift. New chief commented that Lebanon has 83 police officers to Mt. Juliet’s 41 and Mt. Juliet “could use a few more officers.”
Bible Park could benefit MJ as well as Lebanon
Mt. Juliet City Manager Randy Robertson said, “We look forward to assisting Lebanon with securing the park and commend their citizens and leadership in this matter. An endeavor of this magnitude will certainly have positive economic and employment influences on Mt. Juliet.”
Lebanon mayor vetoes resolution to axe MJ fire service
Lebanon City Council’s resolution would have directed the city NOT to provide any mutual aid outside the city limits after April 1, 2009.
Cosby pleads not guilty after fired by MJPD
charged with two counts of aggravated assault and one count of aggravated perjury.
Elam still on administrative suspension
Law license, suspended on Aug 27, 2008 remains on suspension. “It was an administrative oversight,” she said. Elam added she is not currently practicing law but plans to keep her license current.
Firefighters speak out
Time for city to have its own fire service
WEMA paramedic and firefighter Brent Dyer, President of the Wilson County Firefighters Association addressed the City Commission: “I can’t think of any city the size of Mt. Juliet that doesn’t have its own fire department.” Mayor Elam believes “there is no reason to ask taxpayers to pay for a second command structure and dispatch. It’s a waste of money and duplicates,” she said. She added, “It’s unfortunate William Farmer is trying to win an election by appealing to the basest and most divisive instinct of Lebanon voters. This is nothing other than throwing gas on a fire.”
The MJ News reports in its story that “Last week, a home in Mt. Juliet burned while it took WEMA trucks 10 minutes to respond.” An inflammatory sentence, with a significant factual error. The house was not inside the city limits of Mt. Juliet – it was in unincorporated West Wilson Co.
City passes new signage law
Agrees to pay vacation buy-out in two lump sums
Completion of I-40 intersection calls for celebration
City Manager Randy Robertson called the special day “monumental.” “I’ve been here less than a year, and since I came, we’ve been fighting this traffic,” he said. “Someone had a vision a long way back.”