Monday, September 14, 2009.
Mayor Elam attempted to pass a new benefits package for the Mayor and City Commissioners. It was defeated.
Mayor Elam proposed converting the 60-acre York Road property (home of the police department’s firing range) to a “passive park.” It was defeated.
A study committee had unanimously recommended the repeal of the restrictive “town center overlay” zoning from the center of Mt. Juliet. Mayor Elam has previously pointed proudly to this as “her baby.” It was repealed, with even Mayor Elam voting to repudiate it.
The Mayor had sharp words for the other commissioners.
The Mayor had sharp words for the city attorney.
The Mayor had sharp words for the city manager.
The Mayor had sharp words for the acting parks director.
And the Mayor went 0-for-three.
When the City Attorney opined that adding full health insurance benefits for the Mayor and Commissioners might be considered salary or compensation, and could be challenged unless it applied only to commissioners elected in the future, the Mayor blew up.
“I want to see that! They’ve acknowledged there are no Tennessee cases on any of this and they are looking at other states and that’s not binding!”
“We can do as we choose. . .”
Got that citizens of Mt. Juliet?
According to Mayor Elam, she and the other commissioners “can do as we choose. . .”
(the headline comes from the Mt. Juliet News story. We’d link to it, but they’re website seems to have the hiccups. Click through if you want to try on your own.)