The City Commission met last night and further muddied the waters. After postponing the swearing in of Jim Bradshaw to a new term at the last meeting in November (on the advice of City Attorney Jason Holleman), the City Commission reversed itself and swore him in at the first meeting in December to a new term. One does wonder what legal revelation the City Attorney had over the past three weeks. Perhaps he’s been reading RFMJ.
Bradshaw’s belated induction into a new term as Commissioner prompted citizen Butch Huber to question whether his election as Vice Mayor was valid. If he was not properly sworn in for a new term, how could he be elected Vice Mayor for a term of two years? If he was elected Vice Mayor as the holdover 2006 D4 Commissioner, did his term as Vice Mayor expire when the 2010 D4 Commissioner was sworn in? The City Attorney stated at the meeting that he will research the issue.
In other news, the much touted new additional ambulance service for the Providence area lasted a grand total of five days. The ambulance service was being provided by ProMed. After five days and only three calls, they canceled the coverage and there is no longer an ambulance stationed in Providence. Oh well, it was fun while it lasted. We wonder what other great strides in providing emergency services Mayor Elam will be able to achieve.
Finally, informed sources at City Hall have reported that the City Commission held a closed-door, executive session meeting with the two attorneys (Frank Lannom & Kathryn Sasser) hired to petition chancery court for a declaratory judgment on the newly enacted charter amendment.
Meanwhile, the citizens of Mt. Juliet, who passed the charter amendment with an 87%-13% margin, are still waiting to find out if the Mayor and Vice Mayor intend to abide by the clear text of the charter and the clear voice of the people.
The Charter Amendment takes effect January 1. Elam and Bradshaw could save the taxpayers money and spare the citizens weeks of uncertainty if they’d just make a statement that they intend to honor the will of the people.
Is that so hard?