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Commission to vote on helping Mt. Juliet pay for road construction

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By BEN DUDLEYThe Wilson Post

While the Mt. Juliet has enjoyed its new high school, the city has had some trouble with the construction of Curd Road, which leads to the school.

The road was very curvy and it is being straightened out to make it easier for school buses to maneuver.

Wilson County Commissioners Bill Patton and Gilbert Graves, Districts 10 and 16, respectively, are sponsoring a resolution to issue capital outlay notes that do not exceed $675,000 in which $650,000 would go toward this project and the rest would pay for the legal costs of issuing the bonds. The full commission will consider the measure at Monday night’s regular meeting set for 7 at the Wilson County Courthouse, Lebanon.

“The City of Mt. Juliet has taken this project on, but they are having a little trouble,” said Ron Gilbert, County Finance director. “Part of the road is actually in Wilson County, so we will be paying for that part.”

If this resolution does not pass, another resolution is set to be voted on that deals with the sale of the old Mt. Juliet Elementary School property for the sum of $3.4 million.

This resolution would have the issue of paying for the county’s portion of the Curd Road construction be brought back before the Budget Committee in 120 days and consider using some of the funds from the sale of that property.

Also on the agenda is a resolution by District 2 Commissioner Chris Sorey to change the Special Act of 1961, Chapter 194, as amended by Private Acts of 1973, Chapter 149, “which states that the Chairman of the Road Commission is to be paid a sum each month equal to three times the per diem paid to a member of the Quarterly County Court of Wilson County for his services.” At the time of the Special Act of 1961, the county commission was known as the Quarterly County Court.

The resolution would take the salary from the Chairman of the Road Commission, which is $1,200 a month, and put it back into the Road Commission’s budget because, “this is a significant cost that is no longer necessary due to State mandated salary schedules for County officials,” the resolution said.

Though Sorey has discussed lowering, or in some cases removing, salaries for some county officials in order to raise money for a new Lebanon High School, this would not affect that at all since the salary would go toward the Road Commission’s budget instead of the General Fund.

If the resolution passes, a copy of it would be sent to Wilson County’s legislative delegation along with a request that they introduce it in the Tennessee General Assembly at the earliest possible date. Once it passes, the state legislature, the measure returns for another vote by commission. If that passes, the measure would take effect on Sept. 1, 2010.

Two budget-related resolutions are also on the agenda. The first deals with using funds from the Hotel/Motel tax to go toward paying a certified public accounting firm to do an audit.

The CPA firm of Allen, McGee & Associates has been commissioned to conduct a hotel-motel occupancy tax audit. To help pay the firm for the audit, $30,000 from the Hotel/Motel Tax revenue will be used, Gilbert said, though it may not be enough because they do not know exactly how much the county will be charged.

The second budget-related resolution deals with appropriating money for an engineering study for the ARRA Energy Grant.

The Federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 is a comprehensive bill to create jobs, restore economic vitality, and strengthen America's middle class through measures that modernize the nation's infrastructure, enhance America's energy independence, expand educational opportunities, preserve and improve affordable health care, provide tax relief, and protect those in greatest need.

Gilbert said, “$33,000 will be used by our engineers to do a study to see if we can apply for this $433,000 grant.”

Staff Writer Ben Dudley may be contacted at

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