The issue in question is about the grievance policy for LPD, which has been a hot-button topic for weeks. Farmer admitted to calling Self “chicken ‘manure’, is a nicer way to say it,” and stood by his statement that Self was scared to bring the issue before Mayor Philip Craighead.
“I work every day with the ugly side of this city, with people who are armed and most times under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and I never back down from my job,” Self said. “I am anything but a coward.”
In other news, the council again voted and passed a resolution requesting a State of Tennessee Private Act amending the Lebanon City Charter relative to the term lengths of the mayor and members of the city council. This resolution was passed by a vote of 4-2 at the previous meeting, but was vetoed by Mayor Craighead two days later.
“I said at the last meeting that I did not agree with this course of action and I still don’t,” Craighead said before the vote, which also passed 4-2 with Councilors Joe Hayes, Ward 4, and Kathy Warmath, Ward 6, voting against it.
The resolution cannot be vetoed again by the mayor and will be sent to the state legislature for consideration.
An ordinance to authorize Commissioner of Finance and Revenue Russell Lee to negotiate and enter into a Banking Services contract was deferred for the second time so that Lee can get all of the information for the council to make an informed decision.
Two parcels of land were exchanged with Mt. Juliet in the Bel-Air area. One parcel, approximately 9.75 acres, will be annexed as commercial property and the other parcel, approximately 11.28 acres, will be de-annexed to make a park in Mt. Juliet.
The City was also given the Cedar Award by the Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce for the renovations made to the Farmer’s Market.