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Council discussing transportation issues

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As the county mayor, I deal with issues that arise on a county level. At times, I also deal with issues that arise on a city level within the county. Once a month, and sometimes more, I represent Wilson County on four different boards on a regional level. Each board is responsible for a different area, and each has a different agenda. The four boards consist of 13 counties and 52 cities that together make up the Middle Tennessee Region. The boards are as follows: Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), Greater Nashville Regional Council (GNRC), Regional Transit Authority (RTA) and Mid Cumberland Human Resource Agency (MCHRA). I also represent Wilson County at the Middle Tennessee Mayors' Caucus.

I am currently serving in my second year as the chairman of the MPO. I am also currently serving as the vice chairman of the RTA and just completed my chairmanship of GNRC. These committees are very valuable to our region and strengthen our region's ability to work together as a whole. I have enjoyed my leadership roles in these organizations, and I am proud to represent Wilson County in our Middle Tennessee Region. Over the past several years, the county commission has been very active in assisting with the issues brought forth by these four boards.

These four boards discuss a variety of issues that affect the Middle Tennessee Region. One of the primary topics of discussion at our meetings is regional transportation. When discussing regional transportation, we not only look at the problems that face us now but also the ones that will face us in the future. These issues are not just related to our region as a while but most importantly our own county. The way we move people in and out of Wilson County as well as how we move people around inside of Wilson County are very important issues that affect each and every citizen.

I have been in communication with the county commission on forming an ad hoc committee to study Wilson County as well as regional transportation issues. This committee would be a think-tank-only committee, making me aware of strengths, philosophies and ideas that I could carry back to our meetings as we discuss regional transportation. This committee will not contribute to any funding whatsoever nor require any funding from the commission as a whole. This committee would simply be used to brainstorm new ideas. If you are interested in providing feedback on transportation issues that affect your area, please contact the mayor's office at (615) 444-1383.

Thank you,

Randall Hutto

Wilson County Mayor

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