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Council to determine part time hires, not mayor, for 60 days

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By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post

In a resolution added to the agenda after Tuesday night’s regular meeting was called to order, Lebanon City Council vote to require all part time and special consultant hires to be brought before it for approval.

The resolution was added to the agenda at the request of Ward 3 Councilor William Farmer, by a vote of 5-1 with Ward 5 Councilor Haywood Barry opposed.

“I understood this was supposed to be on the Jan. 6 agenda after we discussed it at the work session,” Barry said.

New Mayor Philip Craighead, presiding over his first meeting, asked council to delay this action until he had been in office long enough to make needed changes in policy without the resolution, saying he had only been in office for less than a week.

But Farmer said the action was connected to events that happened before Craighead became mayor.

Ward 6 Councilor Kathy Warmath did propose an amendment to “sunset” the resolution in 60 days, which Farmer accepted. The amendment means the resolution will run out in two months.

At that point Craighead said, “So in 60 days I’ll actually be the mayor.”

Hiring and firing of part time and contractual employees has been done by department heads, with the approval of the mayor. The council controls the amount a department may spend for part time help, but the department decides when and who to hire.

In other business, council unanimously elected Ward 2 Councilor Kevin Huddleston as Mayor Pro Tem. He will preside over meetings if the mayor is absent.

Council also voted to defer a decision until the next meeting concerning supporting efforts to pursue public funding for public transit in the greater Nashville area, which includes Wilson and six other counties.

Councilors also deferred a decision to adopt a revised accounting policy manual on the basis of needing a bit more time to study the inch-thick document, which Warmath held up to show observers why the time was needed.
Council also approved on first reading an ordinance to amend the distance requirements in beer permit regulations. The old version said a place that sells beer by the drink must be at least 450 feet from a church. It said nothing about package sales, and since the city doesn’t regulate wine and liquor by the drink they weren’t covered, either.
The new version would set the distance at 100 feet and cover both types of beer sales.
In other action council:

• approved bidding for the development of the Cedar City Trail
• approved bids to replace the roof on a storage hanger at the Lebanon airport
• approved a package liquor store in West View Plaza on West Main
• approved amending the LoJac hanger lease at the Lebanon Airport.

Staff Writer Connie Esh may be contacted at cewrites@wilsonpost.com.

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