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MJ commissioners OKs land purchase

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Special to The Wilson Post
MT. JULIET Mt. Juliet City Commissioners approved a resolution to purchase a property for a future fire station on Monday. The property, located at Belinda Parkway and Athens Drive, is approximately 2.33 acres.

The item had originally been on the last agenda but was deferred because the commissioners wanted to see if a two-story building could be built on the property, the reasoning being that some offices could be moved to that building temporarily to alleviate some crowding at the current City offices on North Mt. Juliet Road.

Its doable? asked Commissioner Jim Bradshaw of Public Works Director Marlin Keel.

Its doable, yes it is, Keel responded.

Keel said he believed that the property would allow for enough parking for a two-story structure. He consulted with a builder, and they agreed that a number of $175,000 to $190,000 would be the price to get the property ready for building. That price included grading and paving the crossing on Belinda Parkway and utilities.

The resolution passed 5-0, and the closing will be Dec. 15.

Vice Mayor James Maness sponsored a resolution requesting state elected officials to agree to ask the state attorney general to render an official legal opinion regarding a list of questions regarding emergency services.

I would like to get the attorney general invested in this to get some clarification, Maness said.

The commission has a forensic accounting firm looking into the matter now, but wanted to get a legal opinion on the matter.

Weve just about exhausted all means, said Commissioner Ted Floyd. The resolution passed unanimously.

The commissioners also approved a resolution and ordinance approving the financing of the new police communication system through a local bank. It passed unanimously.

In unfinished business consent agenda items, the commissioners approved money for new filing cabinets for Public Works, as well as new carpet, an ordinance to add a processing fee for utility fee payments for customers paying with credit or debit cards, appropriating payroll funds for Interim City Manager Kenny Martin, transferring money to establish a 501(c)3 for the parks and greenways, and money to replace the roof on the finance and sewer accounting building.

In unfinished business, an ordinance to approve a special event permit for organizations or individuals to conduct special events failed to make it to the floor.

In other business, Dan Anderson was appointed to the Beer Board, and the Dec. 26 meeting was cancelled due to it being a City holiday.

Editors Note: Kenny Howell is the managing editor of The Chronicle of Mt. Juliet. He may be contacted at

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