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MJ mayor tries to move retreat out of town

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By TOMI L. WILEYSpecial to The Wilson Post

MT. JULIET -- In a move that was ultimately shot down by the City Commission, Mt. Juliet Mayor Linda Elam tried to tack onto the agenda an item that would move that board’s annual “retreat” outside city limits at Monday night’s meeting.

Explaining that the agenda item “was submitted in a timely manner” but “caught in the Internet netherworld” between herself and City Recorder Sheila Luckett, Elam attempted to suspend the rules and add the resolution to Monday night’s agenda. District 3 Commissioner Ed Hagerty and District 4 Commissioner Jim Bradshaw both objected, however, and the conversation heated up when Elam said she would overrule their objections and consider the item.

“It was submitted in a timely manner and has three sponsors,” she said, adding that the issue was important because it would set a precedent as to how “technical” issues like this one are handled in the future.

City Attorney Jason Holleman remarked that the issue “didn’t get filed in time” to be on the agenda.

“It has not been provided notice to the public,” he said, “but it’s not a resolution issue. Four people (commissioners) must be in agreement to suspend the rules and add to the agenda.”

Elam said she was “making a ruling, and it’s on the agenda,” to which Bradshaw requested “the courtesy to speak” on the subject but was shut down by Elam.

“I don’t agree because it’s for a retreat for the city commission to go out of town and not something of an emergency to be considered,” Bradshaw said loudly.

By the end of the meeting, however, Elam had changed her mind and the item was not placed on the agenda to be considered.

In New Business, a resolution to approve an amendment to the Joint Economic Community Development Board of Wilson County agreement was unanimously approved. The amendment adds another representative from Mt. Juliet and a citizen of the county onto that board. Mt. Juliet leaders have battled for more representation on that board for years, since Mt. Juliet’s population explosion several years ago, stating that more residents require more representation on the JECDB board.

Editor’s Note: Tomi L. Wiley is the editor of The Chronicle of Mt. Juliet. She may be contacted at Editor@thechronicleofmtjuliet.com.

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