Budget panel defers architects bill to Education Committee

By CONNIE ESHThe Wilson Post

Wilson County Commission’s Budget Committee voted to defer a decision on payment of the architect’s bill for designing the new Lebanon High School to the Education Committee at Thursday night’s meeting.

The education panel was to meet prior to the budget committee Thursday, but postponed its meeting until Feb. 23, according to education committee Chair Paul Abercrombie.

Wilson County Board of Education voted in its last meeting to send the architect’s bill for $1,312,028 from Kaatz, Binkley, Jones and Morris on to the County Commission for payment at its February meeting.

But Bernie Ash, chairman of the budget committee, said it needed to go through the regular committee system.

Abercrombie has promised the education committee will act on the proposed school at its next meeting. He promised school board Chair Teddy Cook to send that on to the county budget committee one way or the other, at a joint discussion meeting held recently.

And he said he plans to do that with or without a recommendation.

It is expected that both issues will come before the budget committee at its regular March meeting, but Ash has already said that he didn’t expect the budget committee to agree to pay the school architect’s bill for designing the new school.

He said since the school board made the bill they should pay it. However, the board argues that they only authorized the architectural plans because the Ccounty commission required them to hard bid the school, Ash added.

He also said he doesn’t expect the budget committee to call a special meeting after education meets.

“We won’t hear these requests until our next meeting,” he said.

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