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By BEN DUDLEYThe Wilson Post

Lebanon City Council voted to defer all actions against CoreTech to the next scheduled meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 6 and decided to send a letter inviting CoreTech President Greg Quinn to the meeting to say what he wants to say as well as answer any questions the council might have for him.

Council took the action at Tuesday night’s regular meeting. Councilors are seeking to rescind any financial incentives previously approved for the company.

“I think this is fair,” said Ward 5 Councilor Haywood Barry. “If he doesn’t show up, we move on and rescind our support.”

Mayor Philip Craighead had printed copies of Quinn’s letter to the council and the public that were available to those who came to the meeting. The letter essentially said that CoreTech was no longer seeking to move to Lebanon and blamed that on Ward 3 Councilor William Farmer and his “political axe to grind.”

“I have been attacked maliciously and wrongfully by Mr. Greg Quinn,” Farmer said. “All I did was ask Mr. Weeks and Mr. Wright about what they found during their investigation, which I did not tell them to do.”

Farmer referred to an investigation by Commissioner of Public Safety Billy Weeks and City Attorney Andy Wright into CoreTech Industries, Inc.

Quinn of CoreTech announced in 2008 plans to construct a research and development facility and a business park in Lebanon, called the first such park in the U.S. that would be solely dedicated to developing green technologies. The park was to be located off South Hartmann Drive and I-40.

Since then, questions have been raised concerning the firm’s CEO, its finances and where it was headquartered previously. Weeks and Wright traveled to Washington state a few months ago to look into the company’s operations there. Both have cautioned city officials noting the company has made promises in the past but not delivered.

Quinn has said the company is fine, but has struggled with the economic recession as many other companies have. He has blamed much of the firm’s problems on politics.

In other business, Commissioner of Public Works Jeff Baines said that the chipper service pickup for Zone 1, which were the neighborhoods previously picked up on Mondays and Tuesdays, finished on Sept. 14. Zone 2, which were the neighborhoods previously picked up on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, will begin on Sept. 21.

City Planner Magi Tilton presented two resolutions dealing with a grant and the Clock Tower Project. The resolution for verbal support of the project was deferred until after a work session on Tuesday, Nov. 3, while the resolution allowing the city to apply for a Roadscapes Grant from the Tennessee Department of Transportation was approved.

Lebanon City Council meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at City Hall at 6 p.m.

Staff Writer Ben Dudley may be contacted at ben@wilsonpost.com.

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