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Council nods ordinances, defers resolution

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Lebanon City Council approved on first reading an ordinance to name the Personnel Department assistant as the acting director during Tuesday night’s regular meeting.

Council discussed the wording of the measure with its sponsor, Ward 6 Councilor Kathy Warmath noting she hoped the ordinance would have better wording when it is considered on second reading.

Council nodded measures approving the Public Works Department’s Waste System Conservation Contingency Plan, a consent agreement with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation concerning violations by Lebanon at the city’s water treatment plant, amended the city’s code pertaining to cutting utility services for non-payment of bills. The measure calls for a $30 reconnection fee during business hours and a $50 reconnection fee during non-business hours.

Council also voted to reappropriate more than $78,000 for the next phase of the Cedar City Trail. The money would fund design, right-of-way acquisition and construction.

Council also deferred a resolution from City Attorney Andy Wright asking the State Legislature to approve a Private Act allowing the city charter to be amended regarding the designation, hiring, management and disciplining department heads.

The measure sought to set the authority of the mayor to hire department heads with confirmation by council by a two-thirds vote (four councilors voting in favor). In addition, the measure sought to place the Commissioner of Public Safety as the supervisor of the police and fire chiefs.

Ward 3 Councilor William Farmer said the resolution did not contain wording that should be left in, but Wright noted he had removed language that was repetitive or that was in conflict with state law.

Ward 5 Councilor Haywood Barry agreed with Farmer. Council decided to defer the matter so Wright could work on the wording of the resolution and to get councilors up-to-date copies of the charter. Council is to hold a work session prior to the next meeting regarding the resolution.

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