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“I don’t like this agreement, Mr. Hutto,” he said to County Mayor Randall Hutto who was in attendance. However, Hagerty noted he felt that it was in the best interest of the City to move forward and voted yes. District 2 Commissioner and Vice Mayor James Maness and District 1 Commissioner Ted Floyd echoed the remarks of Bradshaw and Hagerty.

As approved, the county will collect the tax as it already set up to do so through its regular collection of property taxes. For Mt. Juliet to collect it would mean additional personnel costs, officials said.

“The county currently has that system,” Hagerty said.

City Attorney Jason Holleman said the county is basically working as a collection agency.

The next item considered by city commissioners was originally supposed to be an ordinance but was changed to a resolution. It authorized Holleman to work this summer on private legislation to obtain Tennessee General Assembly approval on an impact fee on residential dwellings to be used for EMS and fire protection, as well as a 10 cents per square foot fee on commercial buildings. It passed 4-0.

An ordinance to remove the $30,000 per floor fee over three stories was deferred one month in case the commission chose to keep it if the other fees did not work out.

In other business, Art Giles was elected the new District 3 Commissioner to fill the spot left vacant when Hagerty became mayor.

It took two rounds of nominations and voting to elect Giles. Bradshaw was the first to nominate Giles. Floyd nominated John Birdsong, and Maness nominated Brett Linville. Giles received two votes the first time and Birdsong and Linville received one a piece.

In the second round of voting, Floyd, Bradshaw and Mayor Ed Hagerty gave enough votes to Giles to elect him.

“I’m very humbled by it,” Giles said after the meeting. “I’ll do my best.”

Giles has lived in Mt. Juliet since 1989 and has been on the planning commission for six years. He is also a business owner. His wife, Jill Giles, is the principal of W.A. Wright Elementary. Giles said he will do his best to vote the will of his constituents. He will be sworn in at the next meeting.

The last ordinance on the agenda was to transfer $600,000 to the Emergency Services Fund with funds coming from sales taxes over budget in the amount of $400,000 and $200,000 from the rainy day fund. It passed 4-0 as well.

The commission closed the meeting with the signing of a Tennessee Department of Transportation contract to start construction of the Eastern Connector from the Beckwith Road exit to Lebanon Road. It passed, and Hagerty signed the contract.

Commissioners approved amending a zoning ordinance for telecommunication towers, amend the budget to accept $3,000 for Dr. Rhett Brunner and insurance recovery money of $19,000, a resolution recognizing May 15-21 as Public Works Week in the City of Mt. Juliet, a resolution authorizing execution of a contract between the City of Mt. Juliet and Yeary, Howell and Associates for account auditing, and an amendment of the zoning ordinance to allow the new Murphy Oil at Paddocks to have outdoor sales under their canopy.

The commission also appointed city Economic Development Director Kenny Martin to the Board of Directors for the City of Mt. Juliet Volunteer Organization and Ray Justice as citizen representative to the Parks Board.

Editor’s Note: Kenny Howell is the managing editor of The Chronicle of Mt. Juliet. He may be reached at Editor@thechronicleofmtjuliet.com.

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