The City of Mt. Juliet commissioners approved the annexation of 877 acres of land along the new eastern corridor, and said farewell to City Manager Randy Robertson Monday.
The annexed properties were along the proposed eastern corridor, which would go from the Beckwith Interchange to Lebanon Road. There were a few in the audience who weren’t happy about being annexed into the city. Mayor Ed Hagerty addressed that he understood their concerns, and remembers when Mt. Juliet was just 3,000 people back when he moved here in 1982.
“Part of me wishes it was still that way,” said Hagerty.
Hagerty said even then, there was talk of the road being built, so this isn’t something that just sprung up out of nowhere.
“We all knew this day was coming,” said Hagerty.
The commissioners present echoed Hagerty’s sentiments.
“I believe this is the best thing for Mt. Juliet,” said Vice Mayor James Maness.
At the beginning of the meeting, Hagerty, Public Works Director Marlin Keel, and Commissioner Ted Floyd spoke a few words about Robertson, who is leaving the first week of January for the same position in Vestavia Hills, Ala.
“You’ve turned the city for the better,” said Hagerty.
Hagerty stated that the City was in a bit of turmoil when Robertson took over, but Robertson has turned it around.
Keel gave an emotional speech about what Robertson’s leadership meant to him, and made a joke about Robertson’s constant e-mail communication.
“The little guy in my computer that says ‘you got mail,’ his job just got a little easier,” joked Keel.
Robertson addressed the commission and audience at the end of the meeting.
“I have been blessed to lead an extraordinary group of men and women,” said Robertson.
Robertson’s last day will be Jan. 8. Economic Development Director Kenny Martin will be the Interim City Manager until a new one can be found. Robertson will be having a farewell party at the Mt. Juliet Community Center Saturday, starting at 7 p.m., which the community is welcome.
The next commission meeting will not be until Jan. 9. The Dec. 26 meeting is cancelled due to it being a city holiday.