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New dispatch equipment approved
Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

The Board of Commissioners approved new dispatch equipment for the Mt. Juliet Police Department and future Fire Department Monday. 

The MJPD is in the process of updating the communication system, and new equipment for the future fire department has been approved because they were able to get it at discount rate. However, the dispatch equipment was so dated, it will be difficult to work with the new equipment. 

“Our equipment is so old, they will never be able to plug them together,” said Vice Mayor James Maness. 

The new equipment would make it so that dispatch would be able to dispatch police and fire calls effectively. 

“It would be totally ridiculous at this point not to step up,” said Commissioner Ted Floyd. “…this has to be done.”

The ordinance was approved unanimously. 

A resolution requesting the state legislators, Senator Mae Beavers and State Representative Elect Susan Lynn to contact the proper officials to widen South Mt. Juliet Road to five lanes failed. 

All commissioners were in favor of widening the road, but they didn’t think it was necessary to approve this resolution. Jim Bradshaw, the sponsor, voted for the resolution. Art Giles voted against it, and everyone else abstained. 

The commissioners also rezoned the property north of the post office to commercial, so it could possibly be sold to a commercial developer. 

In unfinished business, the commissioners deferred the second reading of the final development plan for Oakhall Phase 3 Section 3 and Phase 4. Several citizens turned up and raised some concerns about the widening of the road, and which homeowner’s association (there are two for the existing Oakhall) would be responsible for the new phase. The developer was to get those answers to the commissioners and the residents before the next reading.