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Board shows support for local worker

The Mt. Juliet Board of Commissioners held its regular meeting Monday night. The night brought along citizen comments on the city and a special presentation to a local resident.

Jennie Jankowski approached the board during the citizen’s comments section of the meeting, asking the board to consider implementing some form of affordable senior housing and transportation for Mt. Juliet.

After previously receiving many complaints about drivers rolling through stop signs and speeding through residential neighborhoods, Commissioner James Maness thanked MJPD for enforcing laws and keeping neighborhoods safe.

Maness and City Manager Kenny Martin also assured residents that the City is working with Nashville and Eastern Railroad to fix the crossings in Mt. Juliet and make a smoother ride for drivers.

Martin also presented a local resident with a gift card and handmade plaque for his hard work at his job. David, a server a LongHorn Steakhouse, was honored for going above and beyond what is expected of his job.

Martin described how David has bought meals for people at the restaurant when he sees someone struggling or in need, but he has only done so anonymously.

“You watch people that are doing right when nobody’s watching,” said Martin about acknowledging people who “do good because it’s the right thing to do.” The City even recently gave David a Challenge Coin, a token of appreciation that is not handed out every day.

After the presentation, the commissioners began discussing the items on the agenda.

Commissioners unanimously passed an ordinance to add traffic regulations for bicycle lanes to the City Code.

A tether law passed the second reading, to the applause of most in attendance, including volunteers of Animal Control and Care. The ordinance was sponsored by Commissioner Brian Abston after he learned Mt. Juliet did not have a formal tether law. The law sets limits on when an animal can be left on a tether outside during extreme temperatures.

The board unanimously chose to accept funds from United States Community Credit Union to appropriate for installation of a scoreboard. A resolution for a contract with the bank for scoreboard advertising was passed later in the meeting as well.

A resolution to approve an agreement between the City of Mt. Juliet and Stantec Consulting Services for the city’s Golden Bear Gateway Corridor Plan failed to get a motion for discussion.

The board unanimously passed a resolution for a contract with Wilson Bank and Trust for credit cards. After brief discussion, it was determined the resolution was “housekeeping,” as it formalized the credit cards the City already has with the bank.

The next Board of Commissioners meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Feb. 26 in City Hall. A public hearing will begin at 6:15 p.m.

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