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Maness, Abston sworn in to BOC

Brian Abston
James Maness

The Mt. Juliet Board of Commissioners had its first meeting since the November elections. District 2 Commissioner James Maness and District 4 Commissioner Brian Abston were both re-elected to the Board and were sworn in at the Monday night meeting by City Judge Carolyn Christoffersen.

Maness was also unanimously re-elected as vice mayor by the rest of the Board. A reception was held before the start of the meeting, which the public was invited to attend. Maness and Abston thanked their families and supporters for their efforts during the election and were honored to continue serving Mt. Juliet.

During the meeting, District 3 Commissioner Art Giles reminded the public that trash companies cannot pick up trash during the middle of the night, and that they should be reported to Mt. Juliet Police if they do.

An ordinance to annex, rezone and adopt the preliminary master development plan for the Lynwood Station passed first reading after being deferred at the Oct. 8 meeting. Giles referenced the greenway that developers will put along Clemmons Road, continuing the connectivity of greenways throughout Mt. Juliet.

The first reading of an ordinance that would amend City Code regarding bicycles and off-street motor-driven vehicles was deferred one meeting for more research on the subject. Giles said the city needs to be proactive about Bird Scooters, and those like it, because of the trouble they have caused in Nashville.

A resolution to accept a performance bond instead of a letter of credit from the general contractor for Wilson County Schools for the new high school was deferred one meeting 4-0-1.

There was a long discussion regarding the Vintage Station North Development and a resolution that would accept improvements to Mt. Juliet Road and Division Street in lieu of specific conditions in the previously approved ordinance.

The project previously required a deceleration lane on Mt. Juliet Road to enter the property, but Deputy Public Works Director Andy Barlow said the lane would be detrimental to traffic. He instead offered a solution that would make improvements to the Mt. Juliet Road/East Division intersection using funds from the developer.

District 1 Commissioner Ray Justice said he voted for the project because of the improvements that would be made on Mt. Juliet Road and was frustrated that those would no longer be feasible. He asked that Barlow bring another plan to the Board that would move the main entrance of the development from Mt. Juliet Road to East Division Street.

Both Abston and Giles voted against the original project, but agreed that the improvements to the intersection would be good for Mt. Juliet and that voting against the plan now would not stop the development going forward.

Despite Justice’s objections to the plan, the resolution was unanimously approved.

A resolution approving the award of the construction contract for the Town Center Trail, Phase II Project, was passed unanimously as well. According to Barlow, the process for getting this approval began in 2012. He also said the project will break ground early next year and be completed around September 2020.

The next Board of Commissioners meeting will be 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at City Hall. A public hearing will be held before the meeting at 6:15 p.m.

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