The Chronicle of Mt. Juliet, June 24, 2009, Page 3
By Tomi L. Wiley
O L D H I C K O R Y B L V D . M T . J U L I E T R O A D D O N E L S O N P I K E
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Car & Driver – February 2009
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76 Belinda Parkway • Mt. Juliet, TN
This Friday, June 26th from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Mt. Juliet citycommissioners approved thecity’s
scal year 2009/2010budget Monday night andended the discussion on ahigh note: with $75,000.00added to the fund balance,the projected balance at year’s end will be a projected$1.375 million.“I’m going to give you every con
dence inthe world that we’re goingto exceed one million,” Mt. Juliet City Manager RandyRobertson said. He addedthat the budget does notre
ect estimated sales taxrevenues from Wal-Mart,Aldis or any other “big box”retailers, only what thecommission included for theopening of Lowe’s, projectedto open next month.The budget wasamended several timesand discussed at length.Mayor Linda Elam madethe motion to amend theconservative number toincrease the estimated fundbalance by $75,000.00 upto $1,972,308.07, secondedby District 4 Commissioner Jim Bradshaw, andthe commission votedunanimously on theamendment.An amendmentsuggested by District 3Commissioner Ed Hagertyto remove the ½ cost of living pay increase plus ½merit increase based onperformance would proposed1% performance-based raisefor employees performing well was seconded by Elam. The mayor questioned theprocedure used to ensureall employees are treatedequally.“I want to eliminatethe teacher’s pet,” she said.Robertson saidemployment performanceis evaluation-based,and he would review theevaluations. Robertsonadded that he “appreciatesthis type of conversation”and Hagerty’s amendment.Hagerty said he hoped everyemployee would get the 1%on the performance-basedincrease.The amendment,however, was voted down 2 – 3, with Bradshaw, District1 Commissioner Ted Floydand District 2 CommissionerWill Sellers voting against.An amendment tohave the Citizen Report, theCity’s quarterly newsletter,available only online at asavings of $12,000.00 wasalso voted down 2 – 3, withBradshaw and Hagertyvoting for the online-onlyversion. Elam suggestedalso to reduce the quality of the newsletter to newsprintquality and have fewerpages, to be published fourtimes a year, at a cost of approximately $10,000.00,but the motion did notreceive a second and failed.Hagerty alsoattempted to amend theAnimal Control budget,remarking that some$400,000.00 is allocatedfor Animal Control “and wecut the organizations thathelp people.” He suggestedeliminating $100,000.00but received no second, andthe motion failed.Hagerty then madea motion to “temporarilyeliminate” the city codesdepartment at an estimatedcost of $80,000.00. Thatamendment received nosecond from the commissionand failed.Elam made a motionto reduce the general fundexpenses by an additional.003 percent of the totalappropriations, which wouldbe shy of $30,000.00, tobring the fund balance to $1million. Sellers stated thatthe staff had already offeredcuts. Floyd suggestedremoving $25,000.00 forthe 2010 July 4
reworkscelebration. By a 3 – 2 vote,commissioners approvedan amendment removing$25,000.00 from the
reworks budget, but if Lowe’s opens prior to October2009 that amount will beadded back. Bradshaw andHagerty voted against theamendment.Bradshaw noted thathe would not vote to approvethe budget, although hecommended City staff “fordoing a great job” withthe budget. He said thecommission has cut over$73,000.00 from grants, which was why he would notvote to approve the budget.The budget wasapproved as amended onsecond reading by a 3 – 2vote, with Bradshaw andHagerty voting against.An increase in sewerrates was approved 3 – 2 on
rst reading, with Bradshawand Hagerty votingagainst. The rate increaseto $1.25 will mean some$219,000.00 for the Cityper year, according to PublicWorks Director Marlin Keel.He added that the cost forMetro Nashville to treat Mt. Juliet’s sewer is $1.6 - $1.8million per year, in additionto the costs of maintainingand
xing “aging” sewer andhome hookups.A Board of Commissioner ProcedureManual was not approved on
rst reading, with Bradshaw,Hagerty and Sellers votingagainst it.A resolution toauthorize the acceptanceof the property located onIndustrial Drive and theAnimal Control Shelter andauthorize the mayor to signthe documents to purchaseand close on the AnimalControl Shelter locatedon Industrial Drive wasunanimously approved.An ordinance toamend the FY 2008/2009budget general fund/AnimalControl by $14,650.89 wasunanimously approved on
rst reading.An ordinance to addMt. Juliet Police DetectiveGreg Graves as a signeron the con
dential drugchecking account wasunanimously approved on
MJ leaders approve FY 2009/2010 budget, year end bal: $1.375 M