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City approves third liquor store

Laurie Everett mtjulietnews@tds.net • Updated Jul 26, 2013 at 10:06 PM

In a marathon Monday meeting, the Mt. Juliet City Commission approved a third and final liquor store, appropriated more funds to the new fire department and haggled football out of Charlie Daniels Park.

In a 4-1 vote with Ray Justice voting no, the commission agreed to give G.J. Partners the city's third – and last for awhile – package liquor license. It will be named Vintage Wine and Spirits and located on 5-plus acres next to Shiloh Plaza.

"Vintage Wine and Spirits and Legacy Wine tied for first place, with eight points each," said Richard Moses, chairman of the Mt. Juliet Alcoholic Beverage Board. "Mt. Juliet Liquors came in third with a score of 13 points."

He said a fourth proposed location off Beckwith Road was not recommended. Only Mt. Juliet Liquors and Vintage Wine and Spirits were nominated by commissioners. Officials with Vintage Wine and Spirits said it will be 6,000 square feet, and the floor plan and architecture will have a "Tuscan look."

The other two locations are in south Mt. Juliet and on Lebanon Road near Publix.

Commissioners then approved a furniture, fixtures and equipment appropriation of $300,000 for the new fire station.

Commissioner Jim Bradshaw said he was upset with the high figure and thought "it should have been put in at first." He said committees at Del Webb community indicated they would mostly furnish the fire hall through donations.

"This is all brand new for the board," said Justice. "We need to think of this as a learning curve."

Fire Chief Erron Kinney said one thing he wanted changed was the original exhaust system for the fire station.

"It's the most important thing," he said. "We need one to be compliant."

The rest of the money will go toward items, such as furniture, lockers, storage and fixtures.

"Some thought this was a change order," Hagerty said Tuesday. "It was not. We knew we were going to get these charges. If the Del Webb folks donate a sofa or a bed, this will be taken off this price. Whatever is donated is something we won't have to buy, and then the appropriated money will come back to us."

The most discussed item Monday was a final vote to move football out of Charlie Daniels Park.

Currently Mt. Juliet Youth Sports has a perpetual contract with the city to lease 5 acres at Charlie Daniels for football fields. Commissioners voted at their last meeting to move football to Mundy Park in order to make room for Ava's Splash Pad and more parking, as well as space for sports such as lacrosse.

The move pushed out all but one adult softball field at Mundy Park.

Mt. Juliet Youth Sports spokesman Shane Ray spoke on behalf of his organization. He was concerned if the city decided to sell Mundy Park, there would be no place for football. If they stayed at Charlie Daniels Park, it would not be a factor because the city has no future intentions to sell Charlie Daniels Park.

Commissioners amended the ordinance to say Mt. Juliet Youth Sports will get space back at Charlie Daniels Park if Mundy Park were sold. The changes to the field locations will begin July 9.

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