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Cumberland Center back up for vote

By Sara McManamy-Johnson sjohnson@lebanondemocrat.com • Dec 15, 2015 at 2:13 PM

The Lebanon City Council on Tuesday will finally consider a second and potentially final reading for the proposed Cumberland Center Development District.

Council members were set to vote Dec. 3 on the second reading of a measure to establish a Cumberland Center Development District of about 257 acres and to create a fund for the future development of a multipurpose event center at the heart of the district.

According to Mayor Philip Craighead, a private developer owning about 165 acres of the district would hand over title to 20 acres for the city to build the event center in exchange for the city adding infrastructure to the property.

The council delayed its final vote until councilors could talk with county commissioners and county school board members.

As part of the plan, the city would seek a collaboration with Wilson County and Wilson County Schools to help fund the proposed event center. Each entity would contribute sales tax dollars generated within the district to the fund.

Members from each entity gathered Jan. 9 for a joint work session to discuss the proposal, but Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto said the city would have to take the lead before the county committed one way or another.

“If the city of Lebanon says to us, ‘Hey we want to take this entertainment district and set back our property tax and our portion of the sales tax and we’d like for you to set your portion of the property tax and sales tax back to see if we can create a strong enough revenue stream to fund this thing, then I would run that through budget first and then the county commission floor,” said Hutto. “What they would say back to me right off the bat is, ‘Is Lebanon in or out?’ Once that was done, they could make their decision, and then I’m sure it would go to the school system.”

Speaking on behalf of the Lebanon Special School District, Director Scott Benson said he needed more information.

Councilors are set to decide Tuesday to move ahead with the plan, which Craighead said would essentially just set up the saving mechanism for now.

In other business, councilors are expected to consider:

• a second reading to re-appropriate funds from last year’s budget to the current budget for a storm water special litter grant.

• a second reading to authorize a line item transfer for the fire department of $40,000 from salary expenditures to overtime expenditures.

• a second reading to amend the city’s future land use plan by changing part of the land at 2072 Old Murfreesboro Road from commercial office to industrial commercial.

• a second reading changing property at 2072 Old Murfreesboro Road from agriculture to highway business and industrial subdivision.

• a second reading to buy an upgrade for the radio and telephone recording system for central dispatch.

• a second reading to approve Warren & Associates to perform consulting engineering and design services for a proposed water and sewer operations building on Knoxville Avenue and permission to advertise for bids for construction.

• a second reading to approve bids for the east apron drainage improvements at the Lebanon Municipal Airport.

• a second reading to approve certification pay for two water treatment plant operators.

• a second reading to authorize buying license and support for Archonix Public Safety Software for the police department.

The council will meet Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Town Meeting Hall at 200 N. Castle Heights Ave. A public hearing will be just prior to the meeting. A work session is set for 4:30 p.m. to discuss employee policy and procedure.

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