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Entertainment district vote delayed

By Sara McManamy-Johnson sjohnson@lebanondemocrat.com • Dec 15, 2015 at 2:14 PM

With two councilors absent at Tuesday’s city council meeting, Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead opted to postpone a vote on a proposed entertainment district.

Craighead said he planned to instead put the item on city council’s next meeting agenda since councilors Kathy Warmath and Lanny Jewell were unable to attend Tuesday’s meeting.

Council quickly moved through several items on the agenda, including a measure to amend the city’s personnel rules defining full-time, part-time and seasonal employees.

Councilors voted on first reading to define a full-time employee as a city employee who is scheduled and works 2080 hours in a 12-month period, with the exception of specific emergency response personnel whose full-time hours are either 2184 or 2990 hours.

Part-time employees will be defined as those who work 28 hours or fewer in a week, and seasonal employees will be defined as those who are employed to complete temporary or seasonal work. Seasonal employees cannot work more than six months in one calendar year, and they can work up to 40 hours a week during that period.

In other business, council approved:

• a second reading to reappropriate funds from the 2012-2013 fiscal year budget to the 2013-2014 fiscal year budget for the Storm Water Special Litter Grant;

• a second reading to transfer $40,000 for fire department overtime expenses;

• a second reading to authorize the purchase of an upgrade for the radio and telephone recording system for central dispatch;

• a second reading to establish and fill a drainage crew supervisor position;

• a second reading to approve Warren & Associates to perform consulting engineering and design services for the 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 authorize certification pay for two water treatment plant operators;

• a second reading to authorize the purchase license and support for the Archonix Public Safety Software at the police department;

• a second reading to amend the city’s zoning ordinance to clarify the Orientation of Structures Section and provide for Planning Commission discretion;

• a second reading to rezone 765 and 785 Coles Ferry Pike from low-density residential to transitional office;

• a second reading to amend the density and setback requirements for the Villas at Kensington high-density residential planned unit development;

• a first reading to waive fees for the construction of the new Wilson County Veterans Memorial Plaza;

• a first reading to advertise for and hire a full-time mechanic for the garage and to hire a temporary diesel mechanic for the garage;

• a first reading to approve bids for one CNG truck for the mayor’s office;

• a resolution to support the Tennessee Renewable Energy and Economic Development Council and to approve membership as a TREEDC Advisory Board member.

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