Commission approves Nolensville projects, postpones Franklin property rezoning


At Mondayes Williamson County Commission meeting, several scheduled public hearings and conjoining resolutions regarding the rezoning of Old Hillsboro and Del Rio Pike properties were postponed until March.

At Mondayes Williamson County Commission meeting, several scheduled public hearings and conjoining resolutions regarding the rezoning of Old Hillsboro and Del Rio Pike properties were postponed until March.

Lease agreement for future firehouse passes

The commission unanimously authorized a lease agreement with property owner Drew Luna for land on Mclemore Road. The seven-acre property is the site of a future firehouse.

During public comment, Gary Graham of Oakwood Drive East in Franklin tearfully brought up the topic of fire response time.

Speaking on behalf of his neighborhood as HOA president, Graham reminded commissioners of a fire that took place in the neighborhood on Nov. 6, 2013.

eIt was called in at 7 p.m., and it was over 20 minutes before fire services arrived,e Graham said. He commended the fire department for its services, but asked for better funded and supported fire service.ee

eOur main concern is with extreme growth in Williamson County,e Graham said. eThe safety and protection of our residents need to be reevaluated. Fortunately, our neighbors were not home when this fire broke out and werenet injured. The home was a total loss. Is it possible there could have been a better system in place?e

Commissioner Judy Herbert stated before the resolution passed, eI believe we have good fire protection, but of course we want excellent. This piece of property, which we intend to use for a fire station in the future, will help us get more excellent fire protection.eee

Floodwater prevention funding approved for rec center

The commission unanimously voted in favor of an agreement between Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson and the town of Nolensville regarding additional costs for the future Williamson County Recreation Complex at Nolensville.

Nolensville passed a resolution regarding this agreement last Thursday at its monthly board of mayor and aldermen meeting.

Both the county and municipality agree to put forth an additional $325,000 each to address floodwater issues on the property. The countyes portion will come from recreation privilege tax funds.

eThere will be a flood apparatus around the back doors staff can install when they know floodwater is coming. Weell be rerouting some water and add more concrete and paving. Weere having a pre-construction meeting tomorrow,e parks and recreation director Doug Hood said.

In an interview conducted prior to the meeting, Hood said the floodwater renovations would not impact neighboring property or buildings, like the Historic Nolensville School.

Hood said builders would be working on the rec center by mid-February, and construction would take from three to six months depending on weather.

The facility is anticipated to open in July 2014.

Nolensville to use adequate school facilities tax for trail connectivity

Commissioners unanimously authorized an agreement between Anderson and Nolensville Mayor Jimmy Alexander concerning the town of Nolensvillees use of the adequate school facilities tax.

A portion of the tax will be used to match grant funding for Nolensvillees Small Town Connections project, which will create trail connectivity between schools and core areas of the town.

Nolensville Alderwoman Beth Lothers explained the project would connect Nolensville Elementary, parks department property and the Sunset Elementary/Middle campus.

The town received a $620,000 grant that started the project, and a pending grant would provide the town up to $50,000 to create a connection from behind the Sunset schools campus.

eKids have to travel on buses and cars to get there. The exciting thing is this entire project will connect to the new high school with a 10-foot multimodal path to the high school. Ites an opportunity to connect all our schools in an area that has primarily been rural. Weere trying to create safe connectivity,e Lothers said.

Commissioner Kathy Danner, who opposed the use of the tax at last weekes county budget committee meeting, stated for the record that she changed her mind after conferring with Lothers.

eI was missing information. I like where this project is going and have changed my thinking,e Danner said.

Misc. appropriations

Two donations were approved for Williamson County Animal Control (WCAC) a $200 private donation for medical supplies, and $11,200 from Williamson Animal Services, Inc. to purchase a commercial washer and dryer.

eThere are three household washers in constant use there. That is time consuming, has large water usage and is not effective. It does have to be bid, and the bidding has been done and ites come in at $11,200,e Commissioner Judy Hayes said.

Through a state grant, WCAC will also receive $3,100 toward this yeares budget.

A reimbursement of $39,173 to the Williamson County Election Commission will come from the City of Franklin for last yeares Franklin city election.

General Sessions DUI court will receive $86,725 through a federal grant in an effort to reduce the number of repeat DUI offenders, and the office of public safety budget will increase by $9,600 through a state grant.

An additional $125,521 from a homeland security grant will go to the public safety office for training and equipment.

Williamson County Convention and Visitors Bureau will give $15,000 to the parks and recreation department to host the annual Tennessee Senior Olympics.

The health department gained approximately $16,000 through state grants.

The circuit court clerk budget increases by $7,000 through the reserve account to purchase new equipment for the clerkes office.

Other

Commissioners unanimously declared county property on Harpeth School Road in Franklin surplus and authorized the sale of its residential structure.

The commission also authorized:

  • A memo of understanding between the mayor, Williamson County, the state, the cities of Brentwood and Franklin, and the county emergency communication district to adopt a countywide emergency radio system.
  • A grant contract between the mayor and the state to improve juvenile court service.
  • A contract between the mayor and the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces on behalf of the county sheriffes office for officerse services.
  • A memo of understanding between the mayor and the U.S. Marshals Service Violent Offender Task Force for county officerse services.

Committee reports

Williamson County Schools Superintendent Mike Looney said he would approach the county commission for construction funding for both the K-8 and high school planned for Nolensville esomewhere around May.e

Rezoning would be decided prior to the monetary request.

In answer to Commissioner Danner, Looney said, eIt is not going to be a countywide rezoning if I can help it.e

County Health Director Cathy Montgomery said the health department is ebooming with businesse in regards to the flu epidemic.

Montgomery said 46 vaccines were administered Friday at the Franklin office and 16 Friday at the Fairview office.

Jessica Pace covers Williamson County, Williamson County Schools and the Town of Nolensville for BrentWord Communications. Contact her at jess@brentwoodhomepage.com or follow her on Twitter @Jess_Marie_Pace.

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