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Danner dissents as commission approves new bonds

The Williamson County Commission approved several spending bills at its monthly meeting March 11, including a $4 million bond to retrofit an existing building in Nolensville to serve as a recreation center. District 4 Commissioner Kathy Danner cast the lone dissenting vote.

“I appreciate that the Nolensville Rec Center is using a used building,” Danner said. “But I’m not going to support it, because I’ve had too many people from my district say they would rather spend the money on schools.”

Danner also voted against the issuance of an $8.54 million bond “to finance the cost of acquisition of land for erecting, repairing, furnishing and equipping of various high schools and high school facilities,” and to complete the Nolensville Recreation Center.


The commissioners unanimously approved $200,000 to pay for roof repair at Ravenwood High School for damage sustained during wind-driven rains in the early morning hours of Jan. 30.

As expected, they unanimously gave County Mayor Rogers Anderson the green light to officially enter into separate interlocal agreements with the Franklin Special School District and the Williamson County Board of Education regarding the addition of 32 School Resources Officers planned for the elementary schools throughout in the county.

The body also authorized Anderson to execute a memorandum of understanding with the city of Franklin and the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee to create and empower a new entity that would handle private donations that often arise in the aftermath of disasters such as tornadoes or the so-called 1,000-year flood that caused tremendous destruction throughout Middle Tennessee in 2010. District 11 Commissioner Brandon Ryan joined Danner in voting against the measure.

“I am uncomfortable with the county being in the charity business,” Danner said. “The government shouldn’t be competing with the private sector. I’m uncomfortable with a charity raising money in the county’s name.”

The commission also approved to amend the 2012-13 Election Commission budget by $31,614, for temporary personnel, election workers, freight, maintenance and equipment repair, and legal public notices. The election commission has spent more than $43,000 of county funds over the past 15 months in an ongoing legal fight with the city of Brentwood over use of its library for early voting purposes.

The commissioners unanimously confirmed the reappointment of Holli Givens, Stephen Lane, Pete Mosley and Paul Pratt, Jr. to four-year terms to the Williamson County Regional Planning Commission; Dick Fowlkes and Stan Tyson to two-year terms to the Highway Commission; and Dan Crohan to a five-year term to the Zoning Appeals Board.

Posted on: 3/11/2013


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