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Council holds January meeting

Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 2:00 pm

The Metro Lynchburg Moore County Council met Monday night at the old American Legion building.

The council took up mostly routine business. It approved the members of the 911 Board and the Public Records Committee, with no membership changes.

It held the second and third readings to rezone the Davis property from agriculture to residential. A public hearing had been held before the council’s meeting to discuss the changes and no one from the public spoke to it. It held the first reading to rezone from agriculture to residential the Donald Eakins property in District 2.

The council also held the first reading of a resolution for a $3 million bond to complete the high school renovation. It passed 13-1. The second and possibly the third readings will be at the February council meeting.

As for the school renovation, Director of Schools Chad Moorehead reported on the progress. He said the gymnasium floor was finished Monday and that the gym was ready to go except for a water line that has to be replaced because the old line wouldn’t be able to handle the water pressure. The fire marshal has signed off on it, but it has to be signed off on by the state. There is a slight chance the gym will get the OK by Saturday, Moorehead said.

In other business, Councilman Tommy Brown proposed that the council authorize Property Assessor Darren Harrison to seek legal action to determine whether Tennessee Code Ann. 67-5-216 is constitutional – this is the so-called “barrel tax.” A judge in Murfreesboro recently ruled that the whiskey barrels are exempt from property tax. Other council members voiced the opinion that they didn’t have enough information to make a decision and that legal action could be costly. The council voted the proposal down 10-4.