New Police Headquarters Building Gets the Go-Ahead in Marathon Council Meeting



As expected, the topic of Murfreesboro's newest police station was brought up at the December 5th meeting of the Murfreesboro city council.  Clocking in at 3 hours and 20 minutes, the marathon session was easily the longest of this calendar year, if not of the past 2 years, and the very last item to be discussed for the night was the results of several studies conducted on the old Murfreesboro Medical Clinic office on North Highland Avenue, and it's feasibility of use as the city's new police headquarters.  Needless to say, the results were positive, with millions estimated to be saved by not having to erect a new building from the ground up.



Council has approved the purchase, and is looking to close a deal as quickly as later in the month.

Mayor Bragg took a moment to extend his best wishes for everyone’s post-Thanksgiving waistlines...



In addition to a multitude of public hearing rezonings, council also voted to create an entirely new zoning category known as Mixed Use, and from here on out, you can also refer to the Planning Commission as the Design Review Commission.



Finally, various renovations to the McFadden Community Center were approved, including repainting and various leak repairs, and council considered the adoption of new guidelines for secondhand dealers, in regards to utilizing a computerized database to track the sale and acquisition of goods, which can be viewed by law enforcement to aid in the recovery of possible stolen items.  The new system, Leads Online, would bring secondhand dealers up to the same standards of reporting that pawn brokers have been held to for years already.  Currently the Hastings chain of stores already uses this system nationwide.  A vote on the matter was deferred to a future meeting to allow more time for input and questions from local small business owners.