Although much of Thursday night's (7/25/2013) Murfreesboro City Council agenda included major expansions and renovations for the parks, there were re-zoning and annexation requests, police, fire and airport proposals.
Bridge Connecting Old Fort Parkway and Memorial Boulevard
The council approved work that inches the construction of a bridge over Broad Street that will connect the Old Fort Parkway and Memorial Boulevard. The Water and Sewer Department recommended a utility relocation contract that with the Tennessee Department of Transportation.
Annexation and Rezoning
The council scheduled public hearings to consider rezoning (8.5 acres) along S. Molloy Lane (H-I); rezoning (1.13 acres) along E. Main Street (CH) and (.63 acres) along Arnette Street (CH); PUD amendment (18.9 acres)
along Hillwood Drive; annexation petition (27 acres) along Veterans Parkway; rezoning (10.6 acres) along Veterans Parkway (CH) simultaneous with annexation; and rezoning (16.4 acres) along Veterans Parkway (RM-16) simultaneous with annexation.
Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue
Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue Department requested funds for the replacement of the roof at fire station number 9 on Cason Lane.
They also presented a revised contract with Emergency Vehicles, Inc. for what is described as heavy recsue vehicles. On May 16, 2013, the council approved the purchase of one heavy for $585,800 and one medium rescue vehicle for $522,090. That was an earlier total of $110,789.
However, tax payers got more bang for their buck with some tweaking of accessories on the medium vehicle and additional savings, the two units were transformed to now both being heavy rescue vehicles with a price tage of $553,945. That is the same amount that had been approved for one medium and one heavy rescue unit.
The Murfreesboro Airport Commission with the instruction of the city's attornies presented plans for a “Records Retention” provision to the proposed an all encompassing with with MTSU for airport facilities.
This incudes a May, 2013 agreement in which the council approved the city entering into a Master Lease agreement with MTSU to cover all of MTSU’s facilities at the Murfreesboro Airport in one document. Under the records retention segment, the city shall maintain documentation for all charges against MTSU under the lease.
As you know, the university's fleet of aircraft as well as much of its aerospace training takes place at the Murfreesboro Airport.
Murfreesboro City Schools
In conjunction with the construction of a new two-story city school, which began earlier this month at the corner of Mooreland Lane and Veterans Parkway, the council studied plans presented by the city engineer with regards to contract for construction of roads and utilities. Nashville's Summit Constructors submitted the low bid for construction of the school. It was $2,070,947.03.
The council studied requests made under the Community Development Affordable Housing Assistance Program. Those were for $62,000 for a home at 219 February Street along with $105,000 for a home at 413 West Clark Boulevard.
July, 2013 STARS Awards
The Murfreesboro Water and Sewer Department presented the July STARS Awards to Terry Taylor, Dale Richardson, Steve Richardson, Andy Landrum, Josh Alcorn, Dana McKenny, and Ben Weatherford. City Golf Course Manager Tracy Wilkins told the council that this team helped save taxpayers thousands of dollars