Commission approves rezoning, newspaper ordinances


Updated 11:20, Tuesday. July 26
By ARNELLE ADCOCK

Brentwood Home Page news reports

A vote by the Brentwood City Commission Monday night paved the way for an assisted living and Alzheimer’s care facility to be built on 8.05 acres on Wilson Pike just north of Moores Lane.

The vote rezoned the residential Wilson Pike property to commercial office with a special restriction overlay.  “Brentwood Morning Pointe” is the proposed assisted living facility which is planned to have a maximum 73 units—20 designated as Alzheimer’s care units.  The facility will employ 18 to 20 persons per shift and will include an 85-car parking lot.

Updated 11:20, Tuesday. July 26
By ARNELLE ADCOCK
Brentwood Home Page news reports

A vote by the Brentwood City Commission Monday night paved the way for an assisted living and Alzheimer’s care facility to be built on 8.05 acres on Wilson Pike just north of Moores Lane.

The vote rezoned the residential Wilson Pike property to commercial office with a special restriction overlay.  “Brentwood Morning Pointe” is the proposed assisted living facility which is planned to have a maximum 73 units—20 designated as Alzheimer’s care units.  The facility will employ 18 to 20 persons per shift and will include an 85-car parking lot.

The board also passed an ordinance amending the city code making it clear that newspapers and other literature can be distributed by individuals on city sidewalks and public rights of way as long as the activity is not conducted within the street itself and materials are not handed to vehicle occupants.  An exception to the activities prohibited by this ordinance would be occasions when streets are closed for festivals.

The amendments are being made in response to recent interaction between those persons soliciting sales of The Contributor, a newspaper published by the homeless community, and Brentwood police officers.  Discussion before the commissioners voted clarified that the intersection of Franklin Road and Old Hickory Boulevard as well as parts of those streets are not within the limits of the City of Brentwood.

Two activities during the meeting focused on public safety.  First, Mayor Paul Webb gave the oath of office to two new police officers–Officers Matthew Matheny and David HuYoung.  As members of the department, they will be attending the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy

Second, the City’s workers’ compensation insurance coverage is provided by the Tennessee Municipal League Risk Management Pool.

The TML Risk Management Pool has an annual Safety Partners Matching Grant Program. Under this program, member cities can request funding to assist in the purchase of items or services designed to enhance worker safety. Grant awards are for 50% of the cost of the item, up to a maximum grant of $2,000.

The City’s Employee Safety Committee recommended submitting a grant application for $2,000 to assist in the purchase of 14 Self Contained Breathing Apparatus Voice Amplification Units for the Fire and Rescue Department. The total cost to provide this safety related equipment is $4,396 ($314.00 each).  The City matching funds for this purchase ($2,396) will come from the Department’s FY 2012 operating budget.  

The current units are over 15 years old and are becoming unreliable. New units will make it possible for firefighters to have consistent communications capabilities while operating in an Immediately Dangerous to Life and Health atmosphere. The voice amplification units thereby enhance employee safety. These units will remain on the apparatus each day and are shared by all 58 employees to enhance cost efficiency.

In other business, the commissioners amended the city code and revised tap fees for new connections to the city’s sewer system.  Tap fees are traditional one time charges that a new development pays on the front end to cover its proportional share of costs associated with providing the necessary system capacity for that development.

The commissioners re-designated the city’s Tree Committee to the Tree Board and added two members.  The revisions were requested to bring conformity with Tree City USA and national Arbor Day activities.

In one other vote, the commissioners authorized the abandonment of an unused easement in the Twelve Oaks subdivision, which because of state statute will be divided evenly between the adjacent properties.

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Kelly Gilfillan is the owner-publisher of Home Page Media Group which has been publishing hyperlocal news since 2009.

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