Commissioners re-elect Walton chairman


The Williamson County Commission convened for the first time with its eight newly elected members for a lengthy meeting Monday during which District 8 Commissioner Jack Walton was reelected for his second term as chairman of the board.

The Williamson County Commission convened for the first time with its eight newly elected members for a lengthy meeting Monday during which District 8 Commissioner Jack Walton was reelected for his second term as chairman of the board.

District 6 Commissioner Jeff Ford of Brentwood also was nominated, but the 24-member board voted 14-9 in favor of Walton, from the Grassland Community.

Favoring Ford were Commissioners Matt Milligan (District 3), Kathy Danner and Gregg Lawrence (District 4), Ford, Sherri Clark and Todd Kaestner (District 9), Travis Hawkins (District 10) and Brandon Ryan (District 11). Commissioner Barb Sturgeon also voted against Walton, her fellow District 8 representative.

Supporting Walton’s winning side were Commissioners Dwight Jones and Ricky Jones (District 1), Judy Lynch Herbert and Betsy Hester (District 2), David Pair (District 3), Lew Green and Tommy Little (District 5), Bert Chalfant (District 7), Walton, Matt Williams (District 10), Brian Beathard (District 11), Dana Ausbrooks and Steve Smith (District 12), and Paul Webb, Ford’s District 6 counterpart. District 7 Commissioner Tom Bain was ill and unable to attend.

The commission voted to discontinue the wheel tax decal for vehicle registration issuance or renewal, which will save Williamson County about $8,000 annually.

Vehicle owners will still pay the tax and must pass emissions testing, but they will only have the state sticker on their license plates when they renew.

Commissioners also voted in favor of a resolution to expand the Fairview City Public Library by about 800 square feet.

Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson told commissioners that the I-65 overpass destroyed in the Aug. 15 trucker accident at the Peytonsville Rd. exit 61 will be removed the weekend of Sept. 20. The interstate will be closed off to traffic that weekend for nighttime construction. The Goose Creek Bypass replacement should be complete by Thanksgiving.

The board approved several other budgetary amendments and appropriations:

  • Up to $650,000 to the highway department from the undesignated fund balance for additional construction costs on Old Natchez Trace.

  • $21,000 from document recording fees transferred to the register of deeds budget.

  • $150,000 within the general purpose school operating budget for additional portables for several Williamson County schools.

  • $638,784 within the general purpose school operating budget for additional teachers.

  • A resolution for the juvenile court judge to receive an annual raise like all the other judges, and amending the juvenile court budget by $2,329 from the county undesignated fund balance.

  • $9,600 to the office of public safety to fund a regional training workshop with funds to come from a federal grant through the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency.

  • $20,286 to the general sessions DUI court budget for the DUI program with funds to come from federal grants.

  • $80,307 in donations to the library fund.

  • $9,781 in library fines to the library fund.

  • $5,000 in donations from the Brentwood Police Department for maintenance to the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office gun range.

  • $47,565 in DUI fines to the 21st Drug Court.

  • $48,620 from the dedicated account to the 21st Drug Court.

  • $1,692 from the designated fund balance to the 21st Drug Court.

  • $89,148 in victim assessment fees to the county general budget.

  • A resolution to allow the mayor to enter an agreement with the Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office to create a juvenile court substance abuse risk reduction program, and amend the juvenile court budget by $53,000.

  • $74,988 in federal grants to the general sessions DUI court.

  • $4,244 to the general sessions DUI court from the undesignated county general fund balance.

  • $50,135 in state grants to the county health department.

  • $500 in donations to the health department.

  • $302 to the health department from the undesignated county general fund balance.

  • $84,000 to the highway department to replenish road salt for the winter.

  • $160,000 to the county election commission from undesignated county general funds.

Jessica Pace covers Williamson County, Williamson County Schools and the Town of Nolensville for Home Page Media Group. Contact her at jess@brentwoodhomepage.com or follow her on Twitter @Jess_NHP.

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