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Webb honored by commission for service, volunteerism


Webb honored by commission for service, volunteerism

By EMILY KUBIS

Brentwood’s City Commission honored former mayor and city commissioner Paul Webb at Monday’s meeting.

Brentwood’s City Commission honored former mayor and city commissioner Paul Webb at Monday’s meeting, where he was praised for his years of public service.

Commissioners spoke of Webb’s professionalism, agreeability and volunteer spirit, and gave him a plaque commemorating his work for Brentwood.

“When a lot of folks put their efforts together in this city, great things happen,” Webb said. “Brentwood is built on volunteer hours.”

During the meeting, city manager Kirk Bednar announced that the Tennessee Department of Transportation had received its low bid for the Concord Road widening project from Mountain States Contracting for $13.5 million. Bednar said he expected TDOT to accept the bid.

City attorney Roger Horner told the commissioners that though the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals had upheld Brentwood’s ordinance prohibiting street sales of The Contributor, the newspaper covering homelessness and poverty has petitioned the court for a rehearing.

The city cannot yet respond to the petition, but Horner said the request argues there was an error in the court’s opinion that should change the outcome.  

On the consent agenda, the board of commissioners accepted a bill from DMD Consultants for sandblasting services to the city’s fire hydrants.

Painting the city’s fire hydrants is necessary for protection and to meet federal requirements, the fire department said, but multiple coats can make the hydrants difficult to use. Approximately 100 of the city’s 2,375 hydrants have been painted over 30 times, and the cost of sandblasting them is $12,000.

The following items were also approved on the consent agenda:

  • Accepting a bid to reserve 600 tons of road salt for $30,000 from North American Salt Company. The contract is on an as-need basis, meaning the city only pays for the additional salt used this winter.
  • The purchase of a new zero-turn mower for the Parks and Recreation Department from Dickerson Pro Lawn for $10,000.
  • The purchase of a replacement chipper machine for the Public Works Department from Tuff Equipment for nearly $28,000.

On the regular agenda, the commission approved a contract to build a new fire safety house for the Fire and Rescue Department. The fire department received a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for $47,000 to complete the project, which will be built by Mobile Concepts by Scotty.

A fire safety house is a mobile educational tool to demonstrate to children and adults how to prevent fires and successfully exit a burning building. The new house will be wheelchair accessible and will have features for hearing or sight impaired individuals.

The following items were also approved on the regular agenda:

  • An agreement with L&C Contractors for annual water pipe replacement for $311,000, paid for as part of the Water Service Department budget.
  • Approving financial reports on recent debt obligations to submit to the State of Tennessee.

The next City Commissioners meeting will be Thursday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. at the Municipal Center on Maryland Way.

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