|Thursday’s meeting of the Murfreesboro City Council continued a recent trend of quick and efficient proceedings, lasting only half an hour.
Vice Mayor Chris Bratcher presided in Mayor Tommy Bragg’s absence.
With the exception of a recommendation by the Water and Sewer Department to extend sewer service to Veterans Parkway by way of Old Fort Parkway, which passed on a 6-0-1 vote, all business passed unanimously.
Bratcher abstained on the motion to approve the extension, while all other members voted in the affirmative.
Asked later why he did so, Bratcher said that as a realtor with Red Realty he is the listing agent for a property that adjoins the tract where the sewer line will be terminated.
“Although my client will not be directly affected by this extension at this time, I felt that I should abstain from voting in the interest of ethical government,” he said. “My listing will not be affected by this extension in the near future, but it could have an impact on the property sometime in the future. Therefore, I felt I should not have a say in its passage.”
The only discussion during the meeting centered around a request from Parks and Recreation Director Lanny Goodwin to hire consultants to produce a Greenway, Blueway, and Bikeway Master Plan.
Councilman Doug Young pointed out that the current bike plan is 20 years old.
“There are roads on there that don’t exist anymore, so can I finally throw it away now?” Young jokingly asked.
“Not just yet,” Goodwin said. “Let’s get a plan from these consultants and get a new one adopted first.”
In the Other Business portion of the meeting, which is listed on the agenda, City Manager Rob Lyons requested that the council approve a Fast Track Infrastructure Grant Application in the amount of $5.1 million for Project Tango.
It passed unanimously.