La Vergne voted down a settlement offer for the Michael Mullen lawsuit at its Mayor and Aldermen's meeting, which was moved to August 3 to accommodate National Night Out activities on August 1.
Mullen is a former La Vergne police sergeant who alleges wrongful discharge from the department and filed a lawsuit against the city. The motion for the settlement offer was voted down unanimously.
Other new business saw one ordinance on first reading for a budget adjustment, a resolution declaring some city owned property as excess, primarily vehicles previously seized by the police department.
Another ordinance on first reading will allow the city to participate in a matching grant program for "safety partners."
The agenda also called for a motion to approve a license agreement regarding installation of a fiber optic telecommunications network in the city's right of way.
According to its department report, LPD's calls for service continue to be about 15 percent higher than the previous period in 2016, though crime across the board is actually down more than 35 percent. The fire department was called to fight three structure fires in July.
The finance report showed most revenue for the city is above projections, including sales tax proceeds, due in part to increased commerce in the city including that of La Vergne's new Walmart.
Alderman Calvin Jones offered a presentation on security in city buildings with the assistance of La Vergne City Court Judge Edward Hiland, who showed a video of a gunman shooting a school board member during a meeting in another state.
Jones and Hiland generally advocated for increased security in the form of metal detectors, especially for times when the boardroom is used for City Court one day a week, three weeks a month.
No votes were taken at this time; recent changes in Tennessee to Second Amendment law may apply before action can be taken.