The Mt. Juliet Board of Commissioners will meet On Monday, June 8th at 6:30, and one of the topics to be discussed is waiving the rebuilding fees for the victims of the March 3rd tornado. The city manager first proposed waiving the fees several weeks ago, but nothing seemed to be moving forward, so I decided to co-sponsor the resolution with Commissioner Justice. Over the weekend, we added a third co-sponsor, meaning we have a very good chance of getting the three votes needed to pass the resolution.
New Podcast - Mt. Juliet Radio
We have started our own Podcast called Mt. Juliet Radio, and the first episode is now available! Episode one tells the story of Cj and Erin, their survival story of the March 3rd tornado, and their struggles to see their rebuilding fees waived by the city. Click Here to listen
Please take a moment to listen, share, and subscribe to Mt. Juliet Radio. It’s now available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcast, Stitcher, iHeart Radio, and Alexa.
Register to Vote
July 7th is the last day to register to vote for the upcoming August election. If you are not registered to vote or have recently moved, you can easily register or update your information securely online.
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Virtual Town Hall
On April 28th, with the help of co-host Chris Allen, we hosted our fourth virtual town hall. We fielded several questions, and the video has been watched several hundred times.
One of our goals is to provide inclusive engagement by offering a variety of ways for the public to participate. The purpose of the virtual town hall meeting is to give residents another way to interact and engage who might not have an opportunity or preference to do so otherwise.
Click here for information on our next virtual town hall to be held on June 9th.
Guardian Shield ALPR Program
The city has enjoyed great success with the new Guardian Shield ALPR program, and as a result, the police have been able to remove several wanted individuals from our streets. When this program was first proposed, I had some concerns about privacy and security around the program. I was able to work with the police department to author one of the strictest privacy and security laws before the cameras went online. The law also permanently prevents the cameras from being used for traffic enforcement, such as red-light cameras.
April 2 – Stolen Car: Guardian Shield alerted officers to a 2020 Nissan Altima that was stolen 2 days ago from Somerset, KY, 155 miles away. Officers intercepted the car at BP McDonalds near I-40. A 31-year-old male is in custody and also in possession of heroin.
April 9 – Missing/Runaway Juvenile: Guardian Shield alerted officers to a tag associated with a missing, runaway 16-year-old out of Clarksville, TN. Officers intercepted the vehicle in Providence MarketPlace and recovered the juvenile, who was missing since 3/12/2020.
April 11 – Stolen Car: Guardian Shield alerted officers to a car, stolen from Antioch on 4/9/2020. Officers intercepted the vehicle at Academy Sports. Three males were detained, and the investigation continues.
April 15 – Wanted Aggravated Robbery Suspect: 20-year-old Shannon Standard of Antioch was arrested on a warrant for Felony Aggravated Robbery (armed) out of Clarksville, TN after Guardian Shield alerted officers to his vehicle. After following, officers took him into custody when he parked his car at a home off Hobson Pk.
April 16 – Stolen Car: Guardian Shield alerted officers to a stolen car, stolen from Marana, AZ (1,655 miles from Mt. Juliet) on Apr. 10, 2020. Officers intercepted the car on Lebanon Rd near N Mt Juliet Rd. The driver, a 31-year-old female, was taken into custody.
April 20 – Stolen Car: Guardian Shield alerted officers to a Ford Expedition, stolen from Kansas City, MO on 4/3/2020. Officers intercepted the vehicle at N Mt Juliet Rd & Division St. Three adults were detained, and the investigation continues.
April 21 – Stolen Car: Guardian Shield alerted officers to a Nissan Sentra, stolen from Nashville around 2/24/2020. Officers intercepted the vehicle on Lebanon Rd near the county line. One adult female was apprehended.
April 26 – Stolen Car: Guardian Shield alerted officers to a Nissan Versa, stolen from Nashville on 4/16/2020. Officers intercepted the vehicle on S Mt Juliet Rd near I-40. One adult male, also wanted out of Wilson Co for a probation violation, was apprehended.
April 26 – Stolen Car: Guardian Shield alerted officers to a Nissan Pathfinder, stolen from Nashville on 2/24/2020. Officers intercepted the vehicle on N Mt Juliet Rd near I-40. Two adult males were apprehended, & heroin was located.
April 28 – Wanted Murder Suspect: Guardian Shield was used to assist in the capture of a murder suspect from Louisiana, who was located at a local hotel. THP ultimately made the arrest, but it was a group effort. After being notified by Louisiana that the suspect was in TN, the system was queried and confirmed he was in our city.
May 11 – Stolen Plate: Guardian Shield alerted officers to a license plate, stolen from Nashville on 1/30/2020. Officers intercepted the vehicle on Lebanon Rd near Mt. Juliet Rd. One adult male, who was also driving on a Revoked DL, was apprehended.
May 17 – Stolen Trailer: 39-year-old Robert Beydler of Mt. Juliet was apprehended today after Guardian Shield alerted to a Uhaul trailer, stolen out of Nashville on 3/27, towed by him. He was also found to be driving on a revoked DL, and another stolen trailer was located at his home in the county.
May 22 – Stolen Car: Guardian Shield alerted officers to a stolen truck, stolen from Ashland City on 5/19/2020. Officers intercepted the vehicle in the Walmart parking lot. Two adult males, also wanted persons and in possession of crack cocaine, are in custody.
May 27 – Stolen Car: Guardian Shield alerted officers to a stolen pickup truck, stolen from Lebanon on 5/21/2020. Officers intercepted the vehicle on I-40. One adult male, also wanted for theft of property, was apprehended.
May 29 – Stolen Car/Gun: Guardian Shield alerted officers to a 2020 Chevrolet Impala, stolen from Nashville on 4/7/2020. Officers intercepted the vehicle on S Mt Juliet Rd near Hobson Pk. One adult male, also in possession of a handgun, stolen from Nashville on 12/23/2019, is in custody.
The tornado cleanup program the city was operating in conjunction with DRC Emergency Services has ended. With help from the contractors, we have removed 106,053 cubic yards of debris. There is still a lot to do for homeowners and much rebuilding to do.
One month following the tornado, the city was hit with a derecho delivering damaging straight-line winds. The Public Works Department is still working seven days a week to try and catch up on the cleanup.
Damage in Brookstone Subdivision
Fire Station Two Destoried by the wind storm
Public Works Grapple truck
I was able to help with the cleanup in Triple Crown
Boy Scouts Troop 911
Special thanks to Troop 911 for allowing me the privilege of meeting with them for an interview so they could earn their Community Citizenship badge. Using video conferencing, I have been able to aid several Boy Scouts in earning their Community Citizenship badge. Part of the requirement is to interview an elected official, so we have put this stay at home time to good use.
Updates for the Public Works Director.
- Town Center Trail: Estimated completion date at the end of June
- Juliet Road Bridge Widening: Right of way acquisition is finishing up and construction letting date by TDOT should be in the August-September timeframe
- Lebanon Road Sidewalks, Phase I: Construction is now underway with a completion date in January 2021
- Elzie Patton Safe routes to schools: Construction is wrapping up this month
- Woodridge Place Sidewalks, Phase I: Construction is wrapping up this month
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