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City Attorney Craig Gives Notice After 34 Years of Service

LarryCraigThe Kingston Springs City Commission met in regular session last Thursday. All members were present.

When the “Legal” part of the agenda was reached, City Attorney Larry Craig (right) gave a lengthy legal update, but this time with a twist. “I was truly honored to have been elected President of the TN Municipal Attorney’s Association by my colleagues across Tennessee”, Craig said. The term ends June 30th, 2015. He continued, “It’s my intention to serve out that term of office. After long thought and due consideration this will be my final July meeting as your City Attorney.” Craig explained that he’s “not retiring, I am slowing down”. Craig has “set aside Thursdays for 34 years since first serving as Chairman of the Planning Commission and then as City Attorney”, he added also that “it’s time, and I have some sandcastles that I need to build.” He reminded the commission that things have changed a lot since he was hired with very little experience. He will help out during the next year with transition and would even consider a little more time as an assistant if necessary.

The commission unanimously approved an agreement to enable Cheatham County Animal Control to enforce state animal control laws within the city limits. Any citations that result will be heard in Cheatham County General Sessions Court.

Also approved:
• Resolution 14-009, declaring September Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.
Kelly Shiver approached the commission about a Variance Request to build a large storage facility on 115 East Kingston Springs Rd. on the site recently considered by Dollar General, (Dollar General is now considering a different site in Kingston Springs). The facility would be approximately 48,575sq.ft. with about 45,000 sq. ft. of storage space, “because there’s a need”, he said. He intends to ask for a variance not to sprinkle the entire building, only the climate controlled area and the office.
City Manager Laurie Cooper showed a conceptual drawing of the 4 x 8 Notification Sign that commissioners were interested in placing at the entrance to the town. They will work over the coming months planning for who can use the sign and how.

Bids are in for the paving of Harpeth Meadows Dr., Woodlands Dr. and S. Main Street. TN Valley Paving was the apparent low bidder at $174,368.75 which is about $10,000 less than original estimates. They were awarded the contract. Cooper pointed out that the bridge between the 2 parks, which was damaged during the 2010 flood, also needs some further repair which TN Valley will add to their list.

The Kingston Springs City Commission meets the third Thursday of each month at 7p.m. in the Beck Town Meeting Hall in downtown Kingston Springs.

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