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Metro Nashville, Satellite Cities Reach Agreement On Services

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by Chris Cannon

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Mayor Karl Dean's administration has come to an agreement with Davidson County's smaller cities that will change services those local governments can offer.

The agreement came after proposed state legislation was introduced into the Tennessee General Assembly that would have forced changes.

"We know there's been a lot changes in 50 years, and I don't think any of the smaller cities should be stuck where they were 50 years ago," said Austin McMullen, the Mayor of Oak Hill.

There was tension between Metro government and the smaller cites, so much so, Forest Hills sued the county to start its own municipal court.

The new agreement between the governments addressed the issues the leaders of the smaller cities wanted resolved.

"Certainty and flexibility are the main benefits the satellite cities will get from this," Mayor McMullen said.

The Metro director of law sent a memorandum to Metro Council members outlining the agreement.

"When we got a chance to sit down and talk to them, I think they had some legitimate concerns and legitimate needs which we felt we could do in the spirit of the Metro government," said director of law Saul Solomon.

The agreement would allow for municipal courts, the payment of franchise fees, the creation of parks, the consolidation of codes inspections, and the creation of business licenses.

Oak Hill's mayor said the change in codes inspections would be a tremendous benefit for residents.

"Now they'll have a one-stop shop at Oak Hill where they can get their entire building inspection process done, quickly and probably less expensively than it has been in the past," Mayor McMullen said.

The agreement must still be approved by members of the Metropolitan Council, and the governing bodies of each of the smaller cities.

The agreement will last for the next four years, with the option of a four years extension.

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