Nolensville Receives Honors from the Tennessee Municipal League | Local News | – | Vette Leader

The city of Nolensville was presented with the Small Town Progress Award by the Tennessee Municipal League (TML) at its 82nd annual conference Tuesday at the Gatlinburg Convention Center.

The city was recognized in recognition of its pioneering efforts to provide customers with the best service and to expand the scope and scale of its municipal operations.

Each year, the Tennessee Municipal League honors cities across the state for outstanding achievement, improvement, specific outstanding program, or departmental achievement. 2022 honorees include the City of Cleveland for Excellence in Downtown Revitalization and Historic Preservation, the City of Collierville for Excellence in Police Service, the City of Dresden for Excellence in Fire Services, the City of Greeneville for Excellence in Community Planning and Development, the City of McKenzie for “Small City Progress”, City of McMinnville for “Excellence in Stormwater Management”, City of Nolensville for “Small Town Progress”, City of Sevierville for “Excellence in Governance”, City of Sparta for “Excellence in Public Works” , the City of Springfield for Parks and Recreation and the City of Woodland Mills for Excellence in Green Leadership.

“It is an incredible honor for the City of Nolensville to be recognized with the Small Town Progress Award for our growth and development,” the Nolensville Board of Commissioners said in a statement. “This award is an example of the hard work and dedication of our Board of Commissioners and city employees to make Nolensville an award-winning city.”

A vote last year changed the city charter to an administrative commission form of government. Since then, it has made efforts to expand fire services, public works, and financial services, as well as embarking on new projects aimed at improving the community at large.

The city established its first-ever full-time fire department on July 1, 2021, which began operations with a new chief, 10 career firefighters, 26 volunteers, and 23 part-time employees. The department responded to more than 1,000 calls in its first year alone and served more than 14,000 residents in the city limits and an additional 4,000 county residents through a mutual assistance agreement with Williamson County.

Using a borrowed facility and equipment, the Nolensville Fire & Rescue Department also held its first-ever push-in ceremony in April of this year to celebrate the arrival of the new Fire Engine 16 in town.

The department’s other equipment purchases include two Life Pak defibrillators, 16 self-contained breathing apparatus, portable radios, three smaller vehicles, hoses and more. The department is currently applying for two FEMA grants to further increase equipment and staffing.

Plans are currently in the works for a new fire station to open in 2024, and a second fire station is planned as part of the city’s long-term growth over the next seven to 10 years.

Concerns about transparency and a desire to improve financial services prompted the city’s finance team to reorganize finance and human resources into separate departments. Now in its own organizational structure, the municipal finance department began implementing a fund accounting policy that served as a catalyst for the development of municipal projects such as B. the infrastructure for the new fire department.

The passage of this policy by the City Council also enabled the establishment of a Capital Improvement Fund, a Capital Improvement Advisory Board and a Multi-Year Capital Improvement Plan.

The Treasury Department also assumed responsibility for overhauling the city’s outdated debt management policy, enacting new fiscal policy, implementing new financial services software, and finding other ways to improve performance and efficiency. The Nolensville Treasury Department also received the Government Finance Officers Association’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award (GFOA) for its fiscal year 2021-22 budget, one of only 18 government agencies in the state to have done so.

After public works workers were forced to hand-spread salt on major roads following a minor snow accident, the decision was made to expand the size and scope of the services performed by the department. This also meant adding new devices.

Kyle Billingsley, Nolensville director of public works, developed a five-year plan for the department’s growth, outlining equipment and staff needs. In the 2021/22 financial year, two employees joined the first snow plow and the first truck salt spreader.

Nolensville public works crews also proposed new initiatives for their department, including repairing sidewalks in-house to save funds that could then be better used elsewhere. Advanced stormwater and drainage duties were met through equipment rentals, and crew members attended conferences to learn new techniques and gain experience with new equipment. These initiatives saved the city approximately $100,000 and helped solve drainage problems that had plagued the city for years.

The Public Works Department has also been involved in many beautification projects in the city, including the first Keep Nolensville Beautiful Day in May, and the city received a grant from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) to clean up Mill Creek, the 3/4 Mile of creek cleaned by city workers and local volunteers.

Community events like Nolensville Nights bring citizens together in the city’s historic district, and city officials recently hosted an open house with local business leaders to discuss their vision for the community. Residents are also kept up to date with a weekly report from Town Manager Victor Lay.

The city is also in the process of revising its zoning ordinance to encourage positive growth in the community. These are just a few of the many ways the city tour looks to the future of Nolensville.

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