Apparently Metro Councilman Robert Duvall isn’t too fond of the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
On three separate occasions at Tuesday’s Council meeting Duvall, who represents parts of Antioch, stood up to announce opposition to resolutions to accept grant money made available by the federal act passed earlier this year. He was the only Council member to vote against any of them.
“We’re mortgaging (our children),” an impassioned Duvall explained to the Council. “They’re the ones who are going to have to pay it back. Does anybody in this room care? I don’t know. I guess they don’t.”
One of the resolutions approved $1,000,000 of federal stimulus money for infrastructure projects in Davidson County, including a Tennessee State University connector for the Cumberland River.
The other two grants approved a combined total of $8,100 for interpreter services to work in order of protection hearings in both general sessions court and juvenile court.
Excluding Metro Nashville Public Schools, Metro departments to date have garnered 25 grants, valued at more than $35 million, through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and have applied for an additional eight grants worth approximately $73 million.