The Mayor Karl Dean administration decided to withdraw a resolution at Tuesday’s Metro Council meeting that would have placed nine first-time board members on the new Convention Center Authority.
The move to withdraw came after the resolution garnered substantial opposition from Council members, who preferred to consider each appointee individually instead of all at once as the resolution was written.
In response, the administration filed nine separate resolutions to appoint the members to the board, which will oversee development of the proposed $635 million convention center and its attached $200 million headquarters hotel.
“This is an extremely important entity and the mayor wants to make sure Council is comfortable with the process,” Dean’s press secretary Janel Lacy said.
The plan is to put the resolutions on the Oct. 6 Council agenda, Lacy said.
A financing package for the convention center project is expected to be presented to Council in the coming weeks.
Backyard chicken ban deferred
A bill that would have effectively banned residents in Nashville’s urban areas from owning backyard chickens was deferred on third reading, opening up a potential compromise that would allow the birds under certain exceptions.