Public Works director denies keeping fairgrounds vote tally

Friday, November 12, 2010 at 5:06pm

Metro Public Works Director Billy Lynch says he does not have a list that shows where Metro Council members stand on the fairgrounds issue.

At a spirited special fairgrounds meeting earlier this week, Councilman Mike Jameson delivered a bombshell when he suggested Lynch — at the behest of the mayor’s administration — had been telephoning council members to gauge their stance on Mayor Karl Dean’s redevelopment plans for the 117-acre Metro-owned fairgrounds.

Jameson implied Lynch had been asked to tell council members that continued strong services in their districts were dependent on their voting for a Dean administration-introduced bill that outlines a set of Hickory Hollow Mall leases. The ordinance would allow events currently held at the fairgrounds’ expo center to relocate to the Antioch mall.

“You don’t need to go there,” Jameson told Metro officials on Tuesday.

“I know the public works director,” Jameson said. “He’s a phenomenal public servant. I know he doesn’t do this out of his own volition. I know he follows orders.”

Jameson requested that Councilwoman Vivian Wilhoite, who chairs the council’s Codes, Fair and Farmers Market Committee, ask Lynch for any vote-tally sheet he may have obtained.

In a letter sent to council members on Friday, Lynch claims there is no list to hand over.

“As to keeping a list,” Lynch wrote, “1) There is no list; 2) I have Not communicated any list to anyone.” [sic]

“As I stated in The City Paper,” Lynch wrote, referring to a story published earlier this week, “I am a lifelong Nashvillian and a taxpayer of Davidson County. There are times issues arise, and as a taxpayer I do become interested. This [the fairgrounds] is simply one of those issues, and there have been many over my 42 years with Metro.”

Contacted late Friday afternoon by The City Paper, Lynch acknowledged he’s “talked to a couple” of other council members about the fairgrounds issue, but said his curiosity is only because he’s a taxpayer of Davidson County.

“I haven’t gotten on the phone to call anybody deliberately for anything,” Lynch affirmed. 

7 Comments on this post:

By: jasdaddy on 11/12/10 at 4:53

THAT NASTY, WORN-OUT, POORLY RUN FAIRGROUND AND RACETRACK IN THE BAD PART OF TOWN IS YESTERDAY'S NEWS. GET OVER IT AND LET THE MAYOR CARRY NASHVILLE FORWARD. WE ARE LUCKY TO HAVE KARL DEAN

By: fair_minded on 11/12/10 at 6:06

thank you for your comment mr. reibling.

By: govskeptic on 11/12/10 at 6:57

Oh shucks fellows, you wouldn't dare accuse your 'ole
Jailer buddy of playing that nasty politics-would you?

By: political1iam on 11/12/10 at 10:13

The last time I looked at the Metro Charter the Director of Public Works was an employee of the Mayor and is supposed to answer to him.

By: roymdale on 11/15/10 at 10:55

The Fairgrounds Site will be a great infilled development for Metro. Lets get this process going.

By: racer84 on 11/15/10 at 12:39

Roy, There's already a great Infield there.

The restrooms need updated but it's got plenty of parking for all the millions of dollars in Race Haulers and race cars that were there just a few weeks ago.

By: judyboodo@yahoo.com on 11/15/10 at 4:26

“talked to a couple” of other council members about the fairgrounds issue, but said his curiosity is only because he’s a taxpayer of Davidson County. Hmmm, I'm a taxpayer of Davidson County also but I haven't called a couple of council members out of curiosity, seems the council should ask Mr. Lynch directly about this. It smells! If he works for the Mayor then let the Mayor pay him. He works for the people of Davidson County! His allegiance has to be to them. If he were not dead I'd believe Fate was still Sheriff.