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Electrical Contractors to Gather and Discuss City’s Role in Commercial and Residential Inspections

Gallatin – The City of Gallatin Building Codes Department is in the process of assuming most electrical inspections currently conducted by the State of Tennessee within the city and planning region. There are currently 42 cities that have already sought exemption from state inspections in order to meet the demands of increasing construction projects. Officials are inviting Gallatin’s electrical contractors to a meeting on August 18 (details below) to offer details and receive feedback.

“Time is money to these electrical contractors,” said Gallatin Building Official Chuck Stuart. “We’ll have the staff to turn the inspections around immediately. That means contractors get paid quickly, and power gets turned on right away.”

Having the city responsible for inspections impacts both residential and commercial customers who need prompt service. For instance, during the recent storms when residential transformers and cable systems were damaged, a state-contracted electrical inspector had to conduct a final inspection of repair work before service could be resumed. Having local city inspectors is expected to streamline the process, allowing faster service for both home and business owners.

Stuart says forging relationships with contractors is especially important as construction projects increase within the city limits. “We’ve got more apartments coming. We have more retail coming. We have three hotels now that are racing to see who can get on the ground first. Working together with the design professionals we’ll be more aware of what’s going on and work quickly to keep contractors safe and help them avoid costly mistakes.”

Before Gallatin’s Building Codes Department begins electrical inspections, the City Council must pass an ordinance and allow an additional 30 days before taking effect. Stuart anticipates his department will officially begin the new service in September or October. “That’s why this initial meeting is so important, because electrical contractors are going to help us shape this ordinance,” said Stuart.

The city is inviting electrical contractors to Gallatin’s City Hall on August 18th from 2-4 p.m. in the basement dining room. The purpose of the meeting is to give contractors information and receive input on their needs for better service. Changes to inspections, laws, rules, codes and fee structures related to electrical installations will be discussed. To register, please contact Shirley Smith at (615) 451-5968 or shirley.smith@gallatin-tn.gov .


Posted on: 20 Jul, 2016


Gap Announces 500 Opportunities to Start a Career

Employees stress positive co-worker relationships, progressive culture, and room for personal development as reasons to work for local distribution center

Gallatin – Gap Inc. in Gallatin announced today they are searching for 500 seasonal merchandise handlers in their facility distributing products to their stores throughout the southeast.

Gap videotaped testimonials this month where their employees expressed that working at Gap Inc. is fun and interesting. They described Gap as a positive work environment that makes employees feel good about coming to work.

“If I tell them I have a big test coming up I need to be off that day to study they understand… They will say, ‘ok; we’ll see you the next day you can work.’ I really like that because I’m really focused on school.” Rebecca Stamps, Student Volunteer State Community College


Gap Hiring Event

When:  July 27th 9am-1pm

Where: 200 Gap Blvd Gallatin, TN 37066, TDC Building (The Gap campus is located directly behind Volunteer State Community College off of Gap Blvd.)

Gap is hiring seasonal merchandise handlers to increase their product output for the Fall season, however there is the opportunity for some of those individuals to stay on at Gap permanently. Every Fall the Gap offers a seasonal supervisor opportunity where merchandise handlers are encouraged to apply to join the leadership team for a temporary assignment. This year eight associates were given the opportunity to be in the seasonal supervisor role.

Seth Foley, who was recently promoted to supervisor, says the Gallatin campus has a unique variety of employees. “Our campus has the biggest mixture of ages and demographics when we did the analysis last year.” Gap now hires associates ages 17+ and has a diverse workforce.

Job features:

  • Competitive pay
  • Multiple available schedules
  • Climate controlled facility
  • Generous employee discount
  • Many departments are able to listen to music while they work
  • Eight to 10 hours per shift
  • Duties may include data entry, ticketing, stocking, loading and unloading boxes
  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time, walk continuously, and may be required to lift up to 50lbs

For more detailed information on Gap jobs visit www.gapinc.com/careers






Posted on: 20 Jul, 2016


Avoid Contractor Scams & Shortcuts When Replacing Your HVAC Unit

Codes Officials Offer Guidance on Documents and Credentials When Hiring a Contractor

Gallatin – Property owners who replace broken air-conditioning (HVAC) units need to make sure that their state-licensed contractor applies for permits from the City of Gallatin Building Codes Department to avoid potential mechanical and electrical problems. Permitting triggers city inspections to help assure the system is installed properly and complies with Tennessee Building Standards.

Since January 1, 2015, the Gallatin Building Codes Department has records of 23 commercial units permitted to be replaced, and 95 residential permits were issued for replacement.

“While permitting is the contractor’s responsibility, homeowner awareness of what is required is still important,” said Gallatin Building Official Chuck Stuart. “Not paying for the proper permits may suggest the contractor doesn’t have insurance, bonding, or even a state license. Lacking these credentials are warning signs that the contractor may not provide the products and services they’ve promised.”

Keys to hiring qualified contractors for installing an HVAC system:

  • Only hire state-licensed contractors and ask to see their license and a photo ID to verify their identity.
  • Always check the license number on the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance’s website at http://verify.tn.gov/ to make sure the contractor’s license is in good standing.
  • Don’t pay in cash or let payments get ahead of the work.
  • Get at least three bids and three references from the HVAC contractor.

Homeowners can call the Gallatin Building Codes Department to check whether a contractor has applied for permitting, paid for the permit, or scheduled an inspection after the installation. More information about hiring contractors and other building standards are available on the City of Gallatin website at www.gallatinonthemove.com or by calling the Building Codes Department at (615) 451-5968.



Posted on: 15 Jul, 2016


Gallatin Census Adjustment to Fetch $516K in Annual Funding

City’s Special Census is Certified for Accuracy and Meets State Requirement

– The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development has certified Gallatin’s Special Census data it completed in February 2016. The certification announcement triggers the state to include the data in the next Certified Population of Tennessee Incorporated Municipalities and Counties report and officially boosts the number of residents by more than 4,000.

Gallatin officials are interested in the resident count because the state uses official population figures to determine how much the city will receive in state-shared revenue from sources like sales tax, vehicle taxes, and fees. Once approved by the state, Gallatin stands to receive nearly $516,000.00 each year in additional revenue from the state of Tennessee.

“We have to be sure Gallatin’s growth is aligned with the money we invest in infrastructure and services,” said Gallatin Mayor Paige Brown. “This not only garners additional revenue for our city, it also helps us achieve that balance.”

The contractor who verified the results, the Greater Nashville Regional Council (GNRC), was in Gallatin at the end of April conducting research to authenticate the original Special Census results. They reviewed all census materials, looked for duplication and name incompletion, and ensured the margin of error of the original research was acceptable by state standards.

2010 Census 30,278
2016 Census 34,473 (State Certified)
State shared $123 per person
Equates to $515,985.00 additional state-shared funding annually

The City Council approved the Special Census project at a cost of $55,000. Over the next five years, the city expects a 4,691% return on that investment.

“While the additional revenue is certainly valuable, the new certified population count also moves the City into a better position to recruit retail, service industries, and more jobs,” said James Fenton, Executive Director of the Gallatin Economic Development Agency (EDA).  Staff in the Gallatin EDA managed the Special Census.

James Fenton Audio

“This was a huge undertaking and I’m extremely pleased how our various departments including Public Utilities, Fire Department, Human resources and select staff, worked together to make this happen” said Brown. “This small group’s time will amount to millions in revenue for the city over the next five years so it was a great success for the city.”


Posted on: 11 Jul, 2016


4th of July Parking and Event Information


Gallatin – The Gallatin Police Department (GPD) is advising travelers to plan for extra wait times while entering and exiting Triple Creek Park, the new location of this year’s July 4th Celebration. The event begins at 4 p.m., and the firework display is expected to begin shortly after nightfall at approximately 9 p.m.

Gallatin’s July 4th Celebration is expected to draw more than 10,000 people to the area, and Triple Creek Park may encounter overcrowding due to limited access and on-site parking. Attendees should adjust their travel plans to arrive early and expect long waiting times when leaving the event.

“Because there is one main entry into the park, we will have to manage traffic carefully before and especially after the event,” said GPD Chief Donald Bandy. “Some might consider watching from outside Triple Creek Park or remaining in the park until things settle down after the show.”

Entrance from Broadway

Police and city officials will direct traffic from the main entrance on Broadway into the park. The food bank will be accepting an optional $2 donation for parking.

Once parking lots in Triple Creek Park are full or just before the firework display, Gallatin Police will close the park entrance at E. Broadway. After the fireworks are complete, both lanes in the park will be exit only.

Alternate Viewing Areas

Patrons should also consider viewing the firework display from the Civic Center on Albert Gallatin Avenue off 31E or the Municipal Park adjacent to the Civic Center. Additional parking will be available at Shafer Middle School and Benny Bills Elementary.

Fireworks Display

The fireworks will be launched near the baseball fields on the north side of the park at approximately 9 p.m. (map below). Viewing will be restricted approximately 400 feet from the launch area. The display features 1,000 shells and is scheduled “rain or shine.”

The 22-minute fireworks display is being held by Pyro Shows of LaFollette, Tennessee. The nationally-acclaimed fireworks entertainment production company has provided the 4th of July fireworks at the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. 13 times since 1995.

The Sumner County Food Bank is organizing the July 4th Celebration. The celebration will feature food and beverage options, children’s entertainment, craft vendors, music, and the popular foam mountain created for children by the Gallatin Fire Department.

Guests are encouraged to hashtag their social media posts with #Gallatin4th.

Google Map Link

Watch the video. Share on social media please! Chief Donald Bandy, Gallatin Police

Officer James Spray, Gallatin Police https://youtu.be/I45755Kniq0



Posted on: 1 Jul, 2016


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