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Public Notice – Long Hollow Area Planning Charrette


Sumner County has commissioned a plan to serve as a blueprint for the future growth and development for the Long Hollow Area. The plan will serve as an update to the 2010 Comprehensive Plan for this specific area. It will also serve as the basis for future revised zoning and development regulations for this area.

Overview of the Planning Charrette
A charrette is an intensive multi-day planning process to generate key planning concepts in a manner that engages the public in a hands-on manner. The charrette for this project will occur on Monday, August 29th through Thursday, September 1st at Long Hollow Baptist Church, 3031 Long Hollow Pike, Hendersonville, TN 37075. The schedule is as follows:

1) Public Workshop – This event will occur on August 29th starting at 6:00 PM and will last roughly 2 hours. It will include a brief presentation by the Consultant Team of their findings for the background portion of the plan, followed by an exercise in which the public participants will break up into teams and create their own concept plans. At the end of the workshop the public participant teams will each present their concept plans and the Consultants will conclude by identifying common elements among the plans.

2) Concept Plan Presentation Meeting – This meeting will occur at 6:00 PM on Thurs. Sept. 1st and entail a presentation of the Concept Plan that will be produced by the Consultants over the course of the 4-day charrette. There will be plenty of time after the presentation for dialogue with the public to get their input for potential revisions.


For further information, please contact:

Rodney Joyner – Director of Planning & Stormwater
Sumner County Planning & Stormwater Dept.
355 N. Belvedere Drive, Room 202
Gallatin, TN 37066
(615) 451-6097

Posted on: 18 Aug, 2016


All Electrical Contractors in Gallatin Urged to Attend

Thursday, August 18, 2016
2 – 4:00 p.m.
Gallatin City Hall Dining Room
132 West Main Street

All electrical contractors and electricians who do work in Gallatin are urged to attend.

The City of Gallatin Building Codes Department will soon be handling electrical permitting and inspections within the City and Planning Region. We will discuss the upcoming changes in the process and fees.

Questions or RSVP: shirley.smith@gallatin-tn.gov or 615-451-5968

Posted on: 8 Aug, 2016


Gallatin Beautification Awards – Beautification Blitz


Gallatin Beautification Awards

The Beautification Committee of Gallatin is proud to announce the 2016 Business Beautification Award to recognize businesses that exemplify innovative and extraordinary beautification efforts. The quarterly award is given to a Gallatin area business in recognition of enhancing the visual image of their properties through renovation, landscape, lighting, window design, and overall aesthetic appeal.

Improve the economic vitality of the city and inspire others to improve their properties.


A site review and nomination process is currently underway of businesses within the Gallatin city limits. The public is also invited to nominate beautification projects they believe are worthy of recognition. Criteria for nominations can be based on a combination of elements including general maintenance, landscaping, building improvements, historical preservation, and parking lot beautification.

Nominate a Business Now

new-signEach nominated property will be visited and judged by the Beautification Awards Committee made up of volunteers from local businesses, city government, and economic development agencies. The committee will choose three finalists and the winner will be announced at the November Gallatin City Council meeting. Winners will also be honored at an award ceremony at their business and will receive a 2016 Beautification Award sign to display on their property. Applications for this year’s Beautification Awards will be accepted until October 30, 2016. For more information contact cityofgallatin@gallatin-tn.gov.

Posted on: 3 Aug, 2016


Installation Improves Safety of Gallatin Water Treatment Plant

New Method of Creating Disinfectant Eliminates Public Threat of Hazardous Gas Leak

Gallatin – The water treatment plant on the banks of the Cumberland River off Highway 109 has been treating water for Gallatin since 1964 (water treatment in the area dates back to 1924). It later expanded to become the source of water for both the town of Westmoreland and the Castalian Springs/Bethpage Utility District. Contractors at the plant recently completed improvements to the facility that doesn’t change the quality of the water, but dramatically reduces the dangers of using chlorine gas to disinfect the water supply.

The process used to purify water is much the same as it was decades ago. A series of settling tanks are used with chemicals like coagulants, chlorine, and activated carbon to remove particles and bacteria from the water. Chlorine was injected into water using chlorine gas stored in large cylinders. If an accidental release had ever occurred, evacuation of large areas of the city would have been required.

“This was cutting-edge technology in the industry for decades, but with this new equipment we’re eliminating the risks to our employees and the community from an accidental discharge or even the unthinkable act of terrorism,” said Public Utilities Superintendent David Gregory.

A new process of adding chlorine was implemented in March of 2016. Liquid chlorine is produced on-site in a chemical process called electrolysis where direct electrical current is sent through salt water. The resulting solution is a very low concentration of bleach making it easily contained, harmless if spilled, and without dangerous vapors.

City officials conducted a ribbon-cutting ceremony today to celebrate completion of the new bleach-generation equipment, plus the modernization of a five-million-gallon storage tank on Long Hollow Pike. City contractors installed an electronic valve to the tank allowing them to automatically lower and raise water levels without the need for staff to manually open and close tank valves every two days. Water in the tanks must be rotated regularly to keep from stagnating.

“We are very lucky to have a reliable source of water, and I’ve seen firsthand how passionate our Public Utility employees are when it comes to water quality,” said Gallatin Mayor Paige Brown. “I’m also very proud of our city’s long-standing record of meeting or exceeding state and federal water quality standards”

Water quality is continuously monitored and tested thousands of times each year by both a private testing lab in Mt. Juliet and by the state certified lab at Gallatin’s water treatment plant. Gallatin was given a 99% score on a recent Sanitary Survey by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, which evaluates the water treatment and distribution system. Gallatin also rates highly on the state required Consumer Confidence Report, showing state and federal water quality levels for contaminants like lead, copper, nitrates, and turbidity (water particulates) meet or exceed state and federal standards for purity.

To view the Consumer Confidence Report and learn more about Gallatin’s water quality visit gallatinutilities.com.

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Posted on: 1 Aug, 2016


City’s Latest Investment Benefits Investors and Residents

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


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