By RACHAEL LONG
Nolensville Mayor Jimmy Alexander had some big news for residents at the Jan. 8 Planning Commission meeting: the town will soon see updated fire hydrants.
Alexander said a team of city leaders, including himself, met with the College Grove Utility District to work together on a maintenance replacement of all 650 hydrants in Nolensville.
The deprecation of the town’s fire hydrants has been an issue which caused much concern and frustration for volunteer Fire Chief Brian Moat.
At the recent Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting, Moat expressed his concerns to the town leaders.
“Over the last two months, we’ve had numerous water main breaks that have left Nolensville without fire hydrants,” Moat told the board Thursday. “And when I ask [the water board] how I can be notified, I’m told, ‘Well, we didn’t know it either.’ And that’s a major, major issue for us because I have to make calls to get resources moved into the Nolensville area to be able to provide water if the hydrant system is down.”
Moat’s frustrations were met at Thursday’s meeting with several questions from the board about solutions to the issue. Town leaders must have recognized the urgency of the problem because just five days later, they had arranged the beginnings of a solution.
On Tuesday night, the mayor relayed to the commission that the town will work with the College Grove attorney to create an agreement for the long-term commitment of the hydrants.
One of the concerns the board of aldermen had was that renovation of the fire hydrants would result in the town assuming liability of all future maintenance and repair costs.
The town is still working out the details of the partnership. Alexander said the town’s responsibility should be strictly financial as the work will be contracted through an outside party, but nothing is final.
“The work should start pretty quickly,” Alexander said.
The mayor said completion of the project would take approximately two years, and renovation would begin in the oldest neighborhoods.