Change of heart

Published 9:02 am Thursday, December 15, 2011

MURFREESBORO — Within weeks of being appointed to the Murfreesboro Planning and Zoning Board, Bill Theodorakis’s appointment has been revoked.

On Tuesday, the Murfreesboro Town Council voted to revoke the appointment of Theodorakis to that entity in a 4-1 vote.

Theodorakis was unanimously appointed by council members to the Planning and Zoning Board on November 22, before three new members to the Town Council took office.

During public comments, Walter Thomas voiced concern over the appointment of “an individual” to the Planning and Zoning Board.

“(The council) appointed an official to the (Planning and) Zoning Board,” he said. “And I believe, we the people, made our choices by what was on the ballot. And we the people decided who we wanted to carry our city further.”

Thomas continued by saying the previous decision was not a good one.

Mayor John Hinton thanked Thomas for his comments and said the board would take them under advisement.

Councilman Randy Roberts requested to place the issue on the agenda of Tuesday’s meeting and Hinton obliged.

Later, Roberts moved to have the appointment of Theodorakis revoked. Councilman Craig Dennis offered a second to the motion.

During discussion, Councilwoman Sarah Wallace asked for the reason behind the revocation. At the November 22 meeting, Wallace requested to make an appointment to the Planning Board and have that matter placed on the agenda. She then moved to appoint Theodorakis to the board.

Roberts said he had discussions with those in the community that were upset about the appointment.

“My question is what is the reason behind it,” Wallace asked. “What are the concerns?”

Roberts said he had a lot of people come to him in the last two weeks and voice their concerns.

Hinton said he had close to a dozen calls regarding the appointment.

“I think Mr. Thomas voiced the reason that most of the people have given to me that the Planning Board decision should have been made by the current council and not the previous council,” Hinton said.

“That’s where I don’t understand why,” Wallace said. “Is there person they would like to have appointed.”

Roberts said citizens did have other suggestions for the appointment.

“But they felt they couldn’t come to the prior council with the recommendations,” Wallace said. “They waited until after the appointment.”

Roberts said he felt if citizens knew it was going to be added to the agenda at the November 22 meeting they would have attended with recommendations.

The council then voted to revoke the appointment of Theodorakis. The motion carried 4-1 with Wallace voicing opposition.

Hinton asked the council for recommendations for the vacancy on the Planning and Zoning Board.

Roberts then moved to appoint Kenny Thomas to the Planning and Zoning Board. Councilman Hal Thomas offered a second and the motion passed without objection.