Franklin mayor plans to replace Stormwater Appeals Board member
FRANKLIN, Tenn. -
The mayor of Franklin plans to replace an appointed board member in the wake of a proposed lawsuit against the city.
The replacement is drawing attention because Stormwater Appeals Board member, Dorie Bolze, is also the Executive Director of the Harpeth River Watershed Association, the same body that recently threatened to sue the city.
"I question whether someone can have the best interest of the city in mind as they review various issues that come before that body. I think it's a direct conflict of interest," Mayor Ken Moore said of replacing Bolze on the seven-member board.
Earlier this month HWRA, a group dedicated to keeping the water clean, claimed one city and two county wastewater treatment plants violated federal clean water laws.
A 22-page report from the association alleges pollutants in the river, poor documentation of problems, raw sewage and other violations by the city of Franklin, Berry's Chapel and Cartwright Creek sewage treatment plants over the last five years.
All three entities have permits to discharge treated wastewater into the river.
City leaders have voiced concerns about the accuracy of the report.
"We are actively reviewing that data. We spent some time with our staff last week going over it, and this week we'll continue to prepare our answer," said Moore.
The association has given the city 60 days to address the issues.
Meanwhile, Mayor Moore is moving forward with removing Bolze from the SAB.
SAB hears appeals of violations and grants variances to provisions of the Stormwater Management Ordinances.
Bolze is expected to be replaced by Bob Martin, an active member of the local neighborhood association with experience in planning.
"I think he'll bring objectivity in making those decisions and make contributions to the community," Moore told Nashville's News 2.
Under city law, the mayor is responsible for appointing board members and commissioners. City aldermen can then approve or reject those appointments.
The appeals board is one of four that will receive new appointments by the mayor Tuesday night.