Bell Buckle's board of Mayor and Aldermen met for a brief special called meeting Friday to hire a municipal judge and a new city attorney.
The board voted to hire Bill Haywood, who serves as Chapel Hill's municipal judge and city attorney for Lewisburg, as judge for the small village at a cost of $300 per session.
Mayor Dennis Webb stated that retired Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Adolpho A. Birch Jr. had pulled out of the running for the job.
Greg Perry of Manchester is Bell Buckle's new city attorney, who will work at a rate of $75 an hour. The town had been employing attorney Evan Cope; however, the difference in the rate for billable hours resulted in the board's decision. Webb thanked Cope for his service to the town.
LaVergne police officer Chris Spradling will start working for Bell Buckle on a part time basis starting next week. He will work only 10 hours a week, with his main duty to watch for speeders. The town will be acquiring a surplus Bedford County Sheriff's Department for the officer Monday and Spradling will be commissioned by the sheriff's department next week as well.
No action was taken on a proposed property ordinanace, with Webb saying that more research would be needed on the topic of junked cars. A person would also have to be appointed to enforce the law, which would deal with lots that are full of junk and trash or are unsightly.
While many Bell Buckle residents have mixed feelings about the hiring of a police officer and judge, Webb stated, they are 100 percent behind any ordinance about cleaning up property, singling out one home in the city limits.