Mayoral candidates respond to flood wall, police HQ, jail defeats

The Tennessean

Not surprisingly, Nashville's mayoral candidates have started to weigh in on the Metro Council's rejection Tuesday of a trio of controversial projects pushed by Mayor Karl Dean.

In a blow to the current mayor, the council voted to yank funding for a $100 million downtown flood wall and protection system, a $113 million jail consolidation and a $23 million police headquarters...

Megan Barry (an at-large Metro councilwoman, who voted Tuesday to keep funding for the flood wall, but to pull funds for the jail proposal and police headquarters):

"Last night, I supported the flood protection system downtown because I believe we should learn our lessons from 2010 and take proactive steps to mitigate a future disaster. But I also understand that many around Nashville were concerned that more action wasn't being taken to protect all parts of the county. As mayor, I will work with the Metro Water Services, the Army Corps of Engineers, and the citizens of Nashville to put forward a comprehensive plan that addresses flood protection from Bellevue to Southeast Nashville and every area in-between.

With respect to the Criminal Justice Center, I believe that moving the jail facilities to Antioch is the wrong thing to do, and I'm encouraged by reports indicating Sheriff Hall will look at renovating the existing facilities downtown, which will also drive the conversations about the new police headquarters. As mayor, I will work with our public safety officials to make sure that our police officers, firefighters, and Sheriff's department have great facilities and the equipment they need do their jobs while staying safe."

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