It didn't take long....just two weeks from his December 3, 2020 swearing in....
(My unsuccessful 2020 campaign for mayor had, as it's main platform, abolishing corruption in Lebanon, TN)
Newly elected Lebanon Mayor Rick Bell appointed Tim Stockton of Stockton Construction to the board of zoning appeals. Stockton owns the company responsible for the $500,000 plus, overbudget improved square parking lot. And his company was the only bidder on the estimated $750,000 in repairs needed for the Mitchell House, which houses 11 employees. So far, only $250,000 has been approved by the council. Could this be a conflict of interest for Stockton, as he is doing business with the city and may have future conflicts based on who and what comes before the BZA? This is a red flag for cronyism as Bell is a developer as well.
12-1114.1206. BZA - The Board of Zoning Appeals A. Creation of Board of Zoning Appeals. The board of zoning appeals as created by 1968 Code § 11-201 and amended by Ordinance 83-501 shall continue in effect as appointed. Vacancies and Removal Vacancies of said board shall be filled for the unexpired term of those members whose position has become vacant by appointment of the Mayor with confirmation by the City Council. A member may be removed from such board for continued absences or just cause by action of the Mayor and City Council after proper hearing.
Source: Facebook page "Sunny Lebanon;" for full context, please review their FB page.
In April of 2020, as a dues paying member of the Lebanon-Wilson County Chamber of Commerce, I wrote a letter encouraging City of Lebanon Mayor, Bernie Ash to rescind his order to shut down certain designated businesses in our community, in direct violation of our U.S. Constitution, which he and other officials have sworn to uphold. The mayor ordered the closing of some businesses and not others, as a result of the Wuhan, China Covid-19 virus outbreak, in an effort to control the spread of the virus itself. The city legal department has been silent on this action.
Specific violations of the Constitution relating to the virus shutdowns can be found on the (above) tab "More" then scroll to "Know Your Constitution."
I also sent a letter, (and copy of my letter to the mayor) to President/CEO of the Chamber, Melanie Minter, Chamber Chairman of the Board, Greg Butler, and Chamber Economic Development Committee Vice Chair, Jeff Peterson, requesting we poll our member businesses to determine their thoughts on whether or not to reopen businesses
Melanie Minter, and Jeff Peterson did not extend the courtesy of a reply, but I did receive a phone call from Chairman of the Board of Directors, Greg Butler. Incredibly, Mr. Butler informed me that I would have to go elsewhere for the information!
This bears reiteration: The Chairman of the Board of Directors of the CHAMBER of COMMERCE would not allow a polling of dues paying member businesses, for their input on whether all businesses should be allowed open, not merely a select few!
There appears to be a "Daisy Chain" of Lebanon executives, politicians, bureaucrats and other officials scared or reticent to stand up for what is right and lawful.
Copy of the letters below.
Anyone wishing to contact me on this may do so at (email) email@example.com, subject line: Lebanon Businesses
Coexistence with corruption is the haven of cowards.....John DeMoor
Politicians, Bureaucrats, and "Caesars Emeritus" in Lebanon are a microcosm of what is wrong in our country; ignoring our U.S. Constitution by abusing their position in making decisions to fit their whim, the law be damned. These liars to their oath of office, along with the bureaucratic sycophants surrounding them make our beautiful Lebanon maintain the appearance of a cheap Hollywood "B" movie, depicting an serpentine Old West hanging judge, or put more succinctly, a playground bully.
The article below, from the Lebanon Democrat newspaper, is a great example of bureaucrats usurping power they do not have. Other than safety codes, and common sense infrastructure verses growth decisions, planning commissions are prohibited from dictating where a business can locate, as long as the product and service is legal, so says the 14th Amendment assuring equal treatment in the law. Economic zones, and any other designation treating a business or individual in a favorable manner over others is unconstitutional.
In this specific case, "Surge Staffing" wants to open an office on the town square, but some are stating, "it's not a use that anybody wants on the square." Incidentally, a used book store has been on the square for some time! This is the kind of tyranny our constitution was written and ratified to prevent.
During my 2020 campaign as mayor, I had the audacity of establishing a platform demanding all city representatives and everyone interacting with city government (simply) OBEY ALL THE LAWS. Though I was not successful in my campaign, let this website continue to expose the cancer of corruption in our city government, and by extension, our national government, and encourage citizens to insist our "servants of the people" take seriously their oath of office.
If the mayor and legal department were true their oath of office, they would rein in the planning commission. Interesting to note the newly elected mayor cited a desire to bring in new restaurants and other businesses to Lebanon; he should start by insisting everyone in city government obey all the laws.
Here is a link to planning commission verses legal business story: https://www.lebanondemocrat.com/lebanon/news/lebanon-weighs-allowing-staffing-agencies-on-square/article_344cab4c-32ba-5ced-85ac-9554e658da30.html
We the People have the ultimate power of the U.S. Constitution...all we have to do is USE it!
Here is a link to my Know your Constitution page demonstrating how easy it is to take back our country: https://howtheyvoted.com/know-your-constitution