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Updates with vote totals for resolution involving Two Mile Road.

Three separate votes by two Dickson County commissions in the past week have put up some roadblocks to a fuel terminal proposed by Titan Partners LLC near Burns.

Monday night, the Dickson County Commission approved a resolution sponsored by Commissioner Jeff Eby to put a 50,000-pound weight limit on vehicles on Two Mile Road in an effort to keep tanker trucks from using the road.

Last Thursday, the Dickson County Planning Commission voted 6-4 against both the site plan and final plat for the proposed project, an unexpected reversal from earlier action by the commission.

The Planning Commission and County Commission meetings both were held electronically.

Titan envisions a widened and realigned Two Mile Road, plus an extension of the road through farmland, to carry the trucks between Highway 46 and the terminal site near the I-40/I-840 interchange.

Eby’s resolution exempts county vehicles, agricultural vehicles and forestry vehicles.

The Dickson County Clerk’s Office provided a clarification about the votes taken for a resolution putting a weight limit on Two Mile Road. The resolution as originally presented did not include the weight limit and also contained an exemption for agricultural vehicles regardless of any limit.

The first vote was on amendment to add an exemption for forestry vehicles. This amendment passed 10-0.

The second vote was on an amendment to add an exemption for county vehicles. This amendment passed 9-0 with an abstention recorded for Linda Hayes because of a remote-connection issue.

The third vote was to set the weight limit at 50,000 pounds. This passed 7-3, with Commissioners Randy Simpkins, Clayton Ellis and Linda Hayes dissenting.

The fourth vote was to approve the resolution with all amendments. This resolution passed 10-0.

Some possible next steps for Titan — a subsidiary of Houston-based Buckeye Partners LP — include an administrative or court appeal regarding county actions, as well as resubmission of plans to the county.

“Titan Partners is disappointed with the Planning Commission’s decision,” the company said in a statement. “However, we continue moving ahead on several key aspects of the project while we evaluate the best path forward to secure all necessary approvals.”

In April the planning commission approved the site plan on a 7-3 vote and in May approved a preliminary plat by a 7-2 vote.

Rodger Waynick of Dickson, an attorney for some county residents who oppose the fuel terminal, said: “Titan failed to meet the requirements and provide the information requested. The Planning Commission followed the law and made the right choice for the county.”

A legal challenge against the site plan vote led the county attorneys to put it back on the planning commission agenda last Thursday. This time, Gary Peeler, Robert Qualls and Harold Williams voted to deny the site plan, joining Todd Berry, David Brogdon and RJ Comer, who had also opposed it in April.

The same six commissioners voted to deny the final plat approval as well.

Commission Chairman Shane Chandler, joined by Lee Evans, Mack Pilkinton and Robert Wetterau, voted against those motions.

Commissioners voting in the majority cited insufficient information about issues including traffic congestion, widening and realigning of Two Mile Road, and the county’s drinking water supply.

If the planning commission had voted in favor of the terminal, the proposal likely would have advanced to a future planning commission meeting for landscaping and construction approval.

The terminal would store fuel and additives in storage tanks with a multimillion-gallon capacity in order to fill up tanker trucks for deliveries to gas stations

As many as 100 tanker trucks a day would go to and from the terminal and Highway 46, a plan requiring major upgrades to Two Mile Road.

The same day as the planning commission meeting, the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation’s Division of Air Pollution Control issued a construction permit for the bulk storage fuel depot that would tap an underground petroleum pipeline.

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