Planners consider new vote on Murfreesboro mosque

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) -- Planning commission members are exploring a new vote on construction of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro while they appeal a court ruling that stopped occupancy of the nearly finished mosque.

Rutherford County Regional Planning Commissioner Mike Kusch sought a lawyer's advice during a meeting Monday. Kusch told the Daily News Journal the lawyer said the 11-member board can revisit the matter any time as long as public notice is adequate.

A judge in May overturned the commission's 2010 approval of the mosque because public notice wasn't sufficient. Attorneys say the appeal could take six months or longer.

Kusch said he wants the board to do the right thing. In June, Planning Commissioner Rhonda Allen also suggested the board vote again to approve the mosque while the appeal continues.

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