Cornersville BOMA favors annexation

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Cornersville's board of mayor and aldermen voted 4-1 in favor of annexing 1,880 acres when they met last week.

The annexation will take effect 30 days from the March 5 meeting date.

The chairs in the town hall were full for the third public hearing on the proposed annexation of 1,880 acres located along Hwy 129 from the town of Cornersville to Wright Road on the other side of Exit 27 on I-65. Mayor Amos Davis read the plan of services for the new area. About 63 people, living in 21 homes, are in the area now, but Davis said there was "long-term potential for future residential growth."

Kenneth Carr, superintendent of the Lewisburg Water and Wastewater Department, was there to talk to the group about the water line soon to be built to serve the area.

"We feel like it's as good a time as we would ever encounter," said Carr. He reported that they were "extremely pleased" to have 14 bidders on the project, and the total cost is supposed to be $954,000.

Within the next two to four weeks, Carr said, they will start to get the easements signed. The project is expected to start around the first of May and take seven months to complete. Carr said a tap would cost $2,500, plus $10/foot if pipe had to cross the road from the water line to the homeowner's property.

"No hard feelings," said county commissioner Jimmy Wolaver. "The way I figure, it will be impossible for the city to furnish the services for the revenue they get."

"I agree in a sense," said city manager Taylor Brandon, "The town is not going to rake the money in."

"As it develops it (the revenue) will grow," said Davis.

"We're not trying to make money; we're trying to get the people water," said alderwoman Doris Arthur.

"We need water," said Tony McKibbon, one of the affected landowners, "I'm tired of running out of water."

"You didn't know what you were doing before, and you don't know now," said Bobby Wolaver. "I'm through," he exclaimed as he left the meeting.

Wolaver was not the only one opposed to annexation.

When it came time for the board of mayor and aldermen to vote, alderwoman Lezlie Calahan explained that she had encouraged people to call her with their comments.

"I didn't get any but 'no' calls," Calahan said. "There were no 'yes' calls." She said she thought her "no" callers didn't want to pay the city property tax, and believed they would probably get water eventually without being annexed.

When Davis called for a vote, therefore, Calahan voted "no," and the other four aldermen voted "yes."

Three of the Cornersville aldermen - Calahan, Arthur, and Frank Pickens, the vice mayor - will be running for re-election on Thursday, June 11. They were all appointed to their jobs about two years ago. As of the time of the meeting last Thursday, they had not heard that anyone else intended to run. The deadline for declaring a candidacy is Thursday, March 19.