Cornersville discusses property rules

Friday, May 15, 2009

A safe and attractive community is a priority for Cornersville leaders, according to discussion at last week's monthly meeting of the board of mayor and aldermen.

They decided to make a resolution that a resident's property extends to the centerline of the street in front, thus making the resident responsible for any trees growing near the street. If a tree has to be removed, alderwoman Lezlie Calahan stipulated, this must be done in a safe and responsible manner.

Mayor Amos Davis reported there have been some concerns about debris falling from the CSX railroad bridge over Ostella Road. Two car windshields have been hit by falling rocks. CSX told the mayor that they test the bridge and it is currently "holding up to load." The railroad has no plans to do any work on the bridge at the present time, though they have put up some plywood as a barrier to keep rocks from falling on cars. Further, CSX has stated that they do not think that they own the bridge.

"If Cornersville can prove that it owns the bridge, we could lease it to CSX," said Davis.

"We've got a lot of problems with rental properties," said alderman Frank Pickens. "Lawns not being mowed, and so on."

"It's always the property owner's responsibility," said Taylor Brandon, the city manager.

"Start citing them," advised his sister, Quinn Brandon, the newly appointed city attorney.

"It's tedious to go to court for everyone who won't mow their grass," Taylor said. "Some houses are part of an estate, and they're held up until the estate is settled."

"Enforce it a few times and they will mow," promised Quinn.

"Cornersville has become a rental town," commented Calahan. She said she remembered when her family moved in all their neighbors were home-owners, and now only one is - all the rest are renters.

During new business, alderwoman Melissa Peters brought up the concerns of a landowner whose farm is included in the annexed area extending the town out Hwy 129 to the Interstate. Peters said they were hoping for something in writing, stating that they could still hunt on their land, even though it was now within the city limits.

"If nobody's complaining, we're not doing anything about it," said Taylor.

"Let's research it and make it legal," said the mayor.

"I'll have the answer for you next month," Quinn promised.

With only one Cornersville resident in the audience, the meeting was adjourned less than 25 minutes after it started.