Lewisburg Lake may be renamed Old Lake again

Friday, October 9, 2009

Restoring New Lake as the name of Lewisburg Lake, which was changed in December last year, is one of several topics set for the City Council meeting next Tuesday.

"When I was campaigning a lot of people were concerned about the change to Lewisburg Lake," Councilman Ron McRady said Thursday when asked why he asked that the issue be placed on the Council's agenda.

During 2008, then-Mayor Bob Phillips had noted New Lake wasn't new anymore and he suggested another name be assigned. The Council obliged and some suggested that a dock on the lake be named Faris Landing, a pun on Paris Landing at Kentucky Lake, and a word play on the first name of Phillips' wife.

Nevertheless, McRady and other fathers have taken their children fishing at the city-owned lake, a park operated by the city even though it's well beyond the corporate limits of the municipality.

"There wasn't a need to change it," McRady said. "It's been New Lake for generations, and I promised people, I'd bring it back up."

The agenda item comes with a petition to be presented by Bob Hopkins, director of the Marshall County Emergency Management Agency.

"Hopkins has about 170 names on a petition," McRady said.

Hopkins said, the petition "is not really mine. It's from an opinion I heard from a lot of different people who wanted me to do it so I did it and will respectfully request that they reconsider the name on Oct. 13."

The Council is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. in City Hall on Tuesday.

New Lake has had that name for "70-some years," Hopkins said. "This is not to say we don't appreciate what they've done for the lake and the community.'

The Council is also scheduled to consider:

* Deleting the definition of a person from the ordinance on beer permits. A man from another country has a work visa and he'd like to serve beer at his restaurant. City code indicates that only U.S. citizens can have a beer permit here. That's unconstitutional so the law is being changed to conform to the federal rule.

* Changes to the Stormwater Ordinance. They are to bring the city into compliance with requirements from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation that enforces rules for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Record keeping issues at the city stormwater office have been described by the state as incomplete. The office is also mapping the city to show where storm drains are located and which way the water flows. That's another step being taken by the city to comply with a directive from the state.