Cornersville pondering its growth

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

CORNERSVILLE -- This southern Marshall County municipality could be extending its boundaries again, according to discussion at City Hall.

City Administrator Taylor Brandon has explained to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen that annexing part of the Hoyt Lowrance property at the north end of town would create " more uniformity in the city limits."

The property has city water, Brandon said, so there'll be no utility expense from extending water lines.

Meanwhile, having the land within the city limits would, at present, not generate much tax revenue, he said.

However, if a business set up on the land and it wasn't in the city limits, the town would miss out on the much greater tax revenue from the business for 15 years, the city administrator advised.

"Is it worth more of a look?" Brandon asked the board. "There's no infrastructure involved."

Mayor Amos Davis took a long view of the situation.

"We're looking five or 10 years down the road," Davis said.

Alderwoman Lezlie Calahan agreed with that view.

"There's going to be something there," she said. "Look what it's going to do for the town."

The board's vote was unanimous to send the annexation proposal on to the planning commission.

In other business at the monthly meeting, the mayor and aldermen discussed spending $11,000 on a new town storage building to be placed south of the fire hall/ambulance station. It would be big enough to house the town's chipper and backhoe, and the public works truck, and there might even be room to perform maintenance on the police cars.

The current storage structure is behind the town hall, but town recorder Scotty Brock pointed out, "We can't keep anything in it because it leaks. There's termite damage, too. We've repaired it as much as we can. I've got expensive stuff that needs to be secured."

Brandon said the town had almost enough money in the equipment fund to buy the storage building right now, but counseled fiscal prudence, stating, "First let's get Todd's car squared away, then we can look at it," meaning the building.

Davis agreed.

"Todd's car is on its last legs," the mayor said.

"Todd" is Police Chief Todd Bone, and after the meeting Brandon said a new police car had been ordered for him. It's not costing the taxpayers anything: a portion of every traffic ticket paid in Cornersville goes into a special fund for police cars.

The citizens' comments portion of the meeting was given over to Mike Wiles, executive director of Marshall County's Joint Economic and Community Development Board.

"I'm here to promote Civil War Trails," Wiles said, explaining that they want to put an interpretive marker in Cornersville, possibly in the park. The markers cost $1,500 to put up, Wiles said, but he already has funding for that, so the town would only have to come up with the annual maintenance fee of $200. Other Marshall County markers will be in Chapel Hill, at the courthouse in Lewisburg, and at the Farmington battlefield. The subject of the Cornersville marker would be the rooster Jake Donelson, recently featured at the Historical Society's meeting. For more information on Civil War Trails, visit