Commission to consider different water systems

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Marshall County commissioners on Monday are scheduled to consider changing rules on construction permits where public water service is unavailable so rain collection systems are allowable.

County planning commissioners have been deliberating the issue for months and some have questioned whether government should interfere. Monday, new rules are subject to a public hearing and a vote by commissioners.

The hearing is set for 5:30 p.m. Monday in the County Courthouse Annex at Commerce Street and First Avenue where the regular monthly meeting starts at 6 p.m.

Spring and water well supply sources for buildings would be required to have a minimum flow of 500 gallons a day and the permit holder would have to ensure the water is potable.

As for alternative systems to collect and store water for domestic use: a 2,500 gallon tank would be required; the permit holder would have to ensure the water is potable; and the system would have to meet the 2009 International Plumbing Code

Other topics for the hearing and meeting include:

* Earl Harris' request for permission to reclassify agriculturally zoned land to a commercial zone so he may open a repair shop in Holts Corner at 6100 Nashville Highway.

* Authorization of the building inspector to hire a contractor to mow or bush-hog high grass to resolve health and safety issues. County Commissioner Dean Delk has spoken up for his Chapel Hill-area constituents saying this is needed badly.

* Asking state lawmakers to name the Cornersville Road bridge over Rock Creek as the Matt Hayes Memorial Bridge in honor of the 2001 Marshall County High School graduate who, while working as a surveyor for Wilson and Associates, was killed near Morristown on July 14 as a result of an accident at a highway construction project.

* Donating an old sheriff's patrol car to Marshall County Schools for vocational education purposes.