Cornersville looks to police to solve speeding

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Cornersville Board of Aldermen want people to slow down.

They just need to decide how to attack the problem.

Alderman Mary Johnson raised the issue of drivers, in both cars and utility vehicles, speeding along Tarpley Avenue at last month’s board meeting.

The issue of speeding in various parts of town has been a recurring issue with aldermen concerned about safety and quality of life.

Johnson had asked about the possible installation of speed bumps on Tarpley Avenue in order to slow down traffic, after receiving complaints from residents.

Town Manager Scotty Brock suggested a different approach.

One issue that he raised was cost. Speed humps such as the ones in Rock Creek Park in Lewisburg cost roughly $650 for each two-lane installation.

If more roads wanted them as well, then costs for the town could add up.

The main problem, however, as Brock saw it, was the town’s past experience with speed humps.

“We were approached several years ago about putting speed humps on a couple of roads,” said Brock. “People were for it and we put them down and then people started fussing,”

“My suggestion is to allow our police officers to work, find out who the culprits are and stop the problem,” said Brock.

“Let’s go your route and see what happens,” said Johnson. “We owe it to our residents to do something.”

“We’ll leave it open and monitor the situation,” said Mayor Melisa Peters.

The Cornersville Fire Department presented a fundraising idea in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month for the board’s approval.

CFD plans to produce t-shirts for sale with proceeds to be divided among town residents dealing with cancer.

Initial costs to produce the shirts will come from insurance reimbursements that the department has received for out-of-town calls, and they should be ready in time for the town’s annual Halloween festival.

The board voted to approve the new contract with the Tennessee Department of Transportation for the Hatchett Hollow Bridge project.

The original contract called for the town to bear 20 percent of the cost of the $510,000 project, but TDOT’s addition of the bridge to the list of IMPROVE Act projects means that the state, instead of the town, will cover that cost.

The IMPROVE Act was passed in the General Assembly’s last session, increasing gas taxes while lowering some business and sales taxes, with the purpose of increasing funding for road and bridge projects in the state.

Aldermen unanimously approved John Luna to a vacant seat on the town’s planning commission as well.