Cornersville spooked by Halloween traffic

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Chilly weather for Halloween might have been an inconvenience for Cornersville’s Halloween festivities, but there isn’t much that can be done about it.

The Cornersville Mayor and Board of Aldermen expressed concern about an issue at Halloween that they can impact: traffic.

Aldermen raised the issue at last Thursday’s monthly meeting.

The Cornersville Lions Club Halloween in the Park is one of the largest Halloween events in the county, but that success brings problems with it.

“There was a great crowd here but I realized how dangerous it is,” said Alderman Doris Arthur. “Two or three children ran right out in front of me.”

“Somebody made the same comment to me,” said Alderman Sherry McClintock. “Somebody’s going to get run over.”

Town Administrator Scotty Brock said that he would coordinate with the local state transportation office to see if they would provide temporary signage for the event next year warning drivers of the event and pedestrians.

TDOT currently provides the signs for the annual homecoming parade in order to warn drivers of congestion in town.

Better warning and requesting additional support from the Sheriff’s office next year should help the situation, the board concluded.

“I think its a great thing. The kids have a good time,” said Arthur. “I wouldn’t stop it for anything, but I do think its very dangerous.”

The aldermen approved the minutes from a special called meeting held on Oct. 26.

The meeting was held to approve the rezoning of two acres on Cornersville Highway to allow the construction of a medical clinic.

The proposed 3,000 square foot facility would be associated with the Tennessee Regional Health System in Lawrenceburg.

Aldermen also approved a new contract with Marshall County for space in the Cornersville Fire Hall.

County Emergency Medical Services rents space from the town for the ambulance service and the new agreement better covers the town’s expenses associated with the use.

“The county’s really trying to help us out a lot,” said Brock. “I appreciate the County Commission, the EMS committee, and Bill Reuter for doing a great job there.”

“Tell them we really appreciate the added help,” said Alderman Mary Johnson.