Cornersville, Lions hash out Halloween

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Christmas might be bearing down on Marshall County, but Halloween dominated the discussion last Thursday night at the Cornersville Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting.

Several members of the Cornersville Lions Club spoke during the citizen’s comment period, concerned about a discussion from last month’s BOMA meeting,

At last month’s meeting of the board, Alderman Doris Arthur expressed concerns about safety during the Halloween in the Park event after a child had run out in front of her car on Main Street that evening.

“It concerned the Lions Club that there were concerns,” said Danny Hanson.

“If we are going to continue this activity, we need some assistance and support from the board,” he added.

“I, in no way, said anything about it to stop it from happening,” said Arthur on Thursday. “I think it’s great but that scared me to death.”

Aldermen discussed several possibilities last month to help warn, as well as slow, traffic passing through town during the event.

“I think it’s one of the best activities Cornersville has ever done,” said Lion Marilu Clift, an opinion shared by several of the other residents who addressed the aldermen.

None of the elected officials disagreed, either.

“We just wanted to see what we needed to do to make it better,” said Alderman Mary Johnson.

After some discussion, the board agreed that better coordination between the town and the Lions could only help the event in the future.

Mayor Melisa Peters included an agenda item for next month’s meeting to discuss forming a joint committee for the event in order to improve communication.

Cornersville Fire Chief Josh Young expressed to the board some frustration with the performance of the company the department is currently using to collect reimbursements from emergency calls outside of the town or not involving residents.

The town decided earlier this year to begin filing insurance claims for calls in order to recoup some of the expense incurred by the fire department.

“This isn’t money we’ve had before and I’m glad to have it”, said Young, adding that the department had 10 sets of turnout gear at the end of their service life that needed to be replaced by January.

Of 14 incidents that had been submitted, however, only 4 had been filed so far by the company the town contracted with to handle the billing.

Young wasn’t pleased with that rate of response and said that he’d been considering suggesting that the town consider a different agency.

That discussion was also added to next month’s agenda.

Young said that the company used by Marshall County EMS charges a flat $30 fee per claim, as opposed to the 10 percent fee of any funds collected by the current company, as well.