Cornersville puts Halloween in the past

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The Cornersville Board of Aldermen put to rest any lingering questions about Halloween in the Park at their meeting on Thursday.

“We still want it to continue but we want to make it safer,” said Mayor Melisa Peters.

Several members of the Cornersville Lions Club, sponsors of the event, attended the board meeting in December to express concerns over a perceived lack of support from the town for the event.

Alderman Doris Arthur had expressed concern at November’s board meeting regarding safety at the event, after a child ran in front of her car on that evening.

Town Administrator Scotty Brock, who missed December’s meeting due to illness, briefed the aldermen on the steps he had taken since that meeting.

“The Lions Club is committed to making this as safe as possible and we are too,” said Brock.

Brock said that he had spoken with the Lions Club and Marshall County Sheriff Billy Lamb about planning for next year and that he would arrange with Tennessee Department of Transportation to place signs at either end of town to warn motorists of the event, like the town currently does for the homecoming parade.

“I think that’s covered pretty well,” said Alderman Mary Johnson of the town’s plans.

Ultimately, there is only so much the town and the Lions Club can do.

“It is incumbent on parents to take responsibility we can’t be there, everywhere,” Brock emphasized.

Aldermen voted to accept the annual outside audit of the town’s finances and internal controls.

Only one finding was reported--lack of separation of duties regarding payments and deposits.

The same finding was featured in audits of the town for years due to the small size of the town’s administrative staff.

The town has measures, including detailed monthly financial statements presented to the board at each meeting and oversight of deposits by aldermen, designed to meet the spirit of the accounting guidelines, but hiring more staff would be the only way for the town to meet the letter of the rules.

“Its not ideal but it’s the best we can do under the circumstances,” said Town Attorney Billy Ostermann.

At last month’s meeting, aldermen raised questions about new street lights installed on South Main Street. The lights seemed dimmer than they thought they would be.

Brock said that he had contacted Duck River Electric and those lights were what was available and the best that could be done.

Brock reported that the Hatchett Hollow Bridge project, delayed for several years at this point, is scheduled to be let for bidding on March 23.