Cornersville lowers planning fees

Friday, August 10, 2018

Cornersville discussed development fees, grant applications, and upcoming events at Thursday evening’s meeting of the Mayor and Board of Aldermen.

Aldermen approved a change to the subdivision application fee schedule.

Instead of the standard $250 per application and $200 per lot fees charged by the county, Cornersville will lower those fees for development inside the town to $150 per plat and $100 per lot.

Aldermen unanimously approved the change, based on the feeling that the fees were higher than they needed to be, currently, for the town.

The fee schedule will still cover the town’s costs for engineering review of any proposals.

The resolution now goes to the town’s planning commission for further approval.

The board deferred approval of a letter of support for a Tennessee Department of Transportation Multimodal Access Grant to next month’s meeting, awaiting final figures from engineers. The grant is a 95/5 reimbursable match, which means it requires the town to submit paid invoices to the state, 95 percent of which would be paid back to the town.

“The area that I am most interested in fixing would have to be the sidewalks from North Park Street going toward the Church of Christ,” Scotty Brock, town recorder, said. “It’s in really bad shape.”

The deadline for the competitive grant is in September, and, if the town is awarded the grant, would take roughly two years before any construction commenced.

Another agenda item included the approval of the application for the Safety Partners’ Grant.

According to Brock, the grant can apply to public works, law enforcement, fire department, or safety. It passed with all five votes.

September will be a busy month for the town.

According to Brock, the new walk-in clinic should open within the first week of the month.

The annual Main Street Festival will take place on Sept. 8 at the town park. The festival will include music from a local band, food trucks, a corn hole tournament, and family-friendly activities.

“We hope that this will continue to be an annual event,” Brock said. “We want to build on it and keep doing that.”

The board also agreed to solicit applications for the current vacancy on the town’s planning commission.