Cornersville ceases brush pick-up

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Cornersville residents will soon have to make their own arrangements for brush pickup.

The Cornersville Board of Mayor and Aldermen reluctantly voted at their monthly meeting on Thursday to discontinue the service.

The board clearly expressed their dissatisfaction at being forced to make the decision.

For the past 12 years the town has collected brush, limbs, and similar debris and burned the resulting pile as needed to dispose of the debris.

Until someone, unknown to the town, called the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation to complain about the burning.

Weve had no complaints for 12 years, said Town Administrator Scotty Brock. Im not sure what brought this on, but its a sad day.

Burning the debris, by the town, is not allowed under state air pollution guidelines, which only allows vegetation to be burned on the property from which it originates.

If its not legal, even if it hurts us, then we cant do it, said Alderman Sherry McClintock.

Faced with no cost effective way to dispose of the brush collected, the board reluctantly decided to do away with the program altogether.

Brock said that contract services to chip collected yard waste cost upwards of $400 per hour.

Alternatives to the current policy were presented, but the board felt like, without any way to dispose of the waste, they would only be confusing for residents.

Youre going to set up a situation that causes a lot of trouble, said Alderman Jimmy Wolaver, of trying to change the guidelines.

The town will also amend parking regulations following resident complaints about safety issues.

The town will mark 50 foot setbacks at each intersection along Main Street for on street parking. Vehicles parked too close to intersections were the source of complaints due to limited visibility when trying to pull out on to the road.

No parking will be allowed across from the school on Main Street after concerns were raised for students who were crossing the road to be picked up after school in the face of drivers not yielding to pedestrians as state law requires.

The school will emphasize their suggested pick up plan that involves pulling into the school grounds as an alternative.

Mayor Melisa Peters opened two bids to replace approximately 300 feet of sidewalk in town.

David Robinson Concrete of Lewisburg was awarded the contract with a bid of $20,418.

At the start of the meeting, the aldermen, Doris Arthur, Mary Johnson, Sherry McClintock, and Brenda Hasting, re-elected to their seats in the November election were sworn in for their terms.

The board chose McClintock to continue to serve as vice mayor.

Brock informed the board that the towns annual audit report had gone well, without anything unexpected.

The board also discussed purchasing a paver on behalf of the town, to help with fund raising for renovations at the high school baseball stadium.