Cornersville to change parking regulations

Monday, January 14, 2019

Cornersville residents will have to pay more attention to where they park.

The town’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen passed, on first reading, an ordinance amending existing parking rules in response to resident concerns about driver and pedestrian safety.

“We just want everyone to feel safe,” said Mayor Melisa Peters.

The adjustments would enact a 50 foot set back for parking from intersections along Main Street between the Austin Alley intersection and the Lynnville Road intersection.

The added distance would improve visibility for drivers pulling out on to Main Street.

Outside of that specific stretch, on street parking will be limited to within 15 feet of intersections.

Additionally, no parking will be allowed on South Main Street in front of the high school, on either side of the road at any hour, specifically between the intersections of Coleman Road and Kennedy Lane.

The board has received concerns about drivers not yielding to students crossing the road to enter vehicles, especially at the end of the school day.

Street parking in front of the current CB&S Bank location will not be allowed during the bank’s business hours, as well.

Fines will remain unchanged from the existing parking ordinances, no less than $20 or more than $50, although the board suggested a period of warning citations in order to ease residents into the changes.

“I hope we don’t get any money from parking fines,” said Town Administrator Scotty Brock.

The board also approved on final reading an updated ordinance dealing with false fire alarms. For the 4th offense, a $50 fine will be assessed with subsequent alarms allowing the town to recoup the actual cost of the emergency personnel response.

The board also discussed a draft of a letter outlining the changes to the town’s parking regulations and the changes in brush pickup policy, to be delivered to each resident inside the town limits, clarifying the changes.

The town has halted brush pickup after being informed by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation that burning debris violated the state’s air pollution guidelines, although the board hopes to find some other solution in the future.