Cornersville chooses paving bid, moves yard sale date

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

The Cornersville Board of Mayor and Aldermen opened paving bids at their monthly meeting on Thursday night.

Three bids were received for the town’s proposed paving of 650 feet of upper April Lane, 500 feet on Midway Avenue, and 1,000 feet on Beechwold Avenue.

Aldermen selected the bid from Wright Paving for $55,903.60 for the work. No starting date or completion date were included in the bid.

The company has done paving work in Cornersville in the past, and their familiarity with the town’s roads was cited by aldermen in the choice.

The town budgeted $60,000 this year for road paving. That money had been set aside already as the town’s matching funds for the Hatchett Hollow Bridge project but was freed up for other uses when the bridge was added to the IMPROVE Act, which didn’t require matching funds from the town.

Aldermen also voted to move the date of the annual community yard sale.

In the past, the yard sale has been held on Memorial Day weekend.

Aldermen raised the question last year, after the event, of possibly changing the date, noting a decrease in both participation and attendance.

Citing travel over the holiday weekend as a probable cause, they determined to reexamine the schedule for this year’s sale.

They did that on Thursday, voting to move the community yard sale to the weekend after Memorial Day.

This year’s event will be held on Friday, May 31, and Saturday, June 1. More details will be released closer to the date.

Aldermen approved a switch in health insurance plans for town employees for the coming fiscal year.

The new plan lowers deductibles for employees while also being slightly cheaper for the town.

“I like to do the best we can for our employees,” said Alderman Mary Johnson. “We have good ones and I’d like to keep them.”