Cornersville looks at property, approves budget


Last Thursday’s meeting of the Cornersville Mayor and Board of Aldermen centered on discussion of potential zoning and codes issues at a residence in town.

Nathan and Sharon Pennington appeared at the meeting to explain their side of the story to aldermen.

At issue were two structures on their property which had been finished without proper inspections, one of which the couple had made available for vacation rentals through the Airbnb website.

Town Administrator Scotty Brock said that the issue had been brought to his attention over the Memorial Day weekend.

One building had preliminary inspections completed and had been wired and plumbed prior to their purchase of the home.

Another was listed by the assessor as an unfinished garage that was finished, Pennington said, to provide space for “family and guests and taking care of our parents.”

They indicated that the county’s codes office, which handles inspections for the town, had said that they could work with the couple to bring everything into compliance.

“It was very embarrassing,” he said, adding that the couple did not intend to violate any guidelines.

Aldermen ultimately decided to table the issue for a future meeting since the Penningtons had already removed any rental listings and had made progress toward resolving the inspection issues with the county building and zoning office.

Any measures will need to go before the town’s planning commission for approvals and recommendations before appearing before the board again.

Aldermen approved on final reading the budget for the fiscal year which started July 1.

The only major adjustment from the first reading was the addition of $57,740 from a state grant for municipalities to offset the impact of COVID-19 on revenues.

Aldermen will determine how those funds will be later in the fiscal year.

Property tax rates remain the same at $1.10 per $100 of assessed value.

The adopted budget projects revenue of $548,949 against expenditures of $520,799.


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