Charlotte Ave residents plead for help

Residents of Charlotte Avenue say they are tired of trash in their neighbor’s yard and want something to be done about it.

Building Inspector Billy Jackson told the Hohenwald City Council he had been working on the issue for just over two weeks when the mayor told him to “deal with it.”

“We just want the children to be able to go out and play,” Deborah Allen said. Her mother and neighbor, Janet Olsen, reported tires were being broken down and replaced on cars and other automotive repairs were being done at the residence across from her home.

Police Chief Larry Joe Hinson acknowledged his department had made several calls to the street to address parking issues and were willing to come whenever called to help clear the street of parked vehicles. “We don’t mind,” Mayor Jones said to apologies the calls could come at all hours of the night.

“We are here to keep the neighborhoods safe,” Chief Hinson added.

Charlotte Avenue is a dead end street off Oakdale Drive just one block from Highway 412 West, near the west branch of Regions Bank.

“If he is operating a business, we will take care of it,” one city official said.

Leadership Lewis class members were on hand for the March 1 regular meeting of the Council. Vice-Mayor Dr. Dustin Flowers was absent.

Reports were accepted from Chief Hinson, Fire Department Chief Steve Vineyard, Building Inspector Jackson and Utility Department Supervisor Bobby McCann.

Chief Hinson reported funding for meth lab clean up would no longer be available from the Drug Enforcement Administration. “Agencies responsible for that jurisdiction [where the lab is found] are now responsible for the funding,” he said When found on private property, the land/homeowner will be responsible.

On average, hazardous waste created by meth production can cost $300.00 per hour not to mention local man hours. The “shake and bake” method averages $1,500 to $2,000 each for disposal, he said.

McCann reported all street directional signs will need to be replaced with Hi-Prismatic signs by 2015. Mandated by the Federal government, who is not allocating any funding for the replacement, the City will have until 2018 to replace street name signs.

The estimated cost of replacing all signs is $24,000, McCann said.

A resolution was unanimously approved to declare city property as surplus with a motion by Councilman Don Barber, seconded by Councilman Mike Hinson. Among items declared surplus were computer equipment, a 3-phase voltage transformer, two mowers, a 2000 Crown Victoria and a Jet Vac trailer.

Bids were awarded to Pro Fire Equipment in the amount of $262,937.00 in a Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Funds for a new pumper truck. The funds will be received as a 100 percent grant with no matching funds required due to severe weather encountered last year by the city. Funding will come from the State of Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.

A motion to accept was made by Councilman Bill Lawson, seconded by Councilman Hinson to precede a unanimous vote.

A Fout Brothers Fire Equipment bid of $94,500.00 was accepted for the purchase of a rescue truck through the same program. A motion by Councilman Hinson, seconded by Councilman Barber, preceded a unanimous vote.

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