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City to Revise Roadblock Policy PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, April 8, 2014

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Members of the Lafayette City Council met in regular session last Tuesday evening, April 1, voting to put a stop to all roadblock fundraisers until a new ordinance is written that addresses safety concerns.

Council members also voted to adopt Ordinance 665 on first reading. The ordinance cuts the number of people at each roadblock from eight to four and eliminates the intersection of Red Boiling Springs Rd. and Hwy 52 By Pass as a usable roadblock fundraiser intersection.

The ordinance was recommended by the police committee and was also approved by MTAS (Municipal Technical Advisory Service).

While City of Lafayette Chief of Police Stacy Gann stated that he has had safety concerns in the past, the recent injury of a person participating in a roadblock fundraiser calls for the City’s immediate action.

“We had an accident occur on March 15 and there’s some safety concerns I brought to the Mayor’s attention,” Chief Gann told the council. “There’s just too many people, and too much traffic. It’s dangerous, and we need to set some different rules and regulations.”

Chief Gann stated that he would like to eliminate roadblocks on Highway 52 all together, due to the heavy traffic.  

“Our main concern is public safety,” said City Mayor Richard Driver. “We had a person get hurt and we don’t want that to happen again. I know I’ve had complaints about these roadblocks for awhile and probably other council members have too.”

The police department will also update its requirements for obtaining a roadblock fundraiser permit.

The list of guidelines and safety precautions which would have to be followed by all roadblock participants is pictured with this article, along with the ‘Hold Harmless Agreement,’ which discharges the City from any liability from damage or injury that may occur during a roadblock.

A special called meeting has been set for Tuesday, April 8, at 4:30 p.m. to discuss the new ordinance.

Several topics were also discussed concerning the Lafayette Winding Stairs Recreation Park.

  1. Mayor Driver and councilmember Pam Cothron announced that a non-profit organization called ‘Friends of Winding Stairs’ will be established for concerned citizens who wish to help support the park.
  2. The City is currently looking for volunteers willing to sign-up to volunteer a few hours of work at the park within the next 12 months. Volunteers will be needed beginning in July. To sign up to be a volunteer contact council member Roger Russell.
  3. Authorization was granted for Mayor Driver to complete the survey for an equal amount of land, have the deed drawn up and signed, and accept the deed from the other party in the Land Swap Agreement for the Winding Stairs property. The City agrees to pay all transaction fees. Voting against the motion to grant authorization was councilmember Tom Roberts.
  4. The council voted to give Mayor Driver authorization to advertise and accept bids for harvesting the trees (for logs) located 500 feet along the west side of the trail going into Lot 14, and allow the Mayor to accept the high bidder on the trees. This area of the trail is currently impassable.
  5. Authorization was granted to the Mayor to have City employees install a permanent culvert south of the gate on Lot 13 in accordance with Mid-Tenn Engineering’s drawings. The materials will be purchased on state bid using industrial funds. Voting against the motion to grant authorization was councilmember Jerry Wilmore. 

In other business:

  • Council members voted to approve the minutes from the March 4, 2014 council meeting.
  • The council voted 5-1 to approve low bidder Erin Roberts for janitorial services at the police department. Chief Gann stated that Mrs. Roberts is the wife of Lafayette police officer Jason Roberts before the vote. The low bid totaled $225 per week (five cleanings a week). A bid for $300 per week was submitted by Kirby Cleaning Co. Voting against the motion to approve the low bid was councilman Jerry Wilmore.
  • Council members voted to approve the City pool manager and lifeguard personnel for the 2014 pool season.
  • The council voted to adopt Resolution 04-01-2014, a resolution authorizing the Mayor to apply for a grant from the local parks and recreations fund and committing the City to the local share of the matching funds.
  • Authorization was granted to apply for an Amendment to the Tennessee Aeronautics Emergency Grant for the necessary repairs to a new sinkhole at the airport. The 95/5 percent grant with require up to $4,925 in local matching funds ($98,500 grant amendment).
  • Authorization was granted to send out a request for qualifications for a City Attorney.
  • Council members approved the appointment of John McIntire and Mike Marshall to serve as Commissioners for the Lafayette Housing Authority. A resident himself, McIntire will represent the residents of the housing authority.
  • A Budget & Finance Committee meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, April 17, at 3:30 p.m.
 
City of Lafayette Finalizes Winding Stairs Park PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

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On Friday, April 11th the City of Lafayette combined two properties to form Winding Stairs Nature Trails and Park and a deed was made between the City of Lafayette and Pipkin Farm Partners to swap two parcels of land so the city would have land on both sides of the waterfall.

According to Councilman Roger Russell, the City of Lafayette purchased 112 acres of the Christine Harris property for the purpose of constructing an industrial park and the south east corner of the land contains the winding stairs waterfalls. “The City Council with full support of the Mayor Richard Driver, set aside 35 acres as a park,” said Councilman Russell. “Although Winding Stairs is well known to current residents it belonged to private property owners and you could only visit it by getting permission from the land owners. The cities land extended to the west side of the stream containing the winding stairs but to apply for a grant to make the park successful, we needed the land on the east side of the stream.”

Council members had been discussing obtaining additional land from the Pipkin family. “The Pipkins agreed to swap 2.8 acres of land adjacent to the falls for 2.8 acres of hillside land from the city,” said Russell. “The deed was drawn up and signed and that gave the city access to both sides of the falls all the way down toward the Hartsville Road.”

“The City of Lafayette has applied for a state grant in the amount of $186,000 to construct walking trails and a park at the Winding Stairs location,” continued Councilman Russell. “There is a small local match to this grant, however much of this match is being provided by volunteer contractors, city council members and other citizens of Lafayette and Macon County doing work to construct the trails.”

“When the city receives the grant,” said Councilwoman Pam Cothron, “trails, three overlooks including an ADA accessible overlook, restrooms with shower stalls, camp site, parking area and other facilities will be constructed.”

The councilmen said that additional facilities are planned for the future including a RV parking area, tent camping area, picnic pavilion, a swinging bridge over the cascade, bicycles trails from the Winding Stairs park around the perimeter of the other land owned by the city.

“Who we envision using the park are boy and girl scouts and other youth organizations camping, observing the falls and studying nature on the various trails,” Councilman Russell continued. “As well as regional and local visitors who want to view the beauty of the falls, cascade and bluffs. We see families enjoying the nature trails, picnics, and opportunity for nature photographs. Parents and grandparents with their children observing wildlife, foliage and the natural beauty of the falls, bluffs and cascades. Local schools providing field trips for science and other classes to study the outdoors. Local and regional hikers enjoying walking the trails of varying elevations and enjoying the cascades and other scenic views during their hikes, and citizens who desire to walk the trails up and down the sloped terrain for healthier living.”

“Another thing we envision is weddings, family reunions and clubs who want to spend some time at the park,” added Councilwoman Cothron.

Councilman Russell said that due to the location of the park and how good it looks, there is a real good chance that the grant will be approved. “If we get the grant approved in July, then the engineers will start designed the overlooks and the bathrooms. After we get the parking lot finished (which will be built by volunteers and city employees), the volunteers can start building the trails at the same time they are designing it and we should have some of the work completed for the public to be able to hopefully use the park by late fall.”

The councilman said although they have two years to complete the project he thinks they may have it done in one year. “The gate will be opened during the day and closed at night unless there are people camping.”

“This park is going to be another attraction for people who come to Lafayette, a nature area,” said Mayor Richard Driver. “Winding Stairs has always been called Macon County’s best kept secret and now we will be able to open it up and let everybody come and see this natural wonder that we have here. This is something that Macon County has been needing for a long time and it looks like we are on the right tract to get it.”

“We certainly hope the grant goes through,” said the Mayor. “We are all proud to be a part of this and it has evolved quicker that we thought it would. What has really pleased me about this whole project is the response we have gotten from the community. Everybody supports this from young to old and to me this is the key to making the park work. If the community supports it, they can help when we need clean up or help financially by giving donations so we can improve the park. So we are really making it a community park.”

“A non-profit organization called “Friends of Winding Stairs” will be established for concerned citizens who wish to help support the park,” noted Councilwoman Cothron. “This organization will be like a membership, where you pay annual dues, which won’t be much but it will help us to keep up the maintenance on the park.”

“The city is really excited about the Winding Stairs Nature Trails And Park,” said Mayor Driver. “It is going to be a plus for the town and we are proud of what we have done and continue to do. I would like to thank the council members, the Pipkin family, city employees and anybody else who has helped with this project, their support is the reason the project is moving forward like it is.”

 

 

 
RBS Baseball Has Busy Week PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

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The RBS Baseball team had five games scheduled this past week.

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Macon Baseball Drops Three PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

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Macon County loses three more games this week and squeezes out one win.

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Notice to Creditors Glenda Kay Wix PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, April 17, 2014

Notice to Creditors Estate of Glenda Kay Wix, Deceased 
Case Number PR 647
Notice is hereby given that on April 9, of 2014 letters testamentary (or of administration as the case may be) in respect of the estate of Glenda Kay Wix, who died January 29, 2014, were issued to the undersigned by the Macon County Chancery Court of Macon County, Tennessee. All persons, resident and non-resident, having claims, matured or unmatured, against the estate are required to file the same with the Clerk of the above-named Court on or before the earlier of the dates prescribed in (1) or (2) otherwise their claims will be forever barred:
(1) (A) Four (4) months from the date of the first publication (or posting, as the case may be) for this notice if the creditor received an actual copy of this notice to creditors at least sixty (60) days before date that is four (4) months from the date of the first publication (or posting);
           (B) Sixty (60) days from the date the creditor received an actual copy of the notice to creditor, if they creditor received the copy of the notice less than sixty (60) days prior to the date that is four (4) months from the date of the first publication (or posting) as described in (1) (A); or
     (2) Twelve (12) months from the decedent’s date of death.
All persons indebted to the above Estate must come forward and make proper settlement with the undersigned at once.
4/9/2014 Monda Simons, Personal Representative
4/9/2014 A. Russell Brown, Attorney
4/9/2014 Kristin Reid, Clerk & Master
Macon Chancery Court
906 Hwy 52 By-Pass East,
Rm 107
Lafayette, TN 37083
(615)666-2000

 
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