WM board discusses ownership of land
Posted: Tuesday, September 15, 2009 9:22 pm
By DONNA RYDER
Messenger Associate Editor
Just who owns property between Highway 5 and residential property in the Maplehurst Subdivision in Woodland Mills is in question.
Resident Charles Ellis addressed the mayor and board of aldermen Monday night asking about the property. He said he had asked the Tennessee Highway Department about upkeeping the property one day when the workers were mowing along Highway 5. He said he also asked that the state cut a tree on that property because roots from the tree are causing damage to his mower. The tree is still there.
Currently, the city is cutting the property in question in front of Ellis’ home and he was concerned the city was going to charge him for the service.
Ellis said he has gone to the Obion County Courthouse and looked up the property. He said he was told it was state right-of-way. He also told the board he has had his lot surveyed twice.
Mayor Wade Carrington said the property is actually in limbo because the residents who purchased lots in the subdivision don’t own it, but it isn’t in the state right-of-way. He said some of the residents there are taking care of the property and others aren’t. He said the city can’t afford to mow the property and to mow all of the property in question could lead to a property tax increase.
“We’re just not ready for that right now,” he said.
in other action, after the meeting was opened in prayer by alderman Kirk Snead and led in the Pledge of Allegiance by alderman Waymon Reagan, the board:
• Approved the August financial statements, including total assets of $12,196.54 in the street aid fund, $5,116.42 in the refuse collection fund, $549,556.76 in the sewer fund and $69,845.32 in the general fund.
• Heard some of the emergency radios have arrived at the Emergency Management Agency office, but they will not be distributed until all radios are in.
• Learned signs ordered for the parks have not arrived. During a previous meeting, the board agreed to go with other cities and not allow guns in the parks.
• Noted Halls Tree Service was paid about $40,700 for ice storm cleanup and the city is still owed $16,000 from the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency.
• Discussed water leaks and repaving.
• Was informed workers compensation insurance costs are increasing.
• Was reminded a Thursday night meeting has been set for residents affected by the rehabilitation program. A total of 14 homes will be renovated or replaced with a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant.
• Set the next board meeting for Oct. 12 at 6 p.m. at City Hall.
Associate Editor Donna Ryder can be contacted by e-mail at email@example.com.
Published in The Messenger 9.15.09