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Limbs still a problem in Union City

Limbs still a problem in Union City

Posted: Wednesday, November 5, 2008 9:33 pm

By DONNA RYDER Messenger Associate Editor Limbs piled curb side and blocking sidewalks are still a major problem in Union City. When Hurricane Ike made its way from the Gulf Coast to Union City in mid-September, it felled many trees and limbs. Now almost two months later, some areas of Union City still look like a disaster zone. Union City Council members are unhappy with the situation and voiced their concerns at their Tuesday meeting. The council informed city manager Don Thornton there are several places in the city which still have limbs piled by the roadway, many of them the same piles which have been there since Day 1. Palmer Street between Home and Morgan streets is particularly bad, according to councilman Dianne Eskew. Councilman Bill “Rat” Harrison said he still gets calls every day about the problem. Mayor Terry Hailey said he called Bryan Barker of Barker Brothers and informed him of a pile of limbs blocking a sidewalk on Miles Avenue. He said children walking to school have to walk in the roadway to go around the pile. He said Tuesday he thinks the pile is still there. Thornton said Barker Brothers has been picking up the limbs every day and ran three trucks over the weekend. He added in many areas limbs have been picked up but residents keep bringing more limbs out to the roadway to be picked up. Harrison asked about the many small piles around town and if Barker Brother is stopping to get them as well. Thornton suggested small piles could simply be thrown in the garbage cans. “If we have to help them, let’s help them,” Hailey said. After the meeting was opened in prayer by city attorney Jim Glasgow Jr., the council: • Agreed to support the Obion County Joint Economic Development Corp. in its quest to gain 501c3 status. • Appointed Joy Barker to the City Beautiful Commission in Ward 5. • Awarded the contract to run water and sewer lines under Everett Boulevard to serve Discovery Park of America to Revell Construction. There were only two bids for the project — $172,745 from Revell and $198,460 from Natural Gas Piping Co. Engineer Bob Nichols told the council that Revell is ready to begin the work as soon as the contract is signed. Thornton said nothing is holding that up since there are no state or grant funds involved. • Asked Police Chief Joe Garner to patrol Pleasant Valley because of speeders. Garner replied the police department can handle it, if the councilmen would take the calls about the tickets. • Learned from Sandy Lee with City Beautiful that an Adopt-A-Bed program has been started in the city and several businesses have adopted areas. A presentation is planned for 5 p.m. today at City Hall to present signs to those who are participating. Several floral beds still need to be adopted. Associate Editor Donna Ryder can be contacted by e-mail at dryder@ucmessenger.com. Published in The Messenger 11.05.08

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