Taking pride in UC: Annual clean-up week planned

Taking pride in UC: Annual clean-up week planned

Posted: Wednesday, May 4, 2011 9:05 pm

By DONNA RYDER
Associate Editor
Making Union City a more desirable place to live, work and play is the goal of the upcoming Union City City Beautiful Commission’s Annual Clean-up Week.
The group is hoping to rid the City of Union City of all unsightly household trash and limbs and is asking all citizens participate in this effort Saturday through May 21.
Mayor Terry Hailey ex-pressed his desire that all citizens take part, especially after recent storms have downed limbs and trees.
He said if the city looks better, the people will take more pride in it. This is particularly important now as the city is actively trying to recruit industries and businesses.
The mayor encouraged everyone to get out and cut their grass and tidy up their yards.
Public Works director Steve Ladd said there are a  lot of limbs on the ground and the department is doing its best to get to them. The limb truck has been in the shop for two days and he is unsure when they’ll get it back.
Until then, he’s using the department’s other boom truck, but it’s not suited for limb pickup.
Dumpsters for the special clean-up period will be placed at the John Tanner National Guard Armory, the former Reelfoot Packing parking lot, the empty lot on Jackson Street across the street from The Messenger, Save-A-Lot and the empty lot across from the water plant.
City Beautiful Commis-sion chairman Margie Smith, who represents Ward 4, expressed appreciation to the many businesses who on a year-round basis actively beautify their grounds and to those who have volunteered to plant flowers and maintain street corners in the city.
Other members of the City Beautiful Commission include at-large members Bernice Shore and Joann Killion, Ward 1 member Ann Moore, Ward 2 member Judy Glenn, Ward 3 member Maggie Vaughan and newly-appointed Ward 5 member Sherry Headden. Mrs. Headden was appointed Tuesday night.
In a related matter, councilman Billy Jack “B.J.” Cranford said he feels the signs showing which businesses have adopted the street corners are too big and take away from the flower beds. He suggested a small plaque could be used.
It was also noted, after there were reports of homes and property where the grass has not been mowed, that 131 mowing notices have been mailed by the codes department this season.
After the meeting was opened in prayer by city attorney Jim Glasgow Jr., the council:
• Agreed to solicit bids for the demolition of a duplex at 1309-1311 Lone Oak St.
• Set a public hearing for May 17 at 5:30 p.m. for the purpose of rezoning from R-1 (residential) to B-2 (business) property located behind Commercial Bank on Edwards Street. It includes two parcels — the Jernigan property Parcel 11 and the southeast corner of Obion County Square Shopping Center Parcel 9.
• Discussed the impact the loss of the state planning office in Jackson will have on the city and made suggestions which included the possibility of Union City joining with surrounding communities to hire the planner to perform the same duties he has been performing for the cities.
“It will be a great loss for all municipalities,” city manager Kathy Dillon said, adding, “It came without warning. They learned the same time we did.”
The planning office is a causality of state budget cuts.
• Heard from Ladd that some streets have had to be closed due to high water. He said he wanted to commend the public works employees for keeping the drains open, especially in the weather they had to endure.
• Learned from councilman Bill “Rat” Harrison that Turf Management director Chris Crockett told him the ballfields will be ready to be played on today. Harrison said he can remember not being able to play on the fields all summer after similar rainfalls.
• Was informed a resident has complained about motorists speeding on Church Street. The resident wants the police department to check into ways to slow them down and she would like to have “Children at Play” signs posted.
• Told Ladd there is a pothole on Mercer Street at Clover Street.
• Learned from Ms. Dillon that she met with state Rep. Bill Sanderson and two representatives from the Tennessee Department of Transportation about the problems with the state roadways within the city. She informed them that several potholes were so bad that, due to safety concerns, the city filled them. She said the response was “then you’re OK for a while.” She did say the trio took a list of roadways which need attention and they asked her to prioritize the list.
• Heard from Glasgow that he has been in contact with the EPA attorney the city has retained to deal with the former Reelfoot Packing Co. and he has requested photos of the building.
• Learned the three trucks the city recently purchased have been delivered. She also noted the owner of the private vehicle which was involved in an accident with a city water truck will pay for the damages.
• Was informed Ms. Dillon needs assistance with the city’s website.
• Discussed the paving list.
• Heard the grass is high at the former Central Elementary School and is in need of mowing. The council asked that an official with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Tennessee give the city an update on the progress of moving into the building.
Councilman Judy Robinson was absent.
Associate Editor Donna Ryder can be contacted by e-mail at dryder@ucmessenger.com.

Published in The Messenger 5.4.11

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