Dresden Board talks drainage

Dresden Board talks drainage
Dresden Board talks drainage | Dresden Fire Department, Dresden City Board of Mayor and Aldermen

Dresden Fire Chief Paul Hutcherson (from left), firefighter Robert Doram, firefighter Lyndal Dilday, Capt. Kory Green and firefighter Ronnie Green were given high marks by the board
It was back to business Monday night at the City of Dresden’s first board meeting of 2012. The main topic of discussion for the night was the unfinished business involving Jim Bradberry’s property on South Parkway and an apparent drainage problem.
“The front of my property drops off quite a bit. The water drainage on the street comes from both directions and there is only one drain on each side of the street. The one on the west side comes across to the one on the east side and from that point it dumps on to my property,” explained Bradberry.
“The code says that the surface water drainage is supposed to be carried by drains and culverts. Well, there are no culverts there,” he added. Last year, the water had accumulated to the point to where Bradberry had lost three trees and even two sections of a fence on his property, according to the property owner.
Kerry Cooper of public works stated he had been to the location to evaluate the effectiveness of installing a culvert. He also informed the board that they recently built up the curb and put in some rock where it had washed away. Cooper felt that installing storm drains could help to resolve the problem, along with a new culvert.
Mayor Danny Forester questioned whether or not the job could be done without hiring an engineer to design the plan. Cooper felt confident that the Dresden Public Works Department could complete the project itself.  
It was estimated by Cooper that the project will consist of about 150 foot of a two-foot culvert, linking to Bradberry’s culvert he already has under his driveway that currently sends surface water to his pond. Unfortunately, without an approximate total cost of the project, alderman Dick Tidwell stated, “I know we put this off before and I’m going to do it again. I want to know exactly what it’s going to cost. I want to know how far and what size culvert.”
Tidwell followed up recommending they get a price and “put this to bed” by next meeting.
The motion was approved by all board members.
In other public works news, Cooper reported the leaf pickup with the leaf truck will end on Friday.
Police Chief Randal Walker announced the addition of Averick “Nick” Nixon to the Dresden Police Department.  
Nixon was introduced and sworn in at the meeting and was accompanied by his fiancé. In other police news, Tommy Wu received a certificate of recognition and the essential piece of the puzzle award.
“We had a home invasion robbery recently involving the owner of the China King restaurant, and there was a language barrier there that we had to overcome. He was very helpful interpreting for us,” Walker said.
Wu’s help was appreciated and instrumental to their investigation, according to the police chief. Walker went on to say that they “would have been dead in the water” without him.
Fire Chief Paul Hutcherson took time to honor and recognize three individuals from the fire department for outstanding service.
Lyndal Dilday was hired by the Dresden Fire Department in August of 1998 and is one of the co-founders of their junior firefighter program, where he has helped mentor other current members of the department.
“Lyndal is a diligent, hard worker and he possesses a maturity that is unbelievable,” stated Hutcherson.
Capt. Kory Green was hired by the DFD in 2000 and was also recognized for his service. In the past six years, Green has individually helped Dresden, Martin, Sharon and other departments successfully receive grants totaling approximately $630,000.
“Kory is instrumental in every aspect of our department from top to bottom,” stated Hutcherson. “He has a dedication that is probably unsurpassed.” Last, Robert Doram has served for the fire department in Dresden for 17 years. Doram was elected Firefighter of the Year for 2011 by his fellow colleagues for his dedications and contributions to the Dresden Fire Department and local community. “Robert has been a tremendous citizen and a valuable asset to our department,” said Hutcherson.
A request from the Dresden High School Booster Club for the City of Dresden to sponsor two signs recognizing the Dresden High School football team’s accomplishments this past season was granted.  The plan is to place a sign on the east and west sides of Highway 22 coming into Dresden. The amount approved by the board was $220 to cover the expenses.
In new business, the Board of aldermen approved a park equipment bid of $14,110 for a Briggs and Stratton 16 horsepowered self-contained three-wheel infield machine.  
The cost for the machine includes rear rake and manual plow attachments along with a full two-year warranty.  The final bid is said to be from Ladd’s of Memphis. In other parks and recreation news, Joey Winstead sold two sets of old bleachers for $500 and an old mower for $50.
These bleachers were considered obsolete and could not be used anymore due to park standards. Winstead asked that these funds be used for other parks repairs and maintenance services.
Two different donations were accepted by the by the City of Dresden Board of Mayor and Aldermen.
The McWherter Foundation donated $9,000 for repairs to the Harmon & Lucille McWherter Civic Center.
Fred’s of Dresden also donated $532, that will be split between the city police department and fire department at $266 each.  
On Feb. 6, the City of Dresden and the Dresden Industrial Board are hosting the Weakley County Economic Development Corporation meeting and breakfast.  
The location of this meeting has not been finalized at this time.
The next Dresden city board meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 6 at Dresden City Hall.

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