From the city,
Mayor Ronnie Erwin has announced that the City has setup an Emergency Assistance Number 355-3000. This number will be staffed by City employees and volunteers to provided assistance citizens that need additionally aid. This number is not to take the place of the standard non-emergency number 793-7744 or 911. Those numbers are still fully available to citizens.
A Temporarily Cleanup Center, is being setup at 670 Old Nashville Highway. The center will be available for citizens to bring their damaged household items (furniture, carpet, drywall, wood, brush, etc.) for the next few days. The Center will be open from 8AM till 8PM.
Through the recent flooding, the City of La Vergne’s water continues to be safe to drink. There will be no interruption of service due to the recent flooding.
Finally, Nir Shreibman Boulevard has been closed today due to repairs needed because of damage from the rains last weekend. It will be opened by rush hour traffic today.
And (listed second because our priority remains the emergency situation):
Water Meter Audit to be Conducted
Mayor Ronnie Erwin has heard rumors that there are some meters in La Vergne that are not being billed and are not accounted for. Therefore, he is asking for the water department and public works to conduct an audit of all of the water meters in town, making sure each one is accounted for. He also wants the departments to ensure that each of the meters is being billed the proper amount each month. This audit should begin immediately.
And my OP ED,
I think this is good that an audit is being conducted by the city regarding water meters. I know several years ago when I had to have water turned on at one of my listings for an inspection, I had to pay a fee for the service. Then I heard from other agents that they did NOT have to pay because they were affiliated with some builders, etc. That really frosted my butt. Not because I had to pay – because I don’t mind paying my fair share – but that it wasn’t equitable to everyone.
My concern then is who will be conducting the audit? Is it the same individuals who make the decisions that treat different people with different rules? If that’s the case, what will the audit find? Probably nothing. May I suggest that Mayor Erwin appoint someone who is unbiased to conduct the audit, to supervise with full authority and access to all the files. That the audit be conducted before anyone has a chance to purge files – whether on paper or electronic. Maybe he has already done this… I hope so. Otherwise I don’t believe an audit will discover anything out-of-the-ordinary.