A Mish-Mash Of Things

Uhhh…

There’s a lot going on in the city right now. I think most of it is good. But there’s also a lot going on in my life, like I got an actual real job which does take up a lot of time, and a bunch of other personal stuff that y’all aren’t close enough to me to hear about, lol. It’s all good stuff though. 🙂

So that’s why there have been fewer posts here lately. Don’t worry, I will still do my level best to keep you up to date with what is going on, but it also might result in some of these posts which are a mishmash of various items. Sorry in advance.

First, Alderman Broeker in an effort to have more of a dialogue with the citizens, is hosting a town hall meeting. Here’s the info (quoted directly from Broeker on the TiLV facebook page):

Yes, Jason we will be hosting a town hall meeting next Thursday, July 21st from 7 -9 p.m. @ city hall. All residents are invited. Let’s get the facts out there, start a dialogue, and together build a better city! Hope to see everyone there.

I think it is incredible that we finally have leaders who will listen to what we have to say regardless of whether or not we agree with them. I remember the old way of doing things in this city and I hope that we can continue forward with people who are as responsive as Alderman Broeker.

Also, there’s excellent news from the city regarding the possibility that the state would take over our water:
The State Water and Wastewater Financing Board approved recent
actions by the City of LaVergne that were required to be removed from the distressed water
system list. During the Board’s meeting on Thursday, July 14, the State Comptroller’s Office
recommended the board endorse the rate increase that would stop the “negative change in net
assets” – or being in the red – and it was unanimously passed.

“While I know many of our citizens are angry about the increased water fees, it is a huge relief
that the state accepted the changes we had to make,” said Mayor Senna Mosley. “Had the state
taken over our system, there is no way to know what would have happened. We are no longer a
distressed water system and this is a major step forward for the city.”

Additionally, the board has recommended that La Vergne conduct another rate study and report
back to the state should the U.S. Corps of Engineers succeed in its effort to charge the city an
additional $2.2 million for La Vergne’s portion of water storage rights at Percy Priest Lake. La
Vergne, Smyrna, Murfreesboro, and the county’s water system (CUD) were informed by the
Corps several months ago that the formula and models used by the Corps to calculate the amount
of reserve required might have been flawed, so a higher fee would be charged. The cities are
working together to determine actions to be taken, if any.

The current rate structure, however, was accepted by the state after the city made changes in
order to be removed from the distressed water system list. Collected money will be used to
both pay Nashville for sewage removal and to make repairs on the run-down water and sewer
systems.

For example, the McFarlin Pointe Pump Station today had a leak resulting from a deteriorated
discharge pipe. The city’s hazardous materials team responded along with the Public Works
sewer personnel and contained the leak, preventing a potential spill. A temporary repair has
been made which should alleviate any potential odor problems from the break. The repairs to
replace the pipe begin in the morning.

Additional water and sewer system repairs will now be ongoing.

Now, I know what’s coming next because I got a taste of it when I linked to this on the tilv fb page. The water is bad. It’s not fit to drink. I am actually gathering together as many facts as I can about the water here in La Vergne because that has been a concern of mine as much as it has been on your minds. I mean, seriously, I have been thinking about La Vergne’s water for years.

The truth is, the water is safe to drink. If you looked in your June water bill, there was a consumer confidence report in it that tells you what is in your water. It’s safe. There are definitely issues with taste and in some cases odor and I think some of that can be explained, which is why I’m gathering as much information as I can for y’all to try to make some sense of it all.

So look for that post sometime this weekend.

Finally, I wanted to close up with this that I got from one of the business owners on Waldron Road. Times are ESPECIALLY hard for them right now because of the Waldron Road travesty project. I am going to do my best to support them, and I hope you do as well. Here’s what Jeremy had to say:

Come out and support your local businesses on Waldron Rd. With the traffic and road construction, many of us have been struggling so what better way to show your support than to shop at the businesses that need it most. Come visit Wine and Spirits Unlimited, home of the best customer service and wine and liquor knowledge in LaVergne. Stop in at Bob’s BBQ and grab some slow-cooked pork, beef and turkey BBQ. Try a gyro from Cairo Gyro next to Wine and Spirits Unlimited for amazing lamb, chicken, Baklava, and Taboullah Salad and Pitas. Try the new Asian Cuisine and Markets available on the other side of the exit next to Mapco. Visit the McDonald’s, Hardee’s, Arby’s, Krystal, Waffle Hous right off the exit before you head home for a quick dinner. If you have friends or family coming in from out of town, suggest the Ramada, Comfort Inn, and Super 8 on Exit 64 off I-24.

We are the gateway to La Vergne, let’s show everyone including outside interest in bringing in more commercial and retail business to Waldron Rd. how much the city can support during the project to expand Waldron Rd. to new heights.

We thank you for your patronage.

Jeremy Sargent
Wine and Spirits Unlimited
500 Waldron Rd.
La Vergne, TN 37086
615-287-1300

So that’s what I’ve got tonight, La Vergne. What is on your mind?

9 comments for “A Mish-Mash Of Things

  1. What The _____
    July 14, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    Job posting from the Cities website for position of police Chief. Damn if this does not look as if it was written for Mike Walker.

    Job Title: Chief of Police
    Dept.: Police Department
    Announcement Date: July 12, 2011
    Ending Date: July 26, 2011
    Salary: $56,000+ Depending on Qualifications
    DEFINITION
    This employee is responsible for the planning, organizing and directing of all activities of the Police Department. The employee is under the general supervision of the City Administrator and reports to the Mayor and Board of Aldermen. Instructions to the employee are general, and the employee must routinely use independent judgment when performing tasks. Accepted professional standards and standard operating procedures help guide the employees’ work. This employee may be required to discuss courses of action, policies, and procedures with the Mayor and Board of Aldermen.
    EQUIPMENT/JOB LOCATION

    The employee will operate a variety of equipment including firearms.

    The demands of this position can be stressful both mentally and physically.

    The employee is required to be physically fit.
    ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE JOB

    Plans, designs, organize, directs and provides overall supervision of personnel, programs, and activities of the Police Department. This includes the general office staff, patrol, CID, and Narcotics divisions.

    Directs and participates in the preparation of the annual departmental budget, and in the control and expenditure of appropriations.

    Formulates and prescribes the work methods, policies and procedures to be followed by the department.

    Responsible for the supervision of the maintenance of records and reports needed by other law enforcement agencies, units of government, and the city governing body.
    ADDITIONAL EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED

    Takes necessary steps to improve police operations.

    Attends community organizations to explain and promote the activities and functions of the police department and establish favorable public relations.

    Cooperates with individuals from the county, state, federal, and other jurisdictions, in order to achieve common goals.

    Testifies in court and legal proceedings.

    Interacts well with citizens including parents, youth, and others as needed.
    REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES

    Knowledge of the principles and practices of modern police organization, operations, and administration.

    The standards by which the quality of police service is evaluated and the application of police records to administration and solution of problems.

    The functions of other governmental jurisdictions and authorities as they relate to public safety coordination.

    City ordinances, state and federal laws.

    Knowledge of modern supervisory practices and procedures. Ability to maintain a high level of discipline and morale.

    Prepare and effectively present oral or written information.

    Ability to explain and interpret pertinent provisions of laws, ordinances and regulations.
    QUALIFICATIONS

    Graduation from an accredited high school or equivalent.

    Sixty hours college credit hours from an accredited university and/or an equivalent level of law enforcement experience.

    Must be a citizen of the United States.

    Must not have been convicted of a felony or a serious misdemeanor involving Moral Turpitude as the term is defined by law, and not to have been released or discharged under any other than Honorable conditions from any of the Armed Forces of the U. S.

    Must pass a medical examination by licensed physician.

    Must pass a drug screen by a licensed physician.

    Must pass a certified psychological examination.

    Must have completed a POST approved Police Academy with a satisfactory score in all fields.

    Must possess a valid Tennessee operator’s license.

    Must pass an agility test if offered.
    APPLICATION PROCESS:
    Must complete an Application for employment with the City of La Vergne. Applications should be submitted to the Human Resource Department located at La Vergne City Hall.
    THE CITY OF LA VERGNE IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE ON THE BASIS OF RACE, SEX, COLOR, RELIGION, NATIONAL ORGIN, AGE, DISABILITY OR VERTERAN STATUS IN EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AND BENEFITS.

  2. Rich Long
    July 14, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    If I can offer.. one good independent source for water quality information is the Stones River Watershed Association. They are a converation group that serves this area. They work with the University of Tennessee and do a lot of water monitoring with volunteers in different creeks and the lake. I encourage you to contact them as they are a wealth of knowlege on the subject. http://stoneswatershed.org/wordpress/

    • Rich Long
      July 14, 2011 at 11:45 pm

      God I can’t spell!

  3. July 15, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    Thank you so much, Ivy, for your support of Waldron Rd. On behalf of all the businesses, we appreciate any support and patronage that citizens of La Vergne can bring to our shops. Y’all rock 😀

    • July 18, 2011 at 2:19 pm

      Quick hit…we will have a wine tasting room fully functional by the end of the week. Any information can be found on our Facebook later on tomorrow…www.facebook.com/wineandspiritsunlimited

  4. Marlo
    July 15, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    I will support ALL businesses on Waldron EXCEPT wine and spirits….I have been in there 3 times and every time I was treated as a second class citizen….I can only assume it is because I am a woman and I look quite young for my age the employees assume I have no idea what I am talking about when discussing wine….I applied the 3 strikes and you are out rule and will never buy from them nor attend a wine tasting again….white wine should be brought chilled not served over ice….

    • Cricket123
      July 15, 2011 at 11:42 pm

      I’m sorry that you feel that way, because whenever I have gone in there looking for a “wine” to cook with the staff was more than happy to help me with my request and even offered advice!

      I adore the advertising with sidewalk chalk on the exterior walls! Talk about economizing! But I do so hate that sometimes it takes 15 minutes to get across the Waldron Road bridge to get to those businesses…and I really dislike the assholes that block the intersections!!!!

    • July 16, 2011 at 11:29 am

      Are you sure you went to one of our wine tastings? I have never served any wine on ice, but I’ll allow that I use an ice bucket to keep my wines chilled during the tasting. I urge you to give us one more try…come in and ask for Jeremy, that’s me, and I will talk wine and liquor all day long. It’s one of my favorite things to do. If not, I understand, I just can’t picture my staff or I making anyone feel like they have no idea what they are talking about. If anything, the reason I have wine tastings and the forthcoming Wine 101 classes is to take some of the mystery out of drinking wine and educate everyone, ourselves included, about wine and liquor.

  5. jenn
    July 19, 2011 at 10:06 am

    I’ve always wanted to be educated on wine. Hopefully, I’ll be in there soon. Need a job first.

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