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 Boardâ€™s meeting on Thursday, July 14, the State Comptrollerâ€™s Office
recommended the board endorse the rate increase that would stop the â€œnegative change in net
assetsâ€ â€“ or being in the red â€“ and it was unanimously passed.
â€œWhile 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,â€ said Mayor Senna Mosley. â€œHad 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.â€
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 Vergneâ€™s portion of water storage rights at Percy Priest Lake. La
Vergne, Smyrna, Murfreesboro, and the countyâ€™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
For example, the McFarlin Pointe Pump Station today had a leak resulting from a deteriorated
discharge pipe. The cityâ€™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.
Wine and Spirits Unlimited
500 Waldron Rd.
La Vergne, TN 37086
So that’s what I’ve got tonight, La Vergne. What is on your mind?