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Trezevant Street Closed for Foreseeable Future

by Joel Washburn washburn@mckenziebanner.com
Posted 9/15/20

TREZEVANT (September 8) — A city street that parallels CSX Railroad is closed for the foreseeable future because of a large sinkhole. Necessary repairs require approval by CSX, which the city …

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Trezevant Street Closed for Foreseeable Future

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TREZEVANT (September 8) — A city street that parallels CSX Railroad is closed for the foreseeable future because of a large sinkhole. Necessary repairs require approval by CSX, which the city has not been able to attain in over two years.

Charles Trotter, city attorney, said he has again made contact with CSX. The representative indicated she would investigate the matter.

In the past, city officials expressed frustration with CSX for its lack of cooperation on this and other matters.

Mayor Bobby Blaylock said it appears the road will remain barricaded for the foreseeable future. The loan business on the street is Paul’s Pool Room. It was previously an access road for the closed HIS garment plant.

In a related matter, the city board voted to dismiss a eminent domain lawsuit again Ricky Nelson in relation to the sinkhole. Trotter said the case was filed by the city in Carroll County Circuit Court and resurfaces each quarter during docket call. Trotter recommended dismissing the lawsuit until there is some resolution with CSX on the resolution of the sinkhole.

The board voted to sell a city-owned land parcel, located on Johnson Street. The city purchased the property in a delinquent tax sale. The city’s cost of acquisition and maintenance and nothing more, will be recovered through the sale.

A residential structure at 5770 E. Main, condemned by the city, will be razed by December 31 by the owner. The city board will determine whether or not the parcel is cleared to their satisfaction before removing the filed notice at the Register of Deeds office.

A proposal by Councilman Eddie Granger to locate a comment/complaint box in city hall did not garner any support. Granger said all comment cards must be signed. Attorney Trotter recommended against the proposal. He said all comment cards were subject to the Open Records Law and could be obtained by the media or any member of the public through a public records request. The complainer could suddenly be placed as a witness in any legal actions.

A 15-mph sign along State Route 105 in the downtown area was suggested by Granger. After some question of whether or not the city has authority to regulate the speed on the state highway, the board decided to invite an official of the Tennessee Department of Transportation to address the issue.

Mayor Blaylock also suggested a new flashing red light at the intersection of State Route 105 and U.S. 79 at City Hall. Blaylock said motorists often ignore the four-way stop signs. The city will seek TDOT’s recommendation on that matter.

(see separate story on Trezevant increasing water rates and other issues concerning the Water Department.)

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