A resident of a new subdivision overlooking a trailer park on Barbee Road came to the Soddy Daisy Commission meeting Thursday night to ask for help. An empty double wide trailer has been set up on concrete blocks underneath power lines and left for the last three months. He said he had already contacted the city but nothing has been done and TVA has not yet responded.
“It’s really a piece of junk” he said, and asked the board members if they could do anything about it. Because this is not the first dilapidated trailer parked in that location, he speculated that the owner is buying old mobile homes and trying to re-sell them. “It’s a trashy mobile home park” he said.
Commissioner Gene Shipley said he too had seen the trailer and that it is an eyesore. He suggested contacting the owner of the trailer park who lives in Boca Raton, Fla., and getting him to appear before the commissioners to tell him they will take action against his business since there is always something going on about it.
Soddy Daisy got rid of the first rundown trailer that was left parked there by having the codes enforcer condemn it, said Mayor Janice Cagle.
City Attorney Sam Elliott said one idea might be to summon the owner of the trailer park to court and threaten him with a nuisance offense based on the police calls about the park. Soddy Daisy Police have received over 300 calls concerning the location in the last couple of years. Because of the cumulative issues, the city could possibly get a court order to have it shut down.
This resident also brought attention to road conditions of Barbee Road at the entrance to the trailer park. A four by four foot section of the road is without pavement, and it was previously filled with gravel that has now been dispersed leaving nothing. Also noted was that the road is caving in around nearby manhole covers creating driving hazards. Another roadway issue he informed them about is that the stop sign at the intersection of Falcon Crest and Barbee Road has been torn down, causing many near collisions.
City Manager Hardie Stulce gave an update to the Montlake paving project. The lowest bid came from Wright Brothers Construction for $133,132. This must be approved by TDOT. Soddy Daisy will pay 100 percent of the cost and will then be reimbursed for 80 percent of the amount. The city has this money set aside for that purpose and the commissioners voted to accept the bid.
In his individual report, Commissioner Jim Adams commented that an ordinance has been put in place to address certain conditions that have been of concern to tenants of the Industrial Park. He said the ordinance clarifies several issues and that it will be enforced by the planning commission.
Vice Mayor Rick Nunley noted that the parks and playground department has completed the split rail fence that runs in front of Soddy Daisy City Park.
Commissioner Shipley announced that the city’s first “Punkin Festival” will be held Saturday at Soddy Lake Park. It will open at 10 a.m. and close at dark. Organizers had hoped for 50 participants, but as of today, 116 runners and walkers have signed up for the 5K run and one mile walk. There will also be 70 vendors taking part in the festivities. Fireworks will begin at 8 p.m. Proceeds from the day-long event will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The commissioners hope to have a large turnout for the festival.