Soddy Daisy Commissioners Hear Complaint About Fallen Tree At Trailer Park; Look For New Use For Old Caboose

Friday, September 06, 2013 - by Gail Perry

A resident of Soddy Daisy came to the commission meeting Thursday night with her mother, to ask for help and guidance. For many years, residents of Hidden Hills Trailer Park have asked managers of the park to cut down some dead pine trees that are perceived threats to their mobile homes. Last Friday night one of these trees fell through the roof of the trailer where the mother lives, and came close to hitting her. The local rental manager acts as a buffer between tenants and the owner of the complex who lives in Boca Raton, Fla.

, keeping the renters unable to contact him, commissioners were told.

In addition to the trees, there are other issues such as sewage leaks, drugs, fights and the tenants having to pay to have repairs made themselves. Because it is private property, said City Attorney Sam Elliott, the city can’t do much about the trees, but it does have the ability to look for city code violations for which the owner can be penalized. The commissioners assured the citizens that a code enforcement inspector will be sent to the park.

Attorney Elliott said it is a delicate matter because if Soddy Daisy shuts down the trailer park as a nuisance, many residents will have nowhere to move. Mayor Janice Cagle suggested writing a letter to the absentee owner and sending it by registered mail as well as getting advice from an attorney about landlord and tenant laws.

In the city manager’s report, Hardie Stulce updated commissioners about two road projects. He told them he has received the paperwork and is ready to proceed with the construction on Montlake Road. He has also received paperwork and the engineering has been done for sections of Dayton Pike where improvements have been planned.

Many years ago Don Gentry, a past mayor of the city, donated a caboose to be used in North Park. Mr. Stulce said, “it is now a 60-year-old caboose with wasp nests in it.” He asked commissioners for permission to explore the possibilities of renovating the 45-foot-long structure, to make it usable for a possible meeting venue and moving it to a place that is accessible. The commissioners agreed that he should get estimates of the cost to have it restored, to move it or to ask for charitable work from Norfolk Southern to help in relocating it.

Commissioner Gene Shipley said plans are underway for the Soddy Daisy Punkin Fest that will take place Oct. 5. This event is organized by the Soddy Daisy chapter of Vietnam Veterans of America, and is a fundraiser benefiting St. Jude’s Hospital, said Robert Cothran, president of the group. There will be a 5K run around a scenic road and creek and a one-mile “fun walk.” More participants are needed, said Mr. Shipley.  Already signed up are 60-70 booths which will sell food and regional crafts and there will be games for children. The run begins at 10 a.m. and the event continues until dark when there will be a fireworks display.

Mr. Shipley also said plans are already being made for Christmas in the Park.

Vice Mayor, Rick Nunley reported that the parks and recreation department met earlier this week and voted to recommend letting Bill Carney, director of the Chattanooga Woodworking Academy, install a split rail fence along the roadway in front of the park where Poe’s Tavern is located. The materials have already been purchased, but the commissioners must instruct Mr. Carney where to locate the fence. It was decided that it will be built sitting back far enough from the road to allow a car to pull off the roadway to read the historical markers.

In his report, Commissioner Jim Adams mentioned he had noticed a lot of road signs in the city that are bent. The city manager told him that he did not have to do a wholesale replacement of the old signs, only those that need it can be replaced.

Commissioner Patti Skates asked the city manager to look into the contracts the city has for purchasing two vehicles, a car and an SUV. She also reminded law enforcement officers to continue looking into the problems with rowdy juveniles on Walmart Drive on weekends.

The next meeting of the Soddy Daisy Commission will be Thursday, Sept. 19.

 


Family Makes Treasure Trove Of Early Chattanooga Photographs Available For Book; Stokes Collection Has Been Passed Down To Descendants

A treasure trove of Chattanooga photographs that have been passed down in the Stokes family for generations has now been assembled in an upcoming book. Chattanooga Around The Turn Of The Century: The Remarkable Stokes Collection will be published by Chattanoogan.com. Pre-orders are now being taken for the book, which includes over 700 photos on large-size pages. Publisher ... (click for more)

Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report - And Mug Shots

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: BALLARD, ANTHONY MONTREL     2401 S CHAMBERLAIN AVE.#2 CHATTANOOGA, 37404     27     Chattanooga          VIOLATION OF PROBATION (DOMESTIC ASSAULT) BEAN, BO     HOMELESS CHATTANOOGA,     42    ... (click for more)

How To Reform The City Industrial Development Board - And Response (3)

My aims is to bring to the public’s attention the need for procedural changes that, if implemented, would significantly improve the information available the public, to the City Council and to the City Industrial Development Board about the verifiable benefits and costs of tax incentive financing structures and to make the entire process transparent. The public, the City ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My October Garden

Hark! It is the first day of October and, as I make my monthly stroll through the garden, I find a growing numbers of leaves and acorns. Autumn leaves are beautiful while acorns are nuts, thus you will get the idea as we make our monthly awards: A PRETTY LEAF to Phil Hughes after the Minnesota Twins pitcher came within one inning of earning a $500,000 bonus this season. The deal ... (click for more)

Notre Dame Earns Senior-Night Soccer Victory

Honoring the team’s nine seniors was a focus of Tuesday night’s girls’ soccer match at Notre Dame, but it wasn’t the top priority for the Lady Irish. They knew that a win over visiting Signal Mountain would secure a first-place finish in District 7-AA, and their mission was to earn it. Notre Dame did just that, making Emma Higgins’ early goal stand for a ... (click for more)

UTC Men's Hoops: Brooks Savage, Alex Wharton Promoted

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.---The Chattanooga Mocs men’s basketball program is promoting two staffers, pending University approval, coach Will Wade announced Tuesday. Brooks Savage and Alex Wharton are moving into new roles in the wake of assistant coach Turner Battle leaving to take a similar position at UAB. Savage takes Battle’s place as a full-time assistant after ... (click for more)