Open Thread Tuesday

Does anyone happen to know when the next mayoral election will happen? And when’s the deadline to file for alderman? Not that I would EVER run, people, but just wondering. And who is already running that we should endorse?

Anything else on your minds, La Vergninians?

Advertisements

66 Responses

  1. I hear that Senna is running again and I have told her she has my vote in Nov. I know she is a fighter for the people!!

  2. I saw a sign today between the city hall the car wash besides the burger king that they are looking for someone that wants to lease out retail space that is coming soon……is tis another strip mall? we need more small retail..yippee!!

  3. Nov 4 2008 will be the next city election for two alderman. Mosley and Waldron’s terms are up in Nov. 2008. The next election for Mayor will be in Nov of 2010.

  4. I can speak for this site when I say that we will absolutely without-a-doubt and wholeheartedly endorse Senna Mosley for Alderwoman. Is Waldron running again? Anyone else running? Should we recruit someone?

  5. if Waldron isnt running I recuit Kathy Tyson for alderwoman……..with her and Senna things would be different!!

  6. According to the Rutherford County Election Commission Website – http://www.rutherfordcountytn.gov/election/index.htm – the qualifying deadline is 12:00 noon on August 21st for the November 4th city election. I’ve heard that Mike Slinker is already running, but I don’t know him.

  7. Did a search on Mike Slinker – here’s what I found: http://www.mikeslinker.com/

    According to his website, he at least looks more qualified than most of our current board members.

  8. blah blah you are correct with both of your statements. I believe Mike has turned in his papers, but not sure. Mr. Slinker is a very nice young man. You might have met him during the last election as he worked for Alderman Green. I think it is great when anyone takes the time to want to serve the citizens of LaVergne.

  9. blah blah , I think I need to correct my statement. I agree with your first blog entry.

  10. the only thing is will he fight for us, the people, or be for himself?

  11. Well, Mosley looks pretty good to me. I know she is educated and cares deeply for the citizens of LaVergne. I know one thing she stands up for what she believes in and is one of the most honest people I have ever met. If you are right no matter who you are she well ack you no matter what it cost her. But, if you are wrong or lie to her you have had a bad day.

  12. Meh. I looked at Slinker’s website and it wasn’t terribly impressive. However, he might have some good ideas, who knows. I’d be interested to see what he has to say outside of the regular campaign rhetoric.

  13. I agree with Ivy and hope Mr. Slinker posts specific ideas that he has to improve the city. I will probably contact him to see if he would like to write a guest post about what he stands for.

    Does anyone know if Mr. Waldron is running again?

  14. Can I bring “Green La Vergne” back to the table? It’s a group of “us” who need more “USes” to make this happen. It’s on Yahoo groups… join us and we can all make our town beautiful! I emailed Ms. Grubb at the Parks Dept. I think you should as well.

    Me… :-)

  15. Senna always has my vote!!!!

  16. Yes, yes, Gina, thanks for mentioning it! We need more people!! Come one, come all! :)

  17. Frankly, I don’t know how anyone (except those who may be “connected” in some way to special treatment by certain board members) could attend M/A meetings or watch the meetings on Channel 3 and not see that Senna is the ONE for the citizens of La Vergne. She is honest, thorough, investigates and gets documentation on items brought to her. If we had more like her “running” the City, we would have a much better place to live in my opinion. There would be much more supervision of the city workers & the way the $$ is spent. One can’t do it alone . . . but she sure does give it a good try & gets the info out in the open & to the public — it’s just too bad that the rest of the board turns the other way. She definitely has my vote!

  18. I agree with you a million percent, Cee Dee! Now we just need to find more people like Senna to get on the board and in other elected positions!

  19. So far I like what I read about Mike. In national politics you have democrat vs republican. City politics are different, and so I think what we have here in La Vergne is long-time-resident vs newer-residents. I personally think there are already too many members connected with the junk yards and trailer parks, so I am in favor of new blood. As it looks right now, I would love to have a Mosley-Slinker addition to the board. I do like Mr. Waldron, but I don’t think he’s bringing anything new to the table.

    The issue is going to come down to what are their plans for the city. Maybe I should have posted this on the “arts” thread, but I don’t think La Vergne has to remain a “blue-collar” town. We have two good examples nearby. Anyone who went to Hendersonville 10 years ago and hasn’t been back, go to Indian Lake Blvd. It looks like a more well-managed Cool Springs developement. 10 years ago that place was a dind’t have much more than rural farms and lakeside homes. The other example? Our very own Smyrna. Smyrna is becoming a high-class town in it’s own right, and they are right on our back porch.

    I tihnk encouraging artists to come to LV is fine, but I would rather see planning more along the lines of Brentwood as opposed to East Nashville. For one, many of these artsy types like the older buildings, and we don’t have many of these here. Let’s see more brick and stone developements, less aluminum and vinyl.

  20. Yeah, Michael, except a. rich people wouldn’t want to live here because of all the already existing developments- look at your own bias against LFE and you’re not even rich and b. do we REALLY need to build more houses in LaV? Um. no. We need to work on what we have.

  21. Lake Forest is…and I hate to say it…one big, homogenized vinyl siding ant farm, for the most part. We don’t need any more houses being built on postage stamp lots when no one is buying the existing houses on postage stamp lots. Now I know it’s different, that we’re not like Inglewood or East Nashville with the older houses with period detail. But what I think would set LaVergne apart is if we were to create a subdivision of energy-efficient, green friendly, smaller houses with nice lots (NOT Bradford Pears!) I can’t think of anywhere in greater Nashville or Rutherford where this is being done. You’d accomplish two goals: attract people to affordable housing and create environmental awareness. Maybe we could finally finish the park in Lake Forest, too. And would it be too much to ask to create a bike trail or lane along Stones River?

  22. Is Mr. Slinker the same guy that Mayor Green appointed to the planning commission & he either attended only one meeting or didn’t attend any because he was too busy? If so, will he have the time to devote as an alderman — full time? His bio seems rather busy.

  23. This is for Mr. Slinker and all others running for election in LaVergne. Mr. Slinker I saw your election sign on Mboro Rd, (by the way at least keep them fixed.) election day is November 4th, 2008 THIS IS JUNE 18, 2008 please don’t make us look at these signs for six months. Senna gets my first vote don’t know who will get my second.Senna don’t make me look at those ORANGE signs to long. Does the city have any rules regarding election signs? If there are none, there should be.

  24. Open Thread Comment

    I got pulled over in MY NEIGHBORHOOD. Because I ran a stop sign while swerving around the water mains that stick 4″ off the grouond. Now, i know I ran a stop sign, but come on, Im on my way to work, with my coffee, and get pulled over 40yards from my house, with NO ONE on the road, and actually get a ticket? Worse part was the police officer wasn’t the nice, sorry hey, gotta site you type, but was an arrogant jerk about it. Really, go cruise around Lake Forrest, or and pull people over at 8 in the morning. Just kinda upset me today, guess i’ll have fun in court next month. Also… I saw the SAME officer pulling over someone else around lunch time… La Vergne must have a quota to meet end of June or something… So watch out everyone.. Take Care.

  25. Senna,
    your signs should be of various colors to reflect the diversity of everyone in the city…lol…

    From what I hear Senna walks softly but carries a BIG STICK! I just want to say to you Senna…..

    KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK GIRL..WE LOVE AND KNOW YOUR FOR US PEOPLE!

  26. Mike-
    It’s not just in LaVergne the police seem to be finding stupid reasons for pulling over people. I had TWO cars pull me over yesterday in Nashville. What had I done wrong? They wanted to check my window tint which IS legal.

  27. My suggestions on La Vergne have nothing to do with more residential construction, that’s why I primarily referenced Indian Lake. That is a HUGE upscale development with brick and stone (facade) buildings. Even the freakin’ taco bell probably cost more to construct than our future Rite Aid!! I don’t know of many homes made of aluminum, but there are places in LV like “steel buildings” all around.

    I think we all agree that La Vergne is going to cater to somebody. We can continue to cater to Antioch, but if that’s what you want don’t complain about the gangs and drive-by shootings that follow. I don’t think we can cater to artsy people by nature of being a suburban area that has no history. Why not try to develop this city in a way that has been successful in our peer cities elsewhere (ie Brentwood, Smyrna, Hendersonville)?

    I think things like a bike path and greenways are GREAT ideas, but lets face it, these will serve a primary purpose of recreation, not a means for people to travel effectively. That means these are a luxury item, and that is why La Vergne still doesn’t have a greenway.

    My opinion is lets get past LFE. What’s done is done. You can’t go in there and force everyryone to put a solar panel on their roof. Let’s focus on what we can control- future developement.

    I don’t understand why this city would need to attract more people to “affordable” housing. Can you tell me of one other city in Metro Nashville, other than Antioch, that has as much affordable housing as we do? I like the idea of housing that solid middle class families can afford. I don’t like the fact that LFE is so big that it cannot be controlled. I said a long time ago that LFE could very easily be fixed if a home owners association was established. Not only do you see fewer rental properties in HOA communities, but they would have the power to fine people who let their house devalue their neighbors houses.

    So my vote is for the candidates that give me positive ideas for future developement. It has been done recently in Hendersonville, Smyrna, Mt. Juliet, why not La Vergne?

  28. My suggestions on La Vergne have nothing to do with more residential construction, that’s why I primarily referenced Indian Lake. That is a HUGE upscale development with brick and stone (facade) buildings. Even the freakin’ taco bell probably cost more to construct than our future Rite Aid!!

    Ah, see, I know nothing about Hendersonville and thought you were talking about more housing developments.

    I don’t think we can cater to artsy people by nature of being a suburban area that has no history. Why not try to develop this city in a way that has been successful in our peer cities elsewhere (ie Brentwood, Smyrna, Hendersonville)?

    It wasn’t the cool old buildings that drew the first “pioneers” to East Nashville. It was the price. It used to be cheaper than hell to buy or rent there. And it was really close to everything, which LaV both has and doesn’t have. The price, we’ve got.

    What was the next thing that attracted the artsy crowd to East Nashville? Five Points. Cool bars, restaurants, and shops. In buildings that look pretty awesome- not just the historic structures, which is cool, but they’re painted and fabulous inside and out. Currently, we don’t have that. But we could. Even with the sad metal buildings, we could get local artists to paint murals on the outsides, and we could ask them to hang the art on the inside on consignment (where applicable. like, in the mexican bread shop, cool. maybe not in the 15 million auto repair shops.) We could encourage the other cool stores to follow by doing a little on our own, like having a farmer’s market, and by us supporting the hell out of these businesses when they pop up.

    Another thing that makes East Nashville so attractive is that they have a somewhat close knit relationship with each other due to a big listserv where much of the community communicates. We’re trying to do that with TiLV, here. Do you know other people in LaV who have internet access? Tell them about this site, encourage them to come here and speak their minds.

    So, do I think we could make LaV the next East Nashville? I absolutely do. Do I think we can make it the next Brentwood? It’s possible. But I think making it the next East Nasty is easier as far as a grass roots movement for those of us without piles of money.

    I think things like a bike path and greenways are GREAT ideas, but lets face it, these will serve a primary purpose of recreation, not a means for people to travel effectively. That means these are a luxury item, and that is why La Vergne still doesn’t have a greenway.

    No, I think things like that are key to our city’s success. We need to expand more green initiatives to attract even more artsy/creative/ecologically minded people here. I love Mero’s idea about creating a green subdivision. I don’t think you could do it with an existing subdivision, but if the city would pass codes requiring greener construction, you could easily make sure any new construction is more eco-friendly, and that would be awesome for the city’s PR.

    I don’t understand why this city would need to attract more people to “affordable” housing. Can you tell me of one other city in Metro Nashville, other than Antioch, that has as much affordable housing as we do? I like the idea of housing that solid middle class families can afford.

    Why are you so afraid of poor people, Michael? Although I agree the housing doesn’t need to be expanded, but that goes for rich or poor as far as I’m concerned. We have plenty of housing, let’s let our infrastructure catch up to that.

    I don’t like the fact that LFE is so big that it cannot be controlled. I said a long time ago that LFE could very easily be fixed if a home owners association was established. Not only do you see fewer rental properties in HOA communities, but they would have the power to fine people who let their house devalue their neighbors houses.

    I agree with the statement about LFE being so big. I’ve been mulling around the idea in my head about whether parts of LFE could break off and form their own neighborhood with its own HOA and rules. My part of the neighborhood is pretty good, and I think there might be enough people there to be convinced that a HOA is a good thing. I don’t think running an HOA for the entire neighborhood is a possibility.

    I have a friend who lives in a MASSIVE housing development in Wilmington, NC. It’s probably twice the size of Lake Forest but has different neighborhoods within the area. I don’t know whether each development has its own HOA or not, but it’s an interesting thought. Could LFE break apart into different neighborhoods that each run their own HOA?

    Probably it would be easier to just let the city make the appropriate ordinances and then ENFORCE THEM.

    Wow, this comment turned into a novel.

  29. I would like to tell a litle story about a trip I took the first year I was elected. The National Of Cities was held in Indy. (yeah Payton) The city took the old railway that ran though the run down part of the city and made it a greenway. Needless to say, that part turned into the place to be!!! It was awesome. I guess what I’m trying to say is that anything is possible if people are willing to listen to others and think outside the box. While I understand what Michaelv is saying I also must side with Ivy. It takes all of these ideas to make LaVergne the place we all want to be proud of. Ordinances are in place regarding run down cars in yards, tall grass etc. It is our responsiblity as a council to make sure these ordinances are followed; however, neighborhoods must help. I love to hear all of these ideasbecause it means that people DO CARE. We all have to work together inorder to get the ones who don’t care on our side. I have said it before and I will say it again, Managment needs improvement and stop spending money on needless lawsuits get our city running smoothly from the inside first ,then you would see a difference in a lot aeas.

  30. “Why are you so afraid of poor people, Michael? ”

    I think we’ve had this discussion before. I’m not afraid of poor people, I’m afraid of people who are content to remain poor. I am very afraid of Bloods, Crips, and MS13. Do they exist in LV? Some people say they do, some say they don’t, so I don’t know the answer. I do know I don’t want them here. Am I saying all poor people are in gangs? NO! I am saying that there are more gang related problems in Antioch than there are in Mt Juliet, Hendersonville, Smyrna, Brentwood, and (for the time being) La Vergne.

    Like I said, I would love to see LFE become a haven for young families or recent college grads who cannot afford mcmansions, but as the area stands now, there is too much of a black mark as a crime-ridden, mismanaged subdivision.

    I agree that neighbors helping neighbors is the best idea, but when you have 3000+ homes, you’re not going to be able to develop a tight-nit community. I think this is a great site and I give people this link all the time, but there are 27000 people in this city and at most, 30 different commenters? I tihnk too many people in this city are transient and don’t care about this area and unfortunately probably never will.

  31. I am very afraid of Bloods, Crips, and MS13. Do they exist in LV? Some people say they do, some say they don’t, so I don’t know the answer. I do know I don’t want them here

    I’m not sure why having affordable housing automatically makes you think about gangs, but whatever. Gangs can be combatted several ways. First of all, Chief Ted Boyd is no joke and can handle the gang problem from a cop perspective if the city would give him the funding he needs.

    Secondly, gangs can be somewhat curbed if the city and its citizens work together to provide things for these teenagers to do that are productive instead of hurtful. We need more mentorship programs, young entrepreneur programs, etc, etc, etc.

    Finally, this site is key to helping curb the gang problem, Yeah, there ARE a lot of transient people in this city, but there are a lot more people who DO care. If there’s 27,000 people in this city and we could get just 10% of them active and involved, that would go a long way. Imagine if we could get 3-4 people on every street in Lake Forest reading this site and calling the cops every single time they see anything out of place, or codes whenever there’s someone violating the codes. What a difference that would make.

    I’ve often thought that if we did a big mailing especially in LFE alerting people to this site, it help. We know many city officials do read the site, so if we could get enough people telling us everything that’s going on with LFE and thinking out of the box, we could really get something going. Sadly, mailings are expensive, I think.

    Kathy, what do you think it would cost for us to get a mailing out there to alert the citizens about this site? Readers, would you consider donating to the cause?

    Also, if not, what about having some of those annoying signs around town? That would be more affordable, but I do hate signs. It would waste less trees though. Hmm.

  32. I hope LFE could be turned around but I’m not encouraged.. I live here and want to be proud of it. My husband’s co-worker who just moved to TN is looking for housing but said she wouldn’t move to LaVergne due to the gangs. Unfortunately, our reputation prevents her from even considering our town. I’ve never seen any “gang activity” on my block. Although I don’t know what that would look like anyways. But, I have gotten some menacing looks and unfriendly gestures from some teens while driving on my street. Recently, I had out-of-town guests visiting and I mentioned that I loved my house and yard but wish I could scoop it up and move it to another neighborhood. My guests didn’t understand until they looked at the view from my back porch at the eyesores on neighboring properties despite our attempts at strategic tree planting. I’d like to say that I love where I live but I don’t. When we moved into LFE ten years ago, one of the developers had claimed that all new construction would be larger houses on larger lots. That held true for some sections of the neighborhood near Stones River Road. But, we’ve watched hundreds of little houses with no lawn and one garage go up along Bill Stewart. Then, complaints about not allowing parking on the streets followed. The development has gone unchecked. I was going out for lunch with my mother and wanted to support LaVergne businesses but we didn’t want fast food and aren’t fans of the local sit-downs. So, we go to Smyrna to eat and shop. And, walk–don’t get me started on the LFE park still in “renovation” and the proposed greenway. I have a friend who lives in Franklin who’s had things stolen from her garage and has a neighbor who’s experienced vandalism. Wealthier areas aren’t immune to crime, they just have the financial means to respond more efficiently. My brother the artist wasn’t interested in living here in LaVergne, he rented in Nashville where he could mingle with like-minded artists by walking to coffee shops, boutiques, etc. LaVergne’s cityscape isn’t designed that way so I don’t think we’ll ever morph into an artsy area. The dilemma with marketing LaVergne as a greener place to live also lies with the structure of the city. Big shade trees to offset cooling costs and jumping on your bike to go to the grocery store aren’t feasible from LFE. Unfortunately, when we outgrow our house, I doubt we’ll be looking in LFE or LaVergne.

  33. I’m going to take a page from Ivy’s book :)

    “I’m not sure why having affordable housing automatically makes you think about gangs”

    Affordable housing doesn’t make me think of Gangs. Lake Forest Estates makes me think of gangs. There are $200k+ homes in LFE, I don’t consider that to be the definitaion of “affordable homes for median incomes.”

    “Secondly, gangs can be somewhat curbed if the city and its citizens work together …. ”

    I agree! But I don’t think that Joe Citizen cares about working together. That’s our primary problem.

    “My husband’s co-worker who just moved to TN is looking for housing but said she wouldn’t move to LaVergne due to the gangs”

    This is why I say we need to change our perception to mirror our peer cities. Fill in the blank: I’ve heard that ________ has a gang problem only second to Antioch. Your options are La Vergne, Mt Juliet, Brentwood, Smyrna, Hendersonville, and Ashland City (all cities that are relatively close to the Davidson line). What type of resident do we want to attract? I contend we want to compete for people who are looking at the other cities listed above, but looking for a bigger bang for their buck.

    “I have a friend who lives in Franklin who’s had things stolen from her garage and has a neighbor who’s experienced vandalism. Wealthier areas aren’t immune to crime, they just have the financial means to respond more efficiently.”

    I don’t know if the issue is they have the financial menas to respond better (I for one think we have a great PD and Chief), I think it’s the fact that they care more. Care about their neighbors and care about their community.

    “My brother the artist wasn’t interested in living here in LaVergne, he rented in Nashville where he could mingle with like-minded artists by walking to coffee shops, boutiques, etc. LaVergne’s cityscape isn’t designed that way so I don’t think we’ll ever morph into an artsy area. ”

    This is a better way of stating what I was thinking. Suburbs generally dont attract peopel who want to walk to the coffee shop or clubs.

    “Big shade trees to offset cooling costs and jumping on your bike to go to the grocery store aren’t feasible from LFE”

    Here’s one point I would disagree with you on, MagMom. I think big shade trees would be a great idea (last year me and my neighbors all decided to plant Maple trees; If I ever landed on millions of dollars I would love to buy a maple tree for every house in this City, talk abuot a great marketing tool). I think you could make the city more bike/pedestrian friendly. This gets back to the original issue of who we are putting in office. We can continue electing people who want to still see La Vergne as a low-rent bedroom community, or we can elect people who want to see our town prosper. I know Senna does, we’ll see about the other candidates once the filing period is over.

  34. You can do bulk mail at 26 cents p/piece (I think). So if you have 3000 households If you do just LFE, with copying, envelopes, and mailing, that’s a little more than $1000. I can’t do that, but I could pitch in $20 or $25. Plus we’d need massive help in folding, labeling, and stuffing envelopes.

  35. BTW Ivy, you should know that I don’t hate poor people… I hate artsy people :)

    To everyone else, that’s just a joke. I wouldn’t want this to come back and bite me on the butt when Ivy and I run for Alderman

  36. La Vergne will always be a corn dog town. People in surrounding areas perceive it to be a corrupt, blue-collar area that is only a few years away from being the next Antioch.

    I have lived in LFE for a decade and it is only getting worse. I will gladly be moving away to a more desirable area in the coming year or two…

    Suburban sprawl seems to push the riff-raff from cities outword. And, La Vergne is falling victim to this reality and don’t get me started on all of the illegal aliens in La Vergne.

  37. Michael: I took MagMom’s comment about “big shade trees & bikes to ride to the store” to mean PRESENTLY those things are not feasible in LFE. Actually they took out all/most of the old large trees & it looks like they put as many houses as possible in their place. I think what MagMom is saying is that a lot of folks who live there now will not see the trees they plant mature into big shade trees as many are moving out or trying to sell their homes. As far as riding a bike to the store — ON STONES RIVER ROAD — who is going to attempt that!

  38. The cops are out everywhere including LaVergne. I oddly enough have managed to have been pulled over not once, but twice this week in LaVergne. I was speeding (slightly) and I admitted that but man, do I see people who do drive like flippin’ idiots and they manage to avoid getting tickets.

  39. Michael, I was referring to the clear cutting of the land to build houses. When developers put up houses, they’re not concerned in preserving the trees originally on the land. I, too, have planted trees to provide shade (and screening) in my yard but we’re in the minority in LFE.

    I vote for some type of roadside signage. Granted, I hate those signs, too. But, if the plan is to market to homeowners who can read the blog, then advertising a website address makes more sense. Some might perceive a mailing to be “junk mail” and discard it (ideally recycle it). Not to mention, it would be more enviro-friendly than 3000 pieces of paper and envelopes.

  40. “I don’t know if the issue is they have the financial means to respond better (I for one think we have a great PD and Chief), I think it’s the fact that they care more. Care about their neighbors and care about their community.”

    By financial means, I wasn’t talking about our police force. Over 10 years, I’ve had contact three times with LaVergne police (2 were pleasant, 1 left something to be desired). So, I can’t really comment on their ability to respond and protect. I was referring to the general income of the population. To generalize, kids from lower income homes are more likely to get into trouble. Franklin kids have ice hockey practice, shopping for overpriced electronics & handbags, and Rx drugs to steal from mommy instead. I’m kidding, hehe!

    But, back to the issue that started this…where can we make a realistic laundry list of the things we’d like LaVergne to have changed or added? And, most importantly, how do we get the people in our gov’t to realize them?

  41. Michael, I agree with your comment that some other cities have citizens that care about their neighbors and care about their community more than LV. I was a member of a civic group here for a few years. But, I got so tired of our membership stalled at 6 members and sharing all the workload with 2 or 3 other members that I quit.

  42. I think CeeDee is on track when she says we have to start showing we care simply by ATTENDING city workshops and meetings. Maybe if more citizens were actually there showing concern and questioning, we’d make progress.

    I’d like to see clarification again on what a resident would have to do to be able to approach the council with a comment or question. We aren’t allowed to speak unless we’re on the agenda? Is that right? Or how does it work?

  43. If you simply want to address the board, you have to be on the agenda prior to the Workshop that is before the meeting. However, there is a “Public Hearing” before the M/A meeting to allw the city to address any ordinances that are on that nights agenda. Here’s an example: http://www.lavergne.org/mod/fileman/files/ma2008-01-08ph.pdf

    So basically if you want to go in and propse something publicly to the board, you have to get on the agenda. If you want to comment about a proposed ordinance, you can do that with no prior announcement at the public hearing that is held a few minutes before the M/A meeting.

  44. I don’t know if simply getting 100 people to attend every board meeting in this city is going to solve our problems. I mean, that would be great to have so many people interested, but La Vergne is not the only city to have sparse attedance when their city councils meet. I think ordinances need to be passed that would place severe punishments on homeowners who don’t take care of their property, therefore disrespecting their neighbors property. That would probably get some good attendance at a M/A meeting.

  45. the police are out everywhere because it’s summer time and the youth are out in full force….Notice to all parents:

    state law: if your child is 17 yrs old he has a curfew and it’s 11pm during the week and midnight on Fri. and Sat. nights.

    If your child is under 17 then its on hour earlier for each age group…exp if they are 16 then they need to be in at 10 pm and if they are 15 then its 9pm. If your child is caught out after these times without a parent then the will be either taken to Juvenile dept or you will called out of your sleep to come pick them up and you will be fined $50.00 per child out! I am strick about this at work and if they are not with a parent after the times above then I will call the police because they dont need to be out. I had 13-15 and 16 yr olds out one sunday night at 1:30am without an adult…..why were they out running the streets at this time? They also were were sporting colors and wearing bandanas…..Yes the police were called and parents were called to come take them home!!!
    summertime is a time that teens have nothing better to do than run around bored…we need a teen center or something to keep most teens out of trouble….I have stated before that the people I know that have teens are very well raised i.e. Kathy T, Ivy, Ginger, Senna, and whoever I forgot! these parents get a GREAT JOB from me for raising their kids right!! now if we can get others to play follow the leader then we would be fine!! lol

  46. Does anyone know how “we the people” can find out what content would be coming up for discussion at any of the upcoming meetings or workshops? It would be most helpful if the average citizen could attend those of most interest to him/her. The recently mailed Citizens Update has meeting specifics listed but not actual content. Are there openings on committees and where would that be posted? It seems there’s not a real sense of proactive organization or recruitment going on in the city. I think more people would get involved if information was available and promoted.

  47. MagMom, once the agenda’s are finalized, they are placed on the city’s website (Public Records section). Here’s your link:

    http://www.lavergne.org/mod.php?mod=fileman&op=view_cat&id=18

  48. MagMom — you can go to the city website — lavergne.org and “click” on Browse Public Records, then Current Meeting Agendas — it will bring up those meetings — if there is a rezoning issue, planning commission workshop or meeting, mayor/aldermen workshop or meeting, beer board meeting, etc. In order to be “heard” by the board, you must have your name on the Citizen’s Comments by 10:00 a.m. on the date of the WORKSHOP in order to speak at the meeting. You do not have to speak at the workshop if you prefer to speak only at the meeting, but you have to be on the agenda at the workshop. Now my problem with all this is how do you know until you attend the workshop if you have concerns about what is brought up & discussed? If something is up for vote at the regular meeting and you are not clear on what is actually being voted on until you hear the discussions that take place at the workshop, you cannot speak at the regular meeting UNLESS you have put your name on the agenda the day of the workshop — which is almos 2 weeks before their regular meeting. Doesn’t make sense folks — you have see the official meeting agenda & be allowed to get on the agenda to speak on the regular meeting day in my opinion. I think this “rule” keeps a lot of people away because they see the agenda too late to make comments. This really needs to be changed in order for citizens to have a voice. Is it Murfreesboro that allows citizens to sign in to speak the night of their meetings? Much better way of doing it. And you only have 3 mins to talk (some have been allowed to speak longer). They have a Sgt. At Arms to monitor the time. This citizen’s time is 30 mins before the regular meeting actually starts so if there is only 1 speaker — there is time to kill before the 7:00 meeting. Only in La Vergne! Show up & at least observe what they discuss & how they behave & vote during these meetings — it’s an eye opener.

  49. Cee Dee, your post emphasized exactly what I was concerned about. The whole system doesn’t make logical sense to me, either. It’s so confusing that it deters me from wanting to do more. I suppose I’ll have to attend a workshop (whatever that includes) and a meeting to see how it unfolds. On the city website, I did see that a lot of the committee members’ terms have expired or about to expire. I wonder how the city goes about filling those slots.

  50. They have “applications” for committee seats. The board looks over these applications, someone makes a motion to appoint one of the applicants (if more than one applies) & they take a vote. Pretty simple & from what I’ve seen, they are not getting many applications for positions. In my opinion, a lot of folks are just burned out on our present adminstration & the way the city is being run. We do need more interested & dedicated individuals — a lot of time if there is a present member of a committee whose term is about to expire, they will say, ” so & so has indicated that they would like to remain on the committee” and bingo, they are voted back in — no change there!

  51. By the way, the applications can be picked up at City Hall. You would need to see Bruce Richardson. for the application, I believe.

  52. A new topic:

    I want to know if there is a law on the books about yard sales? I know several in my neighborhood that are having yard sales everyday now. One is on old nashville hwy and they leave their things out all week now and it makes the area look like a junk yard. There needs to be something that people have to get like a license and only allowed 2 yard sales a year or something like that. someone that holds a yrad sale everyday or every weekend should have to pay sales taxes to the state and city. Bunisess license as well should be sold to them. this is stating to become an eyesore in the area …one man sells used lawn equipment almost every week as well…Senna is there something we can do to prevent all this mess??

  53. By the way Cee Dee the rules are that you are only allowed on one Board, unless you are part of the present click, then you can be on as many boards as you desire.
    This also helps the present Male Aldermen VOTE for the City to accept his own property on Irvin, and the and the 7 other lots that he built homes on and sold. As for junk in yards, I read in the paper about B & B Disposal. What a joke. Have you seen this mess on Chaney. They have always claimed that they have been there before LAVergne became a city. LaVergne became a city in 1972 they began collecting trash in 1998 according to the paper.. This is not a grandfather situation!!! These place is a nest for rats. flies and mosquitoes. The neighbors can not sit outside, Why is something not done? Could it be that the Boners campaigned for Erwin, Gann and Green. Or is she related to the Boner running for Tax Assessor? Yard sales, Junkyards, PLEASE somebody stop this MESS.

  54. Where’s CODES in this situation?

  55. From what I understand, a La Vergne citizen can be on only one “Full Time” Board. I am on the Beer Board which is not a full time board, so I could serve on another full-time board.

    I’ve got a suggestion, and maybe this will be a thread for this weekend while Kathy’s out. Why not get everyone to propose something they would like to see changed in La Vergne (be it a new ordinance, a beautification committee, no yard parking, etc.) and let’s figure out some way to present this to the Alderman for comments and consideration. We could possibly even have people sign it like a petition. I don’t know, I’m thinking out loud. I would say we keep it orderly though. One post per proposition.

    I just keep hearing people say “Can something be done about x” and that’s a great thing to have a blog for that stuff, but lets see if we can get some actual movement on some of these things we want to see done to make our town great. Kathy, what do you think?

  56. I am now counting the days that this one yard sale is up and running on Old Nashville hwy across from the used car lot and bar. right now it as been up over 3 weeks and drove by it this morning and man it makes the area look so tacky. they dont even cover things uo anymore. Why would I want to buy clothes from these people since it has been out in the rain and probably has mold on them now! Lets do something about this mess over there!!!

  57. bear, Have you talked to anyone at codes?

  58. Not yet……but will. I don’t think I am very welcomed now at city hall since I spoke up about the treatment of my mother….lol….oh well..

  59. Look on the website for information about yardsales, good luck. If you want more stringent rules, they will have to be written and then approved by the board. As far as the place on Chaney, even if they were here before 1972, there are still problems. 1 Junk yards needed County approval. 2 Any type of grandfather status is lost once the property deed changes hands. It is called Existing Non-Conforming Use. 3 Look for the business licenses, they have never had one for a junk yard. Can you say politics? As far as the codes department goes, if they do not receive proper backing from the administration and legal help from the city attorney, what do you expect them to be able to do.

  60. Gee, this really does SMELL BAD!!! Looks like a lot of codes and/or laws not being observed. I don’t blame the neighbors for complaining, but I do blame the City for not acting . . .

  61. I agree with you on the mess on Old Nash. At first when I drove by I kind of chuckled thinking to myself who would want any of that mess. Now it’s downright disgusting. There was even a truck with trashcans overflowing in the driveway yesterday. Surely codes can do something. If they can cite people for not cutting their grass, what about not being able to see the grass for all the junk?

  62. oleme: I’m confused. I, too, read the article about B&B Disposal and initially thought it was a great idea that they offer recyclables pick-up. What’s the beef with them? I’m not well-informed.

    michaelinLV: It sounds like you’re asking for “a realistic laundry list of the things we’d like LaVergne to have changed or added”? Here’s one: a recyclable collection center with unlimited material acceptance and open 24 hours.

  63. breaking news all:

    There is a BIG SALE going on right now on Old Nashville Hwy towards Smyrna across from the car lot……..everything in the yard is for sale!! act now or you can even wait until sept to purchase something….lmao.

  64. If you dont like the yard sales, stop whining here! Post the current regulations so everyone can have their input and the ask Sena Mosley if she can have it reviewed and put on a meeting agenda. duh…

  65. CHAPTER 8
    YARD SALES
    SECTION
    9-801. Definition.
    9-802. Advertisement signs.
    9-803. Removal of signs.
    9-801. Definition. Any offering for sale to the general public of goods
    from a place not normally engaging in such business shall be considered a yard
    sale. Continuing sale from the same location shall be considered a business and
    require that the provisions of title 5, chapter 2 of this code be followed. (Ord.
    #94-7, July 1994)
    9-802. Advertisement signs. Advertisement signs shall be placed only
    in locations not blocking the view of traffic and shall follow all state and local
    laws governing their placement. (Ord. #94-7, July 1994)
    9-803. Removal of signs. All advertisement signs shall be removed from
    public rights of way within three (3) days of the conclusion of the yard sale
    permit. Failure to do so shall result in the general penalty clause for this code
    of ordinances being imposed. (Ord. #94-7, July 1994)

  66. Please not the dates on this ordinance. If you take the time to check you will find most are this old.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: