Rest in Peace, Mr. Covert

I didn’t know Tim Covert, but have heard many very kind words said about him.  This LaVergne resident passed away early last week in a car accident – tragic both because of how unexpectedly life can end and because he left behind a family who must be suffering terribly at this time.

According to my friend, “Tim was the man you would always see at the LHS Football games, Band & Choir functions taking all the pictures for the last 6 years. He also was the one who designed, and maintained the Website for both the Band & Choir. His son (Tyler) still attends LHS and his daughter is at UT Knoxville. Tim was also Very involved in the Boy Scouts and at Miracle Baptist.”

We anticipate there will be some fundraisers held on behalf of Mr. Covert’s family.  When I hear about them, they will be posted here.  Meanwhile any donations to his memory may be made to the following according to the DNJ obituary.

Boy Scouts of America
3414 Hillsboro Pike
Nashville 37215

Madison Church of Christ
Valley View Camp
106 North Gallatin Road
Madison 37115

Also here’s a link to his Legacy guestbook, hosted by the El Paso Times.

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My Butt Hurts…

My favorite Easter cartoon of all time…

However, here are more funnies after the jump (go ahead and click to read more – it’ll be worth it, though ***FAIR WARNING***  … it’s a bit macabre!).

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In Which I Agree with DNJ Editorial

Yes I say to the DNJ’s editorial regarding LaVergne’s decision to make discrimination a zero-tolerance offense.

La Vergne’s 169 city employees are also undergoing diversity training.  Ridding City Hall and all La Vergne departments of racist language and discrimination is important if city employees are to treat each other with respect and to provide residents with the service they deserve.

No one should have to listen to or be subjected to any kind of discrimination regarding race, color, sex, religion, disability, marital status, family status, sexual orientation, age, ancestry, or national origin.  These are the rules we must abide by in selling under Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity guidelines and they are the same ones with which the city should operate under.

Read the entire editorial here.

Important Public Hearing on City’s Overlay Districts

I received this notice from the city planner recently and feel it’s VERY IMPORTANT for citizens to attend this public hearing.  Scheduled on Tuesday, April 6th at 6:30 p.m., the hearing will be at City Hall located at 5093 Murfreesboro Road in LaVergne.

City Planner Grant Green said,

Single family homes and anything that has already been approved are not included – they will still have the current requirements. These districts are up for 2nd and final reading on April 6th. The first reading passed unanimously.

This is something we really want the public and property owners to be aware of, as it will affect any new construction or major additions done within these areas. Brick, stone, or stucco will required for a majority of the building exteriors, and underground utilities and decorative streetlights will be required. We are running a public notice on Channel 3, and several of us in our building have put in a lot of time sending out public notices to approximately 400 commercial and industrial property owners, as well as property along main routes.

Here is the public notice.

The City of La Vergne will be holding a Public Hearing regarding two proposed ordinances to create overlay districts. The Waldron\Murfreesboro Road Streetscape District is proposed to cover the parcels along and near Waldron and Murfreesboro Roads. Properties having commercial and industrial uses and zoning will have increased design standards when 1) a new structure is built (excluding accessory structures); or 2) there is a 50% or greater addition to an existing structure (e.g. adding 10,000 square feet to an existing 20,000 square foot building).

The South Waldron Overlay District is proposed to cover the majority of the parcels south of I-24. This district has all the same requirements. Multi-family residential (condos, townhomes, apartments, etc.) will also be required to follow these increased standards for development. Single family residential structures are excluded.

Within these overlay districts, new development or the stated major additions will be required to have exteriors comprised of 75% brick, stone, and\or stucco. In addition, decorative streetlights and underground utilities must be installed.

For commercial developments that include approved pedestrian malls and public squares, a road impact fee credit of up to 75% may be requested. This is intended to act as an incentive to encourage pedestrian-friendly commercial growth that lessens the impact on local traffic.

The meeting will be held at City Hall, located at 5093 Murfreesboro Road, La Vergne, Tennessee, on Tuesday, April 6th. The public hearing will begin at approximately
6:30 p.m.

This notice is being sent to you as a property owner within one of the two districts to include you in the planning process. Although you are not required to attend, this meeting and the public hearing are the public’s opportunity to voice their opinion regarding this rezoning request. Any concerns or questions regarding the proposed ordinances should be emailed to ggreen@lavergne.org in order to be added to the public record.

Underground utilities are a HUGE benefit to neighborhoods, just as brick and stone exteriors would be.  There have been concerns about the use of stucco in the past – usually because of bad installation – but when done correctly it’s one of the oldest ways to cover a dwelling (think the pyramids and structures in South and Central America).

I (hopefully) have attached the PDF files of the overlay here.  You should be able to click the links to open and save to review on your own computer.

Murfreesboro-Waldron Road Streetscape District

South Waldron Overlay District

Try to come to the meeting if you can.  It’s a very big deal!!

Meeting Tonight for Community Garden

I so wish I could be here for this meeting, but I’m working downtown at a Predator’s game (again).  Please attend if you’re interested!

From the city:

The first meeting for a Community Garden will take place Tuesday, March 23, at 7 p.m. at City Hall.  Interested parties are encouraged to come to the meeting to brainstorm with city officials about the project.  For more information, contact Parks and Recreation at 793-3224.

HUD Houses for Sale

In response to the numerous inquiries I get about HUD houses for sale, here’s some information.  HUD is the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and they define their homes as follows, “A HUD home is a 1 to 4 unit residential property acquired by HUD as a result of a foreclosure action on an FHA-insured mortgage. HUD becomes the property owner and offers it for sale to recover the loss on the foreclosure claim.”

People often view HUD owned houses as “bargains” – and sometimes they are.  But don’t think you’ll be buying something for $100 because HUD sells at market value and AS-IS, no repairs will be made.  If the home is listed as “IE – Insured with Repair Escrow,” the property needs no more than $5,000 in repairs to meet FHA insurable standards.  The list of repairs and anticipated cost of these is fairly accurate, so if the buyer gets an FHA loan at purchase, the loan is insurable, so the buyer can finance the repairs into the home loan.  Once repairs are made, the lender will release the escrowed funds to the buyer.

Buying a HUD home is a bidding process, but you don’t know how much others have offered.  Upon the end of the bid period, HUD will review all bids and choose which is most satisfactory (the highest may not get it, for example, if they’re an investor going up against an owner-occupant).

I’m providing a list of HUD acquired properties in LaVergne and Smyrna with some brief information about each, including the price listed on the MLS by Progressive Realty, the management company in our area under contract with HUD.  If you are interested in buying a HUD acquired house, please feel welcome to contact me.

LaVergne


383 Old Nashville Highway
$60,000
3 bedrooms, 1 bath, 939 square feet
$4180 needed for required FHA repairs
Evidence of mold cleaned, not remediated

302 Cedar Park Circle
$73,000
2 bedrooms, 1 bath, 1124 square feet
$825 needed for required FHA repairs

106 Cedar Ridge Dr.
$73,800
3 bedrooms, 1 bath, 1056 square feet
$908 needed for required FHA repairs
Appraised in March for $82,000

721 Judge Mason Way
$81,000
3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1400 square feet
2-car garage
Appraised in March for $81,000
Evidence of mold cleaned, not remediated

606 Polly Place
$84,000
3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1100 square feet
1-car garage
$550 needed for required FHA repairs


3032 Ace Wintermeyer Drive
$94,000
3 bedrooms, 2 baths,
1-car garage
1170 square feet


155 Mary Jo Martin Drive
$160,000
4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2518 square feet
2-car garage
$1100 needed for required FHA repairs

Smyrna


112 Chevy Chase Trail
$90,400
3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1525 square feet
Appraised at $113,000 in February 2010


102 Shirley Court
$102,000
3 bedrooms, 1 bath, 1444 square feet
$2063 needed for required FHA repairs


207 Woodshire Drive
$129,900
3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1520 square feet
2-car garage
$2310 needed for required FHA repairs

Waldron Elementary Needs New Playground

Roy Waldron Elementary School holds a dear place in my heart.  I served as PTO president when my youngest daughter attended back oh-so-many years ago.  I still feel a sense of pride that we were able to raise the money to build a fence around the playground because it gave me the heebie-jeebies that kids were playing right next to the street without that added protection.

The school needs our help again.  Here’s what I received from Angie Mayes today,

Please help Roy Waldron School receive a $25,000 grant from Pepsi to build a playground. Go to http://www.rws.rcs.k12.tn.us/.  On the right side of our web page, click on Roy Waldron’s Playground.  Follow the directions from there, and vote for our playground.

We are currently #59 and must climb to the top ten to get the grant. There are only 24 days left to vote. You may vote one time per day on each IP address available to you.  We have had difficulty getting registered here at our school, but have been successful when registering from a home computer. Registration is free. Once you have registered and entered a password, you do not have to reregister each time you vote. Please help us get to the top ten.

Tell everyone you know to help us out by voting every day. Thank You! Roy Waldron School

Contact Dr. Pewitt at the school for more information. 793-7738.

Again, visit the school website here and click on the Pepsi Grant info at the right hand side to register.  THANK YOU!