Threatening conditions on Gilley Hill Road
By TONY STINNETT, Courier Sports Editor
Citizens in the Bradyville area of Gilley Hill Road believe road conditions there are threat to motorists and children traveling on school buses.
Anna Pittman, who heads up Neighborhood Watch in the area, addressed the Cannon County Commissioners regarding shoddy roads in the Bradyville area during their regular monthly meeting at the Cannon County Courthouse Saturday (April 19).
Seven of the 10 commissioners were present with Clint Higgins, Chuck Holt and Todd Hollandsworth absent. Mark Barker, Jim Bush, Kevin George, Jim Jones, Jimmy Mingle, Tony Neal and Russell Reed were present.
Commissioners voted to lower the speed limit from 55 to 45 from Bradyville Church of Christ to Gilley Hill. Jim Jones made the motion, which was seconded by Russell Reed. It passed unanimously.
Pittman also addressed the need to have the road repaired. Pittman presented photos of the roads and said they are passed due for improvement.
“I have lived in the county since 2000,” Pittman said. “I don’t get garbage pick up out there, I pay for my own security light, I don’t have children in school and I don’t have grandchildren in school. I don’t’ have anything out there. All we have is the road. I have paid $52,621 in property taxes since 2000. What does that go for?”
George pointed out that the county has nothing to do with improving state roads.
“That (property tax) money goes for ambulance service, sheriff’s department, fire department, schools,” George said. “If there was someway we could fix it we would but this is the highway department.”
Pittman said she has had meetings with the highway department, road commissioners, cou-nty commissioners and state representatives during recent years.
“Everybody wants to pass the buck,” Pittman said. “As far as we are concerned we are on the wrong side of the hill.”
“Some counties put part of their property tax on the roads, but Cannon County never has,” Barker said. “We let the gasoline and motor fuel tax (revenue) fix the roads. Some counties supplement that but we have not in Cannon County. I’m not saying we never will, but we haven’t.”
Pittman told commissioners the road from the church to Gilley Hill is a danger to those who travel it, including school buses with children that travel the road four times daily.
Mingle discussed county roads. He suggested there are roads designated as county roads that lead to barns or nothing.
Mingle said there are several roads on the county inventory list that could be taken off.
“Right now we are not spending money on them but if someone were to build a house back there we would lose money,” Mingle said.
County Executive Mike Gannon also pointed out that a person from Cookeville 911 had previously inspected area roads and took some off.
“Roads are a big issue but bridges are an even bigger issue because the state inspects every bridge and once they get bridge money they have to fix the bridge that is deemed worst,” Gannon said. “If it goes to one man’s house they have to fix it first or they lose the money. They can’t say there is more traffic on Bridge B so we would rather do it than Bridge A. They have to build in order. As far as the roads, they are not private if they are on that inventory list.”
George said another evaluation is in order because times have changed.
Mingle made a motion to have the planning commission look at the roads and question and make a determination. Reed seconded the motion.
It passed unanimously.
Commissioners also received an education on Common Core Standards
Cannon County High School math teacher Lisa Choate briefed commis-sioners on Common Core to not only educate them on the most recent standards for student preparedness, but also to dispel myths.
Choate was selected as one of 700 Common Core coaches in Tennessee.
Choate said more than 1,700 persons applied statewide. Those coaches spent last summer training more than 30,000 teachers.
“Common Core is a set of standards,” Choate said. “It has nothing to do with curriculum. No one is telling me what to teach. It has nothing to do with forcing kids to do things the way their parents don’t do them. Common Core has absolutely nothing at all to do with the federal government. Did the federal government think it was a good idea after we started it? Absolutely. The federal government supports it but it has nothing to do with federal government.”