Work at downtown property may fix ‘trip hazard’
By Kristen SwingA necessary repair to private property has town employees hoping to also fix what Mayor Kelly Wolfe referred to as a major “trip hazard” in downtown Jonesborough.
Town Attorney Jim Wheeler sought the approval of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen earlier this month for town employees to enter property owned by Roger and Jackie Roach on the corner of Fox and Main streets.
The concrete pad located on the property had to be excavated during downtown renovations and the town now needs to go back and fix the pad, Wheeler explained.
The BMA approved the plan, but also requested employees fix a trip hazard on the property.
“They have chosen to apply a two-inch stone at various edges of the sidewalk as a deterrent, perhaps, for people cutting across their property,” Wolfe said. “What it has become, I am afraid, is a deterrent for people’s safety.”
Wheeler agreed the town could offer to fix the hazard as part of the work, but would need the Roaches’ approval to do so.
Alderman Chuck Vest made a motion to give permission for town employees to enter the property as well as to pursue fixing the trip hazard. The motion was seconded by Alderman Mary Gearhart and unanimously approved.
The BMA also approved town employees to enter onto private property as they continue their work on the downtown improvement project.
Wheeler received a memo from Town Operations Manager Craig Ford discussing the need as part of the downtown project to be in alleys and other private property to assist the Johnson City Power Board with connecting power lines and to connect water lines as part of the town’s work.