Dunlap Comm. Judy Layne and Public Works Director Clayton Smith look at a map of Boulder Drive brought in by Sherry Cagle (seated).
March 16, 2018 – Sherry Cagle, who lives on Boulder Drive, petitioned the City of Dunlap Thursday afternoon to repair her road. But, as emerged at the March 15 meeting, Boulder Drive is recognized by neither Sequatchie County nor the City of Dunlap.
“It's not a city street,” City Recorder Norman Hatfield explained. “Neither the city nor the county has adopted that road.”
“This came up several years ago,” Public Works Director Clayton Smith said. “It was a big dilemma. Is it in the city or in the county? Part is in the city, and part is in the county.”
Cagle brought the matter of the deteriorating road condition before the city this week because she and a neighbor recently received notification from the Postal Service that they could no longer deliver packages to their doorstep “because of the condition of the road.”
the properties were developed,” she said, “the developer did not
put proper drainage in. The road is washing out.” Some of the wash-out runs down onto Dell Trail, she said.
Cagle pointed out that emergency personnel, like the fire department or Puckett EMS, would have a hard time negotiating the washed out road, as well.
“That road was never accepted by the city or the county,” Commissioner Jeff Harmon said. “They just cut a gravel road and started selling lots.”
After some discussion, Mayor Dwain Land said he would give Cagle's information to the city attorney, to get an opinion about what the city might do. Cagle said she also plans to talk to the County Commission about it at their next meeting.
HEROIN IS COMING
Dunlap Police Chief Clint Huth presented the police department's February statistics to the City Commission at the same meeting – 274 calls, with 79 arrests/citations.
“I'm getting a lot of information coming in on meth here lately, and heroin is coming,” Chief Huth told the Commission. “Prescription drugs are still our number one problem, but heroin is getting cheaper, meth is getting cheaper. Meth creates the opioid problem, and the opioid problem creates the heroin problem.”
Huth pointed out that a few years ago, legislation made it harder to buy the ingredients for methamphetamine production, and that created a market for “Mexican meth.” Meth coming out of Mexico and distributed through Atlanta is cheaper and more pure than anything made locally.
“The last meth lab we got in Dunlap,” he said, “was two years ago. It's cheaper to buy it than make it.”
As the body builds up tolerance to prescription drugs or meth, a drug addict “graduates to heroin,” Huth said.
A more recent drug being abused is Fentanyl, which is 75 times stronger than morphine and extremely dangerous.
“If you go into a Fentanyl house,” Huth said, “you better glove up!
“Fentanyl extends the high,” he explained. “They mix it in with meth. They mix it in with heroin. They've got these homemade pill presses. They're punching out pills, and you don't know what you're getting.”
In other business at the March 15 meeting, the Dunlap City Commission:
- Changed procedures for the Fourth of July fireworks display, accepting a bid from Pyro Shows. The city is spending an extra $4,000 on fireworks, starting this year, because stricter insurance requirements no longer allow the city to buy their fireworks wholesale and have a local volunteer shoot them off.
- Listened to the second reading of Ordinance #266, to rezone property at 439 Pine Street from R-1 (low-density residential) to R-2 (medium-density residential). The 6.01 acres adjoining the Valley Fest property is actually two parcels: 001.01 and 001.02.
All votes were unanimous. The mayor and Board of Commissioners were all present except for Comm. Jeff Johnson.
This was the first City Commission meeting at the new meeting time. The city changed their meetings from the first Thursday of each month to the third Thursday. Normal meeting time is 6 p.m. CDT, but the March 15 meeting was held at 5 p.m. due to a scheduling conflict.
Reviewing information about Boulder Drive are (l-r): City Recorder Norman Hatfield, and commissioners Allen Jones, Judy Layne, and Jeff Harmon.