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Grounded Soul to host Christmas Market after parade, Dec. 1
Karen House
Oct. 19, 2018, 2:13 p.m.

Tera McAlpin, owner of Grounded Soul Market, addresses the City Commission.

Oct. 18, 2018 – Grounded Soul Market has obtained tentative approval from the Dunlap City Commission to close a block of Cherry Street for a Christmas Market on Dec. 1, contingent upon their neighbors' consent.

Tera McAlpin is the owner of Grounded Soul Market, which is located on the south corner of Rankin Avenue and Cherry Street. She was at the October meeting of the City Commission Thursday night to request approval to close off Cherry Street, after the annual Dunlap Christmas Parade, from Rankin Avenue to Walnut Street.

I want to close one block of Cherry Street for one night, to piggy-back with the Christmas Parade,” McAlpin explained.

The Christmas Parade is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 1, at 4:30 p.m. CST. The Christmas Market would be from 4-9 p.m., with the road closed an hour before that to allow vendors to set up.

I love that idea!” Mayor Dwain Land said.

The only requirement the commission insisted upon is for McAlpin to bring in the signatures of all the neighbors who live or have businesses along that block of Cherry Street agreeing to the closing.

The commission voted to approve the road closing, contingent upon the neighbors' approval.

The Dunlap City Commission began Thursday night's meeting with remembrances and a moment of silence in honor of Vice-Mayor Jeff Johnson, who died unexpectedly Oct. 8. http://www.dunlapnews.com/article/?ID=1559

What a privilege it was to know him and to have him serve the community so many years,” Mayor Land said.

He was always looking out for the city,” City Recorder-Treasurer Norman Hatfield said.

Whenever there was a vote, Jeff thought of the future of the city, and not what his beliefs were,” Land added. “That's the way he approached everything. He always had that vision for Dunlap.”

You could disagree with him, and that was okay with him, because he didn't take it personally,” Hatfield said.

The first order of business was to elect a new vice-mayor, and the board voted unanimously for Commissioner Judy Layne to succeed Johnson in that position.

Comm. Judy Layne (standing, right) was elected Dunlap vice-mayor by the City Commission Thursday.  File Photo.

George Burns was on the agenda to address the City Commission at the meeting, and he requested that the city littering ordinance be amended to penalize contractors and homeowners for allowing grass clippings to litter the road when they mow.

Grass clippings are a hazard to traffic by eliminating traction, especially when freshly rained upon,” Burns explained. He suggested the ordinance mandate a written warning for a first offense, followed by a fine for the second offense.

Mayor Land said the city currently has no litter ordinance.

There was some discussion then about the state littering ordinance, which makes no specific reference to grass clippings. When it was suggested that the city modify the state ordinance for local application, Hatfield pointed out that “you can't incorporate a local ordinance in with the state.”

Hatfield further stated that any new city ordinance that mandates a fine would require three separate readings and a public hearing.

Comm. Harmon asked, “Is the current state law enough, and just a matter of enforcement, or do we need a local ordinance?”

Any punishment would “ultimately be up to the judge's interpretation of the ordinance,” Police Chief Clint Huth said. He pointed out that there are quite a few ordinances on the books that are not enforced.

It is actually illegal to cuss in the city of Dunlap,” he said with a grin. “We haven't written any tickets for that.”

City attorney Russell Anne Swafford said the best way to approach grass littering might be to ticket someone for “creating a road hazard.”

In other business, the Dunlap City Commission:

  • Passed Resolution #2018-9, to transfer a surplus vehicle, on loan from the county, back to the county.
  • Passed Resolution #2018-10, authorizing a change in check signers, due to a new vice-mayor being elected.
  • Listened as Chief Huth reported that police answered 343 calls in September, with 108 arrests / citations.
  • Heard Chief Huth explain that the T-33 Air Force jet that volunteers have been restoring will be transported through the middle of town to the Veterans Memorial Park on Saturday, Oct. 27, about 10 or 11 a.m., and take about a half-hour to reach its destination. All three lanes of Rankin Avenue and TN 28 will be closed.
  • Heard Dunlap Fire Chief Norman Hatfield report that the fire department answered 17 alarms in August and 10 alarms in September. He also reported that volunteer firefighters spent three days this week at Griffith Elementary School teaching fire prevention and safety. Next week, he said, they will be going to the day care centers and the Seventh-Day Adventist school.

The Dunlap City Commission meets the third Thursday of each month at 6 p. m. central time, in the upstairs commission chambers of City Hall. Meetings are open to the public.

If neighbors have no objections, Grounded Soul Market will host a Christmas Market Dec. 1, closing a block of Cherry Street.