McAlpin, owner of Grounded Soul Market, addresses the City
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'
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.
want to close one block of Cherry Street for one night, to piggy-back
with the Christmas Parade,” McAlpin explained.
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.
love that idea!” Mayor Dwain Land said.
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.
commission voted to approve the road closing, contingent upon 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.
a privilege it was to know him and to have him serve the community so
many years,” Mayor Land said.
was always looking out for the city,” City Recorder-Treasurer
Norman Hatfield said.
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.”
could disagree with him, and that was okay with him, because he
didn't take it personally,” Hatfield said.
first order of business was to elect a new vice-mayor, and the board
voted unanimously for Commissioner Judy Layne to succeed Johnson in
Comm. Judy Layne (standing, right) was elected Dunlap vice-mayor by the City Commission Thursday. File Photo.
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.
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.
Land said the city currently has no litter ordinance.
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.”
further stated that any new city ordinance that mandates a fine would
require three separate readings and a public hearing.
Harmon asked, “Is the current state law enough, and just a matter
of enforcement, or do we need a local ordinance?”
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.
is actually illegal to cuss in the city of Dunlap,” he said with a
grin. “We haven't written any tickets for that.”
attorney Russell Anne Swafford said the best way to approach grass
littering might be to ticket someone for “creating a road hazard.”
other business, the Dunlap City Commission:
Resolution #2018-9, to transfer a surplus vehicle, on loan from the
county, back to the county.
Resolution #2018-10, authorizing a change in check signers, due to a
new vice-mayor being elected.
as Chief Huth reported that police answered 343 calls in September,
with 108 arrests / citations.
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.
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.
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.
neighbors have no objections, Grounded Soul Market will host a
Christmas Market Dec. 1, closing a block of Cherry Street.