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Resident questions city about Arbor View

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By Jonna Spelbring Priester

General Manager

At least one Eminence resident made her displeasure plain with the City of Eminence during Monday night’s meeting.

Micheel Cambrell, a resident of the Arbor View subdivision, asked for a date for when the road she lived on would be paved.

City attorney Bill Brammell said that an agreement recently had been signed and approved by the council with the subdivision’s developer, and that road repairs could begin next year.

According to Eminence Mayor Jim Petitt, the developer “is supposed to come in and tear out all the old asphalt,” and lay new gravel, and that the new gravel had to settle before asphalt could be put down. Brammell said that after one year, the city would accept the road within the subdivision.

But Cambrell was not placated, and said that the mayor had not returned calls from her, though public works director Bill Smith did. Cambrell was visibly frustrated, particularly with Petitt.

“I’ve had my postal carrier go through my yard to deliver mail to my neighbors,” she said. “I’ve been told to let my child get hurt, and then sue to get it fixed.

“I’m sorry ‘daddy,’ but that’s not good enough.”

Cambrell said though she was told the papers had been signed, she wouldn’t “believe a word that comes out of your mouth, until I see a steam roller show up.”

The Arborview resident was frustrated as well, because she “went months and months before” magistrate Wayne Gunnell helped her find out who owned the road. “Nobody in my city can give me better answers than that,” she said. “It’s pitiful.”

In other business:

·    The council approved, by a 4-1 vote, the September meeting minutes. Richard Thomas Jr., cast the lone dissenting vote, saying “I don’t approve them. I already told Sandy why, go ahead with your 5-1.” When questioned by Council Member Danny Meadows about what was incorrect, Thomas said “It doesn’t matter.”

• Agreed to let stand a decision by Henry County Planning and Zoning that Eminence Bar and Grill’s zoning be changed to allow them to have live music.

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