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Vice Mayor Washington Goes To Bat For Residents

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Murfreesboro Vice Mayor Ron Washington was on the WGNS Action Line radio broadcast, and listeners called with specific areas of concern. 

Washington went to work quickly on these issues, and has already received response on some. 

One dealt with a resident who was having difficulty seeing on-coming traffic through vegetation along East Northfield Boulevard. He even went to the problem area and took a photo to give to City Manager Rob Lyons. 

Here is what the vice mayor wrote to Lyons: "

There were 2 issues called in about brush staying to long before pick up. One was on Club Ridge and the other comment was on Eagle Street. The lady on eagle Street said that when the pick up was made a large hole was dug and not filled in. The other comment was pertaining to the condition of the library elevator and the drive off Vine Street to the library. The gentleman said that there were pot holes and he did not like the fact that homeless or very unclean folks hanging around the entrance to the library inside the parking garage so they can use the bathroom to clean up. He said the elevator was “ Filthy” Other issues were the lack of vision due to a sign when drivers try to turn right onto Northfield from Alexander."

Vice Mayor Washington also took a call from a concerned county resident who said there were problems of speeders on the Old Nashville Highway at Farmwood Street. The caller wanted "Slow--Children" signs posted. Washington got word from the county mayor's office that, "Joe Frank Jernigan with the Highway Department said they don’t put up those signs because it just encourages children to play in the street. However, he noted that a Slow sign if one is needed."

Another question a listener phone to the vice mayor covered subdivision covenants and whether they expire after 25-years. Washington went to City Planning Director Joseph Aydelott for an answer. 

Aydelott responded:  It all depends upon how they are drafted. Some automatically expire after a defined period of time. Some expire unless a certain percentage of the affected property owners agree to extend them. Some expire but automatically renew unless a certain percentage of affected property owners agree to extend them. Deed restrictions and restrictive covenants are similar but are not exactly the same thing from what I can see. Almost every subdivision has restrictive covenants.

I use the following to explain them: They are developed by lawyers employed by developers at the insistence of bankers to protect them from builders with an enterprising real estate agent using them for marketing.

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