Clyde Brooks, owner of the exhaust shop and beauty shop on First Street, said the change had complicated problems for his and his wife’s businesses. Brooks said there was an easy fix to the problem and asked the commissioners to help him pursue the remedy before the next school year began in August.
According to Brooks, a Clarkson Elementary teacher would stand blocking the entrance to his wife’s beauty shop during the morning and afternoons of parents dropping off and picking up students. He claimed the teacher had even rudely disallowed customers’ access to the parking lot of the beauty shop on at least four occasions; one occasion he says he overheard. Brooks said he had spoke to Grayson County Superintendent Barry Anderson and claimed Anderson said he would help fix the situation for Brooks so the traffic and traffic directors would not hinder his business. Brooks said the problem was never solved.
Superintendent Anderson commented on Brook’s accusation to the Twin Lakes Times saying, “I did speak with Clyde Brooks after the city changed the street to one way during part of the day. You can enter into his property from Highway 62 and his wife’s beauty shop from Highway 62 so I don’t think entrance is a problem. Her property is behind his shop which fronts on Highway 62. I would hope that the teacher in question has nothing to do with who enters his property. He did tell me that a teacher was taking his orange cone that he had moved. I asked him where he got the cone and he said from the school so the reality of the situation was the cone was the schools and someone had walked across the street to reclaim what he was calling his. I probably can’t fix street problems at Clarkson but I did tell him I would help him if I could. After seeing that anyone can enter or exit his wife’s shop from highway 62 I assume there wasn’t a problem.”
Brooks said he had “given up” a portion of his parking lot to the school so the traffic would flow smoother. He said he allowed orange cones to be placed in his parking lot to block the cut through from Hwy 62 to First Street. He said he and city employee Mike Guitten both agreed blocking the cut through cut down on the chaos of the traffic during the times in question.
Brooks said the school traffic had been “a thorn” in his side for 14 years but his businesses were “inflicted” with further complications when the street was made a one way street for a portion of the day.
Mayor Bonnie Henderson said she would place a call to Principal Eddie Chambers to see if the situation could be resolved by Brook’s suggestion of moving the teacher a few car lengths towards the flow of traffic and out of the way of the parking of the beauty shop.
The city faces another problem with the Clarkson Elementary School but this time it’s not the traffic of parents and students, it the traffic of large equipment that is part of the new schools construction. Mayor Henderson said she and city employee Neil Harrison said they spoke with the site manager Monday afternoon and he assured them the three broken manholes would be properly fixed. Harrison said he was afraid if the city did not “keep an eye” on the situation the manholes would not be fixed appropriately. He said they would need to be straightened and then pressure tested and the repair needed to happen quickly since the broken condition they are in now is causing groundwater to enter the city’s sewer system. Harrison said the damage of the manholes is estimated around $6000-$7000.
The city faced another issue with heavy equipment breaking down city infrastructure. Mayor Henderson said the roadways of Green Brier Subdivision had suffered major damage due to large trucks hauling concrete into the area for new construction. City Treasurer/Clerk Hayes said she had spoken with the owners of local concrete plants and they asked to be alerted to any ordinances the city put into place that would give weight limits to city streets. The commissioners agreed to adopt an ordinance and are pursuing the information needed to adopt a weight load ordinance.
Clarkson Police Chief Jeff King will be sporting a new ride come this fall. The city commissioners agreed Monday night to replace Kings run down cruiser with a new Dodge Charger. The vehicle will be exactly like the new cars bought by the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department. City Treasurer/Clerk Alicia Hayes said the city receives $2500 every quarter as part of House Bill 13. She said thus far she has been able to stash these checks and with the next payment will have approximately $6000. She said the money could be used to pay for the cage, decals, sirens and light bars that will need to be added to the vehicle. She said she spoke in great length with Sheriff Rick Clemons about the cost of the three Dodge Charges his department purchased and he informed her the extra’s for the car would costs around $4000-$5000. She said Freedom Dodge in Lexington is where the car will be bought and the base cost is $19,660. She said for an additional $985 they could add the options that included a vinyl back seat, electric windows and the side panel protection strip on the doors to prevent “door dings.” The vehicle will be in service sometime in September 2009.
The commissioners also received one bid on the new commercial tanker fire truck the city is buying, which is made possible with grant money received by the Clarkson Fire Department. The bid did not meet specs and the commissioners had to vote to not accept the bid. Hayes said the company was asked to resubmit the bid with the appropriate guidelines and the city could legally vote to accept the correct bid without having to re-advertise for bids. The city accepted the bid from Ferrara Company for a commercial tanker truck that will hold 1800 gallons of water, will set on an International Chasse and is 4-wheel-drive. Fire Chief Andy Cain said the truck will take 270 days to construct.