The Town Council meeting convened at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, in Pleasant Hill Town Hall. Following a moment of reflection, the recorder called roll. All council members were present.

Minutes of the Aug. 14 meeting were approved as distributed. The recorder discussed the current financial report. There were no concerns or grievances from residents to consider.

Mayor Olds reported the September Community of Character is cooperation.

The mayor had a lengthy report to give. Flood plain maps have been received for the portion of Cumberland County that includes Pleasant Hill. There are four governmental entities in Cumberland County. An asterisk beside Pleasant Hill refers to an entry stating "non-flood prone community."

Information as to what, if any, action should be taken with regard to flood plain designations has been given to the Planning Commission which will report later.

The recent amount of rain indicates a continuing need to conserve water.

Though the danger of grass and forest fires seems past, if there is a fire, it will require much water to extinguish; so probably a burn permit will still be needed. Please consider it necessary to obtain a burn permit. Call the Division of Forestry at 484-4259.

The mayor hopes the council has studied the current auditor's report carefully. The statement, "However, I believe that the significant deficiency described above is a material weakness."

Do you have any realistic suggestions? Send Mayor Olds your thoughts on how to strengthen our position with regard to that material weakness.

A Crimson King Maple Tree was apparently planted in the grindings of an old stump of a tree previous removed. Who ground the stump down is unknown. It was well-planted, with daylilies and rhodendron bushes around the base. Though Roger knew little about the tree, he indicated seeing an elderly couple doing the planting. He assumes they were related to a nearby descendant, but knows nothing more. He saw them there only once, so nothing else is know about them.

Pleasant Hill "old" cemetery has a skeleton in its closet. Who owns the Old Cemetery is apparently a long-standing question.

Over the years, much has been written about the cemetery, including bits in council minutes from 1962-1991. Much of that is interesting reading, including money matters. A shocker of a conclusion has come up: the ownership of the east portion (from Browntown Rd. to the interior cemetery drive) still resides the Pleasant Hill Community Church.

A letter dated June 1, 1983, from the council to the church trustees reports the town offered the following alternatives:

•The church deeds the property to the city and turns the sum of $2,000 over to the city,

•The city must maintain the property, billing the church for the actual cost,

•You accept the full responsibility for the section you own.

No reply to the letter has been found and no deed to the land has been found.

School is in session. The Community Character program is also resumed. The September Character trait is cooperation.

"As usual," commented the mayor, "this council is well positioned to lead the community in that trait. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is presumed to have said, 'We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now.'"

Expanding on that statement, the boat moves better if we all row together.

Uplands has announced that their current plan is to break ground for the new health care facility in April 2008.

Council members' reports

The school report was given by Donna Miller.

The school-wide fundraiser ended the week of Sept. 10. Perhaps you have been asked to buy cookie dough or pretzels. If you did, your purchase was appreciated.

New PTO officers have been elected. Mike Turner is president, Donnie Whittenburg is vice president, Kathy Blaylock is secretary, and Melodie Cox is treasurer.

Applicants for another third-grade teacher are being considered. This class will be housed in the new portable classroom, expected to arrive within the next two weeks.

The Lady Horners finished in fourth place in the Sept. 10 county softball tournament.

There are two more football games scheduled: Brown at PHS Sept. 20 and homecoming Sept. 27 with South at PHS. Because of the heat, the dates will be decided later.

The PHS cross-country team is in first place right now. The team will play in the championship run Sept. 29.

Work is nearing completion on the new softball field. The workers are waiting for clay dirt to be delivered and installation of fencing.

The faculty raised money for this new field during the Hornet Hike last year.

The recycling report was given by Mike Wimer. Three bins of newspapers have been taken from recycling.

Wimer also gave the security report. There's no special report.

Bob Savage also gave the streets and maintenance report. Crossville Crane Service has agreed to fix the Bible monument. The angle of placement needing fixing will be changed when the work is done.

There was no report from the building inspector.

Old business

There was more discussion about the repaving of Main Street at Lake Rd., Tower Rd., Yonside and Upper Meadows. The decision was made to go ahead with this needed repair for the accepted bid of $30,000. There are possible traffic problems to be met.

Much time was given to discussion of personal policy and insurance benefits. Many problems were discussed with reports from county department personnel. In view of the variety of problems, the council came to no resolution at the present time.

New business

Halloween comes in October. The council will sponsor a party for the young people from 5-7 p.m. The date will be decided later and publicized.

the week of Sept. 17-23 is proclaimed Constitution Week by the town council.

Vice Mayor Yates announced the quarterly beer board meeting will follow the October council meeting on Oct. 9.

the council meeting adjourned at 8:50 p.m.

News from the Rural Health Clinic

The clinic staff wants to publicly thank Mr. Fred Stout and Mr. and Mrs. V.J. Dodson for their generous gift of gravel now covering the expanded parking lot behind the clinic. This means having the needed space for patient and volunteer parking when the clinic is open.

As Dr. Lowe says, "We were fearful one of our patients might break something coming into the building, leaving the staff in a quandary as to how to fix the break!"

The staff is truly grateful, and patients and volunteer staff will be glad for this assistance.

I'm delighted with the success of the clinic. Everyone appreciates all the help that continues to come in. It helps the clinic staff realize their dream of health assistance in the county. They continue to receive donations, not only of gravel, but of lolly pops and cookies, ostensibly for the youngsters! Some of the larger folk have also been seen enjoying the cookies.

Yes, they continue to need gifts from the community to assure the work keeps going.

One "negative" bit of news — a next-door neighbor discovered an incipient flood pouring from the building Sunday, Sept. 9. He alerted the Lowes, and work was soon in progress to rescue the building.

The ice-maker had malfunctioned, and gallons of water began to flood the kitchen and waiting room. The alert halted the stream of water and clinic never missed a beat.

Fortunately, the representative of the insurance company was soon on the scene, and things are on the way to normalcy. Everyone is thankful for Archie's speedy response, the quickness of clinic personnel getting things going toward repair, and the cooperation of the insurance folks.

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