The “lagoon” created by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during the Cumberland River flood control and relocation project around the city of Loyall several years ago continues to create concern for the city’s mayor, council and residents.
In a recent meeting of Loyall City Council, Mayor Clarence Longworth reported on a visit by a representative from the corps’ Nashville district office which at least gave him hope the agency may actually realize problems of flooding continue because design of the holding area.
Longworth said the corps representative expressed concern by the current system, saying he did not see why a pumping system had not been installed initially for the lagoon.
He said the corps will return in April for an inspection of the flood levee system. Longworth said he is hoping for additional dialogue between the city and the corps will continue at that time.
As for current efforts to remediate problems with the lagoon, the mayor said it is “working as it is supposed to work.”
He expressed hope corps will initiate some relief or a plan to correct flooding concerns, but added “It probably won’t be anytime soon.”
Council heard reports of garbage being thrown into the lagoon, causing yet additional concerns.
The mayor reported the police department has been directed to cite those responsible, indicating an investigation has targeted responsible parties.
In another matter, council had second reading of the compensation ordinance for city officials.
With unanimous approval, the mayor’s compensation was set at $7,200 annually, while council members will earn $600 annually. The approved rates are tremendously less than those allowed under state municipality compensation laws.
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