First the City of Spring Hill and their notorious Mayor Michael Dinwiddie thought that it was a great idea to buy the story of a con-artist who was going to put a huge them park in town to help clear up Tennessee's meth problem among about a hundred other things that weren't going to happen.
Now the mayor and his cronies want to put a crematorium in a mostly residential area of the booming young city. The final vote of the planning commission is this Monday, June 13 and due to the lack of publicity, concerned citizens have had little time to raise opposition.
I was contacted by Spring Hill resident Lori Fisk-Conners, who is trying to get the word to as many folks as possible to call the Planning Commission or show up at the meeting to try to slow down the process so the public can weigh in on what is at hand.
Here is the email from Lori that details some of the basic issues...
The City of Spring Hill Planning Commission will be holding it FINAL Approval Meeting for the Building of a Crematorium to be located at 5239 Main Street in Spring Hill, TN. This location is on Highway 31 at the Maury County/Williamson County line in the Heart of Residential Spring Hill.
There are 6 Elementary Schools located with 5 miles of the proposed Crematorium Site.
The closest school being: Spring Hill Elementary, 5359 Main Street, Spring Hill, TN 37174 .33 miles from the site
Longview Elementary School 2929 Commonwealth Drive, Spring Hill, TN 1.14 miles from the site
Columbia Academy at Spring Hill 756 Beechcroft Road, Spring Hill, TN 37174 2.28 miles from the site
Heritage Elementary School 4801 Columbia Pike, Thompson's Station, TN 37175 2.66 miles from the site
Chapman's Retreat 1000 Secluded Lane, Spring Hill, TN 37174 3.24 miles from the site
Marvin Wright Elementary School 4714 Derryberry Lane, Spring Hill, TN 37174 4.57 miles from the site
Please let the public know about the Final Planning Committee Meeting on this matter. It's on Monday, June 13th at 5:30pm at Spring Hill City Hall. We need to let the public know as the city was not required to publish a Legal Notice on the Building of a Crematorium to be located within the City of Spring Hill.
We have petitions circulation around Spring Hill, if you haven't signed one yet please e-mail me & I'll forward you a copy. Tell all of your friends & neighbors who live in Spring Hill. This is an issue for the entire City of Spring Hill's residents (not just those who live nearest the site). As you can see all of the Elementary Schools in Spring Hill & Thompson's Station are within 5 Miles of the Site.
In addition to them not having to publish information on this (they said because it wasn't a zoning change) they seem to be going full force ahead with this matter. The only way we found out about it was a few of my neighbors went to the Planning Commission meeting this past monday to hear about & oppose the Super Walmart site.
It was only when the left the meeting on Monday, June 6th & called me that I found out & started doing research. I'll be happy to provide you with the sources that I've found via my research. There is no EPA control of Crematoriums in the US. They are regulated in Europe.Each state seems to have their own rules. This needs to be changed, at least in TN.
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