Inside this Directory:
Town Office/ TOWN HALL
20 Main Street
P.O. Box 621,
La Grange, Tennessee 38046
(901) 878-1246 -Telephone
(901) 878-1861- Fax
Mayor: William B. Cowan Jr.
Town Recorder: Vera Downen
8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Closed on Friday & Holidays.
Holidays observed by the Town employees are:
New Year’s Day, Memorial Day
Martin L. King Jr. Day
Independence Day (July 4th)
Thanksgiving (2 Days, Thu & Fri)
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
In order to keep citizens and the public aware of agenda business which will be coming up for consideration by the Town Board and Commissions, agendas are posted on the Town Hall’s bulletin board or on the door at Town Hall. Citizens may also post notices which pertain to community interest on the Town’s bulletin board. This bulletin board is located just beside the Post Office. Keep yourself informed by taking the time to check the bulletin boards regularly. Specific public notices are also published in The Fayette Falcon.
More Information on Town History, Local ordinances, links to current weather & this directory/newsletter
Board of Mayor & Aldermen:
elections are held the second tuesday of each even numbered year for a two-year term of office.
Mayor: William B. Cowan Jr.
Vice-Mayor: Paul Davenport,
Aldermen: Chuck Engelken, Jill W. Cox, Greg Kinney, Wallace Witmer III, John Walker
MEETINGS: The Board of Mayor & Aldermen meet the Second Monday of each month at Town Hall at 7:00 p.m. Special-called meetings can be called and notices are posted on the bulletin board at Town Hall or on the door at Town Hall. Agendas for each meeting are posted on the bulletin board at Town Hall prior to the meetings. Meetings are open to the public and are regulated under the Tennessee Open Meeting Laws. Citizens are urged to attend.
Each appointed commission and the Board of Mayor & Aldermen in La Grange use Robert’s Rules of Order as a guide from which to conduct meetings.
About municipal Planning Commissions:
Planning Commissions in Tennessee were enabled to be organized and have specific duties and non-legislative powers under Tennessee Code Annotated (TCA) 13-4-101. The local, La Grange Planning Commission has By-Laws which govern the election of officers, meeting times, etc.
Per, TCA 13-4-103 : "The Planning Commission may make reports and recommendations relating to the plan & development of the municipality to public officials and agencies, public utility companies, civic, educational, professional & other organizations and to citizens. It may recommend to...the legislative officials...programs for public improvements and the financing thereof. All public officials shall, upon request, furnish to the commission...such available information as it may require for its work. The commission, its members and employees, in the performance of its work, may enter upon any land and make examinations and surveys and place and maintain monuments and marks thereon. In general, the commission shall have powers as may be necessary to enable it to perform its purposes and promote municipal planning."
APPOINTED TERMS: Members to this Commission are appointed by the mayor and the practice is to have the nominations approved by the Board of Aldermen. The terms are for 5 years, with at least one members’ term expiring each year (staggered terms).The mayor serves as a full, voting member of the commission during his/her elected term as mayor.
MEETINGS: The La Grange Planning Commission currently meets the Fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at Town Hall. The meetings are open to the public and the Open Meeting Laws of Tennessee (otherwise known as the Sunshine Laws) requires that this body must deliberate towards a decision in an open, public forum.
About Historic Zoning Commissions:
According to TCA, 13-7-401; the purpose of the creation of Historic Zoning is to:
"...promote the educational, cultural, and economic welfare of the people of the State of Tennessee by enabling municipalities and counties to preserve and protect historical structures, areas, and districts which serve as visible reminders of the history and cultural heritage of the state and the United States...."
The Town of La Grange was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on April 14, 1975. T.C.A. 13-7-403 enabled counties and/or cities to create Historic Zoning Commissions. The La Grange Historic Commission (HZC) was created by local ordinance in 1982. The HZC has By-Laws which govern their meetings, membership, etc.
APPOINTED TERMS: Staggered terms are for 5 years, with at least one member’s term but no more than 2 member’s terms expiring each year. Positions are appointed by the Mayor, approved by the Board of Aldermen.
MEETINGS: Historic Zoning Commission meetings are held the Fourth Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at Town Hall. Meetings are open to the public and are subject to the Tennessee Open Meeting Laws.
board of zoning appeals: TERMS and membership for the Board of Zoning Appeals is addressed within the Municipal Zoning Ordinance.
MEETINGS of the Board of Zoning Appeals: Special-Called meetings are called when receipt of an application for an appeal decision to a zoning matter occurs. Notice of the meetings are posted on the Town Bulletin Board or may be published in a local newspaper. Meetings are open to the public and are subject to the Tennessee Open Meeting Laws. This is an appeal board of the Planning Commission.
For Police, Fire, Medical or other Emergencies,
DIAL911. The Fayette County Emergency 911 Office radio dispatches appropriate local emergency response officers, i.e., Police, Fire or Medical (First Responders) by radio. PLEASE POST YOUR 911 PHYSICAL ADDRESS NUMBER IN A VISIBLE SPOT AT YOUR DRIVEWAY OR HOME so that the emergency response personnel can find your address!
LOCAL SERVICES & POLICIES
LG Water Department-
Supervisor/Operator: Robert Hensley 878-1246, OFFICE
Any new commercial or residential establishment within the city limits of La Grange is required by ordinance to utilize the La Grange Water System for their potable water usage.
Passed by ordinance in February of 1998 is a requirement that when any change in property ownership occurs to an existing commercial or residential property within the corporate city limits [that is not currently on the town water supply for their potable water source] that property has 30 days in which to connect to the water system after such a transfer in ownership takes place. The complete ordinance language is available for review at the Town Office.
The water system is state approved and the supervisor is certified. The elevated water storage tank holds up to 100,000 gallons of treated water, capable of continuous delivery of water for a minimum of 24 hours in the event of an electric power outage.
If an occasion arises that a temporary interruption occurs in water service, the town may not be held responsible (by ordinance) for any damages sustained. However, it is strongly advised that you turn off your electric water heater during a period of interruption - - or if you have a gas water heater- turn your heater down to the "vacation" setting, or the lowest possible setting until service resumes.
New customers desiring water services should ask for the Water Dept. Customer Service Agreement in order to apply for customer service at the Town Office. A $75.00 non-refundable application fee is required before water service may be established. These application agreements for water service are not transferable to another’s name. Also, if establishing water service requires a physical connection to a main water line, new connection fees are applicable. New customers will begin to receive a regular monthly bill as soon as a new connection is installed. Please contact Town Hall for the connection fees.
The customers are responsible for water lines on their own property from the meter back to the household and are encouraged to repair any leaks in their lines or household as quickly as possible if they occur. The La Grange Water Dept. is responsible for all water mains and subsidiary distribution lines from the wells to the individual meter boxes. For a complete description of Water Dept. policies, including shut-off and reconnection policies, please consult the manual of approved policies at the Town Office.
Water Rates do increase due to the State of Tennessee’s Wastewater & Water Financing Board agreement regarding the La Grange Water Dept.’s finances.
Current Metered Water Rate Schedule as of July 1, 2011:
Base Rate for 0 gallons-----$14.50 Cost Per 1,000 gallons----- $5.58
Gallons used X .00558 + $14.50
Customer’s water bills are due in the office by or before the closing hour of noon on the 15th day of each month, with a 10% late penalty assessed for any payments received after that time.
If you have any questions regarding your water service or billing, please call the Town Recorder Vera Downen, at Town Hall.
LA GRANGE VOLUNTEER
Chief: Doug Jackson Assistant Chief: John Logan
The La Grange Volunteer Fire Department serves the town and has entered into an agreement with Fayette County to provide fire services to the rural fire district number 8. Participation in mutual aid agreements with several nearby fire departments is also in effect. The current Insurance Services Office, Inc., or "ISO" rating for our department is an "8", on a scale of 1-10 with 1 being the best possible score. SOME INSURANCE COMPANIES DO NOT USE THE ISO RATING. State Farm is one that does not. IF YOU WANT TO BENEFIT FROM THE TOWN’S "8" ISO RATING, IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THAT YOU COMPARE INSURANCE PRICES WITH A FIRM THAT RECOGNIZES & USES THE ISO RATING SYSTEM to determine homeowner’s insurance premiums.
If you are interested in joining the Volunteer Fire Dept., please contact the Fire Chief or Assistant Chiefs.
Full-time Certified Chief: _____________________
Full-Time Certified Officer: ___________________ Part-Time Certified Officer: Travis Davenport
Contact officers at the Town Office: 878-1246. For emergencies, dial 911.
City streets & right-of-ways:
Mowing & Maintenance:
The town contracts with an independent service provider to maintain (mow) the street right of ways or hires several seasonal part time employees to mow the municipal lots (Downtown Park and Civic Center grounds).
Please be aware that tree limbs, brush & debris are not picked up by our garbage service provider nor is this service regularly provided by the mowing crew.
STREETS, SIDEWALKS AND CLEARANCE FOR THE PUBLIC:
The Municipal Code of Ordinances addresses Streets & Other Public Ways and Places. Per Ordinance Number 12-102: "It shall be unlawful for any property owner or occupant to allow any limbs of trees on his property to project over any street or alley at a height of less than fourteen (14) feet or over any sidewalk at a height of less than eight (8) feet."
Keeping the sidewalks clean and clear of obstructions is the abutting property owner’s responsibility.
Be mindful of the condition of the sidewalks beside your property and perform the necessary work to see that the proper clearance is adhered to as required by the ordinance. For further information on Town Streets and Sidewalk Ordinances, please review a copy of the La Grange Municipal Code at the Town Office.
U.S. Post Office
30 Main Street
Phone: 878-1136POST OFFICE HOURS: Mondays through Fridays: Lobby Open: 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Window Open: 2:00a.m.-4:00 p.m. Saturdays: Lobby-7:30a.m.-10:30 a.m. Window-8:00 a.m.-
10:00 a.m. The Post Office is closed on Holidays observed by the Federal Government. Phone: 901-878-1136.
Garbage Collection Service: Once a Week Collection & Disposal of Garbage on Friday mornings is provided by Allied Waste.
The garbage collection date is each Friday at approximately 7:30 a.m. It is recommended that you have your trash bins at the curb before 7:30a.m. Please remember these guidelines concerning garbage pick-up: Bagged household garbage only will be picked up at curbsides. The garbage service will NOT pick-up tree limbs, sticks, leaves or other yard waste, used appliances, discarded Christmas trees, or non-bagged items, according to our contractual agreement. If a pick-up has been missed at your house, please call the Town Office.
Holiday Pick-up Schedules: Allied Waste policy regarding holidays is the pick-up will occur one day later than the regular day unless otherwise posted.
Inclement Weather Schedules – Schedule will be posted at Town Hall or Post Office.
Recycling: Although Allied Waste presently does not provide curb recycling services to our area, residents are encouraged to recycle their paper, newspapers, magazines & cardboard products at the RECYCLING BIN by the Fire Station at 35 Main Street. Anytime, 24 hours a day.
Natural Gas Service-is supplied to La Grange by the Hardeman-Fayette Utility District. The office is located at 15175 Hwy. 57, Moscow, TN 38057 Phone: (901) 877-6236.
Electric Service- is provided by the Bolivar Energy Authority, 815 Tennessee St., Bolivar, TN 38008. Phone: (731) 658-5257 or dial 1-800-332-0457.
Cable Television Services are provided by Comcast. Telephone number is (901) 259-2225 or Contact them at www.comcast.com
See the Somerville or Bolivar area telephone directory for a complete listing of all local service providers.
Local Property Tax rate:
The property tax rate for La Grange is reviewed and set each year. The tax rate is per $100 assessed value. The tax rate, along with the annual town budget, is adopted for each fiscal year around July. The Town’s fiscal year is July 1st through June 30 of any given year.
Permits are required in La Grange for several activities, including those below:
-Building permits are required for construction or demolition within the entire city limits, regardless of zoning districts. If you are unsure whether a permit is required for your intended project, please contact the Building Inspectors or the town office for an application.
-Vendor Permits (to set up temporary sales booths). Application forms are available at the Town Office, a twenty ($20.) dollar fee is required. Applicable La Grange Municipal Code, Sections # 5-101 through 5-110.
-Yard sales- require application for a permit three days in advance with an application fee of five ($5.) dollars. Applicable La Grange Muncipal Code, Sections # 5-201 through 5-212.
permits are required BEFORE beginning a project or one of these activities. For further information, check with the Town office for an application regarding permits.
the La Grange Municipal Zoning Ordinance
has regulations which apply to all zoned districts throughout town and within the corporate limits. A map showing the different zones can be seen at the Town Office. The zoning ordinance regulations which govern the areas represented on the zoning map are also available. The Municipal Zoning Ordinance, compiled by the Planning Commission, was adopted on November 10, 1986 by the La Grange Board of Mayor & Aldermen.
THE LA GRANGE HISTORIC DISTRICT
Historic District zones are designated on the Municipal Zoning Map as: "Historic-Residential" (H-R), "Historic-Commercial" (H-C) and "Historic-Agricultural" (H-Ag)
These areas have additional guidelines that address, among other things, exterior alterations to structures within the Historic District.
A copy of the Historic District Guidelines is available at the Town Office.The La Grange Historic Zoning Commission is currently reviewing the 1992 Guidelines to prepare recommendations for revisions to consider. The work to review the Guidelines is being done at the regular, monthly HZC meetings which are held at 7:00 p.m. each Fourth
Thursday night of the month. Citizens are encouraged to keep informed of these developments.
Applications for a Certificate of Appropriateness (C.O.A.) are required for intended changes to the exterior of structures within the Historic District. Application fee is $20.00. The deadline for submitting COA applications is noon on the Friday prior to the Fourth Thursday night monthly meeting date.
IF YOU LIVE OR OWN PROPERTY WITHIN THE HISTORIC DISTRICT and are planning to build new construction or alter the exterior of an existing structure, follow these procedures:
Building Permits and Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) are two separate permits. Pick-up applications for both from the Town Office, fill out both applications with the information, sign the applications and return them to the Town Office. The building permit application will be forwarded to a member of the Planning Commission and the application for Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) will be forwarded to the Chairman of the Historic Zoning Commission for their next meeting. A building permit cannot be issued for construction or demolition within the Historic District unless a COA has been approved for the intended project first. The issuance of Building Permits is under the purview of the Planning Commission.
Historic Commission members’ duty is to review COA applications. The Commission has a maximum of thirty (30) days in which to make a decision on an application after it has been submitted. After that time, if no action has been taken, an application is to be considered approved. Applicants are encouraged to review the Historic District Guidelines for direction when making decisions regarding intended projects. If you need assistance with your application, or have further questions, you may want to contact an officer of the Historic Zoning Commission. Members of the Commission may not make individual decisions on a COA and the collective decisions must be done in open, public meetings under the TN Open Meetings Laws.
***************************************** BUILDING PERMIT INFORMATION
La Grange building inspector is Bradley B. Halbrook. Approval for an application for a building permit (which may include a site map, building plans, location of utilities, etc.) falls under the purview of the Planning Commission.
Sample QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS:
Q: I am considering buying a lot currently for sale in town which does not have a driveway connection. Who do I contact to get a driveway connection put in after I purchase my lot?
A: NOTIFICATION IS REQUIRED TO BE GIVEN TO THE PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR for proposed driveway connections. Questions regarding appropriate culvert sizes, location, etc. for driveways are addressed in the La Grange Municipal Code of Ordinances in Section 12-204. If connecting to a state highway (Hwy 57 or Hwy 18), approval must also be obtained from the Tennessee Dept.of Highways (TDOT). The local Public Works Director, Paul Davenport, uses the criteria as set forth in the Municipal Code and the La Grange Zoning Ordinance regarding any driveway connections.
Q: I believe my tax notice has an incorrect amount of acreage that I am being taxed on for my parcel in town. Who do I contact regarding this?
A: Contact the Fayette County Assessor of Property, Mark Ward. His office is located in the Fayette County Courthouse, 1 Court Square, Somerville, TN.
Phone: 465-5226. Tax assessments are generated by this office, so any inconsistency or error that you believe may have occurred should be addressed to the Assessor. Inquiries of this type which are directed to the La Grange Town Office will be forwarded there.
VOTING FOR MUNICIPAL OFFICIALS is held on the second Tuesday of each even numbered year, per the La Grange Charter, Section 4, as amended by Chapter No. 224, Senate Bill 2551, of the Acts of 1988.
The La Grange Civic Center is the Voting Poll for our district. The Poll will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
If you have not registered to vote yet, registration forms are available at the Fayette County Election Commission Office. Registration forms should be submitted 30 days prior to an election date to the Fayette County Election Commission. For more info, contact:
Fayette County Election Commission
P.O. Box 339
Somerville, TN 38046
TO QUALIFY TO VOTE IN LA GRANGE Municipal ELECTIONS:
"Any person residing within the corporate limits or any person not residing in the corporate limits but who owns and has continuously owned at least five thousand (5,000) square feet of real property within the corporate limits of the Town of La Grange for a period of six (6) months prior to an election, shall be eligible to vote in town elections provided he or she is properly registered in accordance with the applicable laws of the State of Tennessee." La Grange Charter.
Section 4, as amended by Chapter No. 224, Senate Bill 2551, of the Acts of 1988.
The La Grange Cemetery Associationowns and manages the La Grange Cemetery on La Grange Road. For more information, contact: La Grange Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 632, La Grange, TN 38046 The Cemetery Association is a non-profit organization and not a part of the municipal government. HISTORIC LA GRANGE:
The mission of Historic La Grange, a non-profit organization formed in 1999, is "to restore and perpetuate the historical and cultural legacy of La Grange by developing our historic district, revitalizing our commercial district and promoting the rural and historic character of our community."
For more information about this organization, contact: Chairperson Nora Witmer, P.O. Box 2, La Grange, Tn 38046.
La Grange Cultural Foundation
"To provide a means for the citizens of La Grange, Tennessee in order to pursue, enjoy, enhance and enrich the cultural, literary, historical, educational and economic interests of its citizens."
Immanuel Episcopal Church
Organized in 1832 Second Street at Walnut St.
Worship Services held every Sunday at 11:00 a.m. / The Annual Harvest Eucharist Service with Picnic-on-the-Grounds afterward is held each Second Sunday in October beginning at 11:00 a.m.
La Grange United Methodist Church
Organized in 1832
Highway 57 at Poplar St.
Sunday Worship Services: 9:45 a.m. Sunday School: 10:45 a.m.
La Grange Presbyterian Church Originally
organized in 1832 until 1926 & Re-organized in La Grange in 1992.
21450 Highway 57, P.O. Box 397 La Grange, TN 38046
Sunday School :9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship Services:11:00 a.m.
Pine Hill Baptist Church Organized in
Reverend Nelson Hunt
Main Street, La Grange
Sunday School begins at 10:30 a.m. Sunday Worship Services begin at 11:00 a.m.
For more information on local churches, see the La Grange website section entitled Organizations".
Fax & copy services are available at the Town Office during regular business hours.
Self-guided walking/driving tour brochures are available at the following locations:
History about La Grange is always welcome and always interesting! If you have any copies of past history- (newspaper clippings, photographs, documents, letters, etc,) that you would like to share for present & future generations to explore & appreciate, your contribution will help to add to the "knowledge base". Any donations of acid-free scrapbook/photo albums would also be greatly appreciated.
It is my hope that this directory will prove to be a useful guide to you. The cost of paper & printing has been paid for by the business advertisements on the paper copies.~L. Cogbill
IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS:
EMERGENCIES: DIAL 911
FAYETTE CO. SHERIFF’S OFFICE: 465-3456
POISON CONTROL CENTER 1-800-288-9999
LA GRANGE WATER SUPERVISOR Robert Hensley Office: 878-1246
POLICE Officer: Travis Davenport Office: 878-1246
FIRE DEPT./CHIEF: Doug Jackson Office 878-1246
TO REPORT A GAS LEAK: Dial Hardeman-Fayette Utility District, Moscow, TN: 877-6236
TO REPORT AN ELECTRIC OUTAGE: Call Bolivar Energy Authority: 1-800-332-0457
TOWN HALL: 878-1246 Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Mon-Thur. Fri-Closed. Mayor: William B. Cowan Jr. Town Recorder: Vera L. Downen
LA GRANGE POST OFFICE: (901) 878-1136.
TO REPORT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: The Journey Center, a part of Fayette Cares: 465-0015
TO REPORT A NUISANCE OR VICIOUS DOG: Fayette Co. Animal Control at Fayette Co. Sheriff’s Office: 465-3456.
TO REPORT HUNTING VIOLATIONS: Call the TN Wildlife Resources Agency: 1-800-831-1173
LOCAL GAME WARDEN: 1-800-831-1173 (Violations number)
Another word about our Public Safety Departments:
The La Grange Volunteer Fire Dept:
Our department depends upon its hard-working volunteers to operate. More volunteers are needed to train for emergency fire-fighting response in our area. If you or someone you know in town or our rural Fire District No. 8, is interested in becoming a part of this service, please contact the Fire Chief, Doug Jackson, or the Assistant Fire Chief, John Logan.
Volunteers, both men and women, can help in other ways as well---not just in fighting fires. For example: helping out at the Fire Hall with maintenance or helping with education and awareness of the Fire Dept.’s needs and objectives to our entire rural fire district and its residents. Phone calls to rural residents to inquire about more volunteers or donations to keep our department ready to meet emergencies. Volunteers could help plan and organize fund-raising events or activities to benefit the department. All of these examples and more are ways you can help out.
The department set out on a course to upgrade and improve its service to us. It is not a small task, and the members of the Fire Dept. could use our help to support their plans. The efforts made today could help to save a life and/or property tomorrow.
Please contact the Fire Chief or Assistant Chiefs to see what you can do to help and keep informed about what’s going on with our department. You may not realize how much a little help can go a long way.
NOTICE TO RESIDENTS AND PROPERTY OWNERS:
The La Grange Municipal Code addresses keeping property clean and free of high weeds, debris and trash. These ordinances were placed in our Code to protect the public health.
Please be aware that junked vehicles, burned out debris, high weeds, and other states of poor maintenance should be addressed by the property owners.
JUNK OR NON-OPERABLE VEHICLES can be removed by the National Kidney Foundation, Memphis, TN.
The Kidney Foundation will tow your old and junk cars to sell at auction to raise money for their charity. The auto owner receives a letter of acknowledgement after the sale of the cars, informing them of the price it sold for, and the letter can be used for tax purposes as a charitable donation. Even cars that are beyond repair may be accepted to sell for salvage.
You will need to supply information on the make, model, year, etc. of the vehicles you would like towed away.
Further information is available by contacting the National Kidney Foundation, Memphis, TN. Phone: 683-6185.
Dumping of old appliances or other trash is strictly forbidden in the town.
The Allied Waste only picks up bagged, household garbage.
The Fayette County Landfill in Somerville, TN accepts old appliances and other large bulky waste items.
Contact the landfill for further details on how to properly dispose of household appliances, and other items.
Thank you for your cooperation.