Residents of the Murphy Addition are anxious for District 1 Commissioner Bill McLaughlin to assign a crew to start working on the subdivision’s streets, but the county commissioner is waiting for a district attorney’s opinion before he moves forward with the project.


Residents of the Murphy Addition are anxious for District 1 Commissioner Bill McLaughlin to assign a crew to start working on the subdivision’s streets, but the county commissioner is waiting for a district attorney’s opinion before he moves forward with the project.

It’s not that he is unwilling to help the homeowners; he just wants to be certain he is on solid legal footing. McLaughlin said Tuesday he expects to receive a letter soon from District Attorney Craig Ladd confirming the subdivision’s streets are the Town of Dickson’s property and responsibility. County officials are prohibited from working on private property but may assist municipalities with their streets and other property when requested to do so.

In February, the Dickson trustees discussed whether they had already “accepted” the streets as town property. A subdivision plat signed by the mayor and town clerk and filed with the county clerk in 2002 may have transferred ownership and responsibility for the streets to the town.

“I agree with you that the title is held by the city,” town attorney Ed Frock said in response to a presentation by Murphy Addition resident Scott Mason during the trustee’s February meeting
To be safe and to clarify exactly what they were willing to do, the trustees then voted unanimously “to accept (a) request from residents of the Murphy Housing Addition to approve the roads in the Murphy Addition as Town of Dickson roads so Carter County District 1 can grade their roads...”

The motion also made it clear the trustees do not have sufficient funds to bring the roads up to county standards. Developer Milton Murphy said he would donate $3,000 worth of gravel for street repairs. Mayor Robbie White said the city might be able to purchase a small amount of gravel but couldn’t afford to pay for anything more.

Dickson Town Clerk Debbie Preston said Monday she had established a special account for the $3,000 Murphy donated for the street improvement project.

McLaughlin said he would add the project to his schedule after he received Ladd’s letter.