MLGW is installing 3-phase service the Estates of Maple Grove, which is on Memphis Arlington, roughly ½ mile east of Seed Tick Road.
For some time, we have been discussing with MLGW the Tennessee State Law requirement (T.S.A. 13-4-104) that they submit plans before they start “improvements” (not maintenance) such as this.
The last discussion included the promise that MLGW would submit documentation on their position (that the State law on this does not apply to them) and also review the State Law that we (including the City Attorney) feel requires such approval.
We understand that there are interpretations to every law and we are willing to discuss this with MLGW.
Yesterday, without any notice, MLGW started construction, including moving several protected trees in the process. They did stop when we issued a “Stop Work” order.
This morning (Friday, July 13) am MLGW representative called the City staff person who issued the Stop Work order and basically advised him (in essence) that the officials who make such decisions at MLGW didn’t care what Lakeland thought and they were proceeding with the project.
The City staff is reviewing our options on this matter but we hope that MLGW will keep their promise to review the Tennessee State Statute involved and submit the information that they feel exempts them from the statutes before taking any further action.
I fully expect that the City of Lakeland will take whatever action is necessary to insure that MLGW complies with Tennessee State Law and City Ordinances.
I will post to this Blog as necessary to update on this matter.