BY GENA HUFF, Correspondent
The Aliceville City Council met Jan. 23 for their second session of 2019. The meeting was led by Mayor Pro-Tem Warren Lavender II in Mayor Marva Gipson’s absence.
Beginning as most other council meetings, with old business, speed breakers in certain high-speed risk areas were discussed and tabled again as precise quotes and locations were still under debate. Two areas mentioned for the breakers were the 4th Avenue hill that connects Highway 14 to Franconia Road and later, 5th Avenue near the Food Fare grocery store.
According to Councilman Terrence Windham, rules for a city putting down a speed breaker consist of two things: the breaker is put on a city road only and there must be signs informing drivers of the upcoming speed deterrent.
The price for a speed breaker is, according to Windham’s preliminary research, about $1,500 to $2,000 for each. The discussion was tabled as Windham promised to expand his research for better prices and more options and the council awaited the mayor’s return at their next meeting.
A Parks and Recreation committee was again discussed but tabled. Several Aliceville citizens have expressed an interest in being on the committee. Windham also mentioned upcoming sports activities planned for the spring and summer seasons. Those discussed consisted chiefly of men and women’s softball teams and a newly established soccer league for youth.
In new business, the 2019 millage rate was also tabled until the mayor’s return. Each city’s millage rate is the amount a resident will pay in property taxes per $1,000 of the appraised property value. The next council meeting will be held Feb. 13 at 5 p.m.
Also in new business, dumpsters were purchased. These are not dumpsters for the city, but those which a business in Aliceville in need of a dumpster purchases outright from the city. As the city had none stored, the need to purchase a small stock in order to supply business owners needing waste disposal close to the location of their business was required. The purchase of the dumpsters was passed without opposition.
See complete story in the Pickens County Herald.