Sumiton Council gets approval to begin walking track
by RACHEL DAVIS
Oct 03, 2012 | 1726 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SUMITON — The City of Sumiton received a $100,000 grant from Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley to convert the abandoned rail lines that run through the city into a walking track that will join the City of Dora’s track.

Sumiton Mayor Petey Ellis informed the council of the award at Tuesday’s meeting.

According to a press release from the governor’s office, “the 0.75-mile trail will extend from Sumiton City Hall and across U.S. 78 to Dora where it will connect with Horse Creek Trail, a 3.2-mile rails-to-trails project. The new asphalt trail will be at least 8 feet wide to accommodate walking, jogging and bicycling.”

The grant was funded by the Federal Highway Administration’s Recreational Trails Program and is being administered by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs.

In other business:

•The council issued a letter of approval for Habanero’s to continue with their state alcohol application after the restaurant completed the inspections and other requirements outlined in the city’s ordinance.

•Johnnie Crowell of Save Our Strays asked the council to consider making a regular donation to the shelter in Sumiton. Ellis said they would look into what they could legally do to help.

•Wayne Roberts, who addressed the council at the last meeting, again addressed the council. This time he was asking for the minutes from a variety of meetings, including city council, water board, gas board and sewer board meetings.

•Council member Ricky Thomas said he does not recall the council’s approval of the Tahoes purchased for the police department approximately a year ago.