'Safe Streets' ordinance set for agenda at next meeting

By ED HOWELL, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 8/31/17

CARBON HILL — A “Safe Streets” ordinance will be considered at the Sept. 14 Carbon Hill City Council meeting, Mayor Mark Chambers said at Tuesday’s council meeting.

“That allows the police department to tow …

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'Safe Streets' ordinance set for agenda at next meeting

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CARBON HILL — A “Safe Streets” ordinance will be considered at the Sept. 14 Carbon Hill City Council meeting, Mayor Mark Chambers said at Tuesday’s council meeting.

“That allows the police department to tow vehicles when someone has a suspended or revoked drivers’ license,” Chambers said.

Vehicles would be towed by the companies on the wrecker list, with tow companies being in rotation to do the work, he said after the meeting.

“They would pay a $50 fee to the city to get a piece of paper that releases the vehicle from the towing company,” he said, noting the towing company would store the vehicle in its secured yard until it is released.

A more thorough discussion on the resolution will be held at the next council meeting, he said.

In other action at Tuesday’s meeting, the council:

•Heard from Police Chief Jason Hare that one of the department’s Chargers is back from the shop and work on another should be completed by Friday. A third one will soon be sent for a $250 repair.

•Heard Fire Chief Buddy Smith say that an ambulance donated recently to his department as a service vehicle would be sent to a company in Guin the following Monday to be striped. Once the vehicle returns, it will be ready to put on the road, save for ordering some of the safety equipment.

•Heard Chambers suggest to the head of the Street Department, Alan May, that inmates could be used for weed eating at the old Pisgah Cemetery. Smith said a community clean up day is also set for Saturday, Oct. 6, at the cemetery.

•Voted to make repairs to a bridge on Fish Hatchery Road, as a handrail has broken off. Three repair bids were received for $14,800, $12,400 and the lowest that the mayor recommended, $7,700. The name of the low bidder was not available on Wednesday. District 1 Councilman McClain Burrough was absent from the meeting. The work will not use concrete, as that would cost $40,000, Chambers said, as guard rails were hit and a special pad under the arm was broken. Cutting damage still left on the bridge is expected to be the largest part of the project, as it will require going under the bridge.

•Heard plans are continuing to go well in planning for Hillfest, set for Sept. 8-9.

•Heard the mayor continue to say he would not be in favor of putting portable toilets by the side of Alabama Highway 118 for the benefit of the weekend flea market near the railroad track. He said a portable toilet could be put in the parking lot next to the old city barn, across the tracks. However, Carolyn Barnett, who organizes the flea market, said the vendors would not want to leave their booths that long and would be willing to pay to have a portable toilet.

Chambers said the only solution he knows of is to move the flea market to the ballfields “but I really believe when you do that, it will kill” the business. “I think your location is what is helping you right now.”

District 5 Councilwoman Suzanne Atkins said she agreed with the mayor about avoiding the placement of portable toilets at the state highway.