Sumiton sidewalk project nears completion

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SUMITON – Mayor Petey Ellis said during the brief Sumiton City Council meeting Tuesday that the sidewalk project is near completion and that a sewer project will be started soon. 

“I expect it to be completed within the next 30 days, and it looks good,” Ellis said.

The city will soon start a new project to extend sewer service in the city. A $140,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission funds made this improvement possible. 

“We have to get some easements, but it should start within the next 60 days,” Ellis said.

In other action, the council:

• Heard Ellis report that police officer Ryan Brewer resigned from the force effective immediately. “I think he may be going to work with another agency, and we wish him all the best,” Ellis said.

• Heard an unnamed citizen ask the city to consider taking down a tree in her yard. Ellis was familiar with the situation and said that since the tree was on private property, there wasn’t much the city could do.

The problem is that there is no right-of-way on that road, according to Ellis. “The road itself is the only right-of-way we have,” Ellis said. He did commit to sending someone by to see if there was anything the city could do.