Cordova church hoping to start halfway house
by Jennifer Cohron
Apr 26, 2012 | 1328 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CORDOVA — Pastor Jay Trayal of Crossroads Assembly of God approached the Cordova City Council Tuesday night about opening a residential substance abuse recovery program in the city.

Trayal said he would model the faith-based program after Walker County Outreach, which has operated in Jasper for several years.

“It’s something that has really been on my heart. I feel like it would help the city and help a lot of people who are struggling with this disease,” Trayal said.

When Mayor Jack Scott asked if the church had a property in mind, Trayal said they were still searching for the right one.

Trayal also said that he expected some opposition from residents in whatever area of the city is chosen for the halfway house but added that he would only ask them to have an open mind.

“I know there will be some controversy, but I believe if we give them a little bit of knowledge about how it’s going to be, it will work out,” Trayal said.

Scott encouraged Trayal to meet with representatives of the Cordova Zoning and Planning Commission to further discuss the program he has in mind.

In other action from the meeting:

•The council amended the ordinance that was recently passed to redraw the city’s voting districts.

•The council approved a resolution approving municipal water pollution prevention reports for 2010 and 2011.

•Scott announced that a pre-bid meeting concerning the stream clean-up project near Piggly Weekly will be held May 7 at 1 p.m. at City Hall.