Council hears from concerned city residents
by Rachel Davis
Jul 02, 2014 | 1822 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SUMITON — The Sumiton City Council heard from citizens about their concerns regarding gunshots heard at night and possible illegal activity in the neighborhood.

The residents live in the area behind the city park, and they asked for increased police presence.

One resident reported an attempted break-in over the weekend and numerous gunshots at all hours of the night. The residents are concerned about the safety of their families, as well as other families and older couples who live in the area.

Mayor Petey Ellis said he would ask the police department to increase patrols in the area and look into any specific complaints the residents had.

In other business, the council:

•approved the purchase of five new pagers for the city’s volunteer fire department.

•heard from John Laird regarding his request that the city build four new tennis courts and basketball courts, including lights. Ellis told Laird there might be room for that on the property where the city’s new fire department will be located on Bryan Road. Laird also mentioned a few resources that might provide grants for his proposed project.

•Approved a resolution that would grant one additional payment to former employees currently on the state’s retirement plan.

After adjourning, the council again convened in the council chambers, this time barring the public. According to the Alabama Open Meetings Act, executive sessions are allowed during council meetings for a specified list of reasons; however, after adjourning, any further meeting would be considered a new meeting and notice must be given at least 24 hours in advance. It is unknown if there was any action taken during this meeting.