Fire chief expresses need for new boundary maps
by Jennifer Cohron
Aug 03, 2010 | 1620 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SUMITON — Fire Chief David Waid told the Sumiton City Council on Tuesday that updated boundary maps are needed to show the extent of recent annexations.

Waid said he is concerned that dispatchers are unaware that part of the city limits is now in Jefferson County.

“The annexations in Jefferson County have me concerned. We’re going to end up getting a call back there at dispatch for a call in Jefferson County and we’re not going to respond,” Waid said.

Mayor Petey Ellis recommended that Waid tell dispatchers to coordinate a response first and worry about the address later.

“I would rather err on the side of service than deny somebody service based on we think it’s not in our territory,” Ellis said.

In other action from the meeting, the council:

•Recognized Greg Reed, a Republican candidate for Alabama Senate District 5.

Reed complimented the mayor and council for recent economic development in Sumiton and pledged to work with them if elected.

“You all are active in every way. What you need is support in Montgomery to make sure that all the things you are doing locally are able to be supported,” Reed said.

Ellis said he looking forward to meeting with local elected officials after November, especially concerning education.

“We need to sit down and see just exactly what is planned for Sumiton and east Walker County,” Ellis said.

•Agreed to annex several properties on Pineview Street.

•Approved payment of $1,207.33 for annual dues to the Alabama League of Municipalities and $1,337.77 in travel expenses for court clerk Rita Griffin to attend the annual AMCCMA conference in Orange Beach.