At the June 6th Scottsboro City Council work session, Scottsboro Fire Department’s James Parrett presented the council with a traffic grievance on his residential Winn Road.

Parrett reported his frustration with cars speeding past in excess of 50 mph. Parrett stated he lives at the peak of Winn and Bradley and has counted up to nine speeding tickets being issued in just one night. “We have a major problem with speeders on our road. When you’re backing out of my driveway, if you’ve got someone running 60 mph by the time they top the hill, they’re going to hit my wife and kid. I’m concerned. I’m a firefighter, and I’ve seen some bad stuff, and something bad is going to happen.” The majority of offenders are younger drivers on their way to and from Scottsboro City Park. Residents on Winn have witnessed the young drivers speeding and doing donuts in the grass at the park. Parrett, other concerned citizens, the mayor and the council proposed several solutions such as stop signs, speed bumps and radar-equipped speed signs. Scottsboro Police Chief Ralph Dawe stated the speeding is a problem and all too common. Council members were moved and concerned over the safety issue posed to all the residents on the road. The other residents on Winn Road are prepared to sign petitions if need be to get the issue resolved.
Stacy Ledwell, Scottsboro Solid Waste Director updated the council on the progress of the reinstatement of the recycling program. Ledwell stated, “We have a buyer for all the materials that we’ll be recycling now, so it’s moving along pretty good, but we’re waiting on a few things, and that’s the bags and the trailers to come in and hopefully have the facility in order.” The new system will consist of color-coded bags for the sorting of recyclable materials. Participating citizens will be able to sort according to the color of the bag they set out: one for paper, one for metal and one for plastics. If you have a Monday garbage pick-up, you will be the first to set out your recycling, and as the system and changes are implemented and phased in, the system will move through the days of the week, paying attention to frequency and demand. Once collected, the bags will go into a trailer, sorted according to bag color, and once the individual trailers are full, they will be taken to the buyers and unloaded there. The recycling/compressing truck already in Solid Waste’s possession has been utilized as the cardboard collector. Cardboard pick-ups have also increased in demand. The Council also heard from Ledwell concerning a lease for a compactor. The current compactor is in need of a new transmission, which would cost $30,000 to replace the transmission. Ledwell presented the Council with the cost comparisons of leasing a compactor for $6,800 per month, versus having one built. Ledwell stated, “There are some options we’re going to be presenting to you Monday, but at this time, renting is going to cost more than going ahead and putting the compactor on order.” The concern is that while not compacting the garbage that’s coming in, the space in the landfill is being taken up quicker than it should be. According to Ledwell, a new cell in the landfill was recently opened, and garbage is already going in the space. This was moved to Monday’s agenda.
Lucas Blankenship, Director of Economic Development and Planning with Top of Alabama Regional Council of Governments (TARCOG) hosted a public hearing to outline the resolutions for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). The grant, given through the Alabama Department of Community Affairs is the Community Enhancement Grant of $250,000 that would enable the city to remove decrepit, structurally unsound, damaged buildings with blighted conditions and would organize the clean-up of degenerate, vacant lots within the municipality of Scottsboro. As of the time of the meeting, Scottsboro City Mayor Robin Shelton reported the costs are still being estimated. The ceiling of the grant will stay at $250,000 with a municipality contribution of 20%. If the costs happen to fall below the ceiling, the city will be contributing 20% of the costs. Blankenship provided a map of the sites being considered with a corresponding list of street addresses, which are as follows: 345 W. Mary Hunter Ave.; 321 W. Mary Hunter Ave.; 313 W. Mary Hunter Ave.; 405 W. Willow St.; 403 W. Willow St.; 104 South St.; 211 Vann St.; 209 Poplar; 805 Sisk St.; Elm St. and N. Houston, Old Masonic Hall; 100 and 101 Oak St.; 249 E. Maple Ave.; 409 E. Maple Ave.; 811 S. Broad St.; 506 Wallace Ln.; 1904 E. Willow St.; 1577 Gant Rd.; 2906 Veterans Dr.; 171 Hurt St.; 515 Law St.; 2025 Old Larkinsville Rd. Community involvement is always welcome.
Billy Rye of Forest Management Specialists, Inc. out of Florence was present once again to talk Council through the finalization of the bid process for the stand of pine on Goosepond Island. After sending out 211 notices, Rye and his associates received two bids. The recommendation went to Milam Logging and their bid at $75,500, which won out over the other $69,600 bid by Wildlife and Timber. If accepted at council, Milam Logging will receive a two-year contract, giving them two summers to harvest the lumber with two wet seasons in the fall. This process will begin the quail maintenance method the council was presented last month by Rye. Council moved this item to the June 24th meeting.
The Goosepond boat launch expansion was discussed. After being re-bid, the city met with the lowest bidder. The total cost is $496,454, which is now down $21,000. Lights and tie-downs were changed. The Mayor reported the city is working on driving down the cost as much as possible and recommended the bid by Lambert Contracting. A public hearing was also held for an alcohol license for David C. Haislip doing business out of Scottsboro Quick Mart at 2307 South Broad Street. There were no objections present or surveyed, and premises complied and passed all inspections. This was moved to next week’s agenda.
Mr. Kelly Goodowens was present to petition the council for a $5,000 tourism grant to sponsor in part the fifth annual Scottsboro BBQ cook-off. Due in large part to the efforts of Tim and Vicki Watts, committee members, this year will be the first BBQ cook-off for Scottsboro being sponsored by and competing as a member of the Kansas City BBQ Society. This year there will be a four-city throwdown between Scottsboro and three other cities in the area, with the crowning event taking place in Scottsboro. The event will take place October 12, 2019 and will feature the cook-offs, cornhole tournament, barq-off parade, people’s choice, and because Halloween is so close, a witch’s bicycle ride through downtown Scottsboro. You can register, volunteer and find more information at scottsborobbqcookoff.com.

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