City supports litter control efforts

by Martha Smith

Scottsboro Jackson County Rescue Squad Captain Eddie Tigue was present at the last Scottsboro City Council work session held on March 2, 2020. Tigue requested $5,000 from tourism grant funds to help with advertising with their upcoming 9th Annual $10K Bass Tournament scheduled for April 11, 2020 at Goose Pond Colony. After considering his request, Council moved this item to their next agenda with the intent of pulling the necessary funds from sales tax.

Scottsboro Fire Chief Gene Necklaus was also present to answer questions and promote the purchase of two fire boats: one at Goose Pond and one at Jackson County Park. Matt Lockmiller, Goose Pond Board Chair addressed Council and stated that giving the city a place to house the fire boat would be no problem, and assured the council that should they need anything else, all they need do is ask. Lockmiller stated, “As far as Goose Pond, we’ll support anything we need to do to help make the project work. Gene and I have talked about a few things, throwing some ideas around, but as far as having a boat on the property of the complex there, that’s absolutely no problem at all.” Necklaus was given the go-ahead from Council to prepare two proposal packages and begin accepting bids on a per-boat price. Necklaus is looking at a possible month-long process just for the bids to be complete.

During delegations, Scottsboro resident Mike Bray presented litter control to Council. Bray stated he has taken to picking up the litter for four miles on Clemons Road, where he resides, and he would like to get a group together to focus on other areas that are in dire need of a clean-up. On March 11th at 1 p.m. at Scottsboro City Hall, Bray and Mayor Shelton will be hosting a sign-up for any interested citizens who would like to help with litter control in Scottsboro and the surrounding areas. Bags, buckets, grabbers, vests and hats will be provided. All that’s needed is community participation. Bray hopes to keep the program on the continual basis of once a week, focusing on set areas each time and keeping them in rotation. Interested or inquiring parties may call Bray at 210-355-3353.

Brenda Ivey updated Council on the Heritage Center project and stated they are ready to put the project out to bid, and this should take place by the end of this month at the latest. Ivey stated they have reviewed every aspect thoroughly and planned to their fullest extent and are anxious to see the project begin. An invoice for the KPS Group, the firm handling the architectural aspect of the project was also approved, with Council taking responsibility for 50% of the $6,253.07 invoice.

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