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Thorsby Council addresses speeding

The Thorsby Town Council addressed speeding in different areas of the town Monday night.

Three new stop signs have been placed at the intersection between Thorsby First Baptist Church and the old elementary school. The signs were placed at the request of residents who complained about consistent speeding in the neighborhood.

But there are other problem areas, according to the council.

“If they don’t slow down on Third Street and Oak Street, kids are going to be hit,” said Council member Marvin Crumpton.

Tara Jewell also noted the high-speed traffic on County Road 50 east of Highway 31, also known as Collins Chapel Road. Jean Nelson said kids frequently play in the area where she lives.

Nelson asked about obtaining additional signs that alert traffic of children in residential areas, but Mayor Dearl Hilyer questioned the effectiveness of such signs.

In other business, the council approved the purchase of a tractor from Littleton’s Mower and Hardware, Inc. at $14,500.

Hilyer said the purchase was a good deal and that if the council had decided to wait, the same piece of equipment could have cost much more.

Thorsby Fire Chief Lee Gunn reported he expects the department to receive a $3,000 state grant for the distribution of free smoke detectors and batteries to the public. The detectors will be free to citizens, although a member of the fire department is required to install them.

The department plans to promote the smoke detectors at the upcoming Movies in the Park event in May at Richard Wood Park. More details will be announced at a later date.

“I think that will be a real big plus for the citizens,” Gunn said.