Thorsby sidewalk project approved

Published 9:54 pm Monday, October 1, 2012

The Thorsby Town Council agreed Monday to complete a project of installing sidewalks along Concordia Street in the downtown area.

Public Works Director Terry Jackson told the council the project would cost $15,250 total but would be split into two separate projects, one for each side of the street.

The motion was pending approval from Mayor Dearl Hilyer, who was not in attendance at the meeting, and council member Willis Britt, who wanted to have a look at the situation.

Jackson also presented the council with prices for paving a couple of areas near the Thorsby Fire Department and the Thorsby Annex, the site of Monday’s meeting. Council members decided to hold off on those projects, which weren’t on the agenda.

In other business, the council:

•Heard from Crystal Smith with the town’s Parks and Recreation department. Smith, at the desire of the department, asked the council about a plan to allow the department to control its own checking account, which is currently controlled by the town. Council member Jean Nelson, who led the meeting in Hilyer’s absence, asked Smith to determine what would be necessary to make the change and report back to the council, which seemed in favor of the change.

•Again discussed timber adjacent to the lagoon in Thorsby. Jackson recommended the timber be sold because pine beetles have already killed some of the trees. He assured the council that the cut timber would not have a negative effect on any residents in the area, but Nelson asked Jackson to bring the measure up again at a future meeting because it wasn’t on Monday’s agenda.

•Allowed to die for lack of a motion, a request for $1,000 by Chilton County Transit.