Thorsby Council approves new windows for Town Hall

Published 5:18 pm Tuesday, March 22, 2016

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Thorsby Town Hall will be getting some new windows soon.

The Town Council approved a project in the amount of $33, 038 for seven new windows for the building at its meeting Monday.

Half of the cost would be paid for from Municipal Court funds, Mayor Jean Nelson said.

Councilman Glenn Littleton wondered what would need to be done for other windows at Town Hall, but the Council went ahead and approved the project for the seven windows.

Councilman Marvin Crumpton was absent from the meeting.

In other business, the Council:

•Approved minutes from the March 7 meeting.

•Discussed county-owned weather sirens located inside town limits, after Fire Chief Lee Gunn brought up the possibility of using funds that would be spent on maintaining the sirens instead for purchasing weather radios for residents.

•Approved to declare two Fire Department vehicles, a Ford Crown Victoria and a van, as surplus.

•Heard from Crystal Smith, representing Thorsby varsity softball, about the program’s need for a donation to help with the purchase of equipment to be used to maintain the town-owned field on which the team plays. Smith said the town and school could split the cost. Town officials said they would need time to talk to school representatives about whether such an arrangement would be feasible and how it would work.

•Heard from a resident who lives off Michigan Avenue about his problem with water running onto his property. The resident said he understands he lives in a low area, but asked if the town could clean out ditches to help with runoff. Town officials questioned whether the ditches were on private property but said they would look into the matter and do what they could to help.

•Heard from a separate resident about the need for a street light near her residence off South Dakota Avenue. Town officials said they have looked into having lights installed previously and that it would have been costly. Nelson told the resident that typical procedure is for Council members to visit the area in question and consider any action at its next meeting.

•Heard from Nelson that she had received a new, lower quote for abatement at the old Thorsby School. Removal of asbestos and other toxic chemicals would cost about $62,000, Nelson said. Such a step could allow the town to then demolish the dilapidated building.

•Approved paying bills with any necessary transfer of funds.

•Entered into executive session at the request of Police Chief Rodney Barnett. No action was taken after the executive session.