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Jemison softball field to see improvements

The city-owned softball field in Jemison could see some improvements in the coming weeks.

The Jemison City Council, at a regular meeting Monday at the city’s Municipal Complex, approved to spend up to $4,000 for improvements including installing new dirt and erecting a temporary fence to make the field compatible with sport regulations.

Two Jemison residents who are involved with local softball programs addressed the Council, and Mayor Eddie Reed said he agreed that the field was in need of some work.

“I’m in full support of this,” Reed said. “We’re just slow in getting around to it.”

Reed estimated that 90 percent of the work needed could be performed by city employees.

Reed said he would meet with City Clerk Sylvia Singleton to make sure funds were available, and to complete any needed transfers.

In addition to dirt and the fence, other improvements discussed were the bleachers, access to the field and general maintenance.

In other business, the Council:

•Approved a retail beer (off premises only) and retail table wine (off premises only) alcohol license for Sunshine Food Mart No. 3, located at 65 Alabama Highway 191, after a public hearing.

•Approved the transfer of an alcohol license (lounge retail liquor, retail beer off premises and retail table wine off premises from MIJ Petro Inc. to Rishidev LLC, located at 2200 Alabama Highway 191 (191 Quick Mart).

•Approved to exempt a non-profit organization from the city’s commercial water and sewer service rates. The organization will instead pay residential rates, as do other non-profits in the city.

•Approved the installation of speed bumps on the east side of Patton Street, as requested by a resident. The resident was on the agenda to address the Council, but Reed said she notified him she was unable to attend. Still, Reed and Councilman Rex Bittle said they discussed the matter with the resident, and all agreed that speed bumps could help alleviate a problem with speeding in the area.

•Heard from Billy Singleton about a Memorial Day program held at the Municipal Complex on May 26. Singleton thanked city officials for their support, and they thanked Singleton for organizing the event. “It was one of the most moving events I’ve had the opportunity to witness,” Reed said.

•Approved minutes from the May 16 meeting.

•Approved paying necessary bills.