Maplesville Council focuses on road issues, appointments

Published 1:33 pm Monday, November 20, 2017

By JOYANNA LOVE/ Senior staff Writer

Road resurfacing is being scheduled in Maplesville.

The Maplesville Town Council approved the $154,073 bid by Wiregrass Construction to resurface Maple Drive, Loper Lane, Birch Street and Beech Street during its meeting on Nov. 13.

A start date for the project has not been set.

Some work has also been done on Mitchell Hill Road/Old Sawmill Road. Town Clerk Dawn Smitherman said the town leadership will continue to monitor the situation to see if the issues are indeed fixed or if more work will be needed.

A new face has come to the Town Council as John Caudle was approved to fill the District 1 position after Shelia Haigler announced her resignation. Haigler is moving out of the district that she represented.

The Town Council is expected to discuss the possibility of amending the leash ordinance for the town or establishing an Animal Control Officer in the near future. Information about the possibilities was handed out, but not discussed at the Nov. 13 meeting.

An update was given on a deteriorated drain on County Road 10. Attorney John Hollis Jackson told the Council that a letter had been received from County Attorney Fletcher Green asking that the town cover a portion of needed repairs and the county would cover a portion. No motion was made to approve the request.

Mayor W.C. Hayes told the Council that the Welcome to Maplesville sign has been updated to reflect the sign 2016 Football Championship on the list of Maplesville High School’s accomplishment.

The Council also received an update on a request for a driveway from the property owner adjacent to the post office. Because the driveway would give entrance to a state road the   State Department of Transportation was required to be involved.  The request initially met with opposition. However, Smitherman said the department “will be allowing a drive going in on the back side of property.”

Also during the meeting, the Council approved:

— Melvin Morrow as temporary Fire Chief. Former Chief Michael Drewry resigned from the position in October since he was moving. Assistant Fire Chief Aubrey Latham has also recently left the department for a job with another fire department. The Town Council will hear a recommendation from the Fire Department on a permanent Fire Chief at a later date.

— Brian Stracener as part-time police officer.

— Tammy Irvin to the Maplesville Utility Board.

— Brian Beckham as a Street Department employee.

— Scheduling the January meeting for Jan. 16.