Thorsby Council passes grease trap ordinance

Published 11:13 am Tuesday, June 22, 2021

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The Thorsby Town Council passed an ordinance that requires all restaurants in the town to have grease traps on their water drains during a meeting on June 22.

The ordinance passed by a unanimous vote among the four council members present and Mayor Robert Hight. Council member Justin Killingworth was absent.

Hight said certain restaurants in the town did not have grease traps, and there was currently no ordinance for grease traps.

The lack of grease traps allows grease to get into the sewer systems in the town, and the grease clogs them up, creating an unnecessary problem.

“We’ve had to pump it out three or four times in the last few months,” Hight said.

The ordinance is a direct copy of the one that is currently enforced in Clanton, according to Hight. The town advertised it for two weeks before presenting it to the council.

Also discussed at the meeting was an issue involving the new town employee handbook.

The handbook says that no employee may supervise a member of their immediate family. However, the council revised that to be applied to incoming employees and not to part-time employees that were already working for the town.

The council also decided to suspend its next meeting on July 5 as it is the day after July 4 and is considered a holiday. The council will only meet once in July as a result on July 19.