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Pinson City Council recognizes undefeated Rudd Middle School football, basketball teams

By Nathan Prewett

For the Tribune

PINSON — A resolution recognizing Rudd Middle School’s football and basketball teams was passed at a meeting of the Pinson City Council on Thursday night, though the recognition will be read at City Fest, slated to take place on April 28.

The recognition was passed as resolution 18-14 at the meeting. Both the basketball and football teams led an undefeated record season that concluded at a county championship. According to the resolution, the teams “represented Rudd Middle School, the City of Pinson, and all of Jefferson County with superior skills and in a sportsmanlike manner.”

The recognition was part of the new business portion of the agenda, which included a resolution to enter into an agreement with the Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency. The resolution was passed as part of the EMA’s desire to repair and maintain all of the current sirens in the county. There are a total of 254 outdoor warning sirens in all incorporated and non-incorporated areas.

The city will fund the maintenance of sirens for $400 each, totaling $2,400 per year for six sirens located throughout Pinson. The sirens are located at Pinson Elementary School, Pinson Valley High School, Palmerdale Fire District, Womack Road at Davidson Road, Tyler Loop Road at Sweeney Hollow Place and the Pinson Ball Park.

EMA proposed that Jefferson County provide an additional $100,000 a year for repairing and replacing sirens that are not functional regardless of jurisdiction.

In his report, Mayor Hoyt Sanders said that a burglar alarm system that was approved at a March 1 meeting has arrived at the city and will be installed at Bradford Park. This is part of ongoing upgrades and repairs to the park that the city recently leased from the county. Sanders said that the county is also in talks to pave roads nearby.

Sanders also reported on services for sweeping curbs and streets in the city. The council discussed a bid that was provided by Sweeping Corporation of America that proposed sweeping 7.2 lane miles on Highway 75 from Pinson Boulevard to Faucett Road, including paved shoulders, medians, intersections, gore areas and turn outs.

They also proposed to sweep 2.2 lane miles on Highway 75 from Sweeney Hollow Road to a dead end at Highway 151/75, as well as 6.0 lane miles on highway 79 from Sweeney Hollow Road to Rudd Middle School Road. The price would be $2,457.50 for the initial sweep, including traffic control, disposal and water for dust control.

A quote by D&J Floor Covering was read on additional hallways, doorways and other upgrades at City Hall as the Pinson Public Library prepares to move to the Rock School Center currently being renovated. The council decided to continue reviewing the costs and will revisit the matter in a future meeting.

In other business, a resolution was passed conveying a 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe no longer in use by the city to Glenwood Volunteer Fire District for $1. Councilor Shannon Galamore brought up the possibility of purchasing game additions for the park. She said that she has been looking at cornhole boards that can be installed and is waiting on quotes for them.

During public comments, Pinson Public Libary Director Allison Scanlan said that the library is holding a fundraiser for the annual Summer Reading program to begin on May 19. She reported that they have raised $995 of a $2,000 and that those interested in donating can go to the website to learn more.

The next Pinson City Council will take place on May 3, with pre-council at 6:30 p.m., followed by the regular meeting at 7 p.m.

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