By Lee Weyhrich, Staff Writer
PINSON — In the last year or so the council has also put an emphasis on “green spaces” and “pocket parks” small, low-maintenance areas to beautify the city and provide space for events.
Roughly two years ago the Council purchased a house and property on Spring Street. Councilwoman Dawn Tanner made a motion to have the building torn down, and for the land to be converted to a pocket park. Councilman John Churchwell mentioned that the house might actually be a historical site. The motion was then amended to explore the historical status as well as the potential for demolition, or sale, and the future status of the property.
Several other items were also discussed.
Pinson Valley High School Band booster president Kim Smith appealed to the council to help with the purchase of much-needed musical instruments. The music program at PVHS has seen enormous growth, she said, and needs instruments for the next year. The band needs $41,095 to purchase all the needed instruments, but the most pressing concern was for two sousaphones for the high school, and two tubas for the junior high school. The total cost of these items will be roughly $15,900.
The council voted unanimously to purchase these items and donate them directly to the school.
The council also discussed and voted on two contracts.
The council voted unanimously to renew their contract with the Greater Birmingham Humane society for animal control and pound services.
The council adopted a resolution concerning emergency debris removal through Jefferson County. Through a new law, municipalities who contract with companies for emergency debris removal in advance can qualify for extra reimbursement funds through FEMA. The county contracted with DRC Emergency Service for this service and offered municipalities within the county the opportunity to take advantage of that deal. Cities can join the program at no cost and no obligation. The council voted unanimously to enter into an agreement.
In an ongoing effort to provide activities to residents of all ages, the council voted to look into afternoon programs for senior citizens. This could include movies at the rock center, exercise programs, game days and other activities.
One scheduled summer program has been moved to a different date. The DieDra and the Ruff Pro band concert originally scheduled for Friday June 10 has been rescheduled to Thursday June 9. DieDra is a noted blues musician who lives in the Pinson area.