By Bethany Adams, For The Tribune
CENTER POINT— Thursday night’s City Council meeting included a number of public comments by members of the community addressing a variety of concerns.
Center Point resident Linda Mewbourn addressed the council concerning notices that she and her family received for the presence of litter and uncut grass on their properties. She claimed that notices are unfairly distributed, as the litter did not belong to them and the grass was not high enough to merit citation in comparison to other properties.
“We feel like we’re being harassed a little bit,” Mewbourn said. In order to address the issue, Councilor Leesburg directed her to speak with Chief Inspector Ricky Hinkle.
Resident Ronnie Allen proposed the addition of a speed bump to Polly Reed Road, citing concern after a number of accidents on the road.
“A simple speed bump, it doesn’t cost a lot, but it does save a lot of lives,” Allen said. Public Works Director Bobbie Loggins explained that the decision cannot be made by the city, as the roads are the property of Jefferson County.
“Jefferson County will not allow the city to place speed bumps on their roads,” Loggins said.
Resident Sharon Wilbourn inquired about the addition of sidewalks and lighting to Center Point Parkway in order to increase safety. In response, Loggins gave a brief update on the process of installing new street lamps in the city, stating that 80 percent of the approved light are up.
“It’s an ongoing process at the moment,” Loggins said.
Resident Dale Cordar questioned the council concerning the ordinance which prevents residents from parking on their lawns while allowing for the presence of vehicles on grass at businesses.
“I think we need to tweak the ordinance,” responded Councilor Kennemur, who promised that the council would look into his concern. “We’re going to come back and answer you,” she said.
Also during the meeting, the council voted to approve resolutions for the restoration of several structures in the city, including the historic Patterson House located on Hill Crest Road.
The council also voted unanimously to increase the hourly rate for the law firm Russo, White & Keller, prosecutors for the city, and to approve a new rental tax for the city.
Later during the meeting, the council voted to approve a resolution expressing support for Amendment 14 on the November 8 ballot.
“This is an amendment that is very important to all the municipalities throughout the state of Alabama,” Leesburg said. “It’s correcting some errors that were done by the state legislature in dealing with local amendments over the years.”
At the end of the meeting, Mayor Tom Henderson presented Councilors Danny King and Raymond Olan with plaques recognizing their service for the city.
“They have done really, really good work for us, and we’re proud of what they’ve done,” Henderson said.
The next Center Point City Council meeting will be held on Thursday, November 3 at 7 p.m.