From The Trussville Tribune staff reports
TRUSSVILLE — The City Council in Trussville met on Thursday to pass a resolution vacating a right-of-way in the entertainment district.
The area to be vacated is Morrow Avenue, from south of Beech to Pinchgut Creek, to make way for the construction of the pavilion and amphitheater.
Also to be vacated will be a 10-foot alley beside Ferus Brewery and the former Liberty Automotive building from Morrow to South Chalkville Road and a portion of an alley on Cedar Lane, according to J.T. Murphy of Civil Engineers.
Mayor Buddy Choat said buildings have been removed on Morrow Avenue to make way for construction. Buildings have been removed from Cedar Lane, as well, where much of the downtown parking will be located.
In other council business, property owned by Trussville Gas and Water at 407 Cherokee Drive Park was rezoned from park zoning to R-1 after the public utility removed a water tank that had previously stood on the property. The lot will be offered for bid. A separate parcel of property will be deeded to the city, according to Mike Strength, general manager of TGW.
The council also passed proclamations recognizing the Blow Away 5-K and School Board Member Recognition Month. Also passed was a resolution to reimburse city employees for tuition to further their education.
Additionally, the council issued a statement in opposition to the expansion of the Eastern Area Landfill proposed by the city of Birmingham. The Cahaba River Society has expressed concerns that the proposed landfill overlays the Bangor aquifer, which serves as a source of drinking water for Trussville.
“Public comment is open at the Alabama Department of Environmental Management website until Friday,” Councilman Jef Freeman said. “They will be building a mountain of garbage and trash about 40 feet high.”
Mayor Buddy Choat said that he had reached out to Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin and expressed his concerns with the proposed landfill expansion, but had not yet received a reply.
The council also amended the Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance to update the language.
Michael Pressley Jr. and Anthony Martin Jr. were approved as new hires for the police department, pending approval from the Personnel Board of Jefferson County.