From The Trussville Tribune staff reports
PINSON — The Pinson City Council met on Thursday, May 16, 2019, and discussed several items including Movies in May and issues at the city’s splash pad.
Mayor Hoyt Sanders said the timer on the controller on the feature pump at the splash pad is malfunctioning. The mayor has installed a bypass switch as a quick-fix and to get chemicals to the water, but he’s working with Counselor Robbie Roberts to try and fix it permanently.
Sanders said there are options for the repair. The worst-case scenario would cost about $2,000 and that would mean having a company out of Ohio come to Pinson to fix the pump controller. The council unanimously approved $2,000 to go towards repairs if needed. Sanders said it is unusual for this type of equipment to go out as soon as this one has, but it is already out of warranty.
A piece of property adjacent to a Pinson homeowner was annexed into the city. The homeowner owns the parcel that is on Pinewood Drive and it is zoned as residential. After a petition for annexation was considered, the council voted unanimously to annex it into the city of Pinson.
The city council also decided on a new Christmas tree. The 14′ panel tree includes C7 LED lights and red, gold and green ornaments, and artificial pine cones. Councilor Dawn Tanner said during the trip to the League of Municipalities Conference in Mobile, she was able to see how different trees look and how they are assembled and disassembled. The tree is made by a company in North Carolina.
Sanders presented photos from the new library at Kermit Johnson School. The modern design includes bright colors and dynamic architecture. The library is near completion and an open house day will be announced at a later date.
Councilor Joy McCain presented plans to install Graniflex System flooring to the Pinson Public Library. The new flooring will be put in the event room and the hallway. The total price for the work is estimated at $22,583.75. The council voted to approve the work that will be done by Concrete Creations, LLC.
The stairs, landings and siding will be replaced on the press box on the Pinson Valley Youth Sports Complex baseball field. RTS Construction estimated the upgrades at $18,550. The Pinson City Council approved the funds unanimously.
The mayor also showed off plaques presented to him on behalf of the city at the Pinson Valley Education Foundation Banquet. One is from the football team and the other is from the basketball team. They thanked Mayor Sanders for supporting their teams.
Sanders also presented a plaque from the Special Olympics teams. The Special Olympics Basketball team won second place in the state this year. The Special Olympics Track and Field team will be participating in the State Summer Games on Saturday, May 18, 2019, at Troy University.
The council also discussed how convenient social media has been in getting the word out about events. In fact, they voted to do away with the city’s monthly subscription to SeeClickFix, a citizen request tool. Sanders said Facebook is used more and the software has been costing the city about $500 a month. There have only been five clicks on the program this year. Other options discussed included Everbridge, Live Locally Alabama and Google Forms.
Before adjourning into executive session to discuss real estate, the council reminded everyone in attendance that the Pinson Valley High School graduation ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 23, 2019. It will be at 1 p.m. at the concert hall at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC).
Other upcoming events include Beat the Heat at Turkey Creek on July 20, National Night Out on August 6 at Bicentennial Park and Movies in May:
May 17 — Mary Poppins Returns
May 24 — Ralph Breaks the Internet