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Trussville City Council: Linden Street to be closed for 45 days starting June 4

By Shaun Szkolnik, for the Tribune

TRUSSVILLE – The Trussville City Council met for a scheduled meeting on Tuesday, May 28, 2019.

The council unanimously approved 2019-024 annex. This ordinance allows for the City of Trussville to annex 7968 Arrowhead Lane. The annexation came with a recommendation from the planning and zoning committee.

The council next considered resolution 2019-022.

“This is (for) the Valley Road extension paralleling I-59 to Roosevelt Boulevard into the Pinnacle Shopping Center,” said Councilman Alan Taylor. “The contractors requested that we close that road for a period of 45 days while he does construction at what we’ll call the ‘T’ out there at that road.”

The resolution will require Linden Street to be closed from June 4 to July 20. The resolution was passed unanimously.

The council considered resolution 2019-023, which would allow for the purchase of a new tractor for public works. The new equipment would be used for mowing the rights of way. The cost of the equipment is $129,547.45. The outgoing piece of equipment has a trade in value of $10,500.

In other news, retiring TCS School Board member Bill Roberts addressed the council during the public comments portion of the meeting.

“I think it would be appropriate for me to thank this group (the council) and say what a privilege it has been for me to serve 10 years,” said Roberts. “If you knew much about my personality, I kind of have to do something, and this has been a great experience for me.

“In spite of all our growth in Trussville, we have room to grow in every school. Paine: we have a good amount of room to grow in Paine. Cahaba: we just opened nine new classrooms in Cahaba, and we’ve got some room there. Magnolia: we’ve got some room there. We had the wing at the middle school that is going to give us some nice room there. Somewhere down the road, the high school is designed … to add a wing there,” Roberts said,

Roberts also shared a telling anecdote.

“I was in an automobile dealership and this guy, he didn’t know who I was, and I said, ‘Well, tell me about your children,’ and he said, ‘Well, I’ve got a two-and-half-year-old,’ but he said, ‘Our goal is to be in Trussville by the time he starts kindergarten.’…I’ve always said you can’t have a great city if you don’t have a great school system; you can’t have a great school system if you don’t have a great city. There is no daylight between our council and mayor and the school system. And that is unusual, that is not the typical thing. Thank you, let’s just keep it going.”

The next Trussville City Council meeting will be held on June 18. The meeting was originally scheduled for June 11, but there will not be a quorum on that date.

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