By Joshua Huff, sports editor
SPRINGVILLE — The discussion during the regular scheduled Springville city council meeting on Monday, June 15, 2020, centered around the appropriation of roads in an effort to provide adequate maintenance for several deteriorating roadways throughout the city.
In all, the city council approved the acquisition of Fern Lane, Fern Creek Circle and Radcliffe Terrace. The latter was approved with a 5-3 vote, while the city takeover of Fern Lane and Fern Creek Circle were unanimously approved.
The city’s acceptance of these streets means that it is now tasked with maintenance and upkeep.
The acceptance of Fern Creek Drive into the city did not pass as Wayne Tucker and Tim Walker voted no. The city council decided to take time to assess the condition of the road, along with others around the city, before they vote to turn them into city roads. Complicating matters is a current list of roads that council members passed along to the mayor that detail roadways within each district that are in dire need of repair. The city has enough funds to repair a certain amount, so determining which roads take precedence has proved to be a complex feat.
Springville Mayor William Isley, however, stated his desire to move along and repair the roads for the citizens.
“I’m ready to move on and do some work in the city for the citizens,” Springville Mayor William Isley said.
In the coming days, the council will travel throughout the city and take stock of the condition of roadways and determine at a later date which roads are in most need of repair.
In other news, the city council unanimously approved the fire department’s request to purchase body armor and extricating equipment. The body armor will be universal fit and will be shared around the department. The armor plates will protect against light and heavy rounds, Chief Richard Harvey said.
“If we’re having to wear these, I want to give my guys the best protection,” Harvey said.
In all, the total quoted for the body armor is $7,700.
The need for armor follows the continued civil unrest following cries of racial inequality and police brutality that echoes throughout the nation.