By Terry Schrimscher, For the Tribune
ARGO – The Argo City Council met Monday night, Sept. 11, for the first regularly scheduled meeting of the month. The light agenda had two items of future business relating to zoning jurisdictions for the city.
The Council set the date for a public hearing on the master plan for the city of Argo. The hearing will be Sept. 27, and will be followed immediately by a vote of the Council. Receipt of the plan was approved after a recommendation from Planning and Zoning.
The Council tabled an ordinance to adopt State of Alabama building codes. The ordinance will have to be approved after a public hearing on the proposed codes, inspections and enforcement procedures. The Council expects to introduce the ordinance at the regular meeting on the 25th of September and set a hearing for a future date.
In other business, the Council approved a proclamation recognizing Alabama Farm-City Week. Cities around Alabama recognize the week before Thanksgiving each year as a way to learn more about how food is raised or grown by farmers and how agriculture and industry must work together to meet the needs of people in rural and urban areas.
In other business, the Council heard monthly reports from the Argo Fire Department and Argo Police Department. Fire Chief Scott Payne gave his updates on 47 total calls including 11 burn permits, 27 medical calls, answered three calls for structure fires and three brush fires.
Police Chief Alan Busler gave a brief update listing more than 500 total calls in August. He did not offer a breakdown of the types of calls during the public meeting.
Mayor Betty Bradley asked for information on the intersection of Old Springville Road and U.S. Hwy. 11. She expressed concern about adding speed bumps or other devices to alert drivers before the intersection.
“Twenty-one wrecks in two years is a lot,” Bradley said. “Somebody’s going to get killed and I’m afraid if they just go in there and put one of those rails across, I’m afraid it is going to flip a car when they go over and somebody is going to die.”
The next regular meeting of the Argo council is scheduled for Sept. 25, with a work session at 5 p.m. An agenda for each meeting is posted in local businesses including Hill Top Farms, Argo Hardware, Liberty Automotive, Shell, Southland BBQ, Fox’s Pizza and Buckeye Grocery. Agendas are also posted on the city’s Facebook page.