By Nathan Prewett, For the Tribune
PINSON – The Pinson City Council unanimously passed an ordinance regarding floodplain development in the city during a meeting on Monday, Nov. 13.
Zoning Administrator Chris Sharit explained that the ordinance keeps the city in line with the regulations of FEMA and the state floodplain coordinator. It is adopted every few years, with some changes in language and regulations.
“And this is something that we have to have and have to do in order for citizens to be able to purchase insurance if they wish,” he said.
The geography of part of Pinson makes some residents susceptible to flooding, noted Pro Tem Robbie Roberts.
“We know that’s very important to a lot of the folks in the low-lying areas,” he said. “And we have a lot of low-lying areas here in Pinson.”
He also noted that Mayor Joe Cochran has dealt with flooding issues in the city before.
“We may not be able to stop the flooding from happening, but we can certainly make sure that (residents) have good coverage to rebuild or relocated after the facts,” Roberts said.
Councilwoman Clinteshia Irvin reported that the Veterans Day luncheon held on Nov. 10 had a “great turnout” with Three on a String providing music. She expressed her thanks to the Public Works Department workers for their hands in the event.
She also gave a reminder about the Christmas Parade on Dec. 4, at 6 p.m., and announced that the family of Caleb White, a Pinson Valley High School student who passed away in August, will be the grand marshal this year.
“We don’t normally say much about the grand marshal in advance, but I think in this case that’s well deserved, and I’m kind of glad to let the community know to come out and support the family,” said Roberts.
In other business, the council:
- Accepted a low bid of $399,205 for continuing renovations at the Rock School Center,
- Released a bond for road improvements at Hunter’s Point and accepted a maintenance bond for the project, and
- Entered into an agreement with Alabama Power to provide lighting for the Christmas decoration pole lights throughout the city.
Pinson City Council meets on the first and third Thursdays of every month at City Hall on 4410 Main Street. Live-streamed meetings can be seen on the city’s Facebook page.
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