Fairview Town Council gives update on Hwy. 69 red light, approves budget

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The Fairview Town Council listens to public comments from resident Jerry Roberts Monday evening at its December meeting. (Maggie Darnell for The Cullman Tribune)

FAIRVIEW, Ala. – Fairview Mayor Keith Henry at Monday night’s Fairview Town Council meeting gave an update on the traffic light coming to the Alabama Highway 69 and Wesley Avenue intersection. He said there’s a delay due to right-of-way issues at The Hutch Restaurant and that after they are resolved, installation will hopefully begin. Sen. Garlan Gudger, R-Cullman and Rep. Randall Shedd, R-Fairview announced in August that Gov. Kay Ivey had approved a project for improvements, including adding traffic signals, to the intersection. Shedd said the project was made possible because of the 10-cent fuel tax increase that was signed into law earlier this year by Ivey.

Back in August, Gudger and Shedd said the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) was working to acquire additional right-of-way for the project. The configuration of the intersection is difficult, requiring a cost of at least $188,000 for the project, which is being paid from new revenue from Ivey’s Rebuild Alabama Program meaning the project could not begin until Oct. 1, 2019.

The council voted to give an annual donation of $300 to the Good Samaritan Health Clinic.

Henry brought forward a new contract between the Town and the Fairview Volunteer Fire Department. He said the contract wouldn’t be decided on at the meeting, but he wanted the council to review the contract and vote on it at a later date. The contract was tabled for further discussion.

In new business, the council discussed the Town’s budget and community needs. The condition of the soccer goals at Randall Shedd Community Park were cited as needing repairs. The council voted to fix and repair the soccer goals with the price to be determined at a later date. Lastly, the council approved the 2019-2020 proposed budget. From the budget, the total expenses are $307,740 with total revenue of $292,740.

In public comments, the council heard from resident Jerry Roberts, who told the council of drivers speeding and playing loud music over the weekend nights along Wesley Avenue. Roberts also brought concerns about daytime speeders, sharing his fears associated with vehicles speeding past Early Years Preschool. The council said it will do what it can and look into it.

The Fairview Town Council meets on the first Monday of each month at 6 p.m. The next regularly scheduled meeting is Jan. 6, 2020.

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Maggie Darnell

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