Fairview Council discusses security, receives update on Hwy. 69 light

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Fairview Mayor Keith Henry Is seen at Monday’s Fairview Town Council meeting. (Maggie Darnell for The Cullman Tribune)

FAIRVIEW, Ala. – The Fairview Town Council opened its first meeting of the year with an update from Mayor Keith Henry on the traffic light set to be installed at the intersection of Alabama Highway 69 and Wesley Avenue. The project was announced back in August.

“The red light, we’re getting really close to installation,” said Henry. “We have a maintenance agreement from the state that we have to sign. Basically, the red light and installation and all doesn’t cost us anything, but we’re responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of it; we’re already responsible for the caution lights now. They said we could either contract with the City of Cullman or anyone we want to do maintenance on it. The City of Cullman, they have a good crew, they’re the ones that do maintenance on our caution lights now.”

The council voted to sign the maintenance agreement, saying it will take responsibility for the maintenance and upkeep of the new traffic light.

The council welcomed Fairview Volunteer Fire Department Chief Doug Williams and Assistant Chief and local business owner Dr. Josiah Daily.

“We heard the (rent) contract for the fire department is worked out, do you have something yet?” Williams asked.

Henry responded, “We do have a draft, but we don’t have anything approved yet.”

Daily asked the council for an update on his request that his businesses, The Fairview Quick Stop and The Hutch, be de-annexed from the Town of Fairview.

Henry addressed Daily, saying, “At this point, we’re not going to do that.”

Daily responded with an “OK.”

In new business, the council discussed purchasing security cameras to put up around the restrooms at all the park and ballfields in town due to recent reports and incidents of vandalism. Henry noted he’d been discussing numbers with Gadsden-based Sweetwater Security Systems, which Henry said has previously done work in Baileyton. If the Town went with Sweetwater, it would get 11 cameras for a 48-month lease for $4,000 a year. That price would cover instillation of the cameras and internet setup and maintenance.

“The cameras would cover a whole park area,” Henry said. “It wouldn’t be close like me looking at you.”

Councilman Robert Johnson suggested checking with a local security company instead.

Councilman Charles Banister said, “It is something worth looking into.”

The council did not take action on the security cameras.

The Fairview Town Council meets on the first Monday of each month. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be Feb. 3, 2020 at 6 p.m. at Fairview Town Hall.

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