Fairview council appoints new councilwoman, talks traffic lights, fireworks

Fairview Mayor Keith Henry is seen at the Fairview Town Council meeting Monday, June 1, 2020. (Maggie Darnell for The Cullman Tribune)

FAIRVIEW, Ala. – The newly-installed traffic lights at Alabama Highway 69 and Wesley Avenue in Fairview were still flashing as of Tuesday afternoon. While the sign at the intersection informed motorists the lights would be fully functional June 2, Fairview Mayor Keith Henry at the town council’s Monday night meeting said the lights would flash a little longer as the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) completes paving and striping work.

Said Henry, “The light is flashing. It says it’s going to turn on tomorrow (Tuesday) on the sign, but I don’t think that’ll happen because from what I understand they wanted to get the new paving down and white stripes in and bars leading to the road, where you have to stop, down before they turn the light on. The warning system that’s going to be put up where between (Brindley Mountain Barbecue) and the car wash place is, when the light turns yellow a signal flashes warning drivers to slow down, is on back order. I think their plan is to leave that temporary sign up until they finish.”

The council voted to appoint Julie Grimes to the seat vacated by Councilwoman Paula Edge in 2019. Henry noted that Edge, who stepped down due to health reasons, had requested her replacement be a woman. Grimes will hold the seat temporarily and can run for election to the seat in the Aug. 25, 2020 Municipal Election.

In other business, Henry gave an update about the new playground equipment at Randall Shedd Community Park. He said installation is almost complete.

“We still need to get borders and mulch,” said the mayor.

Town Clerk Debbie Shedd told the council that First Baptist Church of Fairview Pastor David Chambers still wants to hold the annual Freedom Celebration event, especially since the fireworks at Smith Lake Park have been canceled this year. Shedd said Chambers told her he needed $2,500 to ensure the event goes on and that several local Fairview businesses have already donated. The Town donates $500 each year for the event, but the council voted this year to donate up to $1,000.

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

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