Fairview council votes to replace park lights, discusses community planning

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The Fairview Town Council met for its March meeting at Fairview Town Hall Monday night. (Nick Griffin for The Cullman Tribune)

FAIRVIEW, Ala. – The Fairview Town Council held its regularly scheduled meeting Monday night, and after approving last month’s minutes welcomed Clint Haynes who was there to talk about his idea for a potential strip mall in the town. No detailed plans were put in place, but Haynes and the council discussed potential locations and businesses that could be located within the proposed development.

Fairview Senior Center Director Angie Carter is organizing an outdoor event at Randall Shedd Community Park for the local seniors, and the council approved a motion to co-sponsor the event and contribute $200 toward the festivities.

Staying within the park, Mayor Keith Henry shifted the conversation to park lights. Henry brought a solar LED light he researched to replace the current lights in the park. The council approved a motion to purchase the new lights. Henry estimated the 71 new lights will cost approximately $7,500.

To wrap up Monday night’s meeting, Councilwoman Julie Grimes presented some ideas for organizing future planning within the community to the rest of the council.

“I talked with the mayor about setting up a formal planning process so that we can set some priorities and match those. That way we can be thinking ahead more so than responding to requests that come in,” Grimes said. “So, I suggested that we kind of start this planning process, and I think the first thing we need to do is assess our situation and get some input from the different stakeholders that are involved. My suggestion is that we create some groups that each of us can represent and then go out and talk to people in the community.”

Once Grimes presented her ideas to the council, each member volunteered to cover a specific group within the community and make efforts to get input from them. The groups are as follows:

  • Charles Bannister – citizens/community members/general public
  • Robert Johnson – town businesses
  • Steve Eddleman – charitable/religious/nonprofit organizations
  • Joseph Black – community services/utilities/government agencies
  • Keith Henry – educational entities
  • Julie Grimes – legislative delegation/town representatives

The Fairview Town Council will hold its next regularly scheduled meeting Monday, April 5 at 6 p.m. at Fairview Town Hall.

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