Money talks and so do Greensboro residents

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, July 13, 2005

GREENSBORO-Residents expressed their concerns early Tuesday morning at the Greensboro County Commission meeting.

After approval of the minutes, Greensboro resident, Carnell Jackson, spoke about the hiring of a new lawyer for the Commission.

“I need help with numbers,” Jackson said. “We got rid of an attorney that we said we didn’t need and couldn’t afford to hire another one and pay him twice the amount we were paying the other guy.”

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Jackson was baffled by where the Commission found the extra funds for a more expensive attorney.

Commissioner Yolanda Watkins said she had brought the issue before the panel in the past and hoped Jackson would get an answer.

Judge Leland Avery said he would check the numbers and get back to Jackson.

Another concern of Greensboro residents was that of drainage problems after heavy rain.

The issue began when Cut-Off Road was being discussed. The dirt road gets washed out whenever there is rainfall.

An area resident told commissioners it would be easier to just pave the road. Commissioners asked the city engineer to check on it.

Also concerning roadways, both citizens and commissioners expressed concern with the number of dirt roads in the city that run onto the main, paved roads after rain.

The city engineer was asked to look into those as well.

Other matters discussed at the meeting, included the development of an ambulance base in Greensboro. A possible location for the base is across from the Auburn Extension Center. A motion was passed to contribute a $250,000 community enhancement grant to the project.

Avery noted the money will not come from the city, but will be paid for by the ambulance board and the base.

The northern half of Greensboro suffered damage from Dennis. Trees were blown over and County Roads 51 and 4 were flooded.

Bob Burns, an American Red Cross representative, asked the board to consider the organization in the budget.

Burns, the treasurer for the West Alabama branch of Red Cross, said they have been “financially strapped” in the past months and have had to “dip into emergency funds.”

The West Alabama branch covers Hale, Green, Marengo, Tuscaloosa, Lamar, Sumter, and Pickens counties.

Burns mentioned the Red Cross has helped residents of Greensboro in many cases of need, donating well over $10,000 to the city’s residents.