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Linden to receive repairs at Hwy. 43 railroad crossing

Mayor Charles Moore told the Linden City Council of an unnamed business for which the city has no records of sales tax being paid during the city council meeting Tuesday. Moore said that City Attorney Woody Dinning Jr. “will be contacting the appropriate people.”

District 4 Councilman Neal Jackson also notified the council of two stop signs that were hit. According to Jackson, the sign at the intersection of Austin Avenue and Mamie Street was damaged, and the sign at the intersection of Austin Avenue and Easley Street was knocked down. The council agreed to have them fixed at the meeting, and Bruce Ward, secretary for the city council, reported that the signs were fixed the following day.

Additionally, Dinning updated the council on the status of the request to make repairs on the railroad crossings on Highway 43 and Shiloh Street, saying that representatives of Meridian & Bigbee Railroad said a temporary repair to the asphalt would be made within 90 days, and a permanent replacement would be made within a year.

At an emergency meeting called on Aug. 1, the Linden Utility Board also passed a resolution to apply for a $30,000 water search grant.  According to Vice Chairman of the Utility Board Byron Vice, if accepted, the grant can be applied to any improvement to the City of Linden’s water system that the city sees fit to make.

Other items discussed by the council are:

• Police Chief Robert Alston presented a copy of citations and arrests for the month of July to the council.

• Moore requested that Dinning write the owner of apartments on East Coats Avenue to clean the property. Dinning told the mayor that he would call the owner the next day.

• City Clerk Barbara Cannon brought forward the Retirement Systems of Alabama’s request for a one-time bonus to be paid to retired municipal employees who met the necessary requirements. No action was taken at the time.

• The mayor shared a letter from Linden City Schools Superintendent Luther Hallmark with the council thanking them for the landscaping work and improvements done throughout the school district over the summer.

The Linden City Council meets at 4:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month at Linden City Hall.

(This article originally appeared in the Saturday, August 11 issue of the Demopolis Times.)