Marengo County Fire and Rescue requests reinstatement of bucket drive

Published 9:00 am Wednesday, September 14, 2022

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Frances Crouch, manager of the Marengo County Fire and Rescue Squad Thrift Store in Linden, requested permission from the Linden City Council to begin holding “bucket drive fundraisers” again.

Crouch said the fundraisers stopped after safety concerns came up, but that they “need to raise some money.” If they were reinstated, the drives would take place on Saturdays. Mayor Gwendolyn Rogers said the Council and Police Chief Robert Alston Jr., would discuss the request and get back to her with a decision.

Under committee reports, Alston asked the Council if they had made a decision on what to do with the former Alabama Power Building. The building was purchased two years ago to be used as a new City Hall.

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Rogers said the Council discussed the building at the last work session and will possibly have it turned into a public safety building. Councilmember Jan Cannon said they hadn’t moved forward on the project due not having a licensed engineer.

Since the structure is intended for a public safety building, City Attorney Woody Dinning said that all plans and blueprints will need to be overseen by an engineer or an architect. Another work session will be held on September 20 to fully discuss the plan.

Councilmember Byron Vice reported that a part-time worker at the Marengo Nursing Home tested positive for COVID-19, and has been taken off the schedule until they are cleared to return.

The Linden City Council meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 4:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.