City gives LBW athletics a boost

Published 12:00 am Monday, November 3, 2003

In a relatively short Andalusia City Council meeting Tuesday night, $7,500 was approved to be awarded to the Athletics Department of Lurleen B. Wallace Community College - Andalusia.

"The athletics department is hurting pretty bad over financially," Johnson said. "They're asking for $75,000 total in donations. We use the tennis courts and a number of the other facilities, including the Babe Ruth tournament, out there. $7,500 is a generous sum."

Since the college is state funded, there are no stipulations or laws against any grants given to departments affiliated with the school.

Following a motion by Councilman Harry Hinson, consideration of an application for a liquor license for East Three Notch Street Package Store has been tabled. Hinson argued the matter should be discussed in the future, because of certain circumstances concerning the establishment.

The council announced the appointments of new members of the Industrial Development Board, Bill Rabren and Ward Taylor. Each member is appointed to six-year terms. The new members will succeed the existing members, Louisa Mann and Jurell Davis. Mann has served on the board for one term, and Davis has been a member for three consecutive terms.

The City Public Works Department Director Jim Hogg presented recent developments in the city, including the paving along railroads and streets and landfill expansion.

"People in the city have been talking about the condition of railroads for quite some time," Johnson said. "We've received a lot of compliments on the department's hard work on the crossings."

Compared to the agenda, Hogg's report seemed lengthy, he admitted.

"This must be the first time my report is actually longer than the meeting," Hogg said.

Hogg also added his department charges the city a total of about $1,200-$1,800 per month for trash and debris pick-up for up to 18 cubic yards per household per week.

"I don't know of any other city in the nation that will pick up to 18 cubic yards of garbage at that rate," Johnson said.

"It's a really good deal," Councilman Jerry Andrews agreed.

Director of Leisure Services Dwight Mikel also reported on preparations of this year's Halloween on the Square. Candy, performers, and features for the event have already been mostly paid for, he said.

City Clerk Pam Steele has been accepted as a member in the Master Municipal Clerk Academy Program of the International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC). Members of the council recognized and commended the work she has done in her position and her achievements.