Dadeville Council fills District 1 seatPublished 7:42pm Wednesday, August 13, 2014
The Dadeville City Council welcomed aboard a new councilmember to fill the vacant District 1 seat.
Stephanie Kelley agreed to join the Dadeville City Council during Tuesday’s meeting. Kelley replaces Patricia Potts, who resigned the seat due to moving outside the Dadeville city limits.
“It’s good to have you here and we look forward to working with you,” said District 5 representative Randy Foster.
Kelley, who was recommended by Potts to fill the seat, was sworn in by city attorney Robin Reynolds.
During Tuesday’s meeting, Raphord Farrington gave the council an update on the city’s street department and volunteers’ efforts to combat invasive plant species of Kudzu and privet around Dadeville.
Farrington said spraying had been carried out since June in areas including the Chattasofka Bridge, Green Valley Trailer Park, Cuberson Street, Bobo Street, Columbus Street, Rowe Street, Herren Street, Crawford Street, and Cusseta Street among others.
“We’re finding this material (Streamline) works excellent on Kudzu and Privet,” Farrington said. “But we’re also finding its not killing the grass. I had some concern that it would kill Kudzu but cause some erosion. However, you will still have vegetation there.”
Farrington said the numbers are still being calculated on how much it would cost the city to continue such a spraying program, and suggest that efforts should be carried out throughout the summer.
“We’ve used this material as low as 4 oz. per 100 gallons of water and still had it kill (overgrowth). It’s working and it’s exactly what we need to use,” Farrington said. “We’ve learned that you can do it and it can be attacked in areas. You can’t do it all in one year. But this system will work. If you could devote two people, half a day, twice a week, you could make huge gains.”
During Tuesday’s meeting, Dadeville Police Chief David Barbour updated the council on the current status of the DPD’s efforts to hire officers.
“One of the officers I talked to you about that was set to resign, rescinded his resignation. I’m very proud that he did. However, the other officer did resign,” Barbour said. “We’ve got a candidate in place now that we virtually have hired. He’s a young guy from Auburn. He’s passed all of my tests … and will start at the academy.”
Also during Tuesday’s meeting:
ν Sarah Williams of the Green Acres community approached council on issues with dog attacks in the community
ν The council stated an intention to continue to look for five members for the zoning board of adjustments.