Dadeville City Council declares ‘war on litter’

Cliff Williams / The Outlook No-dumping signs have done little to prevent dumping along Herren Street in Dadeville.

The Dadeville City Council and Mayor Wayne Smith want to do something about trash on the streets in Dadeville.

At Tuesday’s council meeting, Smith reminded everyone of a community-wide cleanup this Saturday.

“This city has declared war on litter,” Smith said. “ We’ve got our citywide cleanup this Saturday. We are meeting here at city hall at 8 a.m. Waste Management has donated a dumpster.”

Smith and the council hope more than just city officials will come out.

“I’m looking for a good turnout,” Smith said. “I am challenging the schools and churches to come out and help. The weather will be good but a little bit cool early.”

Councilmember Roy Mathis said he has a solution to the city’s litter problem after picking up trash along a three-quarter mile stretch of North Loop Road.

“We have to go to the source,” Mathis said. “I picked up two wine bottles, a whiskey bottle, nine beer bottles and 11 beer cans. I picked up a Mellow Yellow bottle and a Coke can. People are driving under the influence. If we went to a dry city it would fix it.”

Mathis acknowledged he would get no support for making it illegal to sell alcohol in the city limits. Other councilmembers said residents and guests would just purchase their alcohol elsewhere and come back to Dadeville not eliminating the litter problem.

Smith said the Dadeville Volunteer Fire Department has already started the weekend cleanup.

“A lot of our volunteers work at another department and won’t be available,” Smith said. “They have already gone out a couple days picking up setting an example for the rest of us.”

Scott Henderson with CDG gave the council an update on the courthouse square renovation project. Henderson said there was a meeting with Alabama Department of Transportation officials and it seems likely ALDOT will take on the paving, drainage and utility-moving part of the project to help with project costs.

Smith said the city’s street department has been working hard with drainage.

“We have had a tremendous amount of rain this winter,” Smith said. “We have had a few drainage problems but nothing major.”

Smith said employees in the department have been quick to check on problem areas correcting blocked drains and making quick fixes.

In other action the Dadeville City Council also:

• Approved paying $100 a month for port-a-potties at Keebler Park and the demolition of the current bathrooms.

“Those existing restrooms have been an ongoing problem,” Smith said.

The issue in the restrooms has been vandalism. Smith said the vendor will take care of the maintenance of the port-a-potties year around.

• Heard building inspector Michael Richardson say he could find no ordinance governing how timber companies are supposed to leave property after they cut the timber from it.

“The complaint I had was the extra noise from Highway 280 because the trees are gone,” Richardson said.

• Were reminded Dixie Youth opening day is April 6, Spring Fling in Keebler Park is April 13, Easter is April 21 and the opening of the Alabama Bicentennial display and celebration is April 27.

• Tabled a zoning ordinance as no one from the planning commission was at the meeting.

• Voted down truck restrictions on North Loop Road as councilmembers said a garbage truck would not meet the six tire restriction the council was looking at.

• Learned the weather siren would soon be coming down.

• Was informed one nuisance property on Lafayette Street had been cleaned up and another was being put on the next demolition grant project.

• Learned the Dadeville Beautification Committee will finish decorating the gazebo for Easter on Tuesday and following Easter the gazebo will be decorated in a patriotic theme.

• Heard Dadeville fire chief Anthony Wilkerson say the department sent personnel to help in the aftermath of the EF4 tornado in Lee County. He also said the department has already answered 42 calls this year. Last year the department responded to about 100 calls all year long. Wilkerson also stated 12 members of the department have completed more than 400 hours of training this year.

• Approved payment of bills.

• Approved four recreation center rentals.

The next meeting of the Dadeville City Council is March 26 at 5:30 p.m. There is a pre-council discussion starting at 5 p.m.