The City of Dadeville will soon have a new tractor and side mower to help maintain city rights-of-way after action taken by the Dadeville City Council Tuesday night.
“We bought a tractor and side cutter,” Dadeville Mayor Wayne Smith said. “We paid a little over half in cash and will finance the rest for three years. The payments will be made from funds from the gas tax.”
The city will pay $40,000 cash and finance the remaining $34,000 with payments coming from the city’s portion of the gas tax to purchase the tractor and mower combination available through state bid. The old tractor mower combination was several decades old.
Jerry McGukin with East Alabama Regional Planning came to Tuesday’s council meeting suggesting revising zoning ordinances.
“He is suggesting we change downtown some,” Smith said. “The idea is to make downtown more multiuse to help promote growth.”
Smith said no decisions were made and it will be an ongoing process.
Smith said April will be a busy month in Dadeville.
“We have something going on every weekend,” Smith said. “We have opening day for Dixie Youth April 6, Earth Day activities April 13, Easter weekend and the Alabama Bicentennial exhibit will be here the next weekend. We will have events surrounding that as well.”
In other action, the Dadeville City Council also:
• Learned there will be a citywide cleanup March 16 from 8 a.m. to noon. “We will meet at city hall and go from there,” Smith said. “We are encouraging schools, churches and anyone else to come out and help.” Smith said Waste Management would provide a dumpster.
• Learned one nuisance property will be fully cleaned up in the next few days and the another will be put on the demolition list when the city applies for another grant to fund a program to take down dilapidated structures.
• Approved recreation center rentals.
• Approved a resolution from the Alabama League of Municipalities in support of raising the gas tax.
• Started the process to declare some city property including old vehicles as surplus so the city can auction items.
• Passed an ordinance making North Loop Road inaccessible to thru truck traffic.
• Approved increasing the fee for lots in the new part of the cemetery to $500.
The next meeting of the Dadeville City Council is Tuesday, March 12. A pre-council discussion starts at 5 p.m. and the meeting begins at 5:30 p.m.