Lanett council recognizes scholarship winners, purchases police cars

Published 2:22 pm Wednesday, May 8, 2019

During Monday night’s meeting, the Lanett City Council recognized and congratulated four seniors who will receive AMEA scholarships this year, recognized National Police Week, agreed to purchase two new police vehicles and approved a resolution designed to prevent municipal water pollution.

The recipients of the 2019 AMEA scholarships include three students from Lanett High — Tairrque James, Areyonna James and Princess Mallory, and one Springwood senior, Mitchum Smith.

These scholarships are presented to students who attend schools served by the Alabama Municipal Electric Authority (AMEA).

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Lanett is one of 11 Alabama cities with membership in the AMEA.

Tairrque plans to attend Troy University and major in counseling. Areyonna will attend Auburn University and major in aviation. Princess will be going to Jacksonville State to study early childhood development. Mitchum will attend Auburn and major in physical therapy.

McCoy wished each student well in their college career and asked them to consider coming back to the local community to apply their skills for the good of the local area.

He cited the example of Moesha Hicks, a recent college graduate and Lanett High School alumnus, who’s now working for the Chambers County Development Authority.

National Police Week is observed the week of May 12 through May 18 and honors the service and sacrifices made by law enforcement officers in protecting our communities with their selfless acts of bravery.

The two new vehicles being acquired for the Lanett Police Department are 2018 Ford Interceptor AWD Utility vehicles each costing $35,713. They are being purchased off the state bid list from Stivers Ford Lincoln in Montgomery.

McCoy commended Chief Johnny Wood for being diligent in his efforts to acquire USDA grant funds that will cover half of the purchase price.

Through a water pollution prevention resolution, the city is informing the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) of its action and schedule to maintain effluent requirements set in its NPDES permit.

This is done to prevent the bypass and overflow of raw sewage into its collection system or at the treatment plant.