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Valley City Council approves new plan

VALLEY — The Valley City Council approved a new comprehensive plan and approved a resolution seeking Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) funds for some needed sewer line work in the Langdale community in its Monday meeting.

Approving the comprehensive plan culminates a two-year effort to have an updated advisory policy document.

“Anyone who wants to review this will be able to,” Mayor Leonard Riley said. “This is something we should have already taken care of.”

The resolution seeking grant funding is for remediation work in Langdale near Moore’s Creek. There’s also a need for improvements to the main trunk line leading from Langdale into Shawmut and Fairfax. One grant being sought is for $450,000 and the other is for $200,000.

If approved, there will be a local match of $200,000, which will be provided by the East Alabama Water, Sewer and Fire Protection District.

The council also approved a resolution to clear up possible conflicts between restrictive covenants and zoning regulations. In the event of a conflict between the two, the restrictive covenants would take precedence.

The council wished good luck to Valley youth teams that will be taking part in state tournament play this week. At 3 p.m. EDT on Friday, the 9 & 10-year-old boys team will be playing in Tuscaloosa. The 7, 8 & 9-year-old girls will be playing this weekend in Montgomery. The time has yet to be determined.

On Friday, the Valley Area Swim Team will be in the district swim meet in Opelika, and on Saturday morning the horseshoes and shuffleboard portion of the District Masters Games will be taking place at the Community Center.

“We are really busy right now,” said Valley Parks and Recreation Director Laurie Blount. “There’s a 50 percent chance of rain on Friday afternoon. We may postpone Free Tomato Sandwich Day at the Farmer’s Market until the following Friday. We will determine that on Wednesday.”

Planning and Development Director Travis Carter said that the city had been getting complaints about leaking garbage trucks. He said the city’s solid waste provider, Mr. Greenjeans has been contacted about this. Council members Jim Clark and Randall Maddux said they’d been complained to about this.

“You can see it everywhere the truck stops,” Maddux said. “It leaks and it smells. This needs to be better managed.”

“This needs to stop,” Carter said. “If you see this happening, call us and tell us about it.”

Carter also said there had been incidents recently taking place in the city where unlicensed people had been doing roofing work in the city.

“They have to have a state license,” he said. “We can verify if they do.”