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Valley to install brighter street lights

VALLEY — The City of Valley has entered an agreement with the Alabama Department of Transportation that will improve street lighting in the Langdale community. A total of 15 street lights will be getting brighter, longer-lasting LED lighting through this agreement. Most of the lights are along Highway 29.

Alabama Power will put in the new lighting and be responsible for them from now on.

A resolution approved Monday by the Valley City Council authorizes Mayor Leonard Riley to execute the agreement on behalf of the city.

In other action on Monday, the council approved a four-item consent agenda dealing with surplus equipment from Valley Parks & Recreation, travel advances, a contract with East Alabama Occupational Medicine and an agreement with the Chambers County Commission on paving.

The county commission has already approved its part of the agreement. It’s for a bid made by Chris Clark Grading & Paving. The project costs for work completed by Clark will be determined by this bid list.

The surplus list includes cooking-related items such as an electric floor fryer, a stove/oven combination and a dishwasher.

The travel advance is for member of the city council who will be attending this year’s Alabama League of Municipalities conference to be held in Tuscaloosa May 16-19. Each person going to represent the city will receive $300 in advance for travel money.

The contract with East Alabama Occupational Medicine is a third-party service agreement for substance abuse testing. There’s a cost of $36 per donor plus a $250 annual renewal fee.

Planning & Development Director Travis Carter informed the council that Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood would soon be doing some surveying work between 61st Street and Fob James Drive. This is involved with the replacement of a sewer line in that area.

“If you live in that area and see some surveyors in your backyard, that’s what it’s about,” he said.

Valley Parks & Recreation Director Laurie Blount said that Leap Day would be taking place on Saturday, Feb. 29 and that it will be a fun day at the Community Center. ]“It will be a free day, and we want everyone to come out and take part in it,” she said. “We will give a free towel to the first 100 people to come in. I’d love to see some of you council members there.”

Blount said that registration for spring sports will continue through this month. Registration for track will conclude on Feb. 27 with registration for the other spring sports wrapping up on Feb. 29.

She reminded everyone that the annual Clean Up Valley Week would take place the first week of April. A shredder truck will be at the Farmers’ Market Pavilion on Saturday, April 4th. It will also be electronic recycling day. Anyone can bring unwanted electronic items to be hauled off. Old tires can be brought there that day as well.

Council Member Jim Clark said that some volunteer trash pickup needed to be done on Shawmut Circle, a special place that can look unsightly very fast when people litter.

Council Member Cassie Carlisle said that the River View community was looking better with some unsightly properties having been removed recently.