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January 3, 2014

Center Point Parkway or Center Point Road? In Pinson, it may soon change to just Highway 75

PINSON — A main road in Pinson which currently has three different names is about to get that reduced to just one.

Highway 75, which runs north and south through the heart of the city, is also known by either Center Point Road or Center Point Parkway — or in some places, both.

“We have places where a sign on one side of the road says Center Point Parkway, and on the other side it says Center Point Road,” Sanders said in Thursday’s Pinson City Council meeting. “Needless to say, that’s a bit confusing.”

Sanders introduced a resolution to officially change the name to Highway 75, replacing the other two names on a segment from Brumbeloe Drive northward to Highway 151, where 75 turns northeast toward Oneonta.

The resolution will be up for public comment and approval at the next meeting on Jan. 16.

Meanwhile, the council continues to adjust plans for the new city park, as they prepare to put the project up for bids.

Sanders and Councilman Robbie Roberts discussed visits they made to a splash pad in Springville, and also made changes in the current plan that would add three concrete pads — two more near the splash pad and one near the playground — over which shelters could later be built for use as pavilions, which could be rented for parties.

The council also amended plans for restrooms for the splash pad, removing two shower stalls in each. The plans now call for one handicapped-accessible shower in each restroom, plus one family shower.

Additional changes will add more electrical outlets and conduits for security-camera controls.

In other business, the council:

  • Heard the first reading of a resolution to join in the state’s annual sales tax holidays for back-to-school items on Aug. 1-3, and for emergency preparedness items on Feb. 21-23;
  • Annexed two properties, one of which is city-owned land at the corner of Oak Street West and Highway 75, which will be part of the entrance to the new park;
  • Heard Sanders report that the sale of the former railroad-hotel property on Spring Street was complete, and that the building — most recently used as a law office — would be available for rent, as will a portion of the Rock School that the city just purchased. Those interested in renting should contact Sanders’ office.

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