North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

June 12, 2013

Kimberly council hears about several Liberty Crossings problems

By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News

KIMBERLY — The Kimberly Council didn't have much business of its own to attend to Tuesday night, but had more to hear about from one of the city's residents.

Ron Holcombe, who lives in the Liberty Crossings subdivision, came before the council with three separate issues.

Holcombe first commented on the growing number of stray pets, particularly cats, that were invading the neighborhood. He asked the council how they would stop that growth, which Mayor Pro Tem Brian Pharris (filling in for the absent Mayor Bob Ellerbrock) blamed on people dumping strays in nearby rural lands.

Pharris told Holcombe to call the Birmingham Jefferson County Animal Control, which would then pick up strays that Holcombe had caught. "If the city calls animal control they'll charge us, but if you call them there's no charge," Pharris said.

Holcombe then complained about trucks from garbage contractor Waste Pro, Inc., which he said were cutting through his property, leaving ruts and destroying lawn sprinklers. Two other council members chimed in with similar complaints, and Pharris added one of his own.

"There's some sort of liquid pouring out of those trucks in my cul-de-sac, and when they stop it spills out more, and the whole neighborhood smells like the dump," Pharris said.

Pharris directed city clerk Sandy Waid to call Waste Pro about the complaints.

Lastly, Holcombe added his complaints to those of former mayor Ralph Lindsey and other residents in the ongoing dispute between Liberty Crossinsg developer Clint Singletary, and the remaining work needed on the subdivision's streets.

Waid said that Lindsey had called before Tuesday's meeting in order to address the council again, but delayed until the next meeting on June 24 since Ellerbrock was absent.

In the only official action of the session, the council approved the application of Christopher Tyree as a volunteer firefighter.