North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

May 8, 2013

After persistent flooding, Warrior council closes downtown street

By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News

WARRIOR — A downtown Warrior street that often floods is being closed.

Third Street on the west side of North Main Street has been inundated during the recent rains. The street, behind the former Ace Hardware store, often has several feet of standing water. Over the weekend, a teenage driver got stuck trying to go through the water, despite orange highway barrels in the way.

The street is currently closed with signed barricades and traffic cones. Mayor Johnny Ragland requested in Monday night’s city council meeting that more permanent methods be used to close the street until a solution could be found to the flooding problem.

Council members and city workers said that the problem has existed off and on since a sinkhole was filled in the parking lot of the nearby Fred’s store. That action may have blocked a drainage pipe, resulting in the Third Street problem.

In other business, Ragland announced that the city’s commercial development board was being reactivated after being dormant for some time.

Four people who were serving on the board when it was last active — Tom Eaton, Phillip Boyer, Glenda Smith and Judy Ware — will return. Chuck Mosley was also on the board, but cannot serve now because he has since been elected to the city council.

Council members selected Paul “Butch” Barber and Brooks Baker as new members of the board.

The council approved a plan to use two men as part-time city building inspectors. John Mulvehill and Jack Davis, who had both applied for a permanent inspector’s position, will instead serve on an as-needed basis for a 90-day trial period. They will be paid per inspection call.

In other business, the council:

• Approved the hiring of Robbie Long as the new senior citizens director, replacing the retiring Jackie Holt

• Heard a report from Police Chief Ray Horn about the upcoming retirement of Sgt. Randy Boissel, as well as the need to fill a part-time officer’s position to cover for an officer out because of injuries sustained in a wreck

• Accepted the resignation of Lewis Jolly as a street department worker

• Moved the next council meeting to Wednesday, May 23 because Ragland and council members will be attending the Alabama League of Municipalities convention in Montgomery on May 21.