North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

August 2, 2013

Pinson moves toward designating historic districts

By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News

PINSON — An effort to designate as many as three historic districts in Pinson is making progress.

Pamela King, a historical district consultant, told the Pinson City Council in Thursday night’s meeting that two districts — one for Pinson Main Street and the city’s original downtown, and the other for the Pinson Hills neighborhood — are in the late stages of application with the Alabama Historical Commission. That agency must approve the applications, then pass them along to the federal Department of the Interior to be approved as a National Register Historic District.

Work on the applications for the tow districts has taken place over several years, but has only recently begun to make real progress, King said.

A third application for a historic district in Palmerdale is still in the beginning stages, mainly because the boundaries of such an area are harder to define, King said.

The council moved on several items of business in Thursday’s meeting, including the approval to purchase a parcel of land on Oak Street West. The land, which is selling for $10,000, will be used for the entrance to the city’s new park that was approved last month.

A settlement of $6,506 on a city-owned Chevy Tahoe SUV was accepted from the Alabama Municipal Insurance Corporation. The SUV was destroyed on July 21 when a storm blew a large tree onto it. Ironically, the settlement is six dollars more than the city paid for the SUV five years ago, Mayor Hoyt Sanders said; he added that he will now shop for a replacement, seeking forst from neighboring municipalities which might have a similar vehicle for sale.

The council approved $2,650 for Lakeshore Environmental to remove asbestos from the building the city recently purchased at 4286 Main Street. The building will eventually be torn down, but council members help off authorizing demolition until it can be ascertained how much of the structure is attached to an adjacent building.

A reward of up to $1,000 was authorized for information on the theft of and recovery of “mule” utility vehicle that belong to the Pinson Valley Youth Association. The vehicle was recently stolen from the PVYA fields.

“Bottom line, you’re stealing from the kids,” councilman Joe Cochran said. “The mule is there to service the ball park where the kids play, so some thug has stolen from children.”

The reward is doubled from the city’s usual $500 in robbery incidents.

In other business, the council: