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August 21, 2013

Demolished building will make way for more parking on Pinson's Main Street

PINSON — The approval for demolition of a commercial building on Main Street topped several items of business for the Pinson City Council in last Thursday’s regular session.

The council voted to tear down the building at 4286 Main Street after asbestos removal is completed this week. The foundation slab is to remain, as is the wall next to an adjacent building.

The cost for demolition is $7,500.

The city purchased the building a few weeks ago; it was last used by Billie’s Smoke Shoppe. The remaining slab will be used for additional parking for a commercial area where spaces are sometimes in short supply.

The council also gave final approval to a new employee policy manual, a document that had been discussed and revised over the previous month.

Steven Baird of the Pinson Historical Society announced to the council that three local cemeteries had been approved for addition to the Alabama Historic Cemetery Register by the state historical commission. The Red Hill Cemetery near Pinson Valley High School, the Cole-Johnson Cemetery on Kaley Drive and the Chamblee Cemetery off Highway 79 were all added to the registry.

In other business, the council:

  • Named Jane Montgomery to the Pinson Library Board, to fill the term of Robbie Roberts, who is stepping down
  • Accepted a settlement of $3,750 from the Alabama Municipal Insurance Company for a missing Kawasaki Mule all-terrain vehicle, which is presumed stolen from the Pinson Valley Youth Association
  • Annexed two residential lots into the city limits, one on Osage Lane and another in Willow Ridge
  • Heard from Palmerdale Homesteads Community Center director Barry Wilson about “Insanitarium,” a haunted Halloween attraction at the center produced by the PVHS art department as a fund-raiser
  • Was thanked by Indians head football coach Matt Glover for the council’s $2,500 contribution toward the team’s new video camera system. The camera is mounted on a tall pole placed behind the goalposts, and operated through remote controls at the base. It is much safer than older systems that required a camera operator on a raised platform; a student at Notre Dame died in 2010 after falling from a scissors-lift platform while shooting video.

[Note: This article was posted again due to technical issues.]

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