Health care provider takes quick action to bury files at dump
An anonymous phone tip to The North Jefferson News on Tuesday resulted in some quick action taken by a Birmingham health care provider. A resident who claimed to have visited the Mt. Olive dump witnessed what appeared to be medical documents containing reported personal information in plain sight to dump visitors. The paperwork was reportedly from the offices of American Family Care in Gardendale. A call to the Gardendale office resulted in a referral to the company’s corporate headquarters in Birmingham. A representative from the American Family Care corporate offices said the Gardendale office had taken some old items, including old medical records to the dump site. Representative Kelly Arnett said it is normally company policy to have a representative watch the files be buried, but the files were not buried. Arnett said a representative was sent back to the dump site on Tuesday to watch the files be buried properly.
Controversial ordinance passes
The Gardendale City Council passed a controversial measure Monday to rezone 213 Odum Road and 604 Main Street from R-1 (single-family residential district) to C-2 (community business district) and C-3 (general business district). The measure had been brought before the zoning board and council at previous meetings and had been defeated. The measure would allow Bush Auto Collision to expand further down Odum Road. Residents were in attendance at the meeting to speak out against the expansion and how the value of their property would be affected. Only councilman Wendell Phillips voted against the measure.
In other business, the council:
• declared real property as surplus and authorized an exchange of property for construction of a public roadway connecting Odum Road to Bauers Lane
• authorized a fire hydrant on Bradley Road
• appointed members to the Gardendale Beautification Commission (please see Saturday’s “Community News” page for a complete list of names.)
• authorized overtime pay for police and fire personnel
The council will meet again on Oct. 1 at 6 p.m.