Gaylesville resident Ricky Wheeling was among those on the agenda to address the Cedar Bluff Town Council on Tuesday evening.
Wheeling claims that the towns school zone located on Old Highway 9 has been and still is non compliant with Section 32-5A-182, the state law governing traffic control devices.
Mayor Tammy Crane said that this has been an ongoing issue for several months and all stems from Wheeling being issued a Traffic Citation for Speeding by Cedar Bluff Officer Chris O’Neal back on August 13 of 2015 for speeding inside the school zone located on Old Highway 9.
Crane informed us that Wheeling was found guilty in Cedar Bluff Municipal Court and appealed the case to Circuit Court where he was granted a jury trial and again found guilty.
Mayor Crane said “the issue received guilty verdicts on two separate occasions in a court of law and has cost the tax payers of Cedar Bluff several thousands of dollars that could have been utilized elsewhere. No further action will be taken in regards to this matter”.
In other business Cedar Bluff residents Brent and Kristen Taylor addressed the council about the possibility of forming a Youth Football League in Cedar Bluff; they are requesting $500 from the town to cover the cost of acquiring 501c3 Non-Profit status.
Mayor Crane said that they would have to confer with the town’s attorney to make sure the money can be legally donated for that purpose. Once formed they Taylor’s hope to have the league up and running by 2018.
The council voted to proceed with a grant for park improvements with a negotiated price of $35,000 awarded to M.F. Morgan & Associates. The grant will include upgrades to the park including a new basketball court and an extension of the walking trail.
Councilwoman Lorrie Green made a motion to not move forward with the project citing the safety of the residents in and around the park.
Green stated that she would have been in favor of the measure if the council had simply agreed to move the location of the proposed basketball court away from the residential area.
The council also received reports from Officer Seth Hood with the Cedar Bluff Police Department and Chief Jason Stewart with the Fire Department.
The last item of discussion on the agenda was a brief discussion of the town’s upcoming budget. Unless the money can be raised in donations, the council has voted to not have Liberty Day for 2018. Mayor Crane said that with roads in dire need of being repaired and repaved, it is simply not financially feasible spending the money, the rest of the council agreed.