The Town of Cedar Bluff held public hearings on Monday afternoon in order to give public an opportunity to voice their concerns and opinions concerning the action taken by the council which will no longer require the Cedar Bluff Police to respond to calls outside of the police jurisdiction.
There were several residents in attendance many of whom were concerned that the action meant they would have no police coverage at all – Mayor Tammy Crane insured everyone that in emergency situations the Police Department would still respond however once a County Sheriff’s Deputy arrived it would then be up to them to handle things such as incident reports etc.
This action will also affect those residents who are currently on the towns garbage collection route – once the new jurisdiction goes into affect those who were having their garbage picked up by the town will now have to either switch to county pick up or apply to be annexed into the town limits.
This is being done as a cost saving measure – in a previous meeting Cedar Bluff Police Chief Steve Walden stated that his officers were spending well over fifty percent of their time outside of the town limits leaving those inside the town limits without adequate protection.
Mayor Crane said that if the town actually covered all of its original police jurisdiction that officers would be responding to calls as far out as the Alexis Community and that the town would also have to provide garbage service there as well – she went onto say that the town doesn’t have the man power nor the finances to cover that large of an area.
If residents have questions or concerns you may contact Cedar Bluff Town Hall at 256-779-6121.
During a second Public Hearing the Council gave citizens to voice there concerns over the granting of a Beer & Wine License to Al’s Tobacco & Grocery with no one opposing the measure.