Alderson Library’s parking woes discussed

Alderson Flower BAsketsBy Brenda Boykin

The Alderson Library Board requested that the area in front of the library to the parking lot entrance be painted yellow and designated for loading and unloading only. When cars are parked there, it creates a danger for the students from the elementary school because it causes a blind spot. There is a handicap parking space in the parking lot. Mayor Travis Copenhaver requested that signage be erected to reflect the two-hour daylight parking limit on Virginia Street from the corner of Walnut Street South to the corner of Elmwood Avenue also. Council approved these projects and the necessary revisions to the traffic map.

The appointment of Anna Osborne, a teacher at Alderson Elementary School, to the Library Board was approved by council.

Council made the decision to approve $300 year end employee incentive for the town’s employees with the exception of the police officers. Chief Jeremy Bennett will receive the incentive; however, none of the current police officers have put in enough hours to earn the incentive this year.

Council approved revising the budget by transferring funds from the monies set aside for streets and highway repairs due to the 2012 derecho storm to the line item for streets and highway repairs. The town has completed the current repair projects for this fall and purchased a paver and other equipment. No long-term repairs were done to a portion of Maple Avenue because of the ongoing ionize water project being done in that area.

Margaret Hambrick with Main Street informed council that the town will have many community Christmas activities in the month of December. These will be published in newspapers and information will be distributed locally so that residents can be involved. Volunteers and donations are welcome. A new activity will be an English Tea held at The Cedars this year at various times in celebration of the holidays. Tickets will be $10.

Mayors Report

Mayor Copenhaver announced that the Christmas Parade will be on Friday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. This year there is be a bonfire/warming station at 5 p.m. and lineup at 6 p.m. The lineup will be at the FEMA lot at the new bridge and will end at the Community Center building.

Due to health reasons, Jesse Guills will no longer be the town’s attorney. Steptoe and Johnson will be the attorneys for the sewer project. The mayor will be selecting an attorney for other needs in the near future.

The work being done on the Muddy Creek Mountain water tank will soon be completed. When it comes back into service, it should eliminate the low water pressure that the town experiences at times.


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