Council continues focus on infrastructurePublished 10:32pm Tuesday, August 20, 2013
By Jay Sowers
The Selma Times-Journal
VALLEY GRANDE — Monday’s council meeting in Valley Grande covered everything from sewage lines to remote-controlled model airplanes flying above the town.
Valley Grande Mayor Wayne Labbe said council members discussed the status of a potential grant from the State of Alabama, which would be used to upgrade the city’s sewage system.
Upgrades include replacing the old terra cotta gravity lines with PVC piping, as well as installing a new chlorinator at the sewage facility.
Labbe said while the city’s sewage systems and treatment facility are up to state standards, the upgrades are needed.
“It’s very needed,” Labbe said. “Right now, we are having to call out someone out to clean or unclog some portion of the old lines.”
Labbe said the old clay pipes were installed in the mid-1960’s. The new PVC pipes would require less attention from the city, he said.
Remote controlled rules
Council members passed a resolution, which finalizes requirements for people who wish to operate remote controlled model aircraft over Valley Grande Sports Complex.
Labbe said the resolution stipulates someone wishing to fly a remote controlled plane or helicopter at the park must be a member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics, and must present proof of that membership at city hall, where they will then be issued a license to fly at the park.
Labbe added these filing licenses must be renewed annually.
Lights on ball fields
A final inspection will be held Thursday on the lights installed above the three fields at Valley Grande Sports Complex.
Labbe said the lights would allow residents and sports teams to enjoy the park well into the evening.
Council members also discussed the possibility of installing bleachers and scoreboards around the fields in the near future, as well.