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New ordinances may come soon

A subcommittee of the Selma City Council wants to see the city’s ordinance related to noise, code violations, and health and safety issues rewritten under an omnibus environmental law.

This would pave the way for an environmental court to handle some issues that citizens complain about, but clog up the municipal court system, said Councilwoman Susan Keith, who chairs the subcommittee.

Keith is expected to make a report on the subcommittee’s findings tonight at the Selma City Council meeting.

Selma police officer Ronald Fitts will meet with Jimmy Nunn, the city’s attorney to bring back recommendations on the ordinances. The committee will meet again Tuesday, March 3 at 4 p.m.

Fitts said he’d like to review ordinances from other cities with Nunn to see how to adapt them in Selma.

The overall picture is for the environmental court to exist to enforce the municipal ordinances dealing with litter control, licenses, litter, unsightly lots, rubbish, junk cars and other environmental issues.

Keith said she’d like to see the ordinances approved and the environmental court established by June 1.

Keith also wants to see a community service facet built into the ordinances that would have people sentenced to misdemeanors working off their punishment by providing labor.

“There’s a lot of litter that needs to be picked up on the side of the road,” she said. “A lot of drunk drivers can wear these orange vests and pick up litter.”