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Roads, sports headline Valley Grande Council meeting

Roads and sports dominated the Valley Grande City Council meeting.

The council met Monday night at Valley Grande City Hall, a week after being postponed because of inclement weather.  Mayor Wayne Labbe and the entire council-Kay Davidson, Sara Day, Jane Harris, Bruce Hughes and Robbie Rose- all were present. City Clerk/Treasurer Kim Harris was also present.

After being sworn into office, the newly-elected council applied for a $250,000 grant in November to repair some of the roads in Valley Grande.  Labbe said he expects to hear the results of the grant sometime in May.

Davidson said she talked with Will Barrett of Civil Southeast about the city applying for an ALDOT Tap Grant, which would stretch the walking trail at Valley Grande City Park and improve the lighting and sidewalk. It would also improve conditions on County Road 22.

“I want to give people more room to walk at the trail,” Labbe said. “It would be nice to give them that.”

In other Council news:

-Labbe urged Harris to speak with ALDOT and State officials about changing the speed limit on County Road 22. Labbe said several log trucks have been speeding through the city.  Valley Grande Public Safety Director Boyd Pugh will speak with the Dallas County Sheriff Office.

“If we don’t stop this, somebody’s going to get killed,” Labbe said.

-Bubba Holley of Parks and Recreation said signing up for the Youth Baseball and Softball leagues is off to a good start, with over 80 kids signed up. Holley expects the season to start between the end of March and April.

Holley also recommended that the Council purchase a pitching machine for the kids to improve their hitting technique. The cost would be $898.

-The city council will look into donating to the Drug Task Force headlined by Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson.

-Labbe announced that a combined $155,000 by Charter, Alabama Power and Alabama Gas was put into the Valley Grande City account. Labbe said that amount goes into the city account every year.

-Wanda Champion was introduced as the new Assistant City Clerk.

The next Valley Grande Council meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Monday at Valley Grande City Hall.