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March 2020 Business of the Month – Livingston Service Company

Business of the Month – Livingston Service Company
For nearly four decades, Livingston Service Company has strived to meet the cooling and heating needs of commercial and residential clients in the Chattahoochee Valley area, and is the City of Smiths Station’s March Business of the Month.
Opened in 1982, the company prides itself on “installs, services and repairs all HVAC makes and models for (their) customers,” which includes air conditioners and handlers, furnaces, heat pumps and indoor air quality.
Livingston is a proud partner with Bryant Heating & Cooling Systems, a company dedicated to “high efficiency home cooling, economical performance, comfort and value.”
For more information, call 334-297-7863 or visit www.livingstonservicecompany.com. Their hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. The business is located at 9105 Lee Road 246.

February 2020 Business of the Month – Horne’s Pest Control

Business of the Month – Horne’s Pest Control

Since 1973, Horne Pest Control has been a go-to for pest control services in our city and surrounding areas, and is the City of Smiths Station’s February Business of the Month.

Started out of a home on Summerville Road, the business was moved in 1975 to its present location at 1919 Lee Road 430.

Three years later, business co-founder William Horne took over the business and renamed it “Horne Pest Control.” He had previous experience working for Orkin.

After William’s passing, his wife Vera took over ownership and their daughter Lisa Williams oversees the day-to-day operations.

While the bulk of the business’s clients can be found in the Smiths Station-Phenix City area, they provide service for clients in Auburn, Columbus, Lumpkin, Opelika, Roanoke and Talbotton.

According to the business’s website, they “provide complete termite and pest control services for both commercial and residential clients” and can “deal with every infestation situation, from routine scheduling to emergency eradication of pests.”

Entering their 47th year in business, Lisa said their customer service and attention to detail have and will continue to be the key ingredients to their success.

“We’ve had some customers who have been with us for 30 years or more, and that’s just a wonderful thing. They’ve just stayed with us … and we’re grateful for that,” Lisa said.

Staff are on call from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. They are closed on weekends.

For more information, call 334-297-6012 or visit www.hornepestcontrol.com.

City of Smiths Station receives clean report on annual audit

Mayor F.L. “Bubba” Copeland and the Smiths Station City Council were all smiles after hearing the annual audit report from Larry Young, a senior partner of the Columbus-based accounting firm Albright, Fortenberry and Ninas LLP.

Young thoroughly covered each detail of the report with the council. The most notable statistic was the nearly 14 full months of operating expenses covered by the city’s current financial reserves, which far exceeds the 3 to 6 month average of most municipalities in Alabama.

“We are happy to give the city of Smiths Station a clean report on its annual audit. Everything here is ‘fairly presented,’ which means all the financial paperwork presented requires no changes or corrections,” Young said.

Following Young’s remarks, Copeland took a moment to thank the city’s Chief Financial Officer Shelby Branton.

“Ms. Shelby, you are a one-woman department and this clean report would not have been possible without you. You don’t know how much your efforts mean to our city,” Copeland said.

The council heard a second reading of an annexation petition and pre-zoning of property found on Lee Road 293 owned by Allyson Patten and voted to approve this measure. The property is now classified as R-1 residential, single family.

In other business, the council:

-approved the renewing of annual contract with Parks and Recreation Assistant Larry Hart
-approved a resolution authorizing Copeland to accept bonds on behalf of the city and
-approved the general and environmental fund budgets for December.

The Smiths Station City Council meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month with a work session that regularly begins at 5:30 p.m. E.S.T. followed by the regular meeting at 6 p.m.
Meetings are held within the council chambers of the Smiths Station Government Center, which is located at 2336 Lee Road 430. For more information, call 334-297-8771 or visit www.smithsstational.gov.

Smiths Station City Council establish polling hours, qualifying fees for August’s municipal elections



Smiths Station City Council members voted to finalize protocols for the city’s municipal set to take place this August.
As in previous election years, Smiths Station residents will be able to cast their ballots from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern time at the Ruritan Club building located at 2000 Lee Road 430. Mayor F.L. “Bubba” Copeland said the 2024 voting place will probably take place at a proposed tornado shelter that will be located behind the Smiths Station Government Center.

The council also approved a $50 qualifying fee for candidates. By state mandate, the qualifying period will last from July 7 to 21.

Alongside Officers Fox and Tompkins from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Copeland read a proclamation recognizing January as “Human Trafficking Awareness Month,” stating that the issue is much broader than people may realize.

“There are cases of this happening in our area and all around us. Hopefully, proclamations like this will help increase that necessary awareness among our citizens, awareness that may save someone’s life,” Copeland said.

In other business, the council:
-authorized the city to deem some solid waste accounts uncollectable
-authorized Copeland to enter into a contract with Alln, Inc. to handle employee payroll
-heard first reading on a planned annexation and pre-zone of property owned by Allyson Patten on Lee Road 293. The council will take action on this item at their next meeting on Jan. 28.

The Smiths Station City Council meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, with a work session starting at 5:30 p.m. E.S.T. followed by the regular meeting at 6 p.m. Their meetings are held within the council chambers of the Smiths Station Government Center, which is located at 2336 Lee Road 430. For more information, call 334-297-8771 or visit www.smithsstational.gov.

Business of the Month – U-Save-It Pharmacy

Business of the Month – U-Save-It Pharmacy

Instead of waiting hours to have prescriptions filled at major pharmacy chains, customers can have their prescriptions filled in minutes at U Save It Pharmacy, the City of Smiths Station’s January Business of the Month.

Previously known as Plaza Pharmacy, U-Save-It bought and renamed the pharmacy in 2011. Smiths Station’s U-Save-It is one of 26 pharmacies that the company operates in four Southeastern states.

U-Save-It’s staff consists of three pharmacy technicians, head pharmacist David Sanders and two other pharmacists who fill in for Sanders when he is off. Sanders is an Auburn University alum who has been with the pharmacy since his graduation years ago.

According to Sanders, his pharmacy’s five core values are “community mindedness, being honorable, timely, professional and innovative.”

However, another aspect of the pharmacy is the intentionality of creating lasting relationships with their customers, many of whom they know by name.

“When they walk through the door, we know who they are, and know a lot about their families too,” Sanders said.

In addition to filling prescriptions, U-Save-It offers a free prescription delivery service conducted by pharmacy technician Tommy Jackson, well-stocked over-the-counter selection of medicines, immunizations, diabetic supplies and inventory of durable medical equipment including portable toilets, walkers and wheelchairs. Coupons for prescriptions and other services are available via www.usaveitpharmacy.com.

For more information, call 334-297-1505, like and follow their Facebook page or visit their website. U-Save-It is located at 2463 Lee Road 430. The pharmacy’s hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Eastern time Monday through Friday.

City of Smiths Station opens lending libraries on January 3

The City of Smiths Station opened its adult and children’s lending libraries on January 3. They will be open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern time on every weekday.

The rules are simple:

-Borrow a book

-Return when finished

The libraries will operate on an honor system – no membership or library card is required. The city’s goal is to promote the importance of reading and provide additional resources for literacy. The libraries are open to all Smiths Station residents and those from surrounding communities.

“Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.”

— Anna Quindlen, Author and Journalist

City of Smiths Station holds Census 2020 Job Fair on January 3

Census Job Fair TOMORROW! 12:00 Noon to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Smiths Station Government Center, 2336 Lee Road 430.

LEE COUNTY CENSUS APPLICANT GOAL: 1,865
CURRENT APPLICANTS: 560

LEE COUNTY PAY RATE MINIMUM: $15 PER HOUR (paid training, flexible hours, and mileage reimbursement are provided).

Positions to be filled:

1. Census Takers
2. Census Field Supervisors
3. Recruiting Assistants
4. Clerk
5. Office Operations Supervisor

To be eligible for a 2020 Census job, you must:

Be at least 18 years old.

Have a valid Social Security number.

Be a U.S. citizen.*

Have a valid email address.

Complete an application and answer assessment
questions. (Some application questions are available in
Spanish.)

Be able to speak, read, and write in English, (Bilingual
applicants are needed and are encouraged to apply.)

Be registered with the Selective Service System or have a
qualifying exemption, if you are a male born after
December 31, 1959.

Undergo fingerprinting and pass a criminal background
check and a review of criminal records performed by the
Census Bureau.

Commit to completing training.

Be available to work flexible hours, which can include days,
evenings, and weekends.

Smiths Station votes to update business ordinance

Smiths Station City Council members passed an updated version of the city’s business ordinance during their meeting on Tuesday.

Revised by City Clerk Scott Johnston and Executive Assistant Brenda Dockery, the document contains some much-needed simplifications, according to Mayor F.L. “Bubba” Copeland.

“This document is not only much easier to understand, but it also contains language that parallels what the majority of cities in Alabama use,” Copeland said.

Later in the meeting, Copeland read a proclamation alongside William Epps Jr. of Phenix City’s Disabled Veterans Chapter #66 honoring the lives of those lost at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

Before dismissing, Copeland issued a reminder to council members, citizens and the general public that the city’s “9th Annual Christmas Tree-Lighting Ceremony” will be held Dec. 12 at the Smiths Station Government Center, beginning at 6 p.m. Eastern time.

In other business, the council:
– approved October’s general fund budget report
– approved a rezoning of land from R-1 to R-5 for a planned apartment complex on Chicken Farm Road
– heard updates from Copeland on a tornado shelter that is slated to be constructed behind the Smiths Station Government Center.

The Smiths Station City Council meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month with a work session starting at 5:30 p.m. Eastern time followed by the regular meeting at 6 p.m. Their meetings are held within the council chambers of the Smiths Station Government Center, which is located at 2336 Lee Road 430. For more information, call 334-297-8771 or visit www.smithsstational.gov.