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Chamber Presents City with Economic Development Check

During Smiths Station’s City Council meeting on Feb. 12, East Alabama Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Dennis Beson presented the city with a check for $2,000.

The funds will be used for a special economic development project of the city’s choice. The funds came from a larger grant presented to the East Alabama Chamber of Commerce from Alabama Power for local economic development.

Read more at The Citizen of East Alabama

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City Council

Ben Rulon from the Columbus-based accounting firm Albright, Fortenberry and Ninas informed Smiths Station City Council members that the city received a clean opinion on its 2018 audit reports at last Tuesday’s regular meeting.

During his presentation, Rulon informed council members on specifics of the city’s financial status and concluded that the city’s unassigned fund balance supports 15 months of operating expenses.

The council also approved a resolution declaring that the City of Smiths Station will participate in the Alabama Department of Revenue’s statewide “Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday” that starts at 12:01 a.m. Feb. 22 and runs through Feb. 24 at midnight. To view the full list of tax-exempt items offered that weekend, visit revenue.alabama.gov.

In other business, the council:

– approved the audit report presented by Rulon

– approved a reimbursement to Mayor Bubba Copeland for his cellular phone usage

– and heard reports from Copeland on the progress of the Jones Store Museum project which is slated for completion later this year.

The Smiths Station City Council meet on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, with a work session beginning at 5:30 p.m. E.S.T. and regular meeting at 6 p.m. E.S.T. 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.

Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving.

Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving Holiday. City and county offices will be closed on Thursday 22nd and Friday the 23rd. Trash pickup will remain on its normal schedule.

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Smiths Station Newsletter 4th Quarter 2018

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Mayor’s Message

Mayor Copeland
Mayor Copeland

Since becoming Mayor of Smiths Station in November 2016, I, along with my city administration and council, have worked diligently to complete the tasks laid out by the previous administration and realize some of my dreams and visions for our great city. During the last two years, we have been able to realize many of those goals, including the ability to boost the city’s overall revenue; implementing a road-side litter pick-up service; levying the city’s first-ever ad valorem tax to tackle infrastructural problems within the city, creating an online billing system for solid waste, legislatively annexing split parcels, and forming a historical commission. The future is very bright for our city, and I as your Mayor, look forward to continuing these efforts to make Smiths Station the best place it can possibly be.

Sincerely,

F.L. “Bubba” Copeland, Mayor

Do I need a permit for that?

If you are unsure whether your project requires a permit, it’s best to contact the City Planning and Zoning Department. In general, a building permit is required for all new construction as well as remodeling. Also, all contractors must hold a City Business License. The consequences for ignoring the local permitting and business licensing laws could be very serious. You and your contractor could be forced to pay significant fines. In most cases a stop work order will be issued and business license examplethe project will be inspected. If it doesn’t meet the proper code, you and/ or your contractor may have to spend additional time and money correcting it, as well as being subject to subsequent re-inspections. In some circumstances, you may even be required to remove an un-permitted construction. In addition to construction and remodeling permits and licensing, a Land Disturbance and Storm Water Runoff Control permit is required. Other permits issued by the Planning and Zoning departments include: Fence – All fences require a permit. Certain fence types are not allowed in the front yard. Sign – A sign permit is needed when a sign is placed, constructed, enlarged, converted, reconstructed or relocated. Home Occupation – Running a business from home requires a business license and a home occupation permit.

Solid Waste customers can pay their bills using ‘Express Pay’

Customers of Smiths Station’s Solid Waste Department can now pay their bills online through the city website, www.smithsstational.gov. On the website’s homepage, customers can click “Online Bill Pay” in the top right-hand corner to create an account. There, customers will be asked to log in by entering the first four letters of their last name and the unique web ID located on the right hand side of the statement. Once logged in, customers will be able to view a dashboard which lists any bills they currently owe. Through this secure platform, customers can avoid the hassles of paying by mail and instead do it electronically. For questions or concerns, call 1-855-915-7828.

Keep Smiths Station Beautiful

The City is proud to be one of the newest affiliates of the Keep Alabama Beautiful Commission. Every year the City hosts a first-Keep alabama beautiful logoquarter community cleanup day in honor of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. Watch for the 2019 cleanup date announcement on your solid waste bill. You can help keep our City clean year round by participating in the recycle program. In partnership with Lee County Environmental Services, the City provides a recycling facility at the Smiths Station Sports Complex for paper, cardboard, and plastics for citizen use. A new facility is coming soon to the Smiths Station Fire & Rescue – Station One location on Lee Road 430.

Don’t be the Dealer

One year ago, the City partnered with the Lee County Sheriff ’s Office to hold bi-annual drug take-back events as well as providing a drug kiosk drop-off box at the Smiths Station Government Center and at the Sheriff ’s Office . Since May 2018, the partnership has collected more than 375 pounds. The drop-boxes are available year-round in the lobby of both locations.

Commemorative Brick

The City of Smiths Station Memorial Sidewalk is located at the Historic Jones Store Museum, 1361 Lee
Road 298 in Smiths Station. The sidewalk is a way for the City to honor the men and women who have
made the City what it is today. The sidewalk begins at the Jones Store entrance and extends to the parking
area located at the entrance from Lee Road 298. To order a brick, please fill out this form and return it with payment to the City of Smiths Station, 2336 Lee Rd 430, Smiths Station AL, 36877.

Save the Date!

Dec. 4 – The City of Smiths Station will hold its annual tree-lighting ceremony Dec. 4 beginning at 6 p.m. Residents
and visitors alike are encouraged to come help make the holiday season bright and merry. There will be food and
refreshments as well as entertainment from student choral groups from Smiths Station City Schools. Public

Meetings:
City Council: The Smiths Station City Council meet on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, with a work session beginning at 5:30 p.m. E.S.T. and regular meeting at 6 p.m. E.S.T.

Historical Commission: Meetings for the City of Smiths Station Historic Preservation Commission are held on the third Tuesday of each month beginning at 1 p.m. E.S.T.

Planning Commission: The City of Smiths Station Planning Commission meets the first Tuesday of each month, with a work session beginning at 6:30 p.m. E.S.T. and regular meeting at 7 p.m. E.S.T.

Zoning Board of Adjustment: The City of Smiths Station Zoning Board of Adjustment meets quarterly, the first Monday of February, May, August and November at 6 p.m. E.S.T.

All city meetings are held in the public meeting chambers at the Government Center, which is located at 2336 Lee Road 430.

Important Notes: The City of Smiths Station will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving Nov. 22 and 23 and Christmas Dec. 24 and 25.

Solid waste customers can view how their pickup schedules will change by visiting the “Manage My Services”
page on the city website.

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City Council Update

The City of Smiths Station’s boost in overall economic revenue during the last year was the focal point of last Tuesday’s city council meeting.

According to statistics provided by the city’s Chief Finance Officer Shelby Branton, the city more than doubled its revenue from last year, jumping from $116,741.64 in September 2017 to $235,000 last month, which does not include additional income from the city’s solid waste department and recently implemented ad valorem tax. Mayor Bubba Copeland praised the efforts of his city administration and council members for this feat.

“Let those numbers sink in for a moment – through our hard work and efforts and the city administration as a whole, we have doubled our profits in just a year’s time. We have sought out revenue sources and means to grow out and expand this revenue, and this is thanks to all the effort and time that you the council have put into this,” Copeland said. “Being a businessman, I want you to know how proud I am of all of ya’ll and for being so open-minded to allow us to negotiate some of these deals.”

With the additional revenue, Copeland proposed that the monies be used toward the betterment of the city’s overall infrastructure.

The council also honored longtime City of Smiths Station Zoning Board of Adjustment member Shirley Bolt through a proclamation and plaque presented to her family who were in attendance at the meeting.

“Please know that her passing will leave a hole in what we represent,” Copeland said to Bolt’s daughter Marie Griffin. “She was a firecracker. I know that you guys will carry on her legacy.”

“She was always an inspiration to me, she always said what was on her mind and was very respectful in the process. We appreciate her service to the community,” said Place 2 Councilman Morris Jackson.

In other business, the council:

– approved the purchase of two recycling bins from the City of Opelika for a total cost of $2. One bin will be placed at the Smiths Station Volunteer Fire Department Station 1 and the other behind the Smiths Station Government Center
– heard the financial statements for the environmental and general fund budgets for the month of September from Branton.

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. and regular meeting at 6 p.m. Their meetings are held at the Smiths Station Government Center, which is located at 2336 Lee Road 430

The city of Smiths Station recently purchased a 2018 Ford Explorer Interceptor to be used by the city’s code enforcer.

Smiths Station purchases first city vehicle

The city of Smiths Station recently purchased a 2018 Ford Explorer Interceptor to be used by the city’s code enforcer.
The city of Smiths Station recently made history with the purchase of its first city-owned vehicle.

Earlier this month, the city purchased a 2018 Ford Explorer Interceptor to be used by the city’s code enforcement officer, Ed Adams.

This marks the 11th year Adams has worked for the city and he has previously used his personal vehicle, a Ford F150, for work use. Adams’ job entails traveling throughout the city, enforcing city codes and ordinances pertaining to construction, homes, stray animals and more.

“We decided that this was an investment that we needed to make,” Smiths Station Mayor Bubba Copeland said, adding that the purchase made sense after calculating the costs for the fuel and upkeep of Adams’ personal vehicle. “This is our first city vehicle with city markings on it. It’s a big deal for us. It shows that our growth is beginning and shows a great stride into the future.”

Adams said this is something he feels was needed for some time.

“We’ve always talked about it, but this current mayor is the one that brought it to fruition and made it happen,” Adams said of Copeland, who has been mayor for a little more than two years.

“Now everyone knows who I am,” he said. “There’s no mistake about it.”

More on this story at Opelika-Auburn News.

Smiths Station honors service city’s first-ever mayor

A celebration honoring the service and accomplishments of Former mayor LaFaye DellingerLaFaye Dellinger was held last Tuesday night at the Smiths Station Government Center.
Taking place before the council’s regular bi-monthly meeting, the event featured fellowship, refreshments and the unveiling of a commissioned portrait of Dellinger by local artist Sarah West, which will become a permanent fixture in the council chambers. Dellinger was a key figure on the Smiths Unity Campaign for Incorporation, a movement to incorporate Smiths Station. That group saw their work come to fruition on June 22, 2001, when the city was officially incorporated. Later that year, Dellinger was asked to run for mayor and did, defeating two other candidates to become the first-ever mayor of Smiths Station. During her 15-year tenure, Dellinger is credited with several major accomplishments, including the construction of the Smiths Station Sports Complex, formation of the planning and zoning board commissions and purchase of the structure that later became the Smiths Station Government Center.

Read more of this story in the Opelika Observer.