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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.