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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.

GALA Quilter’s Guild presents City of Smiths Station with plaque, quilt in remembrance of March 3 tornadoes

On Jan. 24, members of the Phenix City-based GALA Quilter’s Guild of Phenix City donated a quilt to the City of Smiths Station in honor and remembrance of those who were deeply affected by last year’s storms.

The presentation took place inside the council chambers of the Smiths Station Government Center, with Mayor F.L. “Bubba” Copeland serving as the city’s official representative. Juanita Christian addressed Copeland and shared with those gathered why her group decided to create and gift the quilt to the city.

“As residents, we were so pleased how everybody came together after the events of March 3 (2019). This quilt is designed as a way to recognize those survivors and hang here inside City Hall as a remembrance of that day,” Christian said.

Along with the quilt that Christian presented Copeland was a plaque with the inscription:

“In Appreciation of All First Responders, Government Officials and Volunteers For Handling emergencies with uncompromised competence and integrity, Having a steady voice in the storm, Using courage and compassion, Providing such a meaningful service to the citizens of Beauregard and Smiths Station, Alabama.”

“This quilt is so symbolic to me. I’m sure others will too,” Copeland said. “The quilt (and plaque) will be given a prominent place in our City Hall to serve as a reminder of that day for many more years to come.”

The quilt and plaque hanging on a wall inside the main lobby of the Smiths Station Government Center, which is located at 2336 Lee Road 430. It can be viewed during regular business hours between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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 Government Center currently without ATM

Because of operating and necessary future upgrade costs, the ATM located at the Smiths Station Government Center has been removed at the owner’s request. The city is working diligently to find another ATM provider to occupy the space. We will keep you posted!

Smiths Station City Council votes to make all parks and athletic facilities tobacco-free at Nov. 12 meeting

All parks and athletic facilities within the Smiths Station city limits will be tobacco-free after an ordinance passed by the Smiths Station City Council during their meeting last Tuesday.

Those guilty of violating the ordinance will be asked to dispose or refrain from using their tobacco products on first offense. Continued violation will result in being asked to leave the park or facility.

“Before, there was smoking and tobacco use allowed in designated areas, which has resulted in problems and is the reason behind drawing up and passing this ordinance. I hate that is has come to this, but it has gotten out of control,” said Mayor F.L. “Bubba” Copeland.

“This is something I’ve been looking at more and more over the past six months,” added Smiths Station Parks and Recreation Director Jason Stewart. “It had become increasingly hard for the youth leagues to police the smoking at the park themselves, with people smoking or vaping in such close vicinity to the children. This ordinance was brought forth because the kids in our community deserve better from all of us. I’ve personally witnessed and had many discussions with visitors to our park these past few months that are smoking in areas that kids must pass through nightly to get to their respective fields, not even counting the citizens who are using the walking trail for exercise and walking right into a cloud of smoke. I don’t want to ever alienate anyone, but this was the best course of action we feel. Our park houses so many of our youth sports, and I think in the end our citizens will appreciate that we continue to put those children first”

The council also heard and approved a request for a special-use permit for modifications to Verizon equipment on an existing cell-phone tower at 31 Grace Road from David Andrews of the Center for Municipal Services.

“They will remove six antennas from their part of the tower, two from each sector, and replace them with new ones. This will be a capacity upgrade,” Andrews said.

In other business, the council:

-approved minutes from the Oct. 22 meeting
-approved a rescheduling of the Dec. 24 regular meeting to Dec. 23
-held a first reading for changes to the city’s business license ordinance. The council will be able to vote on this ordinance at their next meeting on Nov. 24.

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 in the council chambers of the Smiths Station Government Center which is located at 2336 Lee Road 430. For more information, visit smithsstational.gov or call 334-297-8771.