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.