Rainsville Recognizes Tree City Winners

Rainsville Recognizes Tree City Winners

By Marla Jones, Managing Editor • marla@southerntorch.com

Photo: PICTURED (Back Row): Jeff Keener, Dan Green, Brandon Freeman, Derek Rosson, Rodger Lingerfelt, Bejan Taheri, and Marshall Stiefel. (Front Row): Stephen Crowell, Reagan Martin, Kayron Guffey, Maggie Taylor, Noor Angel, and Tamia Ballard. (Marla Jones | Southern Torch)

RAINSVILLE, Ala. — At Thursday’s meeting of the Rainsville City Council, Tree City Chairperson, Kayron Guffey awarded winners of the Arbor Day posters. Guffey was joined by Dan Green and Jeff Keener of the DeKalb County Forestry Commission. There were 105 posters entries and the following were awarded cash prizes:

From Plainview:

  • First Place - Stephen Crowell ($50)
  • Second Place - Andrea Bellamy ($20)
  • Third Place - Reagan Martin ($10)

From Cornerstone:

  • First Place - Maggie Taylor ($50)
  • Second Place - Noor Angel ($20)
  • Third Place - Tamia Ballard ($10)

“This is the start of the seventh year as Tree City and this is the first year we’ve been able to be included in the poster contest,” said Guffey. 

Rainsville Technology Inc. (RTI) matched the $800 that was awarded by the Rainsville City Council allowing for the purchase of fourteen trees.  Trees will be planted at Plainview, Cornerstone and the City Park.

Jonathan Phillips, Director of the DeKalb County Technology Center, spoke to the council regarding National Career Tech Month. Phillips recognized the Plainview High School FFA officers, Jessica Westmoreland (President) and Austin Keel (Reporter).

Rainsville Fire Department Training Officer, Jason Brannan recognized Sierra Franks and Catlin Phillips, two students from the Fire Science Program.  The program has six students who will compete at State in April. 

The Council discussed the fees and enforcement of Resolution 5-21-96, which pertains to the cutting of city streets for utility companies or individuals.  It was discussed prior to cutting, a  permit would be issued and either a bond or set amount of money will be put up to guarantee streets would be back to original condition. After much decision, the council opted to give city attorney, Nikki Scott time to pursue options and to present at the next council meeting. 

In other business, the Rainsville City Council:

  • Approved Resolution 02-20-2020 to surplus a printer from the Rainsville Public Library
  • Approved the purchase of two new computers at the Rainsville Public Library in the amount of $943 with funds provided by the DeKalb County Commission
  • Approved the bid by Boozer Construction for repairs at the intersection of Garrett Street and Chavies Road
  • Approved the installation of street light and pole at the intersection of Deer Street and Scott Avenue in the amount of $300
  • Approved sponsorship for Hunting Expo in the amount of $500
  • Accepted the resignation of Jazmine Lawhorn as a part-time dispatcher
  • Approved the posting for a part-time dispatcher until March 18

The Rainsville City Council will put out for bids for the paving projects for 2020. This includes resurfacing of Church Street, White Street, Grimes Street and a portion of Northside Drive. Bids will be opened on April 15 at 12 pm at the Rainsville City Council Chambers. 

The next meeting of the Rainsville City Council will be at 5 pm on Monday, March 2 with a work session beginning at 4:15 pm.

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