Rainsville Crossing to See New Red Light System

Rainsville Crossing to See New Red Light System

By Zach Hester, Reporter • zach@southerntorch.com

RAINSVILLE, Ala. — The Rainsville City Council held their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, December 7.

In the meeting, Mayor Rodger Lingerfelt addressed the need for a new red light system at the crossing of Highways 75 and 35.

“Our camera system is not working at all,” said Lingerfelt. “So everything about the red lights in Rainsville right now is all manual and they are running off a timer...so it takes forever to get through the red lights.” 

Lingerfelt reported that after a meeting with a representative from the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT), it was decided that the crossing will receive four (4) new steel poles, new cables, wire, and cameras in a system that stands on its own, rather than relying on local electric companies.

The project will total up to $47,000 with the City of Rainsville responsible for $16,492.97 of it.

In other business, Councilmember Brandon Freeman addressed the upcoming signups for baseball and softball seasons at the Field of Dreams. Signups will be held on January 23 and January 30 for children ages 4-12. The cost is $40 per child and an additional $20 for each child in the same household.

The Council took the following actions during the meeting:

  • Approved Resolution 12-07-2020 concerning network security
  • Approved a contract with John Stone for Freedom Fest entertainment in the amount of $10,000 plus $650 for a hotel room and food
  • Purchased a laptop and printer for the City Court in the amount of $500
  • Approved the purchase of a new roll-off truck from SourceWell in the amount of $167,627.97 and empowered Mayor Lingerfelt to obtain financing
  • Rescinded a motion in the 11-16-2020 meeting to purchase two (2) new Chevrolet Tahoes for the Rainsville Police Department
  • Voted to reimburse the Court Clerk Tammy Mason for online courses in the amount of $715
  • Approved the placement of a street light at Nancy’s Lunchbox
  • Voted to purchase a chest compression machine to be reimbursed by the State of Alabama’s CARES Act Relief Fund in the amount of $14,993.37
  • Formally hired Gerald Mount as a police officer retroactive to November 11, 2020
  • Appointed Councilmembers Blevins, Freeman, and Rosson to form a committee to nominate individuals to several City of Rainsville boards

The next meeting of the Rainsville City Council will be held on Monday, December 21 at 4:30 p.m. with a workshop beginning at 4 p.m.

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