Rainsville Cracks Down on Unsafe Buildings

Rainsville Cracks Down on Unsafe Buildings

Marla Jones, Managing Editor


RAINSVILLE, Ala.-- (FULL VIDEO ON SOUTHERN TORCH FACEBOOK) The Rainsville City Council held its regularly scheduled meeting on May 2.

Rainsville Code Enforcement Officer Sandy Little addressed the Council regarding efforts to clean up unsafe structures. In February 2021, the City passed Resolution 02-18-2021 (D) which was to demolish unsafe buildings.  According to the ordinance, a certified inspector will test the unsafe structure for asbestos and other banned material for proper removal. 

According to Little, there are currently two properties that fall under the unsafe structure resolution. These two property owners have been cooperative with the City.  

“So far, we haven’t had anybody reject our offer when we call, and they have been willing to cooperate with us,” stated Little. 

Mayor Rodger Lingerfelt updated the Council on the Chavies Road culvert project. Concrete for the project has been poured and will require waiting  28 days before equipment can be put on it. The contractors will then begin to fill around and build the road. 

In other business, the Council:

  • Approved a $500 D.A.R.E Program sponsorship 
  • Hired Mercedes Rugart as a full-time officer with the Rainsville Police Department at a rate of $16.45 per hour
  • Approved a bid for a new turn-lane off of Hwy 75 S that will access land purchased for the new Public Works Facility
  • Accepted Jarrett Flipp0’s resignation from the Rainsville Fire Department effective 5/8/22
  • Approved travel and training requests for Anthony Shelton, Lee Lumpkin, and Samuel Young of the Rainsville Fire Department
  • Approved travel and training requests for Austin Langley of the Rainsville Police Department
  • Approved posting a full-time and part-time position for the Rainsville Fire Department
  • Approved Resolution 05-02-2022 (A), which awarded the bid to Spencerport Fire District in the amount of $119,000 for a fire truck purchase
  • Approved travel for Rainsville Fire Department Chief Willimac Wright and Captain Derek Huskey at $500 each to view the newly purchased fire truck and to sign the necessary paperwork
  • Approved Resolution 05-02-2022 (B), awarding the bid for the Rainsville Street Paving Project to Wiregrass Construction at a cost of $194,670.00.  Streets to be included will be Rosewood Lane, Willingham Street, Davis Avenue, Martin Lane, and Gala Street
  • Approved the hire of Boozer Construction to replace headwalls on Rosewood Lane at approximately $2,000
  • Approved hiring Boozer Construction to replace the headwalls on Meadows at a cost of $2,000
  • Approved Resolution 05-02-2022 C pertaining to Hilltop Alcohol License and recent ownership change

The Rainsville State of the City will be held on Monday, May 9 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Council Chambers.  Citizens are invited to attend and hear about the things accomplished by the present Mayor and City Council.  

The next regular Rainsville Council meeting will be held on March 16, with a workshop beginning at 4 p.m and the regular session at 4:30 p.m. 

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