Cen­tre records $3M in build­ing projects for 2nd quar­ter

Cherokee County Herald - - FRONT PAGE - By Terry Dean CCH Ed­i­tor tdean@chero­kee­herald.com

The City of Cen­tre recorded more than $3 mil­lion in build­ing projects for the sec­ond quar­ter of 2017.

City Build­ing In­spec­tor Ray­mond Matthews shared the lat­est fig­ures dur­ing the Tues­day, July 11 meet­ing of the Cen­tre City Coun­cil.

These fig­ures in­cluded 11 com­mer­cial build­ing per­mits for a to­tal of $1,963,117 and seven res­i­den­tial per­mits for a to­tal of $1,394,270.

The city recorded one de­mo­li­tion per­mit (of the for­mer Cen­tre Mo­tel) for $25.

To­tal ac­tiv­ity for the sec­ond quar­ter of 2017 was $3,357,412.

Cen­tre Po­lice Chief Kirk Blanken­ship re­ported of 214 In­ci­dent/ Of­fense re­ports and 93 ar­rests for the quar­ter. His de­part­ment re­sponded to a to­tal of 30 traf­fic ac­ci­dents in­clud­ing two fa­tal ac­ci­dents at the in­ter­sec­tion at Wal­Mart. There was a to­tal of 150 uni­form traf­fic ci­ta­tions is­sued along with 311 warn­ings for var­i­ous of­fenses.

The July 4 Week­end Break­down in­cluded 32 tick­ets, 92 warn­ings, 22 ar­rests and four mo­tor ve­hi­cle ar­rests.

Cen­tre Fire Chief Rob­bie Moon, for April 1, 2017 through June 30, 2017, re­ported 40 to­tal calls in­clud­ing 12 struc­ture fires, one grass fire, two ve­hi­cle fires, 17 ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dents, one alarm and seven other calls.

For the street and san­i­ta­tion de­part­ment, Su­per­vi­sor Bobby Paul re­ported that the re­cent Cleanup Week in the city was a huge suc­cess with vol­un­teers pick­ing up 12 tons of trash through­out the city lim­its.

Paul said his crews have been busy patch­ing pot­holes, weed eat­ing and spray­ing around signs, mow­ing road­sides and trim­ming. He noted that re­cent rains and more rapid growth of grass has con­trib­uted to mow­ing time.

Paul said ev­ery­thing went smoothly with open­ing the Cen­tre Swim­ming Pool and get­ting the pool cleaned and pres­sure washed.

The street and san­i­ta­tion de­part­ment was able to round up some 30 trash cans from empty houses dur­ing the quar­ter.

The city’s new garbage truck should ar­rive pos­si­blty by the end of Au­gust.

Coun­cil Mem­ber Cedric Williams said they are ready to be­gin the paint­ing project at the Bake Ruth Field in Cen­tre as dis­cussed in pre­vi­ous meet­ings.

City Parks and Recre­ation Di­rec­tor Charles Glazner ex­pressed his ap­pre­ci­a­tion to those who as­sisted with the Dis­trict AA Base­ball Tour­na­ment the city hosted re­cently. The Amer­i­can Team won the tour­na­ment and ad­vanced to the state tour­na­ment at En­ter- prise. The Ozone and AAA teams also won their Dis­trict Tour­na­ments and ad­vanced to the state tour­na­ment in An­dalu­sia and Troy.

Glazner also re­ported that lo­cal soft­ball teams did well at the state tour­na­ment in Gads­den. Both teams won sec­ond place in the tour­na­ment.

The Cen­tre Swim Team com­peted in the dis­trict swim meet In Jack­sonville and the win­ners ad­vanced to Ope­lika to the state swim meet July 27-28.

Soc­cer reg­is­tra­tion be­gins Aug. 1, Glazner said.

Cen­tre Coun­cil Mem­ber Kay Davis ex­pressed ap­pre­ci­a­tion to Glazner and the city’s sports pro­grams and how they are grow­ing.

She noted that the Dixie Youth Field needs work and also needs a new con­ces­sion stand.

Mayor Tony Wilkie men­tioned that the Rookie Team All Stars have re­quested funds.

The coun­cil ap­proved the re­pair of a sewer prob­lem in­side Cen­tre City Hall.

The coun­cil met in ex­ec­u­tive ses­sion to dis­cuss the “Good Name and Char­ac­ter” of an in­di­vid­ual but took no ac­tion.

COM­ING DOWN! One of Cen­tre’s build­ing projects this past quar­ter was the de­mo­li­tion of the for­mer Cen­tre Mo­tel. Pic­tured is the struc­ture as it is com­ing down!

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