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