GUIN - GUIN- To begin the Monday, Oct., 1 Guin City Council meeting, Guin City Clerk Rebeca Markham presented an agenda that had only one item listed under old business and three items under new business.
In old business, mayor Max Maddox informed the council that he has not yet received paving quotes from S.T. Bunn or the county regarding the paving of certain streets in Guin.
At the last meeting Maddox told the council that he is looking to get Guin streets paved that are in the most need of paving.
“I should hear something before the next meeting. And that’s all I got in old business,” Maddox said moving on to new business.
Councilman Roger Agnew spoke up to say that he had some old business that he would like to discuss.
“What did we ever do on our fire hydrants?” Agnew asked. “You-all were going to get them fixed.” Councilman Meneo Lindsey said calls had been placed to find someone to repair broken fire hydrants but no one could be found in the area. Agnew said he had found a fire hydrant repairman in Muscle Shoals that he could get a quote from.
Moving on, Agnew asked who owns the lagoon on County Road 16 west of Guin.
Maddox said the Guin Water Department controls the lagoon. The lagoon serves as a waste water treatment plant.
“Are they going to do anything about that thing smelling?” Agnew asked. “I’ve been getting some complaints about the smell over there.”
“They treat it pretty often,” Maddox said. “And at certain times of the year, depending on the weather, it can smell.”
Next, Agnew asked if the council had decided if the city would or would not mow on private property.
Maddox said he wasn’t sure if anything had been decided before he took office.
“What about that, Jerry?” Agnew asked city attorney Jerry Hester.
“The general rule is the city shouldn’t get on private property unless it’s a ditch that handles a lot of city water. We’ve gotten into that before. We’ve gotten easements to do it. As far as mowing off the right-of-way, no,” Hester said.
“I thought we were all in agreement that we wanted to make the town look better,” Maddox said.
“It ain’t right to mow some people’s and not mow other people’s,” Agnew said. “We’ve got to come to an agreement some kind of way,” Agnew said.
“If you want the town to look ragged, we can do that. We can just quit mowing,” Maddox said.
“We got into this the last time I was on the council,” Agnew said. “You can’t mow for one and not mow for the other. We need to be patching holes instead of mowing land that we’re not even supposed to be mowing.”
“We’re patching holes,” Maddox said. “We patched everything down the Sawmill Road and we are patching all the time.”
“We got a bunch more to patch and why are they mowing your yard? They been mowing your yard,” Agnew said to Maddox.
“They ain’t been mowing my yard. It ain’t mowed right now. Go down there and look,” Maddox said.
“You’ve got too much to gripe about,” councilman Gary Randolph said to Agnew.
“What you need to do is wait until I’m done talking to the mayor and then you talk to me,” Agnew said to Randolph.
“They’re mowing, but they’re not mowing my land,” Maddox said. “And another thing, if you want to bring up all that, we voted for the councilmen to call to get on the agenda by Wednesday at 5 p.m.”
“I thought it was Thursday at five,” Agnew said. “You don’t have to get on the agenda for old business.”
“Yes, you do,” Maddox said.
“Do you, Jerry?” Agnew asked Hester.
“The council sets the rules,” Hester said.
Agnew said old business is old business and when he attends other local council meetings that old business could be brought up without having to be listed on the agenda.
“Well, what I want to ask the council right now,” Maddox said, “you brought up mowing all this stuff, do you want to just let everything go? Is that what you-all want?”
“It’s not what I want,” Randolph said.
“It helps the look of the community,” councilman Jerry Gann said.
Agnew said that’s all he had in old business and Maddox moved on to new business. Maddox introduced James Mitchell, who was seated in the audience.
Mitchell, who lives on State Highway 44 north of Guin, said there has been a lot of 18-wheelers using jake brakes. Jake brakes are a type of brake on an 18-wheeler that makes a loud noise when used.
“It’s not every truck, but it does happen pretty regular. My wife has major back problems and she can’t rest well anymore,” Mitchell said. Maddox said he would get a sign placed on the road that prohibits the use of jake brakes.
Gann informed the council that there is no city, county or state law that prohibits the use of jake brakes. “The problem is the exhaust, having an improper exhaust system,” Gann said, referring to the system that suppresses the noise created by the jake brake. ”Every truck that goes through the red light out here now has a jake brake on it. If our officers are granted the authority to write a ticket for improper exhausts, we could stop it that way, but I don’t think we could stop them from using a jake brake,” Gann said.
“I’ve been listening to them 24 years,” Mitchell said.
Mitchell also said that there are a lot of regular vehicles that speed on the road also.
Maddox said he would request the Guin Police Department to patrol the road more often.
Mitchell noted the paint marking the turn lane onto 44 from Highway 43 needs to be repainted to keep westbound traffic out of the eastbound left-hand turn lane.
“You have to be careful there,” Mitchell said. Maddox said he would speak with someone at the state highway department to see what could be done.
The other two items on the agenda were C3 and an executive session regarding negotiations and litigations. Maddox said a reprentative from C3 wasn’t able to attend the meeting due to a conflict and the council voted to go into executive session.
After a 30-minute executive session, the council reconvened and voted to adjourn.
The next Guin City Council meeting is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 16, at 5 p.m. in the Guin City Hall.
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