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City council fights weeds, eyesores

Several Youth Leadership Atmore graduates were publicly recognized at the Atmore City Council’s May 26 meeting. Shown are, left to right, YLA steering committee member Shelly Williams, YLA graduates Chris Brown, Jessica Sanspree, Madelyn Boatwright, Haleigh German, Madalynn Grimsley and Brandon Beachy, and Atmore Mayor Jim Staff. YLA graduates not shown are Mikayla Spruill, Torri Scott, Arri Torres, Ethan Heller, Shardae Austin, Emmanuel Morris, Timberly Deese and Nathan Jurjevich.

Several Youth Leadership Atmore graduates were publicly recognized at the Atmore City Council’s May 26 meeting. Shown are, left to right, YLA steering committee member Shelly Williams, YLA graduates Chris Brown, Jessica Sanspree, Madelyn Boatwright, Haleigh German, Madalynn Grimsley and Brandon Beachy, and Atmore Mayor Jim Staff. YLA graduates not shown are Mikayla Spruill, Torri Scott, Arri Torres, Ethan Heller, Shardae Austin, Emmanuel Morris, Timberly Deese and Nathan Jurjevich.

The Atmore City Council took action Tuesday, May 26, to battle recurring eyesores in the city limits.

During the regular council meeting, City Building Inspector Chris Black told council members that city employees had recently completed the demolition of a derelict property at 205 Forrest Ave. He also asked for the council’s approval to demolish additional structures at 156 Bullard St. and 154 Bullard St.
The council unanimously approved the demolitions.

In addition, Black asked for the council for permission to ask property owners to clean up overgrown grass and weeds at 27 properties in the city; the council approved the request unanimously.

In other business, the council:

• Approved for work to begin on paving portions of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Medical Park Drive. The project is funded through a state ATRIP (Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program) grant.

• Approved applying for a CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) grant to improve sewer infrastructure near Trout and Short streets.

• Approved installing a four-way stop at Beck and Poplar streets. Atmore Mayor Jim Staff said that several school buses leaving A.C. Moore Elementary School have almost been hit by vehicles at that intersection.

• Approved changes to the city’s sewer ordinance.

• Publicly recognized and congratulated the city’s Youth Leadership Atmore graduates. Present at the meeting were Chris Brown, Jessica Sanspree, Madelyn Boatwright, Haleigh German, Madalynn Grimsley and Brandon Beachy. There were 14 graduates total.

“These are our future leaders right here,” Staff said. “I’m proud of y’all.”