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Thorsby wants to control truck traffic

By Scott Mims

The Thorsby Town Council agreed Monday night to place two additional “no truck traffic” signs on Alabama Avenue.

Because the avenue runs through a residential area and alongside Richard Wood Park and Sam Bentley Park, large trucks are prohibited on the roadway.

“The biggest thing is the safety of the kids and people,” Mayor Dearl Hilyer said. “A lot of people walk there, and they walk from one park to the next.”

Council member Tara Jewell reported seeing large trucks traveling through the area at relatively high speeds. Town leaders prefer trucks traveling north on County Road 37, which eventually becomes Alabama Avenue, to turn right onto County Road 29 and make their way back to U.S. Highway 31.

“Most of them do,” Hilyer said.

In other business, the council:

•declared a retired police car surplus at the request of Thorsby Police Chief Rodney Barnett

•voted to allow Officer Leah Wilkins to receive shooter reconstruction training at a course in Florence at a cost of $543, including hotel costs

•voted to allow Officer Gerald Purvis to receive training pertaining to gang-related activity

•did not vote to participate in the state’s sales tax holiday (measure failed due to lack of a motion)

•approved the municipal water pollution prevention report

•voted to purchase an ad in The Clanton Advertiser in support of the Thorsby High School Class of 2010, at the mayor’s discretion.