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Thorsby to annex, lease property off County Road 74

Thorsby’s Town Council on Monday approved moving forward with an effort to lease property off County Road 74 for a maintenance shop and for the storage of equipment.

The property, including land and buildings, is owned by the Alabama Forestry Commission but is not being used.

The Commission proposed the town leasing the property.

Thorsby will annex 159 acres at the site into the town and enter an agreement with the Forestry Commission, according to Town Clerk Crystal Smith.

In other business, the council:

•Announced that the town’s Christmas parade would begin at 9 a.m. on Dec. 6.

•Announced that the repainting of the town’s water tower is expected to be completed within the next couple of weeks.

•Purchased a strip of property that connects to a lot owned by the town off Cleveland Street for $1,500.

•Tabled a decision about entering an agreement with Southern Lights, a company that wants to run fiber optic cable through town rights-of-way. The council wanted more information from the company.

•Was updated by Councilman Glenn Littleton about efforts to map town resources digitally. Littleton told the other council members that he is working with Thorsby Fire Chief Lee Gunn to map water hydrants in the town.