The Heflin City Council held a work session Tuesday night and discussed a number of issues, including the street department’s refuse pickup policy.
The street department uses its grappling truck to haul off unneeded items residents put out by the curb, including limbs as well as household goods. The council talked about imposing a limit of two grappling-truck scoops of trash per household and levying a surcharge for larger loads.
The council also discussed designating Monday and Tuesday as trash pick-up days so residents can know when to place their refuse at the curb. The goal is to not have refuse littering up the roadsides, according to Heflin Mayor Rudy Rooks.
Rooks also reported the Almon Street railroad crossing has been closed by Norfolk Southern. City Clerk Shane Smith said the work is almost finished on the barricades on the Oxford Street side.
Rooks also talked about the progress of the Campbell Street bridge project. The Alabama Department of Transportation will construct the bridge and the city of Heflin will pay for the engineering. Rooks said the state will release the money for the bridge in October so contractors can bid on the project.
Two studies required for the bridge project have yet to be completed according to Smith: the University of Alabama will do a study to make sure there are no Native American items present and a geological team has to do a study.
Smith also talked about the upcoming city’s budgeting process and said he will have a first draft by Aug. 18.
Before the work session a local businessman, Sam…
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