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TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2007


Athens settles lawsuit over sewer

ATHENS — The city has
settled a lawsuit over sewer violations by paying a fine and agreeing to upgrade infrastructure.

The violations were for overflows from sanitary sewers.

The Legal Environmental Assistant Fund in Tallahassee, Fla., consisting of attorneys, filed a lawsuit, as allowed by

Athens Wastewater Manager John Stockton told the Athens City Council in 2006 that the
department will pay a $31,000 fine to the Alabama Department of Environmental Management.

The department also will implement corrective action. Construction on a new treatment plant is in the works.

On Monday, the council approved the final expenses on the consent decree work, which is a total of $115,025.

- Holly Hollman

Athens to restore full-service station

ATHENS — The price was getting too high to hire someone to restore the stateís first full-service gas station, so the city plans to do the work itself.

On Monday, the Athens City Council approved spending up to $90,000 to restore College Inn, the two buildings that made up the service station.

They are at Big Spring Park.

The city got a $250,000 grant and has to match that with $75,000.

Councilwoman Milly Caudle said the architectural firm working with the city said the project would cost an additional $100,000.

Public Works Director James Rich and Sanitation Director Earl Glaze said their workers can do the restoration.

The building will house a childrenís museum and offices for Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful.

- Holly Hollman

Athens fire station delayed by steel

ATHENS — Waiting for a steel delivery has delayed construction of the new Athens Fire Station No. 2.

The $1.35 million station is under construction on Medical Village Drive off Lindsay Lane.

The completion date is Sept. 28.

City Council President Harold Wales said the steel is supposed to arrive Wednesday.

ďBut I donít know if they can meet the completion date unless they put a lot of workers on it,Ē Wales said.

The station will be the cityís first east of Interstate 65. The city will close the Freeman
Drive station off U.S. 31 when the new one opens.

- Holly Hollman

Is there a trolley in Athensí future?

ATHENS — No, Athens isnít San Francisco, but tourism officials want the city and county to buy a trolley.

Athens City Councilwoman Milly Caudle said the Spirit of Athens Committee said a trolley would transport spectators at festivals, such as the storytelling festival, and make the city more attractive as a tourist destination.

A secondhand trolley would cost $28,000 to $29,000.

Councilman Jimmy Gill said he would never support such a proposal.

Council President Harold Wales he wants a meeting with Mayor Dan Williams and tourism officials about the trolley.

- Holly Hollman

Auto lot, multiple cars broken into

Thieves broke into six vehicles and stole a seventh from a Decatur auto dealership early Saturday.

Lt. Chris Mathews, a Decatur police spokesman, said passersby called police when they saw several car doors open in the lot at Excellence Auto Sales, 1701 Central Parkway S.W.

Police arrived to find the business broken into and a soda machine damaged.

Thieves had taken a radio from one of the vehicles, but nothing appeared to be missing from any of the others, Mathews said.

Police found the missing red 1999 GMC 1500 pickup, valued
at $10,000, a short time later when a citizen called to report the abandoned truck blocking an alley near the 1500 block
of Central Parkway, Mathews said.

No arrests have been made.

- Seth Burkett

Smokes, sex toys reported stolen

ATHENS — An Athens thief may have sex and smoking on the brain.

According to police reports, someone stole six packs of cigarettes, a 12-ounce bottle of lubricant, two vibrators and $40 in cash from a home on Garrett Drive.

According to the homeown-
erís report, the theft occurred in June.

Reports say the thief also made off with a debit card and driver license.

- Holly Hollman

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