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Trinity to send nuisance notice

TRINITY — The Trinity Town Council on Monday approved sending a notice to a property owner it contends violates Trinity's nuisance ordinance.

Building Inspector Joyce Hargiss said she will mail the notice Tuesday to Junior Gillespie of Hillsboro concerning a lot of less than an acre he owns on Mason Drive.

She said Gillespie leases the property to Trnity Cable.

Hargiss said the company has created an unsightly condition by discarding spools of cable and other equipment that is overgrown by weeds.

She said records show the town has contacted Gillespie on numerous occasions about maintenance of the property.

She advised Gillespie that this is the only notice he will receive in asking cooperation in the abatement of the nuisances.

Hargiss set the compliance date 15 days from the date of the Sept. 11 notice.


Trinity to consider impoundment

TRINITY — Trinity is following Decatur's lead and is considering a vehicle impoundment ordinance similar to one already in effect in Athens.

Councilman Tony Jones made the suggestion at Monday's meeting.

He said he became convinced the town needs to impound
vehicles driven by anyone who doesn't have a driver license
or proof of insurance after reviewing accident records with Police Chief Chris McLemore.

McLemore said that just in the past three weeks, about 60 percent of wrecks in Trinity
involved one or both drivers lacking a license, insurance or both.

Jones said he has a copy of the Athens ordinance and will bring it for council study.

"I meant to bring it tonight but forgot it," he said. "The more I think about it, this is something we need to support."

Mayor Vaughn Goodwin said he thinks the impoundment law is a good idea.


Engineer to inspect Greenway Place

TRINITY — Trinity Mayor Vaughn Goodwin said Monday that Town Engineer Sonny Wright will inspect Greenway Place subdivision for violations.

Goodwin said the inspection will include storm drains with silt, roads and curbing.

He said developer Bill Smith's maintenance bond expires Oct. 31.


Trinity approves hiring of patrolman

TRINITY — Trinity's growth and increased traffic flow spurred the Town Council on Monday to approve hiring another full-time patrolman.

Councilman Bruce Sparkman made the motion to hire the patrolman, which would increase Trinity's police force to six full-time officers.

The council also approved Sparkman's suggestion that the town set starting pay at $12.50 per hour for 40 hours.


Trinity to put check on speeding

TRINITY — Complaints of speeding from residents along Mason Drive prompted the Trinity Town Council on Monday to conduct a study of the entire town.

Police Chief Chris McLemore said Mason Drive residents are pushing for more patrols and some are confronting drivers, cautioning them to slow down.

Councilman Tony Jones suggested speed bumps but Councilman Bruce Sparkman is against it, claiming they damage vehicles.

Mayor Vaughn Goodwin said he will check with the North-central Alabama Regional Council of Governments for advice about what tools are best to check speeders on all of Trinity's roads.


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