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Trinty In Brief

Attorney writing towing ordinance

TRINITY — Attorney Larry Madison said Monday he is writing a draft for a towing ordinance for Trinity, Falkville and Hartselle.

He serves as attorney for all three municipalities.

Madison said he is taking “the best parts” of ordinances that Athens and Tuscaloosa have in place for towing vehicles of persons charged driving without insurance, no driver license or a suspended or revoked license.

Madison said tow truckers can charge only standard rates. He said there would be no hidden towing zones.

“This will be a good way to correct a big problem,” he said.

Ronnie Thomas

Trinity approves budget, raises

TRINITY — The Trinity Town Council on Monday voted 5-0 to approve a 2007-08 budget with income of about $1.5 million and expenditures of about $1.3 million.

Councilman Mark Brazelton was absent.

Mayor Vaughn Goodwin said the budget surpasses last year’s budget by about $300,000.

The council approved a 5 percent cost-of-living raise for full-time employees.

At Councilman Bruce Sparkman’s request, the council also approved a one-time 50-cents-per-hour raise for police officers to bring their salaries in line,
he said, with towns of similar size.

Ronnie Thomas

Termite control method a choice

TRINITY — The Trinity Town Council approved giving homeowners and businesses a choice between pre-treatment and the bait system for termites.

Trinity’s Building Code has long stated pre-treatment as the method.

The council bored in on the issue Monday after the Tennessee Valley Training Center requested using the bait system. Councilman Bruce Sparkman, who is building a new home, has long advocated choice.

While Town Attorney Larry Madison writes an amendment to the ordinance, the council gave Mayor Vaughn Goodwin administrative authority to make the decision.

Ronnie Thomas

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