Extra security for Shelby's upcoming Ashland visit
by Jason Bacaj
Feb 08, 2011 | 2752 views |  0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
ASHLAND – U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Alabama, will host a town hall meeting in Ashland at 10 a.m. Friday at the Garden Terrace Café.

Extra security will be provided by the Ashland police department as a precaution because of the Tucson shooting, said Mayor Larry Fetner, who made the announcement during Monday night’s Ashland City Council meeting.

Benny Davis, Ashland police chief, couldn’t say how many extra officers or what types of measures will be taken.

“I found out (tonight) he was going to be here,” said Davis, who was out of town at a conference last week.

A police officer was on hand at the council meeting as an extra security measure, the mayor said. Davis has been the only officer on hand at previous meetings.

In other business:

-- Architectural firm McElrath and Oliver was hired to design roof repairs to the Wynn Community Building.

-- Winter weather has prevented much surveying work, delaying work on asewage line to the new high school, said Councilman Mike Beale. Cold weather also delayed the Second Avenue waterline replacement project. Concrete can’t be poured below freezing and the recent rain and sleet prevented workers from building the remaining curbs during milder weather.

“You can’t pour it out on mud,” Beale said.

-- The city council voted to repair an awning that was torn down when a “local industry truck” turned off Alabama 9 recently.

Chief Davis told the council he had directed that truck and a number of others to turn that particular way.

The company offered to pay for the more than $300 of repairs out of pocket. But the City Council decided to fix it. The unidentified “local industry” is a good corporate citizen, Fetner said.

“We need to be industry friendly,” Fetner said.

Contact staff writer Jason Bacaj at 256-235-3546
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