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- Special Audio...September 11 Remembered
- Anniston works on budget, dog ordinance on
- Oxford library construction
- Depot funding clears hurdle
- Munford students charged with school arson
September 11 Remembered
A poem written by Beth Chapman
and read by Mike Mitchell
Anniston works on budget, dog ordinance on
The revision of Anniston’s animal control
ordinance has been placed on the back burner as the councils time
has been consumed with budget meetings. Mayor Chip Howell says the
council is spending an enormous amount of time scrutinizing the
budget. Councilman Ben Little said he is very pleased with the
current budget process. The city must approve the budget within the
next several weeks. On the animal control issue, councilmen said
Tuesday night that it will be their next issue once the budget is
approved. In the meantime city manager George Monk said that the
police department has been concentrating efforts in the area of
dangerous dogs. Monk said that they have been looking at ordinances
passed by other cities and expects that the council will end up with
the creation of a good enforceable ordinance to protect the public.
Oxford library construction
Construction of the new Oxford City Library is
on schedule and the building should be ready by November, but Oxford
Councilwoman June Reaves is worried that delays on items for the new
library may delay its opening or cause some safety concerns. Mayor
Leon Smith approves orders on furniture for the library and has been
critical of Reaves' stated needs for the building. While Saying
that he was not against the library, the mayor said he is against
the size of the library and said he would be against the size of it
for the next ten years. The main concern Reaves said she had was
shelving for the library. She said that End pieces and the canopy
for the shelving have not been ordered, and Reeves said that without
complete sets it is unsafe to place books on the shelves. The mayor
also announced that Kohl's, a department store chain, will locate a
store at the Oxford Exchange. He did not have an estimated opening
date, but said the building would likely be about 68,000 square
Depot funding clears hurdle
Sen. Richard Shelby announced Tuesday the
subcommittee approval of more than $1.7 billion in funding for work
at the Anniston Army Depot. The Department of Defense Appropriations
Bill for fiscal year 2008, which includes the funds, is scheduled
for a full committee vote today. If approved, the bill will then go
to the Senate floor for a full vote. The bulk of the money, over a
billion dollars, is earmarked for production of the Stryker vehicle
for the next fiscal year. The depot will assemble 27 Stryker
vehicles. In past years the facility has built more than 100 a year.
Officials said $600 million will pay to build the 27 vehicles and
the remaining $429 million is for technical support for the entire
Stryker fleet. Shelby said The remainder of the money is divided up
into about $588 million for the Abrams tank, $2 million for asset
tracking and workflow management, and $1.5 million for investments
to improve production capability.
The Department of Transportation's $8 billion,
five-year road plan was released this week, and it includes $991
billion in spending in Northeast Alabama. The five-year plan
includes spending $654 million in federal money on the eastern leg
of the Memphis-to-Atlanta highway in DeKalb County, nearly $80
million to extend Interstate 759 into east Gadsden, nearly $53
million on improvements to U.S. Highway 411 northeast of Gadsden and
$35.9 million to resurface Interstate 59 from northeast of Steele.
Cherokee County is to get $11.6 million with $6 million of it for
bridges and $5 million for roadwork on Alabama Highway 35 near
Little River Canyon. Marshall County is to get $32.2 million in
spending including $14.6 million on right-of-way costs for the
Memphis-to-Atlanta highway leg that will begin in western Limestone
County and in Lawrence County.
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