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Headlines from Alabama 810 News
- Marsh will introduce JPA legislation in
- Hobson City to hold town meeting
- Water wars continue
- JPA approves amended budget
Marsh will introduce JPA legislation in
issue of whether the JPA legally exists is likely to be answered in
February. The legality of the JPA has been the subject of lawsuits
in which judges have suggested the legislature take action to
resolve any questions. While the local delegation has in the past
said the legislation is not necessary, JPA member, Senator Del
Marsh said while he is confident the JPA is a legal entity, he
plans to introduce legislation when the legislature convenes in
February to clear the air. Suits have been filed challenging the
JPA’s authority to sell property alleging that the authority was not
officially created under state law.
Hobson City residents vocal during town hall
About 50 of the more than 800 residents of
Hobson City turned out Monday night for a town hall meeting at New
Hope Baptist Church in Hobson City. Mayor Ralph Woods said he was
pleased with the turnout Wood and the Town Council had called the
town hall meeting last week to gain input and suggestions from
residents. Mayor Wood said residents voiced some valid concerns.
Woods said that he would take the ideas presented Monday night and
work with the council to establish a citizens advisory board to
start overseeing town improvement projects.
Water wars continue
The Water wars are continuing between Alabama
and Georgia despite last week's rainfall. The two states remain at
odds over water in the Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa River Basin -- which
includes Allatoona and Carters lakes in northwest Georgia. During a
teleconference with representatives from both states last week, U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers officials said they are considering a
reduction in the amount of water released from Allatoona Lake by the
end of the month. Alabama opposes that plan. This week, the two
states and Florida will square off again in court over another
waterway -- the Chattahoochee River. Separate lawsuits over the
river have been bundled into one case being heard in the U.S.
District Court of the Middle District of Florida. In the debate
between Alabama and Florida, officials in Alabama worry that
dredging on the Alabama River will have to stop if water levels get
too low. The Corps is dredging the river to make room for barges
serving mills and other manufacturers. Alabama also is concerned
about having enough water to operate power plants and pulp and paper
JPA approves amended budget
concerns over a slowdown in property sales, The Joint Powers
Authority board amended the proposed budget, trimming back on
demolition costs, as well as moving the funds for a marketing
director into the general payroll as well as cutting legal costs
from over a hundred thousand dollars to just fifty thousand
dollars, the board also cut out a proposed four percent raise for
JPA employees. JPA member Senator Del Marsh, said the budget hinges
on closing a sale to Intellimed JPA vice chairman Anniston
Mayor Chip Howell said that the JPA must prepare to lean years.
The JPA is expected to revisit the budget issues in December.
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