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March 13, 2013

Mayor talks on state of Springville

Springville — Spring means Springville’s event season is gearing up.

This Saturday, March 16 kicks-off the fourth annual Big Springs 5k Run.

All proceeds from the run will be donated to the City of Springville to the Springville Library Foundation’s New Library Fund.

“We’re still looking for door prizes for runners and walkers of the fun run,” said Big Springs 5k Run coordinator Laura Cheney. “It’s a great way to get your business noticed because we’ll talk about each business as we hand out prizes during the awards ceremony.”

If you’d like to participate in the run, registration begins at 7 a.m. with the 5k blasting off at 8 a.m., and the one mile fun run at 9 a.m.

For more information contact Cheney at bigsprings5k@gmail.com or 205-617-5889.

Other topics covered at March’s Springville Chamber luncheon were how Springville is on the move.

Newly elected Springville Chamber President Scott Barnett wants to make sure the chamber proves to be helpful for area businesses.

“Our goal is to have speakers who are beneficial and of value,” said Barnett. “I encourage any speaker feedback from all members to develop and round out the chamber they want for Springville.”

Next Mayor William “Butch” Isley spoke to attendees about the state of Springville.

“Financially the city is doing really, really good,” Isley said. “Through difficult economic times, we’ve maintained unlike any other city in this county of this size.”

Being financially strong has afforded them the opportunity to give back to their employees.

Through the court system the City of Springville will implement a driving school in order to avoid an offense going on permit record or in lieu of a fine.

Isley said the police department is growing while Police Chief Bill Lyle said morale is greater than it’s been in years.

Both Isley and Lyle wanted citizens to know there have been a few recent break-ins around Springville.

If people see a white Ford super cab or any suspicious activity call 205-467-3333.

As for ongoing projects, Isley says in the third year of the new city council and mayor’s four year term is the year they plan to focus on building the new library in conjunction with a new city hall and a place to pay your water bills.

The current streetscapes project is 80 percent grant funded.

Total cost of the project was $400,000 with the city paying less than $100,000.

“The intent of this project is for the downtown to thrive,” said Isley. “We want people to walk through town and shop.”

A new project on Walker Drive will be 100 percent grant funded.

Garner Asphalt will be widening and paving the road, which will bring new jobs to Springville.

Construction is scheduled to begin within the next 30 to 45 days.

New police department building plans are ready and Isley says Springville police department can expect to be moving to their own facility in September 2013.

Springville’s sport complex next to Walmart has all football and soccer fields constructed and Isley says he can see teams playing there this August.

The next phase of this project is to build six tennis courts this spring.

Baseball and softball fields are on the horizon.

“This is a three million dollar project that takes the work of a whole lot of people,” said Isley. “We need a lot of volunteers and assistance from associations.”

Applauding several city employees, he added, “I can’t say enough about the public works.”

Addressing recent national news affecting schools, Isley says county officials have chosen to equip schools with video means (putting cameras throughout schools to monitor situations), but city officials want an armed law official on each school campus.

“We’re interested in putting a person in that school that has a gun,” said Isley. “Not in teacher’s or administrator’s hands, but law officials in schools. To do that we have to get the county’s permission. This is a security standpoint.”

Growth in the school system has Isley foreseeing the construction of a new school on the property across from Springville High School.

“What is currently the middle school would all be used as the elementary school,” said Isley. “Our concern is the number of sixth graders and under that we have. We’re trying to be pro-active rather than reactive and build before we’re over crowded.”

Proud of all their accomplishments Isley says all this development and progress is fantastic for all.

The next Springville Chamber meeting is Thursday, April 4th at noon at Springville Café located at 6204 U.S. Highway 11 (otherwise known as Main Street).

Upcoming events in Springville:

* Saturday, March 16 Big Springs 5k

* Monday, March 18 Springville Senior Center Open House from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

* Saturday, March 30 Big Springs Park Easter Egg Hunt at 9 a.m.

Volunteers are needed. Anyone interested contact chamber president Scott Barnett at sbarnett@msnattorneys.com.

* Saturday, April 27 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. City Wide Clean-Up Day

* Wednesday, May 1 Splash Pad opening day at Big Springs Park

* Saturday, May 11 at 8 a.m. John Coyne’s annual Take A Kid Fishing

* Saturday, May 18 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Springfest

* Thursday, Mary 23 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Seniors Community Wide Picnic

“Last year over 300 senior citizens attended this event,” said Isley. “They had so much fun they wanted to come back.”

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