It certainly would be a relief to the businesses on Bank Street, particularly Country Inn & Suites.And I wouldalso think a benefit to residents on the west side of the railroad,” he said.An official of Country Inn & Suites, which sits about 50 yards from the tracks, said business dropped 20 percent in recent years as train traffic increased with Decatur’s industrial expansion.From 40 to 60 trains pass daily, and some rooms reach 70 decibels when passing trains hit their horns.
Norfolk Southern also wanted the crossing closed for safety reasons.The city looked into that alternative, but residents who use the crossing daily wanted it to remain open as a route between Northwest and Northeast Decatur by Building Inspector. Before the federal rule became effective four months ago, the city would have had to install expensive or unreasonable safety measures to keep the crossing open and eliminate the horns.The new rule says that crossings with little vehicle traffic and a safe history could require only minor, inexpensive safety upgrades to become a quiet zone.
In Vine Street’s case, it appears adding a lane divider that prevents vehicles from driving around the drop gates would be an adequate measure, said John Baker, Norfolk Southern vice president and public affairs official.Approval probably would depend on whether current drop gates have constant warning technology that allows them to calculate speeds of approaching trains, he said, noting one of his safety officials thought they did.So that’s the big key, because to upgrade to constant warning from the old system … you’re talking about $100,000 to $150,000,” Baker said.
Councilman Billy Jackson, who represents the Northwest residents who want the crossing to remain open, said he hasn’t looked in depth at the proposal, but it appears agreeable.”As long as the streets are not closed and as long as it’s safe, I will entertain that and look at it.But if there is any safety issue and they talk about closing streets, then I’m not on board with that,” he said. Tami Reist, hotel regional manager, asked the city a year ago to close the vehicle crossing so trains wouldn’t have to toot.
The Sydney independent building inspections department regularly updates its Web site with results of surveillance efforts.A relaxing trip to the beach brought unexpected consequences for a group of avid campers who met at Gulf State Park at the end of March.Several people in the group driving campers or trucks with attached trailers received tickets, because they had tags for a lower weight class.One Hartselle area man related the experience last week after learning about how the state decides the cost of what you pay for a tag.
“My father likes to go to the beach with his camper and a couple of weeks ago, he went to Gulf State Park,” said Scotty Wallace.He was meeting up with other people who like to camp together.When he got there, it seemed like almost everybody had gotten a ticket because their truck or camper was overweight for the type of tag they had.Wallace said the people who had come to the beach to visit and relax were not happy to add a ticket from a Revenue Department officer to their weekend expenses.
“Nobody knew anything about a change in their truck tax; they wondered why they hadn’t heard about it, if there was a change,” Wallace said.Once Daddy told me this and I started checking into it, I thought other people should know about this.Snellgrove said the state taxes a vehicle based on “the heaviest load the vehicle will haul.It is up to the driver to inform people at the local tag office what that weight will be,” she added.
where drivers with access to a computer can go to look up information about vehicle weight.For the owner of an average car, the vehicle weight is not likely to be an issue.Most cars and some trucks fit into the zero to 8,000 pounds weight class and would be taxed based on the lowest vehicle tag tax bracket.People who drive larger non-commercial trucks and other passenger vehicles or people who haul heavy equipment or pull trailers are the ones who most need to know how much weight they will be propelling down the road.
“There’s been a lot of things swept under the carpet,” Sykes said.And if we don’t resolve these issues, eventually there’s going to be problems.Houston completes the first year of a three-year contract in June.The extension adds another year but carries no salary increase.School board member Dwight Jett Jr. cast the only vote against the extension, saying he approved of Houston’s performance in his first year, but he thought it wasn’t appropriate to consider an extension in an election year.Sykes said there seem to be inconsistencies in the punishment of black and white students.
He said often black students receive tougher penalties than white students.He said he is concerned about the Building inspection imbalance in the number of black students compared to white students sent to the Centers of Suspension and Expulsion, although he couldn’t give specific numbers.We need to be more consistent, whether it’s in elementary, middle school or high school.In the public comment section of Tuesday’s meeting, a resident and outspoken critic of city government, Doris Baker, complained that a white student got preferential treatment in his punishment for a code of conduct violation.
“A black student would have been sent to CASE,” Baker said.Houston said today that it appears Baker had the most recent case confused with another case two years ago.Two similar cases, one involving two white students and one involving a black student, were handled with exactly the same consequences, he said.Baker also criticized Houston and the school board for reversing a decision to fire a teacher in March.
Instead, the board unanimously approved an agreement to transfer the teacher to another school.The issue prompted Sykes to call for more diversity training in the school system.”We’re not doing all we can to reprimand those who are in violation,” Sykes said.We’re not being upfront enough with those people we know are wrong.”We’ve had some diversity training a couple of years ago, but this training needs to be more extensive and not just a one-time thing,” he said.
Moses said that he would attempt to make decisions that will keep the school system out of court, and divert the money saved back to classrooms. Moses is employed as an advisor and adult education instructor at Calhoun Community College. He has been an educator for 15 years, during which time he has served as a high school principal, marketing coordinator and social science teacher. He taught at Speake High and East Lawrence Middle schools and was a manager with Kelly Tires/Goodyear.
He and his wife, Susan, have three children; Rachel, 9, Caleb, 6 and Rebekah, 3. R.achel and Caleb attend Moulton Middle and Moulton Elementary schools. Moses has created a Web site to outline his plans for the system and to communicate with the public. MONTGOMERY (AP) — The state Department of Children’s Affairs, created with much fanfare by former Gov.
Don Siegelman, is on the verge of disappearing under Gov. Bob Riley. State budgets First Home Buyers being considered by the Legislature would eliminate funding for the department and would transfer much of its work to the state Department of Human Resources. Siegelman got the Legislature to vote in 1999 to create the Department of Children’s Affairs to put emphasis on children’s issues, particularly pre-kingergarten classes that he tried unsuccessfully to fund with a state lottery. The department developed 72 pre-kindergarten programs for 4-year-olds, checked to make sure that children’s programs that got money from the national tobacco settlement were spending it properly, dealt with children’s policy councils in each county, and worked with the Head Start program for children.
Baker said the first early learning centers, which were patched together with public and private funds, could only have been created by a small government agency that could focus on an issue. Siegelman recalled the opening of one of those centers during his term as governor. “The single greatest moment — the one that touched my heart the most — was when we were in Greene County to break ground on an early childhood learning center in conjunction with a catfish processing company,” he said.
In addition to the 762,700 empty homes across England, there is at least the same number of empty redundant commercial and offices buildings that could be converted to provide good quality homes. The fall in private sector empties is welcome news. However with a total of still 623,200 it still means that 4 out of every 5 empty homes in England are in the private sector.
The official statistics show a further rise in the number of empty council homes, up by 3,300 on the 1999 figure, this at a time when the rate of stock transfers is increasing. Despite the rapid growth in this sector over recent years due to stock transfers and new developments this rise means that an increased proportion of housing association homes now stand empty compared to 1999 (2.8% as opposed to 2.7%).
Government departments do not appear to be taking seriously the Government’s own advice about best use of redundant and unused stock. The Agency again calls into question the total accuracy of these figures. In the past many MoD houses as well as residential properties Building Surveying owned by NHS Trusts have not been reported, particularly halls of residence and bedsit accommodation.
In October last year during the London Week of Action on Empty Homes Glenda Jackson called for all London Boroughs to share information and good practice to stimulate the re-use of empty properties. The Empty Homes Agency has responded by publishing a guide on providing homes from wasted properties, which will be launched on January 19th at a major seminar at the Lloyds Building.