Town moving forward with annexation

By ELANE JONES, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 8/18/17

PARRISH — The Parrish Town Council announced Monday that it’s moving forward with the annexation of property north of the new Parrish Highway, from east of Hay Valley Road to west of Park Dunn Road, including Stephenson Road

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Town moving forward with annexation


PARRISH — The Parrish Town Council announced Monday that it’s moving forward with the annexation of property north of the new Parrish Highway, from east of Hay Valley Road to west of Park Dunn Road, including Stephenson Road

Parrish Mayor Heather Hall said the council is proceeding with its annexation of several areas north of Parrish, which will include the Hay Valley community.

But one property owner came before the council Monday night requesting that his property be removed from the annexation.

“Property owners who do not wish to be included in the annexation can bring their property deeds to the Parrish Town Hall, and we will remove their property from the annexation map,” Hall said. “Our plan is to annex areas north of Parrish and east of Alabama Highway 269 to Hay Valley Road in an effort to help the Hay Valley Volunteer Fire Department, which has been struggling to maintain fire fighting operations in their community. If we include their community in this annexation, it will help them out tremendously.”

The Hay Valley Volunteer Fire Department would then be under the Town of Parrish’s Fire District, which would mean the Town of Parrish would then pay for firefighting operations such as maintenance on the Hay Valley Fire Station, fire trucks and equipment, the cost of the insurance on the fire station, vehicles and personnel, and the utility bills.

The Parrish annexation project will include several areas north of the new Parrish Highway from east of Alabama 269 to Hay Valley Road, and west of Alabama Highway 269 to Park Dunn Road and Stephenson Road in Parrish.

The council also approved Parrish Water Board Ordinance 2017-8-14 regarding the sell of surplus property owned by the Parrish Water Board.

“The Parrish Water Board is wanting to take blind bids on a 2007 Chevrolet Colorado truck they want to sell,” Hall said. “And with the water board being under the town of Parrish’s umbrella, the town council had to vote on this before they can sell the property. The bids for the vehicle will be taken at the Parrish Water Board Office.”

The council also voted to split the cost of sending Municipal Judge Joeletta Barrentine to an upcoming yearly conference for municipal judges in Alabama, with the city of Dora. Barrentine serves as the municipal judge for both communities.

In other business, Hall said the council is working with grant writer Terry Acuff on a grant to down a number of abandon properties in the town.

“We’re working on a grant to help cover the cost to tear down approximately 30 abandon structures in our town,” Hall said. “We will be having a hearing on this matter soon.”

Hall said the abandon buildings not only pose a health hazard to the community, because of the snakes, rats and other vermin living in them, but that people who use and deal drugs are using them for their illegal activities.

“We also have other vagrants who are sleeping in them as well,” Hall said. “So it has become a big safety concern for us.”

Hall said Acuff proposed the town apply for grants to demolish the abandon structures first because of some concern over the relationship between Parrish and the state.

“I fully understand we need money to fix our roads right now, but the Town of Parrish apparently has a bad relationship with the folks in Montgomery regarding some past grants,” Hall said. “Things weren’t done properly, so Terry thinks it would be nearly impossible for us to get a road grant right now. So he said we do this (apply for the abandon structure cleanup grant) first to show them we’re worthy and to earn back their trust. Then maybe we can apply for a road grant next year.”

Hall also told those who attended Tuesday’s meeting that the Town of Parrish Annual Fall Festival will be held Thursday, Oct. 26, at the Parrish Community Center.

“Our Event Planning Committee also needs volunteers, not only to help with the Fall Festival, but other upcoming community events,” Hall said. “Our Fall Festival was a huge success last year and we’re hoping this year will be even more successful.”

Hall said the Parrish Festival Committee meets each Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Parrish Town Hall.

“And we invite everyone in the community to come down and help us plan for some really exciting things for our community,” Halls said.

Besides the annual Parrish Fall Festival for the Kids in October, the Parrish Festival Committee is also working on plans for a Coal Miner’s Christmas Arts and Crafts Fair to be held in mid-November, a Community Thanksgiving Dinner to be held on Thanksgiving Day, and the town’s annual BBQ Cook-off and Car Show, which is held each year on the first Saturday in April.