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Wadley land dispute in hands of attorneys

WADLEY – The disagreement on who actually owns property, approximately one third of an acre, on Cooledge Street in Wadley is now in the hands of attorneys.

At last month’s meeting, Wanda and Randy Weaver addressed Wadley Town Council concerning the property where a sanitary sewer pump station is located. Mayor Donna McKay has an actual deed to the property that shows the town purchased the property for $10 from Wadley Holdings (formerly Plantation Patterns).

Mrs. Weaver stated she has a deed showing she owns the property. Town attorney Chad Lee is presently researching the file on this matter. It is not known who the Weavers are using as their attorney.

Police shortage

In the absence of Police Chief Tyler Murphy, Mayor McKay informed the council that two of the town’s police officers had resigned. Officers Trey Moore and Guy Chandler recently submitted their resignations and will go to non-law enforcement jobs. McKay said an agreement had been reached with Moore to reimburse the town $15,915 for training because he had not worked for the town a full year. It is not known when replacements for these officers will be hired.

Farmer’s market

Mayor McKay told the council the farmer’s market is scheduled to open on May 10 and will continue each Tuesday through Aug. 30 from 8 to 11 a.m. The mayor said last year the market averaged 51 people with 14 vendors. 89 people on one day was the highest, and 21 was the lowest. The mayor expressed appreciation to Bill Carson and acknowledged that he will be missed.

In other business, the council:

  • Was informed that Harmon Engineering of LaFayette will remove the canopy and possibly the pumps at the Perry Building at no charge.
  • Were informed that a $250,00 grant from Re-build Alabama had been approved for the town. Stan Nelson Engineering had submitted the grant.
  • Approved the minutes of the last meeting with council member Linda Briones voting no.
  • Approved a proclamation designating the month of May as Older Americans Month.
  • Approved donating $1,200 to Don Strength for live weather broadcasting.
  • Approved to donate $500 to Randolph County Learning Center.
  • Approved to increase the hourly rate from $7.25 an hour to $9 per hour for summer workers and co-op students.
  • Recognized Mattie Staples and Drucilla James for their work on senior vouchers for the farmer’s market.

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