Council puts brakes on speeders

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Speeders beware. The Greenville Police Department may soon have your number…literally.

The city council voted Monday night to provide $4,245 to Stalker Radar Applied Concepts Inc. for a SpeedBoard radar kit.

The kit is a scoreboard type display that is usually attached to a trailer that lets motorists and police see the speed of travelers.

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Because it is portable it can be used in many locations.

Greenville Police Chief Lonzo Ingram felt that this made the kit a huge asset to the city.

&uot;Being able to move it around will be good,&uot; said Ingram. &uot;Moving it from location to location should help to cut down on speeding.&uot;

Ingram felt that the growth that Greenville has experienced and will continue to experience made the radar kit necessary.

&uot;Our traffic has grown tremendously over the last few years,&uot; said Ingram. &uot;We need to find a way to regulate it. I think this will provide just that.&uot;

Greenville Mayor Dexter McLendon also felt that the radar kit would be a good purchase.

&uot;This helps because it shows that we are not just out there trying to write tickets all the time,&uot; said McLendon. &uot;This will let people know that they are speeding that may not have been aware.&uot;

The council also voted to approve $1,402.50 for a 55-gallon drum of mosquito spray.

Mayor McLendon felt that this would help the city tremendously as well.

&uot;This is something that we really need to have,&uot; said McLendon. &uot;We had a good year last year but we always know how things can be.&uot;

Other approved expenditures were:

n Approval of $2,350 payment to the CWA Group Inc. for semi-annual groundwater monitoring for the old landfill.

n Approval of $1,430 payment to L and L Bucket Service for labor to repair lighting, wiring and backstops at the ballparks.

n Approval of $1,337.71 payment to BSN Sports Supply for sports and ball field equipment for the Recreation Department.

At a public meeting to discuss the rezoning for Nana Edwards Allen property the council chose to table the discussion until the next meeting.

In closing the meeting the council voted to change the date of their May 24 meeting to May 17.

The change is based on the Alabama League of Municipalities Convention, which will take place in Birmingham May 22-26.

Since most of the council members will be at the convention the new meeting time was established.

The next regular city council meeting will take place Monday May 10 at 5:30 p.m.