| By John Howell
Honoring a promise made during the October meeting of the Crenshaw Board of Mayor and Aldermen, Mayor Sylvester Reed opened the November meeting to questions.
The mayor announced during the October meeting that he would hear up to a six questions from the floor and provide answers at the following month’s meeting.
Jimmy Frazier used the opportunity to present his qualifications to town officials. Frazier had resigned in July from his job as the certified water operator for the town’s water system and all-around maintenance worker. He is also among three people seeking to fill the position he left.
Thomas Malone addressed city officials to express his concern over traffic conditions on Highway 3, which is Crenshaw’s main street.
"We’re going to have a serious accident," Malone said, citing improper U-turns made by southbound motorists who turn into parking places on the west side of the street.
Bob Bryant asked for a report back on trailers improperly brought into municipal limits and about the cleanup of abandoned houses and overgrown lots.
Mayor Reed told Malone and Bryant that he would have a response at the December meeting.
In other town business during the November 9 meeting, Mayor Reed defended the town’s use of state trusty labor, citing their savings to the town with such examples as repair of the police car and small engines on town-owned equipment.
Alderman Alberta Bradley had criticized the $25 to $30 daily expense of feeding inmates while they work for Crenshaw.
?Repairs to a leaking town hall roof will begin soon with state trusty inmates working under the supervision of Sammy Harrell, Mayor Reed said. The comment prompted questions about the town’s contract with Harrell, in which it originally agreed to rent the town employee’s tools.
"It’s illegal for him to rent us his tools," the mayor said. "Everything can be rented from a rental store," he added.
Further discussion clarified that Harrell was paid $9 per hour as a town employee to supervise the inmates’ work.
?Crenshaw will not be able to apply for another Community Development Block Grant until sewer rehabilitation work financed through a current grant has been completed, the mayor said.
Smoke testing of sewer lines is currently underway, Mayor Reed added. Smoke is forced into water lines and escapes from leaks which need to be repaired, he added.
?A housing project financed through another grant "basically completed. Everybody will be in their homes before the holidays," Mayor Reed told the other city officials.
"We’re behind on that, aren’t we?" asked Whitsell.
"No, he did submit for an extension but he didn’t need it," the mayor replied, referring to Larry Haynes, the consultant who has administered the grant money for the home-building project. Haynes will submit an application next year to build five more homes, Reed added.