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Sharp resigns from Lowndesboro town council

By Fred Guarino
The Lowndes Signal

The Lowndesboro Town Council is losing one of its members.

Bruce Sharp, who has served on the town council for the past seven years, offered his resignation from the council Tuesday night. Sharp has moved to Montgomery.

“One of the hard decisions was to end my service because I have enjoyed what I have done all these years,” said Sharp. But, he said, in the future, if he were able to return to Lowndesboro to become a citizen again, he would like to serve again.

Sharp recommended fellow citizen David Spooner, who was present for the meeting, to fill his seat on the council. However, other than accepting his resignation, no action was taken Tuesday night.

Sharp said several of the highlights of his years on the council have been ” just providing good, clean, potable water for the citizens at a fair, equitable price, putting in a new well that we desperately needed. We didn’t have any wells at that time… We had two wells that went bad and it took a long time to do that.” He said the city did not raise rates when buying water. And he listed “doing the historical signage for the town,” as another accomplishment.

Certified Water Operator William Simmons reported a 42 percent water loss for the town. But he said sampling of the water was good. And he said the Consumer Confidence Report should be mailed or published in the newspaper.

In other water related matters, the council agreed to write a letter to the county engineer regarding a county truck filling up with water from a Lowndesboro fire hydrant to seek the proper protocol. The council also agreed to write a letter that the contractor for the new water tank is responsible for security of the job site.

The council heard from citizen Wayne Taylor on the continuing problem of speeders through town. He suggested the presence of a patrol vehicle.

Council member Dennis said that one day, while he was cutting the grass on his property, five speeding tickets were written. He said Lowndesboro has become a cut through from Selma to Prattville.

At the request of Mayor Rick Pate, Blair agreed to work with Taylor and a citizen committee to come up with solutions to the problem.

The council also discussed a fire department training class not only for those who want to fight fires, but also for older citizens who could serve as support personnel.

The council approved the March 8 and Feb. 8 council minutes and check registers for February and March.

Present for Tuesday’s meeting were Mayor Rick Pate, Council members James Adams, Dennis Blair, Bruce Sharp and Jerry Ingram. Absent was Caswell McCurdy.