City cracking down on signs

Published 12:49 pm Wednesday, April 14, 2004

By By JOHN DILMORE JR. Publisher
A move is on within the city to crack down on those abusing or ignoring the city's ordinance prohibiting the display of certain types of signs.
Councilman Mervin Huff raised the issue at last night's city council meeting, saying that political and yard sale signs in particular have become a problem inside the city.
Huff also pointed to a problem with small signs and other printed materials being nailed to utility poles in Brewton -- a violation of state law.
Huff made a motion that the council move toward getting rid of the signs, and that the city provide information to the newspaper as a way of educating the public on the matter. The motion was approved by all present.
Also at last night's meeting, a public hearing was held on the city's proposed application for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to fix a sewage pumping station in the Martin Luther King Drive area.
The city is applying for $447,000 in CDBG funds to fix the station, which has a history of causing backflow problems for residents, especially during periods of heavy rainfall. About 150 people live in the area the sewer improvement project will impact.
Following the hearing, the council voted unanimously to move forward with the grant application.
In other action, the council: