Rotch street naming to take place Dec. 7

Published 2:14 am Wednesday, November 24, 2010

A ceremony will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 7, to rename the street in front of T.R. Miller High School for Donnie Rotch.

Mayor Ted Jennings said the high school is handling the ceremony. The city council voted earlier this year to rename the street for the late principal, who was killed in a car crash in August.

Jennings told council members Tuesday that the unveiling of the new street name would take place at 7:30 a.m.

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In other business Tuesday:

• The city heard a presentation from Green Energy Electronics on a plan to retrofit city buildings with more energy-efficient light fixtures. Council members agreed to proceed with a plan to seek a state loan for the project.

• The city could increase the fees it charges for landfill use under a proposal brought to the city council Tuesday.

Rates would include:

• Small pickup truck, $12

• Full-size pickup truck, $19.80

• Single axle truck, $19.80

• Tandem axle trailer, $48

• Dump truck, $98

• 20 (CY) Truck, $120

• 24 (CY) truck, $144

Council members said they would vote on the proposal at their next meeting.

• Patsy Bowen was sworn in as a magistrate for the Brewton Municipal Court.

• Adam Clayton Powell was reappointed to the library board.

• Council members approved a contract with Mark Miller of LA sound for DJ work during the Dec. 31 Blueberry Drop.

• Jennings said he was elected treasurer of the Coastal Gateway Economic Development Authority.

• The Rev. H.K. Matthews asked council members if the city could honor Brewton resident Lisa Thomas, who fed more than 200 people a Thanksgiving lunch last week on her own through her Drexel and Honeybee cafe located at Jefferson Davis Community College.

“I think that’s an extraordinary gesture on the part of one person,” Matthews said. “Can the city recognize this lady for doing what organizations do?”

Jennings said Matthews’ idea was “a great suggestion” and the city would look at ways to honor Thomas.

• Bonita Avenue resident Chad Jordan asked council members if there is anything the city can do about a drainage problem in an alley shared by Bonita residents and Douglas Avenue residents. Jennings said the city would look into the problem.