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WI-FI, Subdivision, top Valley Grande Council meeting

Several topics dominated the Valley Grande City Council meeting on Monday night.

The entire council was present: Mayor Wayne Labbe, council members Kay Davidson, Sara Day, Bruce Hughes, Jane Harris, Robbie Rose and Treasurer/Clerk Kim Harris.

Davidson opened the meeting and said she spoke with Will Barrett of Civil Southeast about amending ALDOT TAP Grant.

The Sidewalk on County Roads 16 and 22 will be funded. The crosswalk will be eliminated. The council approved to amend the TAP Grant.

Councilwoman Harris said she will meet soon with former Prattville Mayor Jim Byard and Connie Bainbridge of Central Alabama Electric Cooperative about the Broadband process. Byard runs a construction company, which Harris is a big part of the Broadband  system.

“Bringing broadband to Valley Grande will be huge,” Councilwoman Harris said. “It will be big for the kids and the schools.”

Labbe urged Councilwoman Harris to keep looking into the issue.

The hearing a new subdivision in Valley Grande, scheduled for Aug. 9, has been withdrawn.

Don Smith, who lobbied for the subdivision, withdrew the bid.

Valley Grande officials will send out letters this week to residents who would’ve been involved.

Day recommended the Council change the date of the Fall Festival from Oct. 16 to Oct. 9. Dallas County Schools is having Fall Break from Oct. 14-Oct. 16.

The council approved the new date scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“We really need to have volunteers for the event,” Labbe said.

Day also said the benches arrived and were not damaged. Labbe’s grandson will assemble the benches.

In other council news:

-No one put up a bid for the Reconstruction of Valley Grande Ballfields.

Labbe said a company that was going to bid had several employees get COVID. Bids will go out again this week.

-Kim Harris will be attending Clerk School Monday through Friday online.

The next Valley Grande City Council meeting will be held on Aug. 16 at 6 p.m. at Valley Grande City Hall.