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The Southern Democrat, June 11, 1986

Birmingham after Blount property

Blount County Probate Judge Frank Green was informed yesterday that Birmingham City Council has voted to annex Remlap, Village Springs, Inland Lake, Pinson, and Palmerdale provided a majority of residents affected (including Jefferson and Blount residents) vote in favor of annexation.

David Vann, chairman of the Birmingham Industrial Water Works Board and Birmingham city attorney, told Green by phone that Birmingham’s intention is to annex only Inland Lake and surrounding property the city already owns.

Green told the newspaper that Blount County will oppose either move – annexing just Inland or annexing areas between Pinson and the lake as well.

Department is state’s 650th

Alabama Forestry Commission recently honored Holly Springs Volunteer Fire Department as the 650th certified rural firefighting unit in the state.

Blount County supervisor John Rice and ranger Steve Bowden presented the certification.

Speaking to the group of community representatives, Rice said the AFC set a goal to have 650 certified departments by 1987. He said Holly Springs not only symbolized the reaching of a long-awaited goal early but stood for many years of hard work and dedication by communities across the state.

Holly Springs firefighting fleet includes a 1970 Dodge one-and-a-half-ton truck and a 1952 Dodge three-quarter-ton truck. The department has also purchased a 1956 Ford 500 pumper truck from the Gardendale Fire Department.