Humbard persuades Snead council to lower speed limit

Speaking before the Snead Town Council, resident Margaret Humbard persuaded members to lower speed limits in front of her house and place appropriate signs there. The retired teacher explained that she has an autistic granddaughter who lives with her and needs protection from potential speeders.

Humbard reported her sister had videotaped a speeder who ran over a dog in front of her house on Freeman Drive adjacent to a local church and its school. She said she was “pleading” with the council to help by reducing speed there to 15 miles per hour, placing signs to indicate the change, and offering additional patrols. She indicated councilman Jack Freeman had encouraged her to bring her concerns before the body. Upon completion of Humbard’s points, the council voted unanimously to meet her requests.

Humbard’s address followed a nearly half-hour presentation by former district attorney Scott McPherson. McPherson outlined his plans for the DA office in a bid to win support from the council and those present for his candidacy for the Republican nomination.

Freeman reported he had made efforts to reduce the cost of razing a house the council has sought to condemn. Councilman and former Mayor Curt Painter questioned whether the council should delay action on that matter until its next meeting. Members agreed that the owner still had time to respond to a council notice and that they would wait until their final March meeting to act.

Utilities supervisor Jeff Whited reported he had spoken with Alabama Power about redirecting a street light at the Piggly Wiggly entrance in town. Company spokesmen said they would alter the light to help at the intersection which has seen several traffic problems. Whited indicated he is also seeking permission from the state highway department to add reflectors to mark the entrance more clearly.

All councilors [Freeman, Painter, James Campbell, Tim Kent (mayor), Phillip McHan, and Charles Sanders] attended the short business session. Town clerk Rae Ware missed the March 8 meeting. The council holds its regular sessions the second and fourth Mondays of each month in the community center at 7 p.m.