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June 13, 2013 Issue

Congressman visits Veterans Park mural
Vote next week for Wrens council
Wrens asks county for $100,000 a year more for fire dept.
Wadley citizen asks, would you drink it?

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Congressman visits Veterans Park mural


Congressman Paul Broun stopped in Wrens last week to meet with the McTier family, Jefferson County natives and international artists, who have been commissioned to paint a mural on the wall of the post office in the city’s Veterans Memorial Park. Broun met with city officials, residents and veterans who were present. For more on the mural project, see future editions of this newspaper.

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Vote next week for Wrens council

By Parish Howard
Editor/Publisher

Citizens will come forward June 18 to cast their ballots for one of three men running for a position on the Wrens City Council.

Jimmy Bennett, David Hastings and Melvin L. Farmer all qualified in April for the seat left vacant when Herman Wright resigned in January.

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The special election Tuesday will fill the remainder of Wright’s term, which expires Dec. 31.

The seat will go to the candidate with the highest numbers of votes.

“Whoever wins on Tuesday, will have to requalify if they want to run in the November general election,” said Janee Hodge the city’s elections superintendent. “Next week’s elections is a special election to fill an unexpired term.”

No other races will be on Tuesday’s ballot.

Hodge said that three council seats will appear on the November ballot.

Candidates will have to be older than 18, be a resident of Wrens for at least one year and pay the $72 qualifying fee.

The Wrens council meets on the first Tuesday of every month with a work session of the previous Thursday.




Wrens asks county for $100,000 a year more for fire dept.

By Carol McLeod
Staff Writer

The City of Wrens has asked Jefferson County to provide an additional $100,000 a year to help fund the city’s fire department, Jefferson County Administrator Adam Mestres told the commissioners during a work session earlier this month.

Mestres said Wrens Mayor Lester Hadden and Wrens City Administrator Arty Thrift approached him and Jefferson County Commission Chairman Mitchell McGraw about this more than a month ago.


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He said the discussion centered on the city’s need for an increase in a subsidy for providing more fire-related service in the industrial park. Mestres said Hadden and Thrift also cited other unincorporated areas of the county the city services since PyraMax has begun work for a plant in the park.

“They have done a lot with pre-planning and fire related service,” Mestres said. “They said this has begun to strain their resources. It costs them money; and, the industrial park is in the county.”

Mestres said Wrens is involved in part of the preplanning for the park.

“It’s fire hydrant testing,” he said. “They test the water pressures, they flush the hydrants. Anytime they lay new pipe, you want to test pressure and flow to ensure the levels meet requirements. The fire hydrants are in the park. They are tested in some kind of frequency.”

The county administrator said it is possible this request could be accommodated.

“It’s up to the commission,” he said, adding the library has also contacted the commission office to request more funding.

“This is the time of year that we review the county’s budget,” he said. “It is the time of year that’s most appropriate for all entities who receive any type of subsidy from the county to discuss upcoming appropriations. The City of Wrens has asked for an increase of appropriations for their fire services in the county to help supplement their operations for fire service, specifically for the unincorporated areas that they service.”

Thrift confirmed the city had made the request for the additional funding from the county and said he had no other comment at this time.




Wadley citizen asks, would you drink it?

By Carol McLeod
Staff Writer

Russell Pate, a Wadley citizen, said last week he is having severe problems with the water at his house.

He said that over the years he has installed water filter systems at his home, which is on city water, and has been having more problems lately.


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One filter he had with him was filled with something. Water draining from the filter looks muddy.

"Would you drink this?” he asked, holding the filter in a clear plastic bag where a small pool of water had drained from the filter.

He said he contacted the health department and was told he would have to pay $30 to have his water tested.

“Why should I have to pay to have my water tested? Isn’t that what they’re there for?” he said.

The filter had been in his water filter system for only nine days, he said.

“My water problem really started when they busted that water main on Butts Street or MLK, they were replacing some sewer lines. From that day to this, the water hasn’t been right,” Pate said.

“When we moved into the house in 95, the ice maker made orange ice; and, I said, ‘Uh, oh,’” he said, adding he put a filter in for his sink that took care of it and the ice maker.

He said there have been a couple of times when his laundry came out of the washing machine with a sort of rusty look to the clothes.

“But you could bleach it or wash it again and it’d be OK,” he said. Pate said he put his whole house on a water filter system in 1998 or 1999.

“I usually change filters in April and October,” he said. “I have two whole house systems now and one for the cold water and the ice maker.”

The filter in his house now is the fourth one since this past April, Pate said. “This one is the third one and it’s nine days old,” he said.

Sallie Adams, Wadley’s city clerk, said Tuesday city workers had been to Pate’s residence to check on his complaint.

“The guys have been up several times with that,” she said. “They flushed the hydrants. They disconnected the water from his meter; and, they said the water was coming out of our system clear.”

“The mud’s coming out of their system,” Pate said. “The pipe that comes from the meter to my house, that’s where the filter is.”

Pate said he had not been told the city had flushed the hydrants and would check to see if that has helped.







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