Cleanup day set for Hobson City
by Eddie Burkhalter
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HOBSON CITY – In an effort to clean up the town, Mayor Alberta McCrory announced Hobson City will hold a community-wide cleanup day Oct. 12.

“We need to get teams of people and get some things done,” McCrory said. “People have said that they want to serve and help do things.”

A cleanup day is a good way to fulfill those wishes, McCrory explained.

A list is being made of vacant land in need of cleanup, McCrory said, and it’s possible volunteers will spend a portion of cleanup day working on those properties.

There will be no need to clean up the recently-renovated J.R. Striplin Park in town, but the council did discuss the need to reduce the cost of lighting the park over the winter. Council members discussed closing the park and cutting off a few of the five pole-mounted lights over the winter.

Councilman Freddie Striplin expressed concern that with darkness coming earlier in the day, turning off the lights may make the park less safe.

McCrory said she understands Striplin’s concerns, but said it costs the town about $500 each month in electricity to keep those lights on.

“We’re going to have to do something,” McCrory said.

McCrory said she will be looking at when neighboring cities will close parks this winter in order to coincide the closing of Hobson City’s park.

In other business, the council:

- Agreed to demolish a wall inside the town’s old pool house.

- Announced the council will hold a workshop to discuss the town’s 2014 fiscal budget at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Town Hall. The next regular meeting will take place Oct. 14 at 6:30 p.m.

- Agreed to no longer rent the Federal Emergency Management Agency building during the winter, except for gatherings already booked. The council voted to open it for rental during the summer except for Saturdays.

Staff writer Eddie Burkhalter: 256-235-3563. On Twitter @Burkhalter_Star.

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