Council hears of new code system

Heflin’s City Council on Tuesday learned about a new way to stay abreast of city laws: via a new city code database, now available online.

City Clerk Shane Smith said the new system, called Municode, can be accessed by residents and officials — including police officers. The code is searchable by keywords and Smith said it will benefit the city.

“It allows easier access to our ordinances for citizens, business. It makes us more business friendly,” Smith said during the council’s combined meeting and work session Tuesday.

In the past, Smith had to find a text document and send it out to the department requesting it.

The council also discussed making Vickery Street a one-way street to accommodate Cleburne Pharmacy’s drive-thru window. By making the street one-way, it will reduce traffic issues behind the pharmacy once the drive-thru window is open.

Heflin Mayor Rudy Rooks said a public hearing will probably be scheduled in April to discuss the matter.

During city department updates Heflin fire Chief Jonathan Adams reported during the month of February the department responded to:

— One structure fire

— Eight vehicle collisions

— One tree/power line call

— One service call

Heflin police Chief A.J. Benefield reported for the month of February the department handled:

— 1,051 business checks

— 55 incident reports

— One closed case

— 30 cases closed by arrest

— 25 traffic citations

— 181 traffic warnings

Benefield reported that the department received numerous calls about a “huge pot-bellied pig” roaming U.S. 78 two weeks ago. Eventually the pig’s owner was located.

“That pig’s huge — somebody had hit that, it would have been really bad,” Benefield said.

Benefield also said that on April 14 the department will offer a firearms class at the local firing range that will cover everything from loading a gun to shooting it. Benefield said the course is mainly for women but men will be accepted. Benefield said anyone interested should contact the police department, but only a limited number of spots are left.

Heflin  Parks and Recreation director Tammy Perry reminded everyone that Saturday is the annual St. Paddy’s on Main from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The festivities will include the Stride of March 5K, entertainment and a pet parade. Perry said more than 175 people have preregistered for the 5K.

Perry also said that on Thursday there will be a ribbon-cutting for the Cahulga Creek Classroom & Cahulga Creek Birding Trail at noon at Cahulga Creek Park on Mountain Street. A new multi-use pavilion has been constructed for the outdoor classroom.

The next city council meeting will be March 27 at 5:30 at City Hall.

On March 30 the annual flashlight Easter egg hunt will be held at the old football field at 7 p.m.