HOBSON CITY On Monday night the Hobson City Town Council talked about both immediate quality of life concerns as well as future plans that could strengthen the city’s sense of community.

The former category included recent repairs to a water leak at the corner of Church Street and Pyle Avenue. That work has given the city some breathing room where its water issues are concerned. Leaks in recent years have been costly.

“We get one repaired and a week or so and there’s another one somewhere close by,” Councilman Joe Cunningham said.

But, he said, the town seems to be on top of the problem now.

“We got it where we can just about handle it.”

The council’s estimate had the work costing around $600 to $800, but the motion to approve the expenses Monday night was tabled in favor of waiting on the exact bill to arrive.

Another quality-of-life concern arose as the council considered how to remove a large oak tree that’s fallen in the town park.

“I understand that the price to remove this tree is $1000 and that’s crazy and incredible to me,” Councilman Frederick Striplin said.

Striplin said he had been told the tree was too wide to be cut with chain saws, but the council decided to evaluate the situation further to determine whether the tree could be cut with in-house efforts before seeking to hire a professional service.

If it is determined that a service is not needed then the council will allow residents to claim leftover firewood if possible. The remaining pieces, likely those too large to be claimed, will be set aside and collected on July 21 with large-item pickup.

The council also decided to consider encouraging a community fireworks celebration on the Fourth of July next year. Members said a centralized celebration might be less stressful on local residents with post traumatic stress disorder than would random fireworks being shot off all over town.

Before the close of the meeting, Hobson City resident Elizabeth Rowe told the council of her efforts to attract vendors to the football field for the town’s anniversary celebration taking place on August 18.

“The football field is up there laying with nothing but money on it, and we refuse to pick it up,” Rowe said.

She said the fees paid by the vendors would provide the city with income, but she hoped the benefits extended past financial aid.

She said this kind of event could encourage residents to develop a stronger sense of community. Rowe said that could then lead to reductions in crime and paint a better image of Hobson City for residents and visitors alike.

“This year, this is just the takeoff. ... We got to start somewhere,” she said.

The next meeting will take place on July 23.

Staff Writer Tyler Waldrep: 256-510-1751. On Twitter: @TWaldrep_Star

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