Shirley City Council met in its regular monthly session Monday night, July 10 at 7 p.m. Discussion included street repair, the recovery of the old Shirley Bank building and contending with stray dogs.
Mayor Lisa Hackett presented her findings regarding streets where the city had received complaints, and other areas damaged by recent heavy rains. Complaints were regarding a dip on Lightfoot Drive, with Councilwoman Ginny Stone adding an area on Brown Road as well. In discussion, the decision was made that all could be repaired with about a half-load of chip-and-seal, and the city would begin taking bids for same.
Additional road problems were flash flood damage after recent rains from Community Church down to the former Shiitake Mushroom headquarters. This, coupled with the road from the bridge under city control would be included in the cold-mix repairs, per minutes of the meeting. As bids were being acquired, council agreed to work on developing a list of priorities for street repair.
The bank building, the mayor reported was about to have ownership transferred to the city, which had been in contention pending the the Massey family moving electrical connections to their apartment from the building. Plans were to begin renting space for flea markets and fundraisers. Several volunteers were ready to begin work on the collapsing building, the mayor told the council. Waivers would be required for any volunteers working on the structure.
Stray dogs along Sam Street - long a topic at Shirley Council meetings - were on topic again. With the recent turnover at the county animal shelter, coupled with the loss of the county animal control officer, Hackett reported she had met with a private group which would trap and later euthanize dogs for $20 each. Councilman David Cook was going to present the city’s animal control ordinance to the County Judge so a plan could be formulated.
Coupled to this, several chickens were loose, apparently having been owned by a family on Cliff Avenue. A letter, with a copy of the animal control ordinance, was going to be sent to the family regarding the need to pen the chickens.