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Vernon looks to further highway repair


Vernon Mayor Glenn Crawford

Vernon Mayor Glenn Crawford



David Miller/Special to The Dispatch



VERNON, Ala. -- Vernon Mayor Glenn Crawford hopes minor repairs to a mile-and-a-half stretch of Highway 18 will be made after Alabama Department of Transportation officials hear an update Thursday of recent work completed by the state agency. 


ALDOT repaired a stretch of Highway 18, from the intersection at Highway 17 to the section where Highway 18 turns into a four-lane, including a new surface to alleviate drainage issues. 


However, there are several areas are still experiencing standing water. Crawford said Monday during the Vernon City Council meeting that city engineer Brian Latham will represent the city at a ALDOT quarterly meeting Thursday for municipalities in Lamar County.  


"We have a couple of drop inlets where water is collecting," Crawford said. "We will notify their regional director...It's just a couple of minor fixes." 


Crawford said the fixes will likely include shaving down some asphalt so the drop inlets will "fall in" easier.  


In other business: 


■ Crawford announced the job interviews at K&S Lumber, located in the city's industrial park, will begin within the next week. The city received $18,000 of a $100,000 Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs grant this week to pay for engineering and grant-writing expenses to prepare the park for its first tenant. Crawford said the company may begin test-cutting next week. 


■ The council voted unanimously to install a streetlight on Old Aberdeen Highway. 


■ Crawford announced preliminary talks with Lamar County officials to construct a new entrance way for Vernon's elementary school, located behind the municipal complex. The entrance would give the school it's own entrance and exit and help better control traffic in and out of the school. Crawford said he hopes to see the city and county split construction costs.




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