- Cullman, Alabama

June 14, 2012

Pleased with city's response to vegetation growth

The Cullman Times

CULLMAN — In a recent phone call two weeks ago, I began asking questions to the mayor of Cullman as to what could be done to cut back the vegetation along both side of the railroad tracks that goes through the heart of town.

On the top of the railroad banks from the bridge passing over the railroad tracks at the Stiefelmeyer building going south to at least the bridge one block south of the courthouse it is all overgrown vegetation. Since we as a city and community prides itself in wanting our city to look nice I felt it necessary to get something started towards the endeavor of getting it cut down or cut back.

Underneath this stuff are cement pillons and two painted green pipe railings connected to each pillon. When I was about 12 or 13 years of age, I remember sitting and playing on those rails.  

So, I called CSX home office in Jacksonville, Fla., to get answers. They wanted pictures and a map of the problem area. I sent the mayor an e-mail of their requirements. I even called The Cullman Times to see if they would take pictures for the city. I got a phone call the next day from Street Department supervisor asking where the problems I was speaking about were.

After getting it figured out he assured me it was something they could take care of. I know its time consuming and manhours utilized for clean up, however, I do appreciate the appropiate action taken by the mayor and Rick Henry. When this is completed there will be many people pleased as me to be able to see the other side of the track no matter which side your standing on. Thanks to all who have a part in making our city look better and especially to those doing the cutting and cleaning.

Charles R. Kent