Colony council

Colony Town Council, from left, Ethel Alexander, Mayor Donnis Leeth, Samuel Ashford and Melvin Hammond III. Not pictured: Curtis Johnson. 

COLONY — Colony’s town council voted to hire a company to fix one leaking pipe, but somewhere there is an even larger leak happening.

The council has known for months about a leaking pipe at the water park that needed to be fixed and received a quote of $875 from Anthony Burrells to fix it. The council voted Tuesday night to accept the bid. But City Clerk Pat Ponder reported that there is another leak happening in the water line that serves the town hall, community garden and the storm shelter. She told council the water meter indicated 13,000 gallons of water had been used. This is about 5,000 gallons less than what is required to fill a swimming pool.

She said they found a small leak in the ladies’ restroom, “but not 13,000 gallons worth.” She said, too, because of the rain in the past few days, they haven’t been able to determine where water may be leaking. “It’s too wet, how do we know?” she said. In the meantime, they have shut off the water.

Mayor Donnis Leeth said he wants to work with the council to get a Jacks restaurant located in the town before he leaves office. “Another thing we’ve got to decide is if we’re going to run again,” he said. “We don’t want to leave the town blank. If we want to stay, we’ve got to have a positive mind, and have something on paper of what we want to do, and we do it, as a group.”

In other business, the council approved a motion to allow the mayor to negotiate with Pink Cleaning for cleaning services at the community center and town hall. Previously, this was done by a town employee, but Ponder said no one applied to the “help wanted” ad that ran for two weeks. The cleaning service, she said, would rather do it on a contract basis than as an employee.

“It could be a win-win situation,” she said.

The council also expressed interest in getting training on how to use the generator in the tornado shelter. Currently, Councilman Curtis Johnson is the only one who has received training. The other council members said they, too, would like to receive training on how to operate the generator. Ponder recommended they also video the training.

The Colony Town Council meets the second Tuesday of every month.

Editor Amy Henderson can be reached at 256-734-2131 Ext 116.

Amy Henderson can be reached at 256-734-2131 Ext. 116.

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