Ranburne to put in new street light near high school
by Laura Camper
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The Ranburne Town Council this week voted to request a new streetlight at the crosswalk on Alabama 46 in front of Ranburne High School.

Police Chief Steve Tucker said that part of the road can be dangerous for pedestrians crossing the street for the high school football and basketball games. He requested the light to improve visibility for drivers.

“When you walk across the street at night, you can’t see nobody,” Tucker said at the council’s Monday meeting. “A street light on the school side would help a lot.”

There is a light at the Country Boys gas station across the street, Tucker said. That might need to be adjusted, too, he added.

Mayor Owen Lowery said he thought there should be a stop light at the crosswalk.

Pam Richardson, town clerk, said the light will be installed by Alabama Power, and the company doesn’t charge for the installation. The monthly bill for the new streetlight could be around $100 per year.

“We hope it will be less than $100,” Richardson said. “It’s been since ’02 since we talked to them.”

The town currently has 104 street lights and the monthly bill is almost $1,300 a month, Richardson said.

In other business the council members:

- Approved the purchase or lease of two copy machines, one for the Police Department and one for Town Hall. Richardson said she is still shopping around for prices.

- Approved paying for five homebound meals for senior citizens. The town currently serves 35 meals a day to senior citizens – 16 at the senior center and 19 home-delivered meals. Federal funding pays for up to 14 of the home-delivered meals minus the donations seniors give for the meals, Richardson said. Last fiscal year that equaled $2,394 in federal funds. The five meals cost $3.04 each for a total cost of $3,553 for the year. Last fiscal year, the total cost of the program to the town was $35,835, Richardson said.

Staff writer Laura Camper: 256-235-3545. On Twitter @LCamper_Star.

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