Heflin City Council hears of need to slow down neighborhood's traffic
by Laura Camper
lcamper@annistonstar.com
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HEFLIN — Barbara Parris, a resident of the Giles Street mobile home park in Heflin, is angry about speeders in her neighborhood.

She’s afraid for the children who live in the park including hers and came to the Heflin City Council meeting to get some help slowing down traffic.

“If that gray car keeps coming up in the driveway so fast, I did tell him I would flatten that tire,” Parris said during the meeting. “They’re out there in the yard playing — that’s the only area they have to play.”

She always accompanies her children to the school bus stop on the street because she’s afraid of the traffic, she said.

Parris had spoken to Councilwoman Rhonda Green about the problem, who in turn invited Parris to attend the meeting.

Green said she contacted Heflin Police Chief A. J. Benefield about the problem and he spent several hours in the neighborhood. The speed limit in the neighborhood is 20 mph, but speeders do frequent the area, Benefield said. He said four different cars were stopped for speeding there a few days ago.

He suggested the city put up speed limit and children-at-play signs on Giles and the surrounding streets, Turner, Kitchens and Harper roads.

“There is a lot of kids out there,” Benefield said.

Another area resident at the meeting suggested putting speed bumps on the road, but Mayor Rudy Rooks said speed bumps on city streets cause as many problems as they solve.

He said the city would put up the signs but Rooks also suggested stepping up police patrols in the area.

“If you sit over there a few times, then people that regularly partake of that area, if they’re breaking the law, they’ll be finding another way around,” Rooks said.

In other business the council:

— Approved 4-1 selling Harris House, a building the city owns and rents to attorney Coker Cleveland for his law practice. Councilman Jerry Gaines voted no on the proposal.

— Unanimously approved hiring Justin Fordham as a city police officer. Benefield recommended the hire.

— Scheduled a public hearing on Feb. 25 at 5:30 p.m. for a manufacturing permit for High Country Cellars, a winery that hopes to open in Heflin off Almon Street.

— Heard that the Heflin Fire Department responded to 37 vehicle accidents in January, 28 during the snow.

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

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