Government

Adamsville and Jefferson County Reach Agreement for Road Maintenance

Adamsville mayor Pam Palmer, left, with Jefferson County Commissioner Lashunda Scales (Source: Solomon Crenshaw Jr.)

Adamsville on Thursday became the latest municipality to reach a through road agreement with Jefferson County.

“This is what cooperation looks like,” Commissioner Lashunda Scales said following the County Commission meeting. “If you put the politics aside and you work out the differences … And when you’re talking about public safety, that matters.”

A through road agreement gives Jefferson County authorization and responsibility to maintain the roads in the agreement.

Mayor Pam Palmer said “human-high weeds” along Minor Parkway had been a particular concern, especially for motorists going to and from Minor High School.

“When the kids left school, with the parents or (on) the buses, you couldn’t see,” she said of the weeds that had grown as high as 12 feet tall. “When you pulled out into the median, you couldn’t see to go left or right.

“There’s a whole lot of other roads there but Minor Parkway in itself is a whole new ball game,” Palmer continued. “We’re so thankful.”

Beyond Minor Parkway, the through road agreement covers Old Bankhead Highway/Old Jasper Road, Linndale Road, Old Jasper Highway, County Road 12, County Road 110 and Hazelwood Road.

Thirty-four municipalities have reached through road agreements with Jefferson County. Others are Bessemer, Brighton, Brookside, Cardiff, Center Point, Clay, County Line, Fairfield, Fultondale, Gardendale, Graysville, Homewood, Hoover, Hueytown, Irondale, Kimberly, Leeds, Lipscomb, Maytown, Midfield, Morris, Mountain Brook, Mulga, North Johns, Pinson, Pleasant Grove, Sylvan Springs, Tarrant, Trafford, Trussville, Vestavia Hills, Warrior and West Jefferson.

In another matter, Scales allotted $7,500 from community grant funds for a walking track near Adamsville’s senior center.

“We want to see folks being active in their local community,” the commissioner said. “The residents of Adamsville can now enjoy their own Spain Street Park improvements with this new walking trail.”