Oak Grove to expand senior center
by Bill Kimber
Dec 11, 2013 | 634 views |  0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The East Alabama Regional Planning and Development commission will help the town of Oak Grove administer its $135,171 grant to expand the town’s senior center, following action by the Town Council Tuesday evening.

Council members authorized Mayor Tony White to enter a contract with East Alabama to spend up to $17,483 to administer the grant, making sure documents are completed properly to satisfy federal requirements.

Oak Grove received word last month that it would receive the money to add a 900-square-foot exercise room to the town’s senior center.

Currently, a treadmill and one exercise bike located in the main area must be moved to make room for other events or activities. The expansion will provide a permanent location for these items and up to eight additional pieces of exercise equipment.

The town is providing $30,000 in matching funds for the grant. The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grant from funds made available to the state by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The council also authorized White to enforce the town’s zoning ordinances, particularly in the case of a man who has built an apartment inside an automotive repair shop.

Wes Laughridge addressed the council in September, saying he has lived in the apartment for two years and that he built it after some of his property was stolen there. He said he didn’t get a building permit to wall off the apartment, but said he doesn’t believe the town’s ordinances prohibit him from living there.

According to the resolution passed Tuesday evening, the council authorizes the mayor “to take the appropriate action, including, but not limited to, formal action in court, to enforce the zoning ordinances and in particular, the current violation by Mr. Wes Laughridge, and also to engage the town attorney as needed to assist in such endeavors.”

Council members also:

* Approved the addition of a street light at the corner of Mountain View Lake Road and Oden’s Mill Road.

* Heard White report that a grant application has been submitted to buy a new fire truck, and that he will look at a used tractor next week to replace an old one.

* Approved the addition of two volunteers to the town’s fire department.

* Approved opening an application period for a part-time street department laborer.

The council meets on the second Tuesday of each month.