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Council Calls on US Gov't to Increase Funding

By Glenn Collins
Wednesday, August 3, 2011 | 12:00 AM

Mayor Ken Sunseri goes over the Architectural Rendering for the safe room at Monday's City Council Meeting. Plans are almost complete and the next step will be to bid out the project for construction.

As the City prepares to go forward with construction of its safe room, as well as other FEMA-supported hazard mitigation projects, the City Council, Monday, called on the United States Government to restore FEMA's share of grants back to the 90% level. Currently, local and state governments are picking up 25% of the cost of grants. The call, in the form of a resolution, says, “If the funding participation at the current level remains in place, the recovery process in many areas of the state will be delayed for indefinite lengths of time, and in some cases completely halted, because of the inability of the local governments to produce the local match.”

In other action, the Council enacted an ordinance that prohibits the sale and possession of “K-2”, “K-2 SUMMIT”, “K-2 SEX”, “GENIE”, “DASCENTS”, “ZOHAI”, “SAGE”, “SPICE”, as well as other names. These are all several lines of products known as synthetic cannabinoids and salvia divinorum. They produce a very potent, intoxicating effect which is estimated by the medical community to produce effects ranging from three to one hundred times greater and more potent than THC, which is the active ingredient in marijuana. Haleyville Police, Tuesday, notified retail stores in the city limits of the ban.

The Council also renewed the loan for the water slide.

The next meeting of the Council will be Monday, August 15, 2011, 7 PM, at City Hall.

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