Mayor Handley welcomes you to City Council meetings

The City Council at work, from left, Ouida Mayfield (District 5); Kim King (District 4); City Clerk Gina Antolini; Mayor Dr. Stancil Handly; Ricky Ruston (District 3); Barbara Moore (District 2) and Leslie Whiting (District 1). (Contributed)

The City Council at work, from left, Ouida Mayfield (District 5); Kim King (District 4); City Clerk Gina Antolini; Mayor Dr. Stancil Handly; Ricky Ruston (District 3); Barbara Moore (District 2) and Leslie Whiting (District 1). (Contributed)

By PHOEBE DONALD ROBINSON / Community Columnist

Mayor Dr. Stancil Handley has a new open door policy in Columbiana, no place more evident than at City Council meetings.

Transparency, accountability and solutions are key to this administration. Handley welcomes the public – in fact encourages Columbiana’s citizens – to attend and become involved in our community.

The council meets the first and third Tuesday of every month at City Hall on Mildred Street at 6 p.m. You are welcome to attend.

In addition to our mayor, there are four new members on the council: District 1 Leslie Whiting; District 2 Barbara Moore; District 3 Ricky Ruston and District 4 Kim King. District 5 Ouida Mayfield, mayor pro tem, is the only returning member of the City Council.

In the next few weeks, each council member will be introduced to our community.

Our city has additional men and women who serve us and keep our city functioning.

The service of these dedicated persons who work behind the scenes is huge, who do multiple tasks with limited resources in a timely and efficient manner.

Among these public servants are: Police Chief Lamar Vick and the Columbiana Police Department; Fire Chief Johnny Howard Jr. and the Columbiana Volunteer Fire Department; Mark Bray and the Southeast Shelby Rescue; Allen Reynolds, department head Street Sanitation and Park and Recreation; Dale Lucus, department head of Environmental Services; Dutcha Lawson, Columbiana Public Library director; Planning and Zoning Board; Industrial Development Board and Columbiana Beautification Board.

New things are on the horizon for Columbiana.

Handley’s desire is for Columbiana to become a destination center for Shelby County welcoming people to our treasured Shelby County Museum, Karl C. Harrison Museum of George Washington and events as Cowboy Day and Liberty Day. New signs designed by Scott Owen greet people on Shelby County 70 and 47 – “Welcome to Columbiana, Home of Governor Robert Bentley.” The undated pavilion on the Summer Classics land is in the works and one the Shelby County Arts Center will be built on Summer Classics Way to become the hub of arts in our county.

A new day has come to Columbiana.

Phoebe Donald Robinson can be reached by email at phoeberobinson@bellsouth.net.

About Phoebe Donald Robinson

I am President of Donald Real Estate and Ins. Co., Inc., a company that my grandfather , Charles J. Donald, founded in 1925. I am the third generation owner of the business. I am also the Columbiana Columnist for the Shelby County Reporter.

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