Smiths Station Newsletter 4th Quarter 2018

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Mayor’s Message

Mayor Copeland
Mayor Copeland

Since becoming Mayor of Smiths Station in November 2016, I, along with my city administration and council, have worked diligently to complete the tasks laid out by the previous administration and realize some of my dreams and visions for our great city. During the last two years, we have been able to realize many of those goals, including the ability to boost the city’s overall revenue; implementing a road-side litter pick-up service; levying the city’s first-ever ad valorem tax to tackle infrastructural problems within the city, creating an online billing system for solid waste, legislatively annexing split parcels, and forming a historical commission. The future is very bright for our city, and I as your Mayor, look forward to continuing these efforts to make Smiths Station the best place it can possibly be.


F.L. “Bubba” Copeland, Mayor

Do I need a permit for that?

If you are unsure whether your project requires a permit, it’s best to contact the City Planning and Zoning Department. In general, a building permit is required for all new construction as well as remodeling. Also, all contractors must hold a City Business License. The consequences for ignoring the local permitting and business licensing laws could be very serious. You and your contractor could be forced to pay significant fines. In most cases a stop work order will be issued and business license examplethe project will be inspected. If it doesn’t meet the proper code, you and/ or your contractor may have to spend additional time and money correcting it, as well as being subject to subsequent re-inspections. In some circumstances, you may even be required to remove an un-permitted construction. In addition to construction and remodeling permits and licensing, a Land Disturbance and Storm Water Runoff Control permit is required. Other permits issued by the Planning and Zoning departments include: Fence – All fences require a permit. Certain fence types are not allowed in the front yard. Sign – A sign permit is needed when a sign is placed, constructed, enlarged, converted, reconstructed or relocated. Home Occupation – Running a business from home requires a business license and a home occupation permit.

Solid Waste customers can pay their bills using ‘Express Pay’

Customers of Smiths Station’s Solid Waste Department can now pay their bills online through the city website, On the website’s homepage, customers can click “Online Bill Pay” in the top right-hand corner to create an account. There, customers will be asked to log in by entering the first four letters of their last name and the unique web ID located on the right hand side of the statement. Once logged in, customers will be able to view a dashboard which lists any bills they currently owe. Through this secure platform, customers can avoid the hassles of paying by mail and instead do it electronically. For questions or concerns, call 1-855-915-7828.

Keep Smiths Station Beautiful

The City is proud to be one of the newest affiliates of the Keep Alabama Beautiful Commission. Every year the City hosts a first-Keep alabama beautiful logoquarter community cleanup day in honor of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. Watch for the 2019 cleanup date announcement on your solid waste bill. You can help keep our City clean year round by participating in the recycle program. In partnership with Lee County Environmental Services, the City provides a recycling facility at the Smiths Station Sports Complex for paper, cardboard, and plastics for citizen use. A new facility is coming soon to the Smiths Station Fire & Rescue – Station One location on Lee Road 430.

Don’t be the Dealer

One year ago, the City partnered with the Lee County Sheriff ’s Office to hold bi-annual drug take-back events as well as providing a drug kiosk drop-off box at the Smiths Station Government Center and at the Sheriff ’s Office . Since May 2018, the partnership has collected more than 375 pounds. The drop-boxes are available year-round in the lobby of both locations.

Commemorative Brick

The City of Smiths Station Memorial Sidewalk is located at the Historic Jones Store Museum, 1361 Lee
Road 298 in Smiths Station. The sidewalk is a way for the City to honor the men and women who have
made the City what it is today. The sidewalk begins at the Jones Store entrance and extends to the parking
area located at the entrance from Lee Road 298. To order a brick, please fill out this form and return it with payment to the City of Smiths Station, 2336 Lee Rd 430, Smiths Station AL, 36877.

Save the Date!

Dec. 4 – The City of Smiths Station will hold its annual tree-lighting ceremony Dec. 4 beginning at 6 p.m. Residents
and visitors alike are encouraged to come help make the holiday season bright and merry. There will be food and
refreshments as well as entertainment from student choral groups from Smiths Station City Schools. Public

City Council: The Smiths Station City Council meet on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, with a work session beginning at 5:30 p.m. E.S.T. and regular meeting at 6 p.m. E.S.T.

Historical Commission: Meetings for the City of Smiths Station Historic Preservation Commission are held on the third Tuesday of each month beginning at 1 p.m. E.S.T.

Planning Commission: The City of Smiths Station Planning Commission meets the first Tuesday of each month, with a work session beginning at 6:30 p.m. E.S.T. and regular meeting at 7 p.m. E.S.T.

Zoning Board of Adjustment: The City of Smiths Station Zoning Board of Adjustment meets quarterly, the first Monday of February, May, August and November at 6 p.m. E.S.T.

All city meetings are held in the public meeting chambers at the Government Center, which is located at 2336 Lee Road 430.

Important Notes: The City of Smiths Station will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving Nov. 22 and 23 and Christmas Dec. 24 and 25.

Solid waste customers can view how their pickup schedules will change by visiting the “Manage My Services”
page on the city website.