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Three area students have been chosen to receive the city’s annual Alabama Municipal Electric Authority (AMEA) scholarships. The LaFayette City Council announced LaFayette High School seniors Kiuana Crawford, Takeitha Ray and Shaqweyddeus Vines as the scholarship winners at Monday’s meeting at City Hall.

Crawford, Ray and Vines are three of the 33 seniors from AMEA member cities that were selected through the program this year. The students will each receive a $2,500 scholarship to attend a four-year university or two-year college in Alabama.

To be eligible for the AMEA scholarship, a student’s family must receive electric services from a member city’s electric utility and the student must attend an Alabama college or university.

Each of the three seniors has made a decision on where they will attend college. Both Crawford and Ray will attend Auburn University in Montgomery, while Vines will attend UAB.

Mayor Barry Moody expressed his excitement for the winners and congratulated them on behalf of the council.

At the meeting, the council was informed by Streets and Sanitation Superintendent George Green that preliminary action has been taken to place three speed bumps on 6th Avenue NW. Green said the locations for the bumps had been marked and he hoped to place them soon. Later, Green told the council that two dilapidated houses, located on 1st Ave SW and 5th Circle, are scheduled to be burned down this week in conjunction with the fire department.

During a discussion of a park proposal on the newly purchased land behind the city cemetery, City Clerk Louis T. Davidson showed the council a preliminary blueprint of the park drawn up by students from Auburn University. Davidson noted a picnic area, amphitheatre and baseball fields as part of the plan. He recommended setting up a forum to get citizen input on the park.

In other recreation discussions, Councilman Mike Ellis informed the council that he had spoken with the Lori Blunt at the Valley Community Center about recent upgrades going on at that facility. Ellis said the Blunt was willing to donate old fencing to LaFayette. He said the fencing, which would be used at the current recreation fields, would come at no cost to the city and would make the city eligible to host all-star tournaments because of the new fence height. A motion to accept the donation was unanimously approved.

There was some discussion by the council about the possible donation of a playground from Spectra Energy, the company charged with a massive interstate gas pipeline that may run through Chambers County. Mayor Moody said that the company had committed to donating the playground but that because of plans to possibly construct a new park, that donation may be put on hold. Moody said that company representatives have indicated that they will make a commitment to do something at the new park.

There were questions from council members Tammie Williams and Terry Mangram about communication between the mayor and council on the playground donation. All the council agreed that it would be best if they worked more closely on all issues. A motion to not place the donated playground in the area next to city’s recreation fields was approved, but there was no clear indication as to where it would be placed or even if it would be accepted.

*For full story, see this week’s edition of The Sun.

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