By Morgan Bryce
Associate Editor

Mayor Bubba Copeland and other members of the Smiths Station City Council recognized the accomplishments of four Smiths Station High School track and field athletes during its meeting last week.
Last month, Charles Hughes, Dawson Jeffcoat, Tyron Jones and Kentray Mercer each turned in top showings during the Smiths Station Panther Relays to help their team clinch the meet victory.
After reading a proclamation from himself and the city council, Copeland thanked the athletes and their families for their efforts and contributions.
“The work ethic that you (all) have will help you be successful in life. I also want to thank some special people that made you who you are, and that’s your parents,” Copeland said. “Thank you all so much for being dedicated to these young men.”
The council also approved an ordinance forbidding the illegal dumping of trash within city limits. Copeland praised the efforts of Council Place 2 Representative Morris Jackson for his efforts to help enact the measure.
“We have a serious, serious problem with trash in Smiths Station … people throwing stuff out of their windows. We have tackled that with a full force with a (roadside pickup service), but this will give us the ability to enforce with financial fines if people are caught dumping,” Copeland said.
Fines will be $100 for first offense, $250 for second offense and $500 for a third offense.
In other business, the council:
• approved an ordinance allowing the city to sign a franchise agreement with Spire (formerly known as Alagasco) to run gas and pipelines through the city
• performed a first reading of a proposed 5-mill property tax.