By Morgan Bryce
Associate Editor

Members of the Smiths Station City Council unanimously approved a resolution for the city to become a member of the East Alabama Chamber of Commerce.
Mayor Bubba Copeland said he was excited about his city’s membership, a move that he believes will help sell the city’s brand and attract new businesses and industries to the area.
“Joining the chamber will give us a seat at the table. We’ve been ignored for too long, and this will help give us the exposure that we need,” Copeland said. “It (the partnership) has already been fruitful. We’ve been invited to several events, they’ve been to several grand openings on our behalf, so it’s going to be a win-win situation for the city of Smiths Station (moving forward).”
The council also approved a resolution allowing the city to enter into a contract with RNK Sign Company of Phenix City for the purchase of new signs for Smiths Station’s City Hall and Government Center.
In other business, the council:
– approved a resolution allowing the city levy the collection of property taxes
– approved a rezoning and annexation for multiple properties located on Lee Roads 243, 284, 430 and 2048.
– established a 25-miles-per-hour speed limit in the Kalldalen Subdivision, which encompasses Lee Roads 227, 228, 229, 405 and 886.
The Smiths Station City Council meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at City Hall, which is located at 2336 Lee Road 430. The group’s work session begins at 5:30 p.m. E.S.T. followed by the regular meeting at 6 p.m. E.S.T.