Smiths Station City Council approves revised business license ordinance


By Morgan Bryce

Smiths Station City Council members passed an updated version of the city’s business ordinance during their meeting last Tuesday.
Revised by City Clerk Scott Johnston and Executive Assistant Brenda Dockery, the document contains some much-needed simplifications, according to Mayor F.L. “Bubba” Copeland.
“This document is not only much easier to understand, but it also contains language that parallels what the majority of cities in Alabama use,” Copeland said.
Later in the meeting, Copeland read a proclamation alongside William Epps Jr. of Phenix City’s Disabled Veterans Chapter #66 honoring the lives of those lost at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.
Before dismissing, Copeland issued a reminder to council members, citizens and the general public that the city’s “9th Annual Christmas Tree-Lighting Ceremony” will be held Dec. 12 at the Smiths Station Government Center, beginning at 6 p.m. E.S.T.
In other business, the council:

  • approved October’s general fund budget report
  • approved a rezoning of land from R-1 to R-5 for a planned apartment complex on Chicken Farm Road
  • heard updates from Copeland on a tornado shelter that is slated to be constructed behind the Smiths Station Government Center.
    The Smiths Station City Council meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month with a work session starting at 5:30 p.m. E.S.T. followed by the regular meeting at 6 p.m. Their meetings are held within the council chambers of the Smiths Station Government Center, which is located at 2336 Lee Road 430. For more information, call 334-297-8771 or visit


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