Election officials, census stats topics at LP council meet

The Level Plans City Council meetings will continue to be held at the community center and recreation facilities will remain closed.

That was the unanimous decision of the Level Plains City Council at the meeting Aug. 4.

The initial decision to shutdown was made in accordance with the COVID-19 social distancing mandates ordered by Gov. Kay Ivey March 27 in the efforts to stem the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Water bill payments can continue to be put in an envelope and placed in the Red Drop Box on the pole outside the city hall door.

Those preferring to pay water bills by debit or credit card may call (334) 347-0422.

Police dispatch assistance can be obtained by calling (334) 598-3233.

Also per Ivey’s order, “activities on commercial or public playgrounds will cease.” This closure includes the playground, ball fields and courts and the walking path. City police are enforcing the closures and violators are subject to citations and fines.

The council also approved the election officials for the Aug. 25 municipal election. The Level Plains poll workers are Sheila Parrish, inspector; Willie Reynolds, registration list clerk; Evelyn Chain, poll list clerk; Charlie Brooks, ballot clerk; and Michelle Gatlin, absentee clerk.

In unrelated business, Councilman James Bullinger gave an update on the city’s response to the 2020 national census.

“Level Plains is dong so much better this census period,” Bullinger told those attending the council meeting. “We only had 59 percent response rate in 2010.”

Bullinger said that while the statewide census response rate is 60.6 percent, 63.9 percent of those in Level Plains city limits completed the census and 55.5 percent of those in the city’s police jurisdiction.

The next meeting of the Level Plains City Council is Aug. 18 at the Level Plains Community Center at 6 p.m. The meeting is open to the public.

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