By EMILY SPARACINO / Staff Writer
MONTEVALLO – Students from the University of Montevallo presented the results of walkability audits they conducted throughout the city in groups at a Montevallo City Council meeting on April 8.
Students of Dr. Jermaine Mitchell, assistant professor of Exercise and Nutrition Science, worked in three groups to evaluate different parts of Montevallo’s downtown area with regard to pedestrian access.
Students assessed the condition, location or absence of sidewalks, crosswalks and public benches throughout the city, noting areas that could be problematic for residents using wheelchairs or walkers.
In other new business, the council presented a proclamation for Parental Alienation Awareness Day on April 25 to PAA Coordinator Kenneth Paschal with the Alabama Family Rights Association.
In old business, the council:
- Approved a Verizon Small Cell Tower Agreement (revised and recommended by Butch Ellis), second reading.
- An update on the Perry Hall (Mahler House) MOA. The Montevallo Historical Commission voted at a regular meeting April 2 to withdraw from overseeing the house restoration project. Cost said the council will have to make a decision about next steps for the project, but no action was required during the April 8 council meeting.