Albion accepts new flags from AMSA

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 15 August 2014 at 12:00 am

ALBION – The Village Board accepted 50 new American flags and unfurlers, poles and finials from the Albion Main Street Alliance. The organization raised about $2,500 for the project, which should keep Main Street and the downtown looking patriotic for at least the next three years.

Community members donated to buy the flags and hardware for the poles through a “Friend of the Flag” campaign.

“We were honored to help,” AMSA President Kevin Lake told the Village Board on Wednesday. “It was a great project for the community.”

In other action at Wednesday’s Board meeting:

The board declared 4,000 tons of recycled asphalt as surplus. DPW Superintendent Dale Brooks said a company already is interested in the asphalt for $3 a ton. He asked the board to designate proceeds of the sale, at $12,000 or more, for the DPW budget.

National Grid is taking down several trees in the village on Clinton Street and one on Hazard Parkway, Brooks said. The company cuts them down below the power wires with the village taking them down from there, Brooks said. Most of the trees are towering silver or sugar maples.

“They are huge,” Brooks said. “We’ve got their useful life out of them. Now they’re a hazard.”

Kelly Irwin was accepted as a new member of the Albion Fire Department.