The City of Tuscaloosa’s floodplain management planning committee will hold an informal public meeting on Tuesday, March 1 at 5 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers to discuss the floodplain management plan.

The goal of this meeting is to allow interested citizens, especially those subjected to flooding or living in the floodplain, to provide feedback on the floodplain management plan. Copies of the plan will be available for review and public comments will be accepted.

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox continues his restructuring plan at City Hall. On Friday, Maddox announced that two longtime City employees will assume new positions.

Mayor Maddox has appointed Brendan Moore as the executive director of urban development and Tera Tubbs as the executive director of infrastructure and public services. Both will begin work in their new jobs on Monday, Feb. 15.

“Tera and Brendan are proven leaders for the City of Tuscaloosa,” Maddox said. “With their energy and expertise, they will help guide us in becoming the most innovative and effectively-managed city in the United States.”

Governor Bentley on Tuesday held his annual State of the State address launching his 2016 legislative agenda and strategic plan through 2019, when Alabama will celebrate its 200th birthday.

The strategic plan has a special focus on Alabama’s most rural and under-served areas, including some in West Alabama.

Alabama’s Primary Election is next month, and if you still need to register to vote, you can do that online now. Earlier this week, Secretary of State John Merrill announced the implementation of Electronic Voter Registration in the state.

Voters now have the ability to register via the Secretary of State’s website, Once their online registration has been completed, a paperless form is submitted electronically to the Boards of Registrars in their home county.

The City of Tuscaloosa will host a free Christmas tree recycling event starting Dec. 26 through Sunday, Jan. 10.

During this free drop-off event, citizens and businesses can drop off live Christmas trees, live wreaths and live garlands in the designated area at the Curry Environmental Services facility located at 3440 Kauloosa Ave.

‘Tis the season for spending time with family and friends, and for finally revving up your holiday shopping. But as you’re making your list (and checking it twice), and running all over Tuscaloosa and Northport to make your purchases, remember: Scammers are out there, and they’d like nothing more than to take advantage of our spirit of giving.

With this in mind, Attorney General Luther Strange issued a reminder to everyone, including local residents.

“The best protection against scams and crimes of opportunity is not to be caught by surprise by scammers and thieves,” said Strange.

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump is making another campaign stop in Alabama. Trump will hold a rally at the BJCC this Saturday, Nov. 21, at 11 a.m.

Secretary of State John Merrill confirmed Trump’s upcoming visit.

“I am confident that Mr. Trump’s appearance will be welcomed with enthusiasm, just as it was in Mobile,” said Merrill.

The City of Tuscaloosa is doing quite well, according to an analysis by the New York personal finance company SmartAsset, which just released its list of the Top 10 Places Where Poverty is falling the fastest.

Tuscaloosa comes in at number nine on the list – with poverty rates that have “plummeted” since 2005, even as poverty rates nationwide (and particularly in major metropolitan areas) has increased.

It’s the news so many Tuscaloosa residents were waiting for: The Alberta Bridge on University Boulevard East will reopen this week. According to city officials, who Tweeted out the news on Tuesday, the bridge will officially reopen at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5.

While many people use the University Boulevard Bridge daily, thousands use it to get to and from the interstate on football game days. This is particularly good timing: Bama vs. LSU on Saturday, Nov. 7 will be a busy day in T-town as fans arrive for the big game.

According to information from the contractor on the project, the bridge will only be open to vehicular traffic – the sidewalks will remain closed to pedestrian traffic until changes to the bridge’s guardrail are approved and installed.

The Alberta Bridge has been closed since December 2014. Work on the bridge was necessary because of damage after the April 2011 Tuscaloosa tornado. In recent weeks, crews have been busily paving and striping the bridge, getting it ready for traffic once again.

Photo: Google Earth

The City of Tuscaloosa’s floodplain management committee will hold an informal public meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 5 p.m. in the Council Chambers to discuss the floodplain management plan.

This goal of this meeting is to allow interested citizens, especially those subjected to flooding or living in the floodplain, to provide input on areas that are susceptible to widespread or localized flooding. Committee consultants will bring maps that will have flood prone areas identified and ask citizens to identify any issues or problem areas that have not been addressed. This input will be used in the development of the plan.

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