Thursday, February 07, 2013

Man Sentenced, Traffic Survey, Luker, Valentine and more

Helena man pleads Guilty
Neal Wagner wrote that a Helena man who pleaded guilty to sexual abuse of a child younger than 12 will spend 10 years in the state penitentiary.The event occurred in October 2011 at a sleepover in Helena and he was arrest in Pelham. Full Story 

Traffic Study
The City  requested a traffic study from Greshaw, Smith and Partners to see the impact of the new traffic pattern that will be created when the Helena High School opens in 2014. The City leadership was present as well as decision makers for Shelby County and the School system. You can see the areas that were studied on the picture.

The conversation also spread to other trouble spots include 52 west and 13, and the areas in front of other schools. The idea is to try to have solutions before problems occur. The major challenge is that we already have traffic issues and it takes money to solve them. We are going to need help from the County and State as well as some creative future thinking.

Here is some more useful information that was included:
-Bicycle lanes are not limited to roads with a low mph
-I really don't think we will see a bypass anytime soon. I hope I am wrong.
-The traffic on County Road 17 is 70-80% out of town traffic during the rush hours.
-Coalmount  is scheduled for a repaving
-The governor has allotted fund to expand the bridge on Hwy-52 which is badly needed.
-They are estimating 600 drivers who normally drive to PHS will be going to HHS
-The City and School will have to come up with a plan to handle all the HMS and HHS traffic that will occur in front of both of the schools.
-A simple solution like adding a turn lane can turn into a million dollar project because you have to do studies and move expensive utilities like water lines, cable and power (Federal red tape can be a killer).
-Traffic lights cost can cost as much as $250,000 depending on the intersection.
There was a ton of information but it all comes down to money. We need to roll up our sleeves and find solutions.
Luker on Love
Helena Native and Broadway star Rebecca Luker was interviewed by NPR. Here's what they said online
"For her latest album, Broadway soprano Rebecca Luker brings her live show — featuring songs by legendary theater composer Jerome Kern, recorded at the Manhattan club 54 Below — to the recording studio". You can listen to the whole interview here: NPR Interview

Home Plate Cooking
If you want to spend a romantic date at home then below is a list of the Valentine's sweets that Home Plate Cooking  will have available next week.
$2 cake pops and chocolate heart suckers
$3 gift bag of assorted oreo treats
$3 decorated sugar cookies
$10 tin of of assorted oreo treats
$20 chocolate 8" round cake with
oreo cream cheese icing
$20 box of assorted oreo treats
 Oreo Varieties - Chocolate Dipped Oreos, Oreo Bark, Cookies and Cream Fudge, Ultimate Oreo Brownies, Oreo Balls
Home Plate Cooking 1915 Highway 58 Helena, Alabama 35080
www.homeplatecooking.com
205.621.6502
Monday - Friday 10am-7pm
Saturday 10am-2pm

Dog Found
This sweet boy was found at the Helena Sports Complex on 2/3/13, and we haven't seen any signs of anyone looking for him. Please help us share. No microchip/No collar. If he is not claimed soon, Two by Two Rescue will place him up for adoption.

Helena Police Report

This is from the Shelby County Report Newspaper website

Jan. 21
-Damage to property from 816 County Road 52 East (parking lot, garage). Damaged was a 2009 Crown Victoria and a 2005 Ford Expedition.
-Vehicle fire from the 400 block of Old Cahaba Way (residence, home). Burned was a 1999 Mazda Miata in the amount of $4,000.

Jan. 22
-Theft of property first degree from Highway 95 (commercial). Stolen were withdrawals totaling $3,000.

Jan. 23
-Trespass warning from the 1100 block of Townhouse Road (convenience store).
-Warrant arrest from the Hoover City Jail (government, public building).

Jan. 24
-Domestic incident from the 1100 block of Long Leaf Lake Drive (residence, home).
-Domestic violence – third degree from the 100 block of Laurel Woods Drive (residence, home).

Jan. 25
-Warrant arrest – failure to appear from Bankhead Highway West in Birmingham (government, public building).

Jan. 26
-Unauthorized use of vehicle from the 100 block of Chestnut Forest Circle (residence, home). Stolen was a 2006 Nissan Altima valued at $5,000.
-Theft of property third degree from the 200 block of Falliston Road (residence, home). Stolen were a flower pot with pansies valued at $15 and a concrete bird bath valued at $50.
-Damage to property from Highway 17 at Hillsboro Parkway (highway, street). Damaged was a front bumper, headlight, fender and door in the amount of $2,000.

Jan. 28
-Warrant arrest from Sequoia Trail at Francis Lane (highway, street).
-Disorderly conduct from Sequoia Trail at Francis Lane (highway, street).
-Criminal mischief from the 8600 block of Shady Trail (residence, home). Damaged were a door and casing in the amount of $350.
-Unlawful possession of controlled substances from Helena Road (drug store).

7 comments:

Sandy said...

On the traffic study. No mention is made of the traffic cutting through Old Cahaba. I moved to Helena before the road was opened to the middle school and since then the non subdivision traffic has increased dramatically. This will increase yet again once the high school opens. Old Cahaba residents are not the best at respecting the speed limit and stop signs and non subdivision residents are no different. Hopefully a child won't have to die in a traffic tragedy before something is done. I moved to Helena because of its family friendly atmosphere. Kids in Old Cahaba should not have to pay the ultimate price for convenience.

Sandy said...

On the traffic study. No mention is made of the traffic cutting through Old Cahaba. I moved to Helena before the OAS was opened to the middle school and the non subdivision traffic has increased dramatically. This will increase yet again once the high school opens. Old Cahaba residents are not the best at respecting the speed limit and stop signs and non subdivision residents are no different. Hopefully a child won't have to die in a traffic tragedy before something is done.

Sandy said...

On the traffic study. No mention is made of the traffic cutting through Old Cahaba. I moved to Helena before the OAS was opened to the middle school and the non subdivision traffic has increased dramatically. This will increase yet again once the high school opens. Old Cahaba residents are not the best at respecting the speed limit and stop signs and non subdivision residents are no different. Hopefully a child won't have to die in a traffic tragedy before something is done. I moved to Helena for its family friendly atmosphere. No child should have to pay the price for convenience.

Sandy said...

On the traffic study. No mention is made of the traffic cutting through Old Cahaba. I moved to Helena before the OAS was opened to the middle school and the non subdivision traffic has increased dramatically. This will increase yet again once the high school opens. Old Cahaba residents are not the best at respecting the speed limit and stop signs and non subdivision residents are no different. Hopefully a child won't have to die in a traffic tragedy before something is done. I moved to Helena for its family friendly atmosphere. No child should have to pay the price for convenience.

Sandy Clark said...

On the traffic study. No mention is made of the traffic cutting through Old Cahaba. I moved to Helena before the OAS was opened to the middle school and the non subdivision traffic has increased dramatically. This will increase yet again once the high school opens. Old Cahaba residents are not the best at respecting the speed limit and stop signs and non subdivision residents are no different. Hopefully a child won't have to die in a traffic tragedy before something is done. I moved to Helena for its family friendly atmosphere. No child should have to pay the price for convenience.

Sandy Clark said...

On the traffic study. No mention is made of the traffic cutting through Old Cahaba. I moved to Helena before the OAS was opened to the middle school and the non subdivision traffic has increased dramatically. This will increase yet again once the high school opens. Old Cahaba residents are not the best at respecting the speed limit and stop signs and non subdivision residents are no different. Hopefully a child won't have to die in a traffic tragedy before something is done. I moved to Helena for its family friendly atmosphere. No child should have to pay the price for convenience.

Hewy NoSleep said...

Hey Sandy, I think you should make an appoitment with the Mayor and share you concerns and how you think it could be made better. His number is: (205) 663-2161