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George Wallace Drive won#039;t be renamed

Petitioners withdrew their request to rename George Wallace Drive Monday, prior to the city council's hearing Tuesday.

The council had placed the petition, which was signed by 41 people, on the agenda.

The petition had sought to rename the city street Veterans Memorial Parkway, but faced opposition from council members and Mayor Jimmy Lunsford.

"Representatives of the petitioners asked that it be withdrawn," Witherington said.

Following approval of the minutes from the previous meeting, Witherington called on Makelia Wingard, president of Teen Advisors, who spoke on behalf of continued funding of the high school student group that promotes abstinence, drug and alcohol awareness and other mentoring programs to middle school students.

Lunsford told the council that a grant had already been approved in the budget.

Ernie Enchelmeyer was recognized to testify about noise abatement and zoning enforcement issues in his neighborhood at the request of District 2 council member Charles Meeks.

Enchelmeyer, who lives in the Highland, University and Magnolia street area, questioned whether existing ordinances on noise, littering and disturbing the peace were adequate, and if zoning ordinances regulating residential property were enforceable.

City attorney Richard Calhoun said existing ordinances were sufficient to curb most problems, but that the city was participating with Auburn and other cities at working through an ambiguous definition of "single-family dwelling," a term applied to most residential areas.

Council also adopted a travel policy, contracted its cable franchise

management, passed a tax abatement for an unnamed industrial prospect as part of the city's incentive package, and tightened its weed abatement ordinance. Sewer improvements on Butter and Egg road were discussed.