Last year’s extreme drought impacted vegetation across the Southeast. In Anniston, the drought affected the health of numerous older trees, and dying trees can be liabilities. With public safety a priority, the City of Anniston Public Works Department is working to conscientiously address this issue.
When a driver finds herself “stuck” in the median on Quintard (whether she has turned off of Quintard into the median or become delayed while crossing Quintard from a cross street), she has no traffic light. Instead, she yields to north/south traffic before proceeding onto the cross street. Continue reading Downtown Driving: Stuck in the median
Have you ever noticed the multi-colored fire hydrants in the greater Anniston area? If so, you may have wondered who developed their color schemes. The colors currently used within the Anniston Fire jurisdiction come from the Insurance Service Office’s (ISO) color coded recognition format. Each hydrant has a color format that visually informs a firefighter of the size of the water main and the gallons per minute flow (gpm) available at the hydrant — critical to quickly extinguish a blaze.
Every year, participants with the Opportunity Center paint hundreds of fire hydrants, and the Anniston Fire Department flow-tests every hydrant in the system or jurisdiction. The Anniston Water Works Engineering Department monitors the flow test results to guarantee that adequate pressures are maintained throughout the system. It’s a great partnership between two organizations that creates a cost saving benefit to all the ratepayers of the system.
So, unlike a book, you can judge a hydrant by its cover!
(Source: Reprinted with permission from the Anniston Water Works. Link here to the original version.)
Pictured above: A firefighter with the Anniston Fire Department tests a hydrant in Golden Springs.
As Alabama’s status grows in cycling circles, we’re bound to see more cyclists traveling the local country and mountain roads. This is a good thing. Cycling is one of the “clean” tourism economies generating critical tax revenue and generating local jobs growth. We want cyclists and their families to visit us, and we want them to tell others how great cycling is in Alabama. As local residents, we can participate in creating a bike-friendly destination that will attract additional cycling tourists. A simple way to accomplish this is to be a responsible pet owner. Continue reading Nightmare on Two Wheels
While we were all sleeping, the Anniston Fire Department was working diligently to make that sleep even sweeter. Representatives from ISO for Public Protection Classification (PPC™) recently visited the City’s fire department, and after rigorous review, upgraded Anniston’s fire safety rating significantly. The new rating means good news for Anniston as property owners benefit from lower insurance premiums and economic developers eye the area with a new appreciation for fire safety. Continue reading Sleep Sweet! Anniston’s Fire Safety Rating Gets Upgrade
Cooking is the main cause of home fires and injuries. Learn how you can prevent cooking fires to keep your family safe! Continue reading You Can Prevent Cooking Fires