ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WTVY) — Mayor William E. “Bill” Cooper announced Tuesday that all City of Enterprise offices will be closed Wednesday. With a wintry mix of rain, ice and possibly light snow forecast for overnight and into tomorrow, Cooper said the safety of employees and their families is a priority.
The Enterprise Department of Public Works will not be working Wednesday. The regular Tuesday route, which was already scheduled to be picked up on Wednesday because of Monday’s Martin Luther King holiday, the Wednesday handicapped route and the normal Thursday route will all be serviced on Thursday. DPW Director Michael Walters said pickup will primarily focus on garbage can collections Thursday, but the bulk items and yard debris will be picked up as soon as time allows.
All city offices are expected to resume normal operations Thursday.
Most of the state is under a winter weather advisory. Gov. Kay Ivey declared a State of Emergency Sunday, saying almost all parts of the state will receive some type of icy conditions at different times over the next 12 to 24 hours. The temperature tonight is expected to dip near 20, with rain and sleet, and the high tomorrow is expected to hover at or below freezing most of the day.
Although the most severe weather, including snowfall, is likely in west and northwest Alabama, Ivey said conditions are uncertain and that all parts of the state need to be prepared.
Cooper met with city department heads Tuesday to ensure that personnel, equipment and a plan of action are in place if the city faces hazardous or damaging conditions. He also asked Enterprise residents take precautions for their own safety and to take care of children, the sick and elderly and others who are vulnerable to the colder weather, including pets.
Police Chief T.D. Jones asked that motorists also use extreme caution if it is absolutely necessary that they drive. Fire Chief Byron Herring also reminds everyone to be careful when using any type of portable heater. Make sure it is not placed near flammable materials. If using a kerosene heater, make sure the fuel used is manufacturer recommended and follow proper instructions.
The Enterprise Christian Mission is open as a warming shelter. Those needing refuge from the wintry mix may go to the mission at 231 Geneva Highway, or call 334-393-2607 or 334-470-0349.
For more information, call Jason Wright, 334-348-2603, 406-5990, or Kay Kirkland at 334-348-2310, 406-1394.