THOMASVILLE -- She spoke politely, clearly and patiently as she asked the Thomasville City Council for immediate road relief at Monday night's meeting.

"We have been here several times," said Thomasville resident Ossie Robinson. "Now it's just the last, last emergency."

Robinson explained she's in a cut-off zone in the Fletcher Street area of town.

She said gaining access to Ruth Lane from Fletcher Street is virtually impossible ,as well as trying a route from Mulberry Street after a heavy rain such as this past weekend's.

Robinson said the standing water left after a hard rain deterred one lady who was interested in renting a house from her.

"Now that's devastating to me," said Robinson. "It really hurts us."

Council member Camille Payne nodded as she looked at Mayor Rick Singletary.

"It's bad," she said as Robinson continued.

Robinson said she knew streets in that area were slated to be paved this year.

"Please, give us some immediate relief," she said. "I know you're going to pave it."

City Manager Steve Sykes said besides paving in that area, a drainage easement is also needed.

Sykes told Robinson he would see that the issue gets resolved.

Meanwhile, the council held a public hearing about closing a part of Lynn Marie Drive.

The section to be closed spans about 70 feet and is used by many people in the Puzzle Lake subdivision off Covington Avenue as a way to access Cherokee Lake.

Singletary said there is no need for the city to maintain that section of the road.

Eddie Simmons is a resident near that parcel of land.

"We've been maintaining it," he told the council.

Simmons has been using part of the land as his driveway. He said he has also been mowing the grass there the past three years.

The council voted unanimously to close the 70-feet part of Lynn Marie Drive near lot 10.

In other business, the council also approved:

- the second reading of an ordinance change that extends the time limit for application in Chapter 9 about historic preservation

- the first reading of an ordinance change that allows the city's code enforcement officials to serve citations to people who violate city ordinances and to handle civil summons, with the exception of physically arresting someone -- powers previously limited to city police

- the first reading of an ordinance to expand the City's services to provide five new options regarding security light services (the new options include metal halide lights) and to set rates; one installation rate was lowered from 13 cents to five cents; the ordinance expands service options from the traditional sodium vapor lights available.

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