Patch Reader Questions For Mountain Brook City Manager Sam Gaston

Michael Seale

MOUNTAIN BROOK, AL — Continuing the monthly tradition with Mountain Brook Patch, city manager Sam Gaston again addressed concerns and questions from Patch readers regarding issues in Mountain Brook.

From mask ordinances to old police cars, Patch readers submitted questions via the Patch website, Facebook and email for Gaston to answer this month.

Here is what Gaston had to say:

Why does Mountain Brook not have a mandatory mask requirement? I see many not wearing masks and in light of the current massive surge in cases, we should be doing all we can to help reduce the rate. Dr. Fauci agrees with mask wearing as a vital step in curbing the spread.

The city does not have the authority to mandate masks , but we are following the guidelines of the Jefferson County Health Dept and the Alabama Dept of Health.

There are too many empty spaces in English Village. What is up with that? Rent too high? Is it because of Covid? Is the city doing anything to try to attract businesses there?

It is more of a rent problem rather than a COVID problem although the pandemic has certainly affected the business community in English Village. City and Chamber leaders have met with some of the major property owners in English Village to see how we can help them fill these empty spaces.

What are the noise ordinances in MB regarding lawn work and equipment? Are landscapers allowed to come in and use leaf blowers and such at any time of day?

No, per Ordinance # 1906, adopted in 2014, commercial operators of mechanically powered lawn equipment are prohibited from operating in residential areas between the hours of 6 p.m. and 7 a.m. during the week and 6 p.m. and 8 a.m. on the weekends. If residents see or hear a commercial operator during these prohibited hours, they should call the Police Dept at 205-802-2414.

Does the MBPD ever auction off their vehicles when they are not used anymore, or do they get donated?

We normally auction them on GOVDEALS, but have donated some cars in the past to small municipalities who can’t afford to replace their vehicles

Sam Gaston answers questions from Patch readers every month. Submit your questions via email, Facebook or on the Patch website.

This article originally appeared on the Mountain Brook Patch