City of Samson

16 East Main Street

Samson, Alabama 36477


News Brief
New water/sewer rates
Please be aware that the December 2023 water bills will reflect the new water and sewer rates. 
Upcoming Events
December 8

Samson's annual Christmas Parade will be at 6 p.m.

Lineup will begin at Samson High School @ 5:30 p.m.

The City of Samson also presents "CHRISTMAS AT THE CABIN"  following the parade, with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Children are invited to come enjoy free S’Mores roasted around the fire, and a Christmas movie night.

Everyone can also enjoy Christmas Carols from the community choir under the gazebo.

The Samson Recreation Department will offer hotdogs, chili dogs, nachos, chips, drinks and coffee.

Vendor booth rentals for $20.

December 31
The City of Samson will be holding its second annual Rooster Snuff Can drop to ring in 2024 New Year.
Local News
City donation to go toward new band uniforms

The Samson High School band boosters were recently given a donation of $1,000 from the City of Samson Mayor, Clay King, and city council: Roger Baine, Ronald Davis, Ed Janasky, Queen Fitzpatrick, and Barbara Simmons.


This generous contribution will be used to go toward the purchase of new band uniforms for the Tiger Marching Band.

The Samson High School Band Booster is an integral part of the SHS community, and is dedicated to supporting the school's band through various activities such as bake sales and fundraisers.

Presenting band booster representative Jerry Pitts with the check is Mayor King.

Samson Utilities Department Makes Interesting Discovery
Samson, Alabama residents found themselves without water on Nov. 6, 2023 as the Samson Utilities Department diligently worked to resolve a water issue. The following day, although the department had restored running water to the town, they continued in their efforts after pinpointing the issues on S. Johnson St. It was during this time utility workers made an interesting discovery - a square wooden sewer pipe measuring approximately 4.5 by 4.5 inches, with a 3-inch hole that would fit a pipe in the center.

Research revealed that the only other known example of such a pipe found in recent years in the United States was discovered in Panama City, Fl., documented by the Bay County Historical Society, in 2020.

 According to an article by the society, these pipes were coated with creosote and made of pine. The pipe in Panama City was labeled as "Creopine Atlanta," indicating its origin from the Southern Wood Preserving Co., which had facilities in East Point, Georgia, and Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Research shows that wooden pipes have a long history dating back to ancient times. Wood was used for water pipes in 16th and 17th century Europe, and in 18th and 19th century Canada and the United States.

In the late 1800s, wood piping was machined to create smooth-bore, uniform-circumference piping that could handle flows up to 60 psi, according to MSW Magazine. The first wood stave pipe in New York for a water works system was built in Rochester, New York between 1867 and 1870, bringing water from a lake 16 miles distant through a pipe.

 Despite their extensive use, wooden pipes did present some problems. They tended to attract insects and rot over time. By the 1970s, all wooden pipes were being replaced by PVC pipe for water supply and ABS pipe for drain-waste-vent applications.

Water Environment Federation cited that in Philadelphia, the city installed its first wooden mains around 1800 as part of the city's new water collection and distribution system. In 1909, Philadelphia changed to modern piping. In Panama City, terracotta pipes and cast-iron outlet pipes were introduced in 1912 and the project was completed within two years. It can be speculated that Samson also transitioned to this type of infrastructure around the same time frame. If this hypothesis proves correct, the wooden sewer pipe uncovered by the Samson utilities department is well over a century old.

Samson Fall Fest Brings Together the Old with the New
Samson City Council

Council Meetings

Council meetings are held the first and third Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the City Council room at Samson Municipal Complex, 10470 West State Highway 52, Samson, Alabama 36477.  All persons wishing to address Council should appear on the agenda.  To be placed on the agenda, the request should be received by noon the Monday preceding the seven day legal requirement for posting the agenda, before a scheduled meeting.  All persons appearing on the agenda are requested to limit their presentation to five minutes.  To be placed on the agenda contact the City Clerk at Samson City Hall.




Clay King


Roger Baine, Ronald Davis, Ed Janasky, Queen Fitzpatrick, Barbara Simmons


Jeff Hatcher


  City Clerk                                                   Court Clerk

  Michelle S. Flanery                                     Cecil Sanders

  Police Chief                                                Rescue Captain

  Chris Miranda                                             Mark Day

  City, Water, &                                             Fire Chief

  Sewer Superintendent                                Jeff Lowery

  Earl Johnson