Council approves T.R. Simmons 5K run
by Ron Harris
Mar 05, 2014 | 1503 views | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Students from T.R. Simmons Elementary School asked the Jasper City Council to approve a permit for a 5K run at the school on May 2. The council granted the request. Daily Mountain Eagle - Ron Harris
Students from T.R. Simmons Elementary School asked the Jasper City Council to approve a permit for a 5K run at the school on May 2. The council granted the request. Daily Mountain Eagle - Ron Harris
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Jasper City Council members heard Tuesday morning from students in The Lighthouse program at T.R. Simmons Elementary School, who asked the council to approve a permit for a parade and 5K run on Friday, May 2, beginning at the school.

Students introduced themselves to the council before explaining their request, which the council unanimously approved.

The council also approved a request by Naquita Gibson for a walk-athon to be held Saturday, March 15, beginning at 9 a.m. at Gamble Park.

Gibson said there’s no entry fee to participate in the walk-athon, which she called the “Good News Walk of Faith.”

“It’s going to be BYOB — bring your own Bible, bring your own body and bring your own bottled water,” she told the council.

In other business, the council:

•approved the minutes of the Feb. 18 meeting.

•recognized Barry Cook of The Gideons International. Cook presented Mayor Sonny Posey and council members with Bibles.

•heard a report from new city purchasing agent Derleda Abrom about bids for a rescue truck for the city’s fire department. Abrom is taking over for Tommy Knight, who recently retired after working for the city for 28 years,

Abrom suggested council members reject the one bid that was sent in and open negotiations for a better price.

•introduced a request to amend the city budget in the amount of $7,500 for capital outlay funds for a steam/pressure washer for the streets department.

•considered appropriating $42,640.39 in funds for an emergency repair for a front-end loader at the city’s landfill.

Council members approved the request.

•approved travel for Jon Geddings, head of the city sanitation department, to attend a SWANA conference April 1-4.

•approved travel for three city magistrates to attend annual training sessions in Birmingham and Orange Beach.

•approved travel for those attending a Municipal Revenue Officers Certification and Training Institute in Tuscaloosa April 7-11.

•approved a request to proceed with repairs on Whitehouse Road near Carl Cannon Boulevard. Dunn Construction will do the repairs during the night throughout March.

•adopted a resolution to allow Posey to enter into a lease agreement with the Alabama Forestry Commission for an archery park at O’Rear Park on Walston Bridge Road North.

•allowed Posey to sign an agreement with Alabama Power Co. for a change in billing following installation of lighting at the intersection of Interstate 22 and Industrial Boulevard.

ALDOT will cover all expenses regarding lighting and installation of the lighting.

The cost to the city will be about $29,000 a year, public works director Joe Matthews told the council.

•adopted a resolution to enter into an agreement with the Alabama Department of Transportation for mowing rights-of-way on roadways in the city.

•introduced an ordinance to levy collection fees for ad valorem taxes in the city.

•introduced an ordinance to rezone a .5-acre piece of land at 2804 Key Camp Road in District 4.

•adopted a policy for a new drug-free work place.

•agreed to a request to host the city’s second Foothills Festival on Sept. 12-13 in downtown Jasper. 

The council also agreed to set a budget of $30,000 for the one-day festival, which last year drew several thousand people to downtown Jasper.

•agreed to place a moratorium on allowing any new businesses in the city that deal with pay day and title loans.

The moratorium won’t affect any of the 13 existing businesses in the city that deal with pay day and title loans.

•heard from Police Chief Connie Cooner Rowe, who asked permission to purchase a truck to allow Sgt. Leo Harvilll to work as the city’s animal control officer.

Harvill will be handling animal control issues in the city on a full-time basis, Rowe said.

Rowe said anyone with issues regarding animals is asked to call the Jasper Police Department at 221-2121 or 221-6790.