City to host Electrathon Grand Prix race

Ron Harris
Posted 1/6/16

Streets in downtown Jasper will turn into a race course for the inaugural Downtown Jasper Electrathon Grand Prix set for Saturday, March 12, beginning at 9 a.m.

The race will bring electric cars from across the state to downtown Jasper. The …

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City to host Electrathon Grand Prix race

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Streets in downtown Jasper will turn into a race course for the inaugural Downtown Jasper Electrathon Grand Prix set for Saturday, March 12, beginning at 9 a.m.

The race will bring electric cars from across the state to downtown Jasper. The Walker County Center of Technology will have two cars entered in the race.

The race in Jasper will be the first held in an urban setting, said Tana Collins, the city’s public information officer.

The purpose of the race, which is sanctioned by Electrathon America, is to drive electrically-powered vehicles as far as possible in one hour on a closed, loop course using limited electrical energy, while also creating public awareness and understanding of alternative electric vehicles and related technology, according to information from the sanctioning body.

Two separate races in Jasper on March 12 will be held from 10 until 11 a.m. and from 1 until 2 p.m. The course encompasses parts of 18th and 19th streets and Second, Third and Fourth avenues, Collins said.

The cars can reach speeds up to 25 mph.

“It’s going to be so much fun,” Collins said.

In other business, council members:

•approved the minutes of the Dec. 15 council meeting.

•adopted an amendment to the city’s budget pertaining to $400,000 for the capital improvement fund and additional funding for the general fund to allow for the hiring of an additional firefighter for the city’s fire department.

The council also introduced amendments to the budget related to funding for new sidewalks in the city, funding for an expansion project for the city jail and funds to provide benefits for additional city employees.

More discussions on the amendments will be held at future city council work sessions

•renewed a contract for tree services with Newman Tree Services.

•heard a report from city purchasing agent Derleda Abrom about bids received for vegetation management in the city.

•approved a request to send out bid invitations for repairs to street lights, as well as street resurfacing and pavement marking.

•adopted a resolution to allow Mayor Sonny Posey to amend a contract for concession services at the city’s parks and recreation department. The amendment adds the Percy Goode Gym to the contract.

•approved travel expenses for six newly hired police officers to attend the Northeast Alabama Law Enforcement Academy at Jacksonville State University.

The expenses are included in the police department’s budget.

•approved travel expenses for city employees attending the Alabama Recreation and Parks Association state conference set for Jan. 31-Feb. 3.

•approved a request to submit a grant application for new air packs for the city’s fire department. The grant is for $198,000 and will require a 5 percent match from the city.

•approved parade permits for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade beginning at 10 a.m. on Jan. 18; and the Downtown Jasper Electrathon Grand Prix set for Saturday, March 12, beginning at 9 a.m.

The meeting was the first for Jennifer Williams Smith to serve as council president.