Council recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness Month in city

By RON HARRIS, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 10/17/17

Jasper City Council members on Tuesday paid tribute to breast cancer victims and survivors with a proclamation declaring October as Breast Cancer Awareness …

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Council recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness Month in city

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Jasper City Council members on Tuesday paid tribute to breast cancer victims and survivors with a proclamation declaring October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the city.

The proclamation, which was read by council member Jennifer Williams Smith, “acknowledges the importance of raising awareness of breast cancer in our community and works to support survivors, those currently battling breast cancer and those who might detect it in its early stages.”

The proclamation went on to “recognize the courage of those who have fought, are fighting or will fight breast cancer in their lifetime.”

Today, residents in Jasper are encouraged to wear pink in observance of “Go Pink 4 Jasper Day.”

On Sunday, the annual “Party for Pink” fitness event will be held on the courthouse square from 2 until 4 p.m. “It’s just a couple hours of having fun and getting together,” Sharon Hogg told council members.

The event include fitness instructors from across Jasper leading fitness classes while trying to raise money for a local breast cancer victim. Funds raised this year will go to Christy Swan of Dora to help in her fight against breast cancer.

Pink T-shirts will be on sale at the event, and a number of vendors will be on hand.

The first Breast Cancer Awareness Month was observed in 1985.

In other business, council members:

•approved minutes of the Oct. 3 council meeting.

•recognized the Rev. David Lewis, chairman of the Walker County Honorary Committee, who presented the city with the organization’s annual Community Service Award. “You have given so much to this city to be proud of,” Lewis told council members.

•approved parade permits for:

— the annual Veterans Day Parade in downtown Jasper. The parade is planned for Saturday, Nov. 4, beginning at 10:30 a.m. with a ceremony on the courthouse square.

— a 5K Color Run and 1-mile Fun Run, sponsored by the Oakman High School SGA on Jan. 13, 2018, and beginning at 8 a.m. on the courthouse square.

— a 5K Color Run to benefit the Arc of Walker County on Saturday, March 17, 2018, beginning at 8 a.m. at Gamble Park

•approved travel for a sanitation department foreman to attend a Solid Waste Fall Forum, put on by the Solid Waste Association of North America.

•approved a request from Jasper Police Chief J.C. Poe to purchase a vehicle for the Jasper Police Department. The purchase of the Chevy Tahoe is included in the department’s budget.

•adopted a resolution to award the bid for downtown paving to Dunn Construction. The total cost of the project — which will be done in four phases and includes paving on Second Avenue, Third Avenue, Fourth Avenue and 19th Street — is a little more than $313,000.

•approved funding to provide a one-time, lump-sum bonus for retired city employees.

The cost to the city will be $59,700.

•adopted a resolution to set costs for two properties that fall under the city’s nuisance abatement ordinance.

•adopted an ordinance to amend the city’s business license ordinance. The amendment is related to delivery licenses.

•adopted an ordinance to place a three-way stop sign at the intersection of 27th Street and Highland Avenue.

•approved a request for a 60-day extension to repair an unsafe structure at 3406 2nd Place South that was previously placed under the city’s nuisance abatement ordinance.

Mayor David O’Mary and council member Danny Gambrell were not at Tuesday’s meeting.