Council recognizes Maddox students for art contest

By RON HARRIS
Posted 5/22/19

City Council members recognized a group of Jasper city school students during Tuesday’s city council meeting.The students from Maddox Intermediate School were honored for their participation in the …

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Council recognizes Maddox students for art contest

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City Council members recognized a group of Jasper city school students during Tuesday’s city council meeting.

The students from Maddox Intermediate School were honored for their participation in the Alabama People Against a Littered State (PALS) Poster Contest and a ‘Don’t Drop it on Alabama’ cleanup effort at the school.

“I’m so proud of all these students,” council member Jennifer Williams Smith said. 

Smith said Maddox Intermediate School is also applying to become a ‘Clean Campus,’ a free program sponsored by Alabama PALS. 

More than 550 school across the state have already joined the ‘Clean Campus’ program, which is designed to involve Alabama schools in litter control, beautification, recycling and cleanup efforts, which instill good stewardship and environmental awareness for future generations.

“I just wish all our schools would get involved in this,” Smith said. 

In other business, council members:

•approved minutes from the April 16 meeting.

•approved an event permit for the McCollum family reunion to be held May 24-27.

•adopted an amendment to the city’s budget to provide additional funding for road work in the city, as well as equipment needed and drainage work in the city and expenses related to the city’s animal shelter.

The council also introduced an amendment to the budget for line-item funding and other projects, including funding for the city’s annual Foothills Festival in September.

•approved accepting $8,609 in grant funds from the Walker Area Community Foundation for supplies for the Jasper Swim Team.

•heard a report from city purchasing agent Derleda Abrom for bids received for non-alcoholic beverage rights for the parks and recreation department and thermal pothole patching.

•adopted a resolution for several properties that have been placed under the city’s nuisance abatement ordinance because of being either unsafe structures or having overgrown grass and weeds.

•approved proceeding with vacation of an alleyway at 811 U.S. Highway 78 West, located near Lee’s Chicken.

•held a public hearing and approved an ordinance to rezone a .27-acre property from R-5 (multi-family) to R-3 (affordable housing) in order to place a doublewide manufactured home on the property.

The property is located in District 5.

•heard from O’Mary, who shared with council members a recent discussion he had with a friend concerning the 100th anniversary celebration of Walker County that was held in 1924.

•heard from Smith about her participation in a recent Alabama League of Municipalities statewide conference. Smith was elected as chairperson of the Human Development committee of the league during the conference.

The city council's next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 4, beginning at 10 a.m.