Oakman moving foward with multiple projects

By NICOLE SMITH, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 6/22/17

OAKMAN — The Town of Oakman is marking the beginning of an era with a new welcome sign, while also remembering the town’s past.

Oakman’s new sign at the corner of Main Street and Oakman Parrish Road was recently …

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Oakman moving foward with multiple projects

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OAKMAN — The Town of Oakman is marking the beginning of an era with a new welcome sign, while also remembering the town’s past.

Oakman’s new sign at the corner of Main Street and Oakman Parrish Road was recently installed, and some members of the community gathered last week to place a time capsule in the brick structure surrounding the new sign.

Oakman Mayor Cory Franks said prior to sealing one of the brick columns to stabilize the sign, a WWII ammunition box, filled with memories of the town, was placed inside.

“People in the community brought old pictures, pictures of their families, notes, memorabilia and things that have sentimental value to them,” Franks said.

Oakman Lions Club President Chris Craft was at the ceremony to place the time capsule and said he is proud to see how the town is moving forward with new projects. Prior to placing the time capsule, Craft and former Oakman Lions Club President Phillip Woods presented Franks with an honorary lifetime membership to the Oakman Lions Club.

“Club leaders and the town's citizens really appreciate Mayor Franks and his determination to make Oakman the best place to live. When our leaders take pride in the town, then our citizens take pride also,” Craft said.

A new American flag and state flag have been installed around the sign, and the town will soon place Oakman flags at the site. Franks previously thanked community member Ricky Wade for envisioning the new sign.

In addition to the welcome sign, citizens of Oakman will receive their first storm shelter in the coming months, and Franks said it still looks “promising” that a new, outside business will locate across the road from Oakman High School. The town is also in the process of planning a fall festival, and the Oakman Fire Department is planning a fundraiser for next month.

A town website is in the works that will help secure grant funding, and Oakman has adopted a resolution to participate in Alabama’s Bicentennial, which will include celebrations in many communities across the state through 2019.

Changes will also be evident soon at Oakman Middle and Oakman High schools. The old lunchroom at Oakman High School was recently demolished to make way for a new athletic facility, and finishing touches are being placed on the school’s new lunchroom. Workers have also been busy renovating Oakman Middle School’s gym to add new changing rooms, a concession stand and multi-purpose classroom. Outgoing Principal Marta Nichols said the gym was built prior to the new middle school and was in need of repairs and additions.

“Our whole gym is getting a face-lift,” Nichols said. “It’s getting painted and floors are being redone. It’s really going to be nice.”

Oakman High School Principal Patrick Gann told the Daily Mountain Eagle in March that their new lunchroom will be more convenient for students.

“They’re excited. It’s going to be more modern and closer for the students to walk to,” Gann said.

Franks said he is encouraged to see the town continuing to make strides in many areas. “I’m pretty excited with the way things are going. There’s been a few bumps in the road, but the energy and the support that people have brought and shown to me and the council and the involvement they’ve had in everything we’re doing has been really exciting to see,” Franks said. “I’m happy that people are wanting to be part of the growth that we’re trying to bring to Oakman.”