City officials approve trips during meeting
by David Lazenby
Jul 21, 2011 | 1770 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Several trips were approved on Tuesday by Jasper City Councilors, including travel for the city’s mayor, councilors and area softball teams.

After receiving the approval of the City Council, it was confirmed that Mayor Sonny Posey will attend an Economic Development Assoc-iation of Alabama Summer Conference.

Posey said the conference is the only semi-annual event he attends each year because he feels it is beneficial for the area’s economic development.

“It’s worth its weight in gold,” he said. “There’s a lot of information to be garnered at that meeting.”

Also approved on Tuesday was a trip for Council members to attend the Alabama Association of Regional Councils 2011 Annual Training Conference.

City Clerk Kathy Chambless informed the city officials that funding is available in the city’s budget for the conference in October in Point Clear.

She added that having the Council approve the trips is merely a “normal procedure.”

Another trip approved during Tuesday’s meeting involved local sports. City officials approved funding for two area softball teams to help pay for travel expenses to an upcoming tournament. The city agreed to provide $1,500 to each team.

“This is what we normally do for our softball teams that attend the world series,” Posey said.

Also at the meeting, members of the Council adopted a resolution for nuisance abatement of unsafe structures. City Planner Keith Pike said the addresses of the buildings deemed unsafe are at 603 23rd Street East, a building at the corner of Florida Avenue and 29th Street E., the dead end on Indiana Avenue near the railroad track, 2603 Florida Ave., the dead end of Euclid Avenue at the railroad tracks, 2608 Euclid Ave., 2812 Euclid Ave., 511 33rd Street SE and 513 33rd Street SE.

After viewing a photo of the properties projected onto a screen in the Council Chambers, Councilor Lee Swann said “Those pictures say it all.”

City attorney Russ Roberts said the owners of the properties will now have 30 days to abate the nuisance themselves. “When asked by a responsible land owner, we have traditionally extended that for another 30 (days),” Roberts added.

Also on Tuesday, Jessica Sanders, chairman of the Downtown Merchants Association First Friday Event, requested $2,000 for the upcoming event, which is held each month in downtown Jasper. City officials said they would make a decision on this request at the Aug. 2 City Council meeting.

Also speaking to city officials Tuesday was Charles Underwood, who spoke about his concerns regarding excessive traffic and litter at New Prospect Cemetery.

Underwood said he believes creating a cul de sac at the cemetery would eliminate some of the problems.

“I’m from the old school,” said Underwood, 80. “I was taught that cemeteries are sacred places. I still believe that and always will.”