Council votes to rename Miracle Field to honor Lindsey
by DANIEL GADDY
Jun 20, 2012 | 1977 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A large area near Memorial Park Elementary School in Jasper, which has already been graded, is set to be the home of George Lindsey Miracle Field. Mayor Sonny Posey announced Tuesday the field would be named after the former “Andy Griffith” star and Jasper native who died in May. - Photo by: James Phillips.
A large area near Memorial Park Elementary School in Jasper, which has already been graded, is set to be the home of George Lindsey Miracle Field. Mayor Sonny Posey announced Tuesday the field would be named after the former “Andy Griffith” star and Jasper native who died in May. - Photo by: James Phillips.
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The Jasper City Council on Tuesday voted to rename the city’s Miracle Field — a sports facility being built for children with special needs — in honor of “Andy Griffith” co-star and Jasper native George Lindsey.

Mayor Sonny Posey introduced the resolution to the city council, but gave credit to Jasper resident Clayton Mehearg for coming up with the idea.

Posey said the local community has yet to honor the actor, who died on May 6, and naming the field after Lindsey seems like an appropriate gesture.

Lindsey, best known for playing Goober Pyle on “The Andy Griffith Show” and “Hee-Haw,” founded a charity golf tournament in Montgomery that raised more than $1 million over 17 years for the Alabama Special Olympics.

Posey said city leaders have talked to Lindsey’s family members, and they love the idea.

“Everybody I’ve talked to thought it was great,” Posey said.

Each of the council members said that the constituents they have spoken with have been supportive of the idea, too.

The resolution passed unanimously. Posey said the council can take another vote to approve a final name for the field.

In other business, the council:

•Approved a resolution allowing Posey to enter into an agreement with Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood for professional engineering services for the resurfacing of Walston Bridge Road. The project will include the section of the road from Highway 78 to Blackwater Creek.

•Approved a resolution allowing the city to donate $2,500 to a job training program sponsored by the ARC of Walker County.

•Approved a on-premises liquor license for Puerto Mex Phoenix, Inc. located at 4098 Highway 78 East. The restaurant is at the former location of the Phoenix Chinese Restaurant.

•Approved a request to spend $6,327 for half the cost for repairing the heat pumps of the Carl Elliott Regional Library in Jasper. Council member Lee Swann asked Posey if the expense was something the city normally does. Posey said the city has helped with similar repairs in the past, when members of the Walker County Commission requested such efforts.

•Approved a request by City Purchasing Agent Tommy Knight to issue bid invitations for inmate food at the city jail, as well as bids to install the base and rubber surface of Miracle/George Lindsey Field.

•Approved a request by Knight to use money from the city’s Capital Outlay Loan to replace two garage doors at the Natatorium ($10,000) as well as to purchase exercise equipment ($7,600), a computer table ($1,000) and one phone system ($1,400) for the Senior Citizen Center.

•Approved a request from Jasper Police Chief Connie Cooner Rowe to hire a part-time police officer who will handle traffic patrol issues. Rowe said her officers now have to handle traffic cases in between taking emergency calls.

•Heard a public comment from Sandra Guthrie, who lives in the Ridgewood subdivision. Guthrie said many motorists are ignoring the stop sign at the intersection of Ridge Loop and Ridgebrook Drive, and she is concerned for the safety of children living in the neighborhood. After Guthrie spoke, Rowe said the intersection is one of the primary areas the new part-time traffic patrol officer will focus on.