Full Moon Bar-B-Que coming to city?
by Daniel Gaddy
Jul 11, 2012 | 7787 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jasper could be getting a Full Moon Bar-B-Que in the near future at the site of the old Carl Cannon dealership on U.S. 78. - Photo Special to the Eagle.
Jasper could be getting a Full Moon Bar-B-Que in the near future at the site of the old Carl Cannon dealership on U.S. 78. - Photo Special to the Eagle.
The Jasper City Council voted to apply for state grants to pay for a turning lane that will benefit customers of a planned Full Moon Bar-B-Que.

The resolution is the first public mention of the restaurant establishing a location in Jasper. Full Moon Bar-B-Que is a Birmingham-based chain with eight locations across central Alabama.

“Don’t take this as an actual announcement, though it would be hard to look at it any other way,” said Mayor Sonny Posey.

Posey said city leaders plan to place the turning lane on the east bound lane of Highway 118 near the old Carl Cannon Chevrolet dealership.

Posey said the council will apply for grants administered by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs. He said grants with the agency typically require 20 percent of the funds from local sources, however there has been no discussion as to who will pay the match.

In other business:

•The council approved a request by Jasper Police Chief Connie Cooner Rowe to enter into an agreement with the Alabama Department of Public Safety to dispose of hazardous materials associated with methamphetamine labs. Rowe said the agreement does not require any city funds other than paying for the training of a few police officers to deposit the materials at one of ADPS’s hubs.

Rowe also introduced two new officers and a dispatcher recently hired at the department.

The council also approved a request from Rowe to apply for grants to purchase new bullet-proof vests.

•The council approved an ordinance to finalize a $2,076,000 line of credit the city received earlier this year. The loan primarily went to pay for the construction of the Southside Pool, O’Rear Park on Walston Bridge Road and Jasper’s Miracle Field, a sports complex for children with special needs.

Council Member Johnny Rollins asked what the payments would be for the loan. City Clerk Kathy Chambless said the first payment will be due on Sept. 1, when the monthly bill will be $25,950. At the end of five years, it will drop to $15,752.

The payments will also reduce to $8,855 after seven years.

•The council heard a legislative update from Sen. Greg Reed (R-Jasper).

•The council approved a parade permit from the organizers of the Fourth Annual Savannah Faith Miracle Ride, which benefits a local resident seeking an organ donation. The ride is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 8.

•The council approved a request from organizers of the Walker County Homecoming Reunion to close Corona Avenue and a section of 28th Street for the event. The reunion will be from 7 p.m. to midnight on Friday, July 13.

•The council heard a public comment from J.L. Koon, who spoke about a need for larger speed bumps on Calumet Road. He said he would like to see speed bumps similar to those on Simmons Road. Koon said he is concerned for the safety of his grandchildren.

•The council heard a public comment from Charles Tatum, who urged the council to do more to handle nuisance properties in District 4 and District 5.

“I think we need to get grants that’s going to be improving things for everybody,” he said, referring to city leaders’ focus on developing Jasper’s industrial area.

•The council approved an emergency resolution to replace the ice maker for the Jasper Fire Department. Council Member Morris Studdard said that since ice makers are so prone to malfunctions, the council should look into leasing rather than purchasing the new machine.