A.G. Helton, chief executive of Action Properties, addressed the council and thanked them for their cooperation in helping him ready the former Food World building for new businesses.
“That says a lot about you guys and your commitment to this community,” Helton said. “It’s been such a pleasure to deal with everyone in this city.”
The building now houses Goody’s clothing store, a Hibbett Sports and the Mission Possible thrift store.
The last time Helton spoke in front of the Jasper City Council, Police Chief Connie Cooner Rowe requested funds to pay for hand-held radios for her department.
Helton said he hopes the funds will offset the costs of those radios or any other expenses.
The council also approved $20,000 in repairs to city property damaged during Monday’s severe weather.
City Purchasing Agent Tommy Knight said $5,000 in damage was done to Jasper’s senior center.
He said lightning struck the center’s phone system as well as a computer and a copy machine.
The rest of the damage occurred at A.P. Howell Park, where wind knocked a light pole on to a fence.
Knight said the City of Jasper’s insurance deductible is $500.
City leaders hope to get reimbursed to the tune of $17,500.