City honors 3 members leaving office
by Daniel Gaddy
Oct 17, 2012 | 3079 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Longtime Jasper City Council member Lee Swann and his wife, Judy, admire a desk clock presented in appreciation for Swann’s 24 years of service to the city. - Photo by: Daniel Gaddy.
Longtime Jasper City Council member Lee Swann and his wife, Judy, admire a desk clock presented in appreciation for Swann’s 24 years of service to the city. - Photo by: Daniel Gaddy.
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The Jasper City Council on Tuesday recognized three newly elected members and honored three longstanding councilors who are leaving their offices.

Council President Sandi Sudduth presented council members-elect Jed Daniel, Jennifer Williams Smith and Danny Gambrell with certificates of election during the council’s regular meeting Tuesday at city hall.

City officials also honored outgoing council members Lee Swann, Morris Studdard and Johnny Rollins. Swann served on the city council for 24 years. Rollins served for 20 years, and Studdard served for 12.

Each outgoing council member received a desk clock engraved with an image of Jasper’s City Hall.

Every council member thanked Rollins, Swann and Studdard for their service to the city and wished Daniel, Smith and Gambrell luck.

Rollins said he hopes city leaders will look into raising the pay for officers with the police and fire departments.

He said the City of Jasper is losing good people to neighboring cities that have better pay schedules.

During Tuesday’s regular meeting, the Jasper City Council also voted to finalize the results of the Oct. 9 municipal runoff election with no changes to the official vote counts.

City Clerk Kathy Chambless told the council members that election officials received only one provisional ballot from the election, and it should not be counted due to a lack of identification. That leaves the final counts at 321 votes for Daniel and 291 for Studdard in the District 1 race. For the District 4 seat, Smith has a final tally of 195 compared to Allan Brown’s 182.

In other business, the council:

•Approved a resolution to apply for a grant on behalf of Morrow Companies, which is seeking $750,000 in Community Development Block Grants to expand Coal Ridge Apartments on Old Birmingham Highway by 48 housing units.

Grant Consultant Terry Acuff said the City of Jasper is eligible for the funds because of a decrease in housing due to the severe weather of April 27.

Acuff stressed that the city is simply applying for the grants on behalf of Morrow Companies and is not obligated to match any of the grant funds. He also said this will not affect any of the city’s applications for other Community Development Block Grants.

•Announced the council’s Inaugural Ceremony and Organizational meeting, which will be held at 10 a.m. on Nov. 5 in the Memorial Park Natatorium community room.

•Approved parade permits for the Veteran’s Day Parade on Nov. 3 and the Christmas Parade on Dec. 4.

•Approved a request from the Walker Area Community Foundation to close portions of 6th and 7th streets west and 8th Avenue on Dec. 15 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for the organization’s Bankhead House & Heritage Center Fun Day.

•Granted City Planner Keith Pike permission to proceed with the notification process necessary for a partial vacation of 27th Street East near Corona Avenue Baptist Church.

•Approved an off-premises retail beer and wine license for Jay Brahmani with Jasper Tobacco.

The business is located in the former BP building on Walston Bridge Road. Jasper Tobacco is a separate business from a seafood restaurant that shares the same building.