Council gives mayor OK to sign contracts for Foothills Festival
by Ron Harris
Jul 16, 2014 | 1353 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jasper City Council members approved allowing Mayor Sonny Posey to sign all contracts for the 2014 Foothills Festival scheduled for Sept. 12-13 in downtown Jasper.

This year’s festival is expected to bring thousands of people to downtown Jasper and includes a variety of musical acts from across the country.

Jason Isbell, a former lead singer from the popular band Drive-By Truckers, is the headlining act for this year’s festival.

The free, two-day event kicks off Sept. 12 with local singer Shelbie Z.

In other business, the council:

•approved the minutes of the July 8 meeting.

•approved a request from Praise Tabernacle Church to close 6th Avenue from 16th Street West to 17th Street West on Aug. 3 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. for a block party.

•approved a request for a parade permit for CrossFit Derailed to hold an 800-meter run beginning at 9 a.m. on Aug. 9 to benefit the Mark Forester Foundation.

Forrester, a Haleyville native serving as an Air Force Special Operations Command Combat Controller, died Sept. 29, 2010, in Afghanistan.

•approved a request to allow Mayor Sonny Posey to sign contracts

•adopted a budget amendment related to a line-item adjustment for the Jasper Police Department and introduced an amendment to the budget.

•received a report on bids the city received for pavement marking. City purchasing agent Derleda Abrom recommended awarding the bid to Ozark Striping from Ozark and the council agreed.

•approved giving $1,500 each to two separate girls softball teams (8-and-under and 12-and-under) from the Jasper Parks and Recreation Department to attend a World Series tournament in Southaven, Mississippi.

•adopted a resolution for three parcels of property that fall under the city’s nuisance abatement ordinance.

All the properties are in District 1 and fall under the ordinance because of overgrown grass and weeds.

•introduced a request to rezone property located between 314 and 408 Blackwell Dairy Road from AG (agricultural) zoning to the R-5 (multi-family) zoning.

The request was previously approved by the Jasper Planning Commission.

•introduced an amendment to the city’s sick leave policy. The amendment deals with sick leave accumulated by city employees.

•heard from resident William Leon O’Rear about several concerns he has with the city, including how items are placed on the agenda for council meetings.

•heard from council member Jennifer Williams Smith, who thanked residents and businesses that participated in last weekend’s Summer Block Party and video shoot by Shelbie Z. and Sunday’s Zombie Fun Run that raised funds for the Walker County Arts Alliance.

•Posey congratulated and praised Ann Jackson, who was named the new superintendent of the Jasper City Board of Education. Jackson replaces Robert Sparkman, who resigned at the end of June.

Posey’s comments were echoed by council president Danny Gambrell.