The Jasper City Council approved the closing of 3rd Avenue between 18th and 19th streets beginning at noon Sunday. The council also approved the closing of 2nd Avenue if needed.
“This is a good group,” Council member Johnny Rollins said. “It will be an all American rally. I think it should be a big event. Closing the streets at noon will give them plenty of time to get things set up. The streets will reopen after the event is over.”
The Walker County Rainy Day Patriots will hold the rally from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. Sunday. Speakers expected at the event include U.S. Congressman Robert Aderholt (R-Haleyville) and Keith Smith, founder of the Frederick Douglas Republicans of Alabama group.
In other action from the meeting:
•A public hearing was held and a retail beer and wine license for off-premise consumption was approved for Walgreens located at 100 North Airport Road.
•Tommy Knight, the city’s purchasing agent, gave a report on the city’s recent auction. Jasper joined with the Walker County Commission for a surplus equipment auction, and Knight said the city made a total of $10,381.50 after paying a 10 percent fee to the auction company.
•The council approved a request to appropriate funds necessary for a consultation with Condrey and Associates to equalize employees work hours as directed by the Jasper Civil Service Board.
•A request for travel for an employee to attend the Alabama Governor’s Safety and Health Conference was approved.
•A resolution for nuisance abatement for an unsafe structure in District 2 was approved.
•City planner Keith Pike introduced an ordinance annexing one parcel of land located at 200 Center Street.
•Mayor Sonny Posey asked the Council to approve an agreement for the city to do some work to help parking access around the Bankhead House and Heritage Center.
The Council approved the request unanimously.
•The Council approved a request by Council member Sandi Sudduth to have 28th Street closed near First Baptist Church-Corona Avenue Saturday for a church appreciation picnic.