Event coordinator Ronnie O’Rear said that 56 vendors have committed to be on hand for Hillfest and that practices are being held for the event’s Lawnmower Race on Sundays, but that there is still a critical shortage of volunteers needed in order for it to be a success.
“We badly need volunteers, but we only have a few,” O’Rear said. “We need everyone’s help. We have so many opportunities still left for citizens to lend a hand.”
Mayor Chris Hart also announced a city-wide clean up day to take place on Saturday, Sept. 11 to prepare the area for the Hillfest event.
“We want to get the city to look as best as possible for Hillfest,” Hart said. “We’re going to need everybody that can, to come out and help us clean up our city. We have inmates from the Walker County Jail who will be here cleaning up, and the United States Army is sending 20 to 25 troops to help as well. It’s time for us to get excited and get ready for the event, and we need everyone working to make Hillfest the best it can be.”
Hart said that garbage bags will be handed out at City Hall on Sept. 11 for the clean up efforts.
In other actions from the meeting:
• The City Council voted unanimously to send City Clerk Marilyn Dumpson to RDS training classes in Jasper.
• A motion to purchase 5000 brick pavers passed unanimously. The pavers will be used to help fund the cost of a 6 foot tall statue and 2 granite benches for a monument for the coal miners that helped found the city. The bricks, which can be engraved in dedication by buyers, will be placed around the monument instead of concrete and can be ordered through city hall starting on Sept. 8.
• Hart called for new volunteers to restart the inactive Carbon Hill Beautification Committee. Anyone interested can contact Hart.
• The city council voted unanimously to return the $250,000 dollar grant to rebuild the Carbon Hill swimming pool to the State. The decision was based upon previous bids to rebuild the pool being too expensive to stay within the $250,000 dollar limit.