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City to again host July 4 fireworks show

RON HARRIS, DAILY MOUNTAIN EAGLE
Wednesday, June 19, 2019

The city of Jasper will again host its annual Fourth of July fireworks show. This year’s fireworks show is planned for Wednesday, July 3, beginning at 9 p.m. at Memorial Park.

Desperation Church, which has partnered with the city for the past several years to host the show, is again sponsoring the event, along with the law firm of Nelson Bryan and Cross, Ashley Mercantile and Metal Central. Lisa Myers, the city’s events coordinator, appeared before the Jasper City Council Tuesday morning to request an event permit for the fireworks show. The council approved the request 4-0. Council member Sonny Posey was not at Tuesday’s meeting. The fireworks show, which has attracted thousands of people from across not only Walker County but adjacent counties in recent years, is free to the public. Gates will open at 5 p.m. that day. Prior to the fireworks show at 9 p.m., there will be plenty of games for kids, and food will be available for purchase from vendors that include Devil Dawgs, Steel City Pops and Son’s Smokehouse, Myers said. Music synced to the fireworks show will air on WJLX 101.5 radio.

In other business, council members:

• approved an event permit for a Run to Success 5K on Aug. 3 beginning at 8 a.m.

• approved an amendment to the city’s budget to allow for changing a court employee from part-time to full-time, to hire a part-time employee at the city’s cemetery department, and to provide additional funding for a drainage project in the city.

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• approved adding several properties to the city’s nuisance abatement ordinance for having overgrown grass and weeds, and one property for being an unsafe structure.

• gave permission to proceed with vacation of an alley between 7th and 8th Avenues and 7th and 8th Streets West.

• delayed until the next council meeting a public hearing to discuss economic incentives for Apple of North Alabama, Inc., which will open Applebee’s in the city later this year. “Some of the things needed are not moving along as fast as they had hoped,” Mayor David O’Mary said, “but this is just a temporary delay. Everything is moving in the right direction.” O’Mary assured council members that the delay in no way means Applebee’s is reconsidering its decision to open in Jasper.

• heard from O’Mary, who briefly discussed a financial report for the city. “When you read this, I think you’ll swell with pride,”O’Mary told council members, “because there’s lots to be proud of.” The report shows that revenues are up 5.8 percent in the city, O’Mary said. “While that may not be an unprecedented level, you have to go way, way back in history to find where revenue grew at a faster pace,” the mayor said. “We hope this trend continues to better position the city to do the things we want to do. ”O’Mary also told council members about an opportunity he recently had to meet with 30 Japanese business officials who are traveling across the state on business. “You’re talking with people who are decision-makers,” he said. “It was a really good meeting in that we had the opportunity to plant the Jasper seed in the minds of these executives. That was a tremendous opportunity.” O’Mary also said there’s “a high probability” that an announcement could be made later this year of a major expansion involving a local manufacturing company.

Reprinted from the Daily Mountain Eagle with permission.

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Located in northwest Alabama on Interstate Highway 22, Jasper is a thriving retail hub, center of growing industrial development and home to approximately 14,000 residents. Enjoying one of the top ranked education systems in the State of Alabama, ongoing renovated Park & Recreation programs and its close proximity to the outstanding recreation areas such as Smith Lake, Bankhead National Forest and the Warrior River makes it an attractive area for relocation. Mayor David O'Mary would like to welcome you to our city and web site.


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