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Council recognizes World Polio Day in city

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

A proclamation was presented Tuesday morning in honor of World Polio Day, which will be recognized Thursday, Oct. 24, in the city.

Mayor David O’Mary presented the proclamation to members of the Rotary Club of Jasper.

The proclamation said Rotary launched PolioPlus in 1985, and in 1988 helped establish the Global Polio Eradication Initiative — which includes the World Health Organization, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation — to immunize children around the world against polio.

The proclamation went on to state that “polio cases have dropped by 99.9 percent since 1989, and the world stands on the threshold of eradicting the disease …” and that “Rotary has contributed more than $1.9 billion and countless volunteer hours to protecting more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries.”

Rotary Club member Holly Trawick told council members that a 0.5K Walk for Polio will be held Oct. 24 beginning at 5:30 p.m. The walk will take place between Tallulah Brewing Company and Twisted Barley Brewing Company. 

"It is pick whichever point you want to start at, and then walk over to the other one. The Cigar Box will even have chairs set up if someone needs to take a break," Trawick said. "This is meant to be a fun event that simply raises awareness and some funds."

The event will be $15 to enter, which includes a ticket for a free drink from either brewery and a gift from The Cigar Box.

In other business, council members:

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•heard from Clayton Mehearg, who spoke on behalf of the Walker County Sports Hall of Fame. Mehearg thanked the council for the city’s support of the hall of fame since its inception five years ago, and presented O’Mary with a certificate of thanks to the city.

•approved event permits for:

– the Jasper High School’s Vike-4-Life Halloween Freaky 5K and Fun Run, which was planned for Tuesday afternoon. The event was rescheduled for Thursday because of rain.

– a Boos, Brews and Cruise Car Show, sponsored by Twisted Barley Brew Pub and set for Saturday, Oct. 26.

– a Fall Fest hosted by Northside Baptist Church and other local churches on Sunday, Oct. 27, in downtown Jasper from 3 until 6 p.m.

– the annual Veterans Day Parade, set for Monday, Nov. 11, beginning at 11 a.m.

– the Hope for Women’s Festival of Lights, planned for Nov. 29 through Jan. 3, 2020.

•approved a request from city purchasing agent Derleda Abrom to renew contract for hauling services and eight yard slant cans (dumpsters).

•approved Abrom’s request to send out bid invitations for concrete ready mix and wheeled refuse carts. 

•adopted a resolution to place several properties under the city’s nuisance abatement ordinance for having overgrown grass and weeds. 

•introduced an ordinance to rezone a .41-acre piece of property at 312 8th Place NW from B2 (community service) to R-3 (affordable housing). 

•introduced an ordinance to rezone a 6.87-acre tract of land at 15 Longwood Place from MR (municipal reserve) to AG (agricultural).

•introduced an ordinance to rezone a 12-acre piece of property at 265 Curry Highway from MR (municipal reserve) to R-1 (single family residential).

•heard from O’Mary, who praised the Jasper Police Department  for its work in the city. He singled out JPD officers Jonathan Freeman and Zac Gilley for their work in responding to a motorcycle accident over the weekend.

O’Mary also briefly discussed the city’s financial status, including the current bond rating for the city.

Reprinted from the Daily Mountain Eagle with permission.

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