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Agenda for Tuesday, November 19, 2019 City Council Meeting

City recognizes ‘Black Gold’ yearbook at high school

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Members of the yearbook staff at Jasper High School were recognized Tuesday to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the school’s yearly ‘Black Gold.’

Jasper Mayor David O’Mary presented a proclamation to yearbook staff members and sponsor Mike Cordle during Tuesday’s city council meeting.

Cordle has served as the yearbook’s sponsor at Walker High School and now Jasper High School for the past 37 years.

The proclamation, read in full by O’Mary, said, in part, that “the communication of the educational achievements of students and educational institutions in Jasper has a vital impact on the people of Jasper.”

The proclamation went on to say that recent studies by Herff Jones Publishers ”confirm that students who work on high school publications get better grades, in high school, score better on the ACT, earn better grades as a college freshman and are more involved in activities offering leadership and service opportunities …”

In other business, council members:

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•accepted a $1,000 donation from Walmart to help with the Jasper Fire Department’s smoke detection program.

Fire Chief David Clark said the department has applied for the grant for the past several years and uses the money to purchase smoke detectors that are given out to Jasper residents. 

•introduced an amendment to the city’s budget for several items, including a maintenance shed at the Percy Goode Gym.

•gave city purchasing agent Derleda Abrom permission to send out bid invitations for tobacco stamps.

•authorized O’Mary to annex a parcel of city-owned property at 3477 Whitehouse Road. The annexation was necessary in order to provide police and fire protection for the property.

•adopted a resolution in support of a funding request to the Alabama Department of Transportation for a lighting project at the intersection of Alabama Highway 269 and Interstate 22.

•held a public hearing and approved setting costs for one property placed under the city’s nuisance abatement ordinance.

The council also approved a request from city planner Keith Pike to place a separate property under the ordinance for having overgrown grass and weeds.

•approved entering into a memorandum of understanding with George Deavours to remove a burned structure at 1205 Alabama Avenue.

•adopted an ordinance to rezone a .41-acre piece of property at 312 8th Place Northwest from B2 (community service) to R-3 (affordable housing) in order for the property owner to place a manufactured home on the property.

The council also adopted an ordinance to rezone a 6.87-acre property at 15 Longwood Place from MR (municipal reserve) to AG (agricultural), an ordinance to rezone a 5.03-acre property at 203 Carl Cannon Boulevard from MR (municipal reserve) to B-4 (I-22 business corridor), and adopted an ordinance to rezone a 12-acre property at 265 Curry Highway from MR (municipal reserve) to R-1 (single family residential).

The Jasper Planning Commission previously recommended approval of each of the rezoning requests, Pike said.

Pike introduced an ordinance to annex a 4.2-acre property at 3477 Whitehouse Road and 3633 Whitehouse Road and 15 McDonald Road and 57 McDonald Road. 

•heard from O’Mary, who reminded council members of Monday’s Veterans Day parade in downtown Jasper. Sgt. Major Michael Grinston, a 1984 Walker High graduate and Jasper native, will serve as grand marshal of the parade.

Reprinted from the Daily Mountain Eagle with permission.

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