Council votes to fund purchases by fire department
by Ron Harris
Jul 18, 2013 | 900 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jasper City Council members approved a request during Tuesday’s council meeting from acting Fire Chief David Clark to replace several pieces of equipment crucial to firefighters effectively and safely doing their job.

The council allocated funds to replace two SCBA’s (self-contained breathing apparatus) and four hose nozzles. The cost for the equipment is approximately $4,100.

“These masks are a firefighter’s only protection from the heat and smoke when going into a fire,” Clark said.

The council also approved a request from parks and recreation director Mickey Davis for a $1,500 donation to a Jasper 12-and-under baseball team to attend a World Series in Southaven, Miss., later this week. The team, coached by Dell Green, won a state championship recently in its age division — the first state title in 16 years, Davis said.

“They are representing the city of Jasper and the state of Alabama as state champs,” Davis said.

The council had previously donated a total of $3,000 to two Jasper girls’ softball teams to participate in a similar World Series tournament in Southaven.

The money is given to the teams to help offset the cost of hotels and meals.

In other business, the council: 

•approved an emergency request to appropriate $5,700 to replace a compressor at the Percy Goode Community Center, and $9,500 to replace a traffic light at the intersection of 7th Avenue and Alabama Highway 118.

•adopted a resolution to allow Mayor Sonny Posey to enter into a contract with Goodwyn, Mills & Cawood for design of a failed section of Whitehouse Road.

•approved allowing Posey to sign bond underwriting contracts, as amended by the city, with Raymond James financial advisors.

The contracts pertain to the construction of the new Walker High School.

“The revised version of this keeps both the city board of education and the city as co-owners of this agreement, and the bond issue throughout the period,” Posey said.

“With the teamwork we’ve got, it’s almost there,” council member Gary Cowen said of work beginning on the project.

Posey said now that all contracts are signed, work to begin clearing land along Viking Drive could start in the next few weeks.

“I think in a matter of weeks we could see trees falling,” Posey said.

•adopted a resolution to allow Posey to sign an agreement for preliminary engineering and construction for improvements to an existing access road on Industrial Parkway and Industrial Way.

•heard from city planner Keith Pike regarding 15 properties that fall under the city’s nuisance abatement ordinance. All the properties were cited for overgrown grass and weeds.

•approved a request to rezone a .9-acre parcel of land on 9th Avenue from Neighorhood Business zoning to Community Service zoning for a Farm Support business.

The council also approved a request to rezone a .48-acre parcel on 24th Street West to allow a homeowner to place a doublewide manufactured home.

•approved a request from Police Chief Connie Cooner Rowe to attend a chief’s conference in Orange Beach July 29-Aug. 2.

The council heard from resident Sandra Guthrie regarding problems with speeding traffic along Ridgebrook Road. Rowe promised to provide increased patrols in the area to try to alleviate the problem.