Carbon Hill will light up star, downtown lights Nov. 24

By ED HOWELL, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 11/15/17

CARBON HILL - The Carbon Hill City Council and community leaders informally agreed Thursday, Nov. 9, on scheduling one night for three of its Christmas …

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Carbon Hill will light up star, downtown lights Nov. 24


CARBON HILL - The Carbon Hill City Council and community leaders informally agreed Thursday, Nov. 9, on scheduling one night for three of its Christmas traditions.

The council, which interacted with community leaders at Thursday’s council meeting, agreed to light its Christmas star, positioned on Nubbin Ridge overlooking the city swimming pool area, on Friday, Nov. 24. Also, a downtown lighting project will encourage businesses to decorate, with a prize for the best decorated. A lighting ceremony for those downtown lights, as well as the tree at City Hall, also will be held on Nov. 24.

In the past, hillside ceremonies have been held at the star.

A live nativity scene and refreshments could possibly be offered that night, officials said, and discussed possibly having the band and ceremonies in one central location.

Officials talked about how the Carbon Hill High School Band was concerned it was the only ones present when a ceremony was held at the Christmas star in recent years.

Those attending the meeting also said that brush overgrowth across the road from the star structure, which remains erected, had been cut once before. However, they were concerned that the star cannot be clearly seen due to more overgrowth. Chambers said he would investigate who owns the land below it to see if more could be cleared.

“We’re going to have to go off into the bottom because its just timber. There are some 80-footers down there that got up so high that you can only see (the star) from a couple of places,” he said.

It is too late this year to consider raising the height of the star, which is erected with lights in front of a private residence, Chambers said, adding that raising the star would be the only alternative to cutting timber.

“Last year, we drove up and down (Highway) 78, and there were only a couple of places where you could see it,” he said of the local landmark, which has been turned on for years.

District 3 Councilwoman April Kennedy Herron said it would be nice consolidating some of the events, noting the site of the star does not have much room, would be dark and is at a curve, all of which could be a problem if many people were to try to crowd around the spot. Officials informally agreed to the suggestion.

The mayor talked about increasing publicity for the event. Community members at the meeting also suggested that the timing of the star’s lighting could be coordinated with the timing of the lighting downtown, and perhaps a Facebook Live camera could be set up at the events.

Herron said anyone who grew up in Carbon Hill knows about the star. “It is kind of a special thing” for the community, she said.

The city’s Christmas parade will be held Saturday, Dec. 9, with lineup at 5 p.m. at the old rescue place next to Mr. Pizza’s, Chambers said.

Toys for Tots will have toys being distributed on Dec. 21. Applications will be taken on Nov. 23 from 9 until 11 a.m.

In other action Thursday, the council: 

•heard from the mayor that a couple of new garbage dumpsters will be obtained, as some dumpsters are rotting out and have been repaired before. A dumpster is being replaced at Bill and Son’s Super Market as their dumpster’s bottom was rotted out.

•talked about getting plumbing help to deal with a slow water leak at the Blue Gym. The gym is being turned on only when people are using the facility. Chambers said he is aware of where the leak is. “It’s not pouring. It’s a drip, but they can’t seem to get it stopped,” the mayor said.

•changed the Nov. 23 meeting to Thursday, Nov. 30, due to Thanksgiving falling on Nov. 23. Meeting times in December were left standing on Dec. 14 and Dec. 28.

•agreed to put up two street lights between the old Arrow factory and the housing authority.