CH needs up to $3,000 for July 4 fireworks

Posted 5/23/19

CARBON HILL - The Carbon Hill City Council noted it is still raising funds for its annual Fourth of July fireworks show, although it needs the money in a little more than a week. Mayor Mark …

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CH needs up to $3,000 for July 4 fireworks


CARBON HILL - The Carbon Hill City Council noted it is still raising funds for its annual Fourth of July fireworks show, although it needs the money in a little more than a week. 

Mayor Mark Chambers said $1,600 was spent for last year's show, and he would like to raise between $2,500 and $3,000 this year, adding that he would like for council members to help raise the funds. A DJ has been obtained, and organizers are looking for vendors. 

Chambers also talked about a fundraiser in advance of next year's show, while councilwoman April Herron talked about selling spaces on the side of the pool house. 

Event organizer Anita Hill said at the May 13 council meeting that collected funds are being put in the Hillfest account and checks are being written out of that account to leave a paper trail to show how funds were spent. 

Officials are wanting donations in by June 1, as city suppliers are picked and organizers want to get supplies early in order to ensure quality. 

Checks should be made to Hillfest and be sent to Hillfest, P.O. Box 327, Carbon Hill, Al 35549. Anyone wanting more information may call Hill at 205-275-8475.

In other action, the council: 

• Continued a discussion from the past meeting about people regularly putting out an excessive number of garbage bags to be picked up for garbage collection - sometimes as many as 15 or 20. City Clerk Nannette Brown said she had not sent out a letter to residents as it would involve 711 letters with postage costing $410, not to mention man hours to send out the letters. The mayor and council discussed putting notices in the newspaper or posting online, but in the end council members felt that only a small number of people were abusing the privilege. 

"For 80 percent of the people, it isn't going to matter a bit," Street Superintendent Alan May said. 

Chambers had said at the last meeting about 10 or 20 people were taking out an excessive amount of garbage to pick up. May said Monday it was about 10 to 12.

On Monday, the council members also worried about confusing people in the city who were not putting out excessive bags regularly, but every once and a while might put out a large number due to seasonal cleaning. 

The council  did not take action on setting a limit on the number of bags to set out.  Herron said one person's bags might be larger than another's. Brown said the city would have had to set a bag limit if it addressed the situation with letters to garbage customers or a notice in the newspaper.  

In the end, the mayor said if garbage workers saw any more abuses, they could notify him and he would personally get in touch with those people to warn them to not allow other people, such as relatives, add all their garbage to that one collection point. Council members informally agreed with that solution. 

"I think that is a better way to do it," District 2 Councilman Clarence Colbert said. 

• Heard the community center will be open on Friday, May 24, for anyone who wants to celebrate with the 2019 Carbon Hill High School graduation class immediately following their graduation ceremony that night. 

• Heard that the City Hall will be closed for Memorial Day and no garbage routes will be run. 

• Moved the council meetings in June from the second and fourth Monday of the month to the first and the third Monday due to vacation schedules. The council will meet at 6:30 p.m. on June 3 and June 17.