Council gives former school property to BOE

Jasper City Council members voted 3-0 to turn over ownership of the former West Jasper Elementary School property to the city’s board of education. The move will allow for the city board of education to work with the Jasper Area Family Services Center, which will move its operations into the building. City council member Willie Moore abstained from the vote since he’s also a member of the Jasper City Board of Education. Council member Sonny Posey was not present for Tuesday’s meeting. Council members said until recently, city officials were unaware that the city had ownership of the school, which closed its doors following the 2016-2017 school year. In other business, council members: •approved minutes of the Dec. 19, 2017, meeting. •approved parade permits for: — the Bankhead House and Heritage Center Fun Day, set or Feb. 10. — the Walker County Children’s Advocacy Center Safe Kid’s Expo, set for April 14. — the Walt Williams Golden Deeds Motorcycle Ride, set for April 28. •introduced an amendment to the city budget. •heard from city purchasing agent Derleda Abrom on grounds maintenance at New Prospect Cemetery.

•approved a request to purchase emergency vehicle lighting for the city’s police and fire departments. •approved a request from Abrom to send out bid invitations for grease, oil and lubricant, fuel service and tree service. •approved accepting a $3,000 grant from the Swimming Saves Lives Foundation for adult swimming lessons at the Memorial Park Natatorium. Sixty adults completed the program last year, according to Stacy Smothers of the Memorial Park Natatorium. •approved a request for reimbursement of expenses to Whitney Dyars for travel to Atlanta on Jan. 20 for a training program for adult swim certification. •approved a 30-day extension for a rezoning request for property at 1501 10th Avenue. The request was previously brought up at the Dec. 21, 2017, planning commission meeting. •adopted a resolution naming an alley between 18th and 19th Streets and Alabama and Birmingham Avenues as 18th Alley East. The move was needed for E-911 purposes, council memebrs said. •adopted a resolution to allow Jasper Mayor David O’Mary to enter into an agreement for consulting services at the Memorial Park Natatorium. •adopted a resolution supporting legislation requiring that all childcare and daycare facilities be subject to licensing and regulations by the Department of Human Resources. •heard from former city council member Sandi Sudduth, who asked the council about its oversight in approving a parade permit for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. March, which is planned for Monday in downtown Jasper. The council quickly agreed to issuing a parade permit for the event. The parade begins at 11 a.m. at A.P. Howell Park and is followed by a program at the Percy Goode Community Center.