Council observes Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

The Jasper City Council issued a proclamation Tuesday morning recognizing September as Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month in the city. Mayor Sonny Posey presented the proclamation to several local ladies who have been affected —either directly or indirectly —by the disease. The proclamation states that ovarian cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths in women each year, and accounts for more deaths than any other gynecologically-related cancer. More than 23,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2016, according to statistics from the American Cancer Society. Cecilia Crandall, founder of the Laura Crandall Brown Foundation that honors her daughter Laura, who died in Dec. 2009 of ovarian cancer at the age of 25, told council members about how the disease had affected her family, and how it continues to devastate families across the nation. ‘A State of Teal’ was created five years ago as a statewide campaign to bring about awareness of the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer, Crandall said. “Since teal is the designated color for these type cancers, we plan to turn the state of Alabama teal throughout September,” she said. The city plans to honor that by placing teal ribbons throughout the city. Light bulbs outside Jasper City Hall will also be changed to teal throughout the month. Last year, more than 110 buildings around the state were lit with teal, and 40 municipalities issued proclamations related to Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, Crandall said. The purpose of the proclamation, Posey said, is to honor those who died from ovarian cancer and to show support for those currently battling the disease. Posey also presented a proclamation declaring Friday, Sept. 16, as POW/MIA Recognition Day in the city. Bunny Murray, a member of the VFW Post 4850 auxiliary, accepted the proclamation and said a special ceremony will be held on the courthouse square at 5 p.m. on Sept, 16 to honor all POW/MIA’s. The proclamation said more than 83,000 American military personal are still missing or unaccounted for from past wars. In other business, council members:

•approved minutes of the Aug. 16 council meeting, as well as the called meeting on Aug. 30. •heard from Jake Aaron, a member of Grip-N-Rip Disc Golf Club. Aaron presented a banner to the city for its participation in this year’s Downtown Throwdown Urban Disc Golf Tournament. •received a $2,000 Gateway Grant from Alabama Power. Susan McKinney of Alabama Power presented the grant to Posey. The grant will be used to assist in the cost of construction of a welcome sign that’s being placed along Industrial Boulevard. The sign is a joint project between the city and the Rotary Club of Jasper. •approved parade permits for the Walker High School homecoming parade on Friday, Sept. 23, beginning at 1 p.m. and the annual Veterans Day Parade on Saturday, Nov. 5, beginning at 10:30 a.m. •approved the appointment of Phillip Lee to fill an unexpired term on the Jasper Waterworks and Sewer Board. The term will expire on Oct. 1, 2017. Council member Danny Gambrell made the appointment after the death of longtime board member Charles Banks. •approved amendments to the city’s budget regarding the city’s streets department, maintenance at the Jasper Civic Center and for funding to purchase a vehicle for the Jasper Fire Department. •approved a proposal for a pavement/subgrade investigation on Charles Bishop Industrial Drive by Terracon Consultants, an engineering firm that deals with construction and industrial projects. The move comes because of a problem with paving along the roadway. •adopted a resolution to set costs at $100 for a property located on Sixth Avenue that fell under the city’s nuisance abatement ordinance. The council also approved placing several properties under the ordinance because of overgrown grass and weeds and being unsafe structures. •adopted a resolution to amend the city’s ordinance related to overtime pay for city employees because of this weekend’s Foothills Festival. •heard from District 5 resident James Hood, who told council members of continuing problems in his district.