Halloween events planned in Cordova

By JENNIFER COHRON
Posted 10/25/18

CORDOVA — Three Halloween-themed events are planned in Cordova in the coming week.On Friday, the Cordova Senior Center will host a fall festival for seniors 60 and older from 9 a.m. to 1 …

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Halloween events planned in Cordova

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CORDOVA — Three Halloween-themed events are planned in Cordova in the coming week.

On Friday, the Cordova Senior Center will host a fall festival for seniors 60 and older from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Cordova Fire and Rescue's annual Trunk-A-Treat will be held Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. in the downtown area.

On Oct. 31, the Cordova Senior Center will be giving out candy to trick-or-treaters from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. 

The city will also be blocking off access to the downtown area on Halloween night to facilitate a water balloon battle, a long-standing tradition that died out after 2011 but was revived last year.

The water balloon battle is not organized by the city. Mayor Drew Gilbert said at a previous meeting that the city would block off streets and that Cordova police officers would have a presence downtown to ensure safety.

On Tuesday night, Cordova City Council members appointed Kerri Minor to the vacant District 7 council seat recently vacated by Rhonda Hitchcock. Minor was the only person to submit an application for the open seat.

In other business, the council agreed to establish an account for garbage receivables at Pinnacle Bank. The city council recently passed a rate increase to help pay for a new garbage truck and agreed to borrow $130,318.32 from Pinnacle Bank for the purchase.

Gilbert also announced on Tuesday that work has begun on construction of a new pier at Disney Lake. 

The city is providing some in-kind services for the project, which is being funded by a $15,000 grant from the Alabama Power Foundation. The launch at Disney Lake is currently closed while the project is being completed.

Members of the Devils I.C.E. Robotics Team also paid their annual visit to the council to discuss the robot they have built in the past six weeks. The team, which consists of students from Bankhead Middle School and Cordova High School, will attend the BEST Robotics competition being held at Bevill State Community College's Fayette campus on Friday.

This year's challenge was to design a robot that can pick up trash out of the ocean. 

Team members also became trained as Alabama Water Watch testers at Camp McDowell during their recent fall break.

Cordova has had a robotics team each year since 2012. 

In 2016, they earned a spot in the South's BEST Regional Robotics Championship at Auburn University for the first time.