Council OKs budget for Foothills Festival
by Ron Harris
Sep 04, 2013 | 1403 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jasper City Council members met for less than 30 minutes Tuesday, but in that time approved a budget of more than $51,000 for Saturday’s Foothills Festival in downtown Jasper.

The event, which will be held from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. and is free to the public, includes music of all types and lots of family fun.

Four local businesses that will serve as sponsors for the festival are Scott Crump Toyota Scion; Byars and Associates; Nelson, Bryan and Jones Attorneys at Law; and Honda/Hyundai of Jasper.

Headlining the festival is former “American Idol” runner-up Bo Bice and Brian Howe, former lead singer of classic rock band Bad Company.

The music kicks off at 11:30 a.m. with the Corner High School Theater Academy presenting a 1960’s Cabaret, with music from Motown to the Beatles.

From 1 until 2 p.m., southern bluegrass band Rollin’ in the Hay will perform.

From 2:30 until 3:30 p.m., Jasper’s own Copperline, a four-piece country band, will perform.

At 4 p.m., Within Reason, a Birmingham-based rock band, will take the stage. The band, which features a fusion of several musical genres, was among those to walk the red carpet at this year’s Grammy Awards.

From 5 until 6 p.m., a musical ensemble of local children will perform.

At 6:30 p.m., Lynam, another Birmingham-based rock band, will be on stage.

Bice will take the stage from 8 until 9 p.m., followed at 9:30 by Howe.

A children’s theater stage, which will be located on the courthouse square and headed up by Eddie Brown, will be a second stage with local talent performing between music sets. The theme for the children’s stage will be “Pirates and Pirate Ships,” with activities for kids from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

There’s also going to be a children’s play area along Third Avenue near the Jonathan Sapp Law Firm with inflatable slides, a moon walk and obstacle course. A petting zoo with both farm and exotic animals will be open for the kids, too. Those activities will open at 11 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. on Saturday.

City workers will close 19th Street between Third and Fourth avenues early Friday morning in order to construct the stage for Saturday’s concerts.

Friday afternoon, streets in downtown Jasper will close at 5 p.m., and local bands will perform from 6:30 until 10 p.m. as a warm-up to Saturday’s activities.

A number of food and craft vendors will be open Friday, too.

Event organizers said Foothills Festival T-shirts will be for sale at the festival.

Anyone who would like to volunteer to work at the Foothills Festival is encouraged to call Jenny Sayles at (205) 221-8529.

On Saturday, the day will kick off at 8 a.m. with a 5K run hosted by the Walker High cross-country team.

In other business Tuesday, the council:

•approved minutes from the Aug. 20 regular meeting and from the Aug. 22 special called meeting.

•gave city purchasing agent Tommy Knight permission to send bid invitations for crushed stone and hauling.

•approved amendments to the city’s budget, including $52,000 to the capital funds, $84,000 to the garbage fund and $150,000 to various city departments.

•approved travel expenses for city prosecutors Robert Richardson and Deb Capps to attend a fall municipal conference. The expenses were a budgeted item.

•approved a resolution for an agreement with the Middle Alabama Area Agency (M4A) for meals for seniors.

•adopted a resolution to renew a lease for a building currently used by Disability Rights and Resources.

The building is located at Fowler Field on Alabama Avenue.

The group has agreed to do $20,000 in repairs to the building in exchange for a six-year lease.

•adopted a resolution to allow Mayor Sonny Posey to enter into an agreement with the Alabama Department of Transportation for a road resurfacing and striping project along Ala. Highway 69 from Oakman to Elliott Boulevard.

•adopted a resolution regarding funding for ClasTran public transportation in the amount of $53,000.

•adopted a resolution declaring three properties — 1205 Alabama Ave., 830 Hillsdale Road and 1136 Arkadelphia — that fall under the city’s nuisance abatement ordinance.