Central States donates materials, manpower for work at animal shelter
by Ron Harris
Dec 18, 2013 | 1302 views | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jasper City Council members gladly accepted a donation of materials from Central States Manufacturing to help with construction of an outdoor area at the Walker County Animal Shelter during Tuesday’s city council meeting.

The donation comes as part of Central States “Giving Back Program” and includes metal roofing that will be placed atop outdoor structures at the animal shelter.

Scott Watson, the regional vice president of Central States Manufacturing, told council members that the company will also utilize its program called The Carpenter’s Hands to help at the shelter.

“The Carpenter’s Hands is a program that Central States uses to give back to the community,” Watson said. “Central States is a very blessed company, and we owe all of our success to our employees and the community they live in. We like to identify projects, and we’re glad to give back.”

Watson said all Central States employees get eight hours paid time off to volunteer and make an impact in the community, and workers will help with construction at the animal shelter. The program is named after Paul Carpenter, the founder of Central States.

“He was very active in missions and charity work and very much involved in his community,” Watson said, adding that Carpenter personally chose Jasper as a site for his company. “He came to visit Jasper and fell in love with the place,” he said. “He fell in love with the people, and he fell in love with Smith Lake.”

Watson said company officials are happy to be able to give back to the community.

Also on hand for the meeting was Central States general manager Jason Burks and Kassidy Anderson of the company’s human resources department.

Council member Jennifer Williams Smith, a strong proponent of the Walker County Animal Shelter, said she’s thrilled by Central States’ donation to the city.

“This is wonderful,” she said. “I can’t wait to get started on this project.”

In other business, council members:

•approved the minutes of the Dec. 3 meeting.

•approved granting a parade permit for a Paint the Town Purple 5k /fun run and Bark for the Cure on April 5, 2014, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Megan Cervantes of Relay for Life of Walker-Jasper said the 5k/fun run will be one of Relay for Life’s largest fundraisers.

•held a public hearing and approved a request for a restaurant retail liquor license for Ezell’s Fish Camp.

David Mize of the Jasper Police Department said all necessary steps on the restaurant’s part were met and he had no problem with the council granting the license.

•heard from city purchasing agent Tommy Knight, who told council members of bids received for an SUV for the city’s police department.

Knight said just one bid was received and should be rejected because it failed to meet the necessary requirements.

The council rejected the bid and gave Knight permission to start the process over.

•heard from city planner Keith Pike about a request for $3,800 in funding for an AutoCad software upgrade.

Council members approved the request.

•introduced a request for $5,000 in funding to purchase bullet-proof vests for the Jasper Police Department.

“Our body armor expires after a period of time,” Police Chief Connie Cooner Rowe told the council. She said all officers with the department are required to wear bullet-proof vests.

•adopted a reimbursement resolution regarding a public roads project.

•conducted a public hearing and adopted a resolution to vacate a portion of 27th Street East between Corona and Delaware avenues.

The vacation is to allow First Baptist Church Corona Avenue to make necessary repairs.

•heard from Jasper Mayor Sonny Posey regarding road work that’s needed near Love’s Truck Stop along Interstate 22.

The council considered Posey’s comments as an introduction to a funding request.

•Smith said the Eighth Annual Lee’s Jingle Bell Run held earlier this month was a huge success and thanked everyone for their participation in the event.

She said the Cure JM run held on Thanksgiving Day was also a major success.

•heard from Jenny Sayles, who informed council members that Friday is the 100th birthday of the late Carl Elliott and a ceremony will be held to honor the late congressman. “He was one of many great figures our city had to offer,” Sayles said.