Mayor Sonny Posey said some downtown merchants have agreed to pay a percentage of the cost of leasing the lot, and city officials will be asking members of the Walker County Commission to pitch in as well.
“The lease will be in the city of Jasper’s name. Only those who join in the lease contract will be able to use it,” Posey said.
The city will be responsible for the upkeep and property taxes on the lot, which is located across from the Walker County Jail.
The Commission leased the lot for several years but opted not to renew the lease last year for financial reasons. The lot was then closed to the public, exacerbating parking woes downtown.
“It’s been noticeable that it has been closed. It has caused parking problems. I’ll offer the motion because I think it’s very important that we let folks coming to pay their taxes and shop have a place to park,” said council member Jed Daniel.
In other action, the council
•voted to join the Houston-Galveston Area Council, a governmental entity which is recognized by the Alabama Examiners of Public Accounts as a cooperative buyer. The council also gave purchasing agent Derleda Abrom permission to go through H-GAC to purchase a new fire truck.
•adopted a budget amendment to make line item transfers in the budgets of the police department and street department.
•heard from resident James Hood concerning a drainage issue at a home on 11th Avenue. City engineer Joe Matthews said he will seek the necessary easements that will allow city workers to clean out the creek downstream from the home to help alleviate flooding.
•approved a parade permit for Girlie Things Boutique to sponsor a fashion show on June 20 to benefit Hope for Women, a local nonprofit that serves women overcoming substance abuse. The area in front of City Hall will be closed from 5 to 9 p.m. for the event.
•adopted a resolution addressing several properties under the nuisance abatement ordinance.