JASPER - Mayor David O’Mary and city council members Danny Gambrell, Willie Moore, Jennifer Williams Smith and Gary Cowen were each presented Certificates of Election during Tuesday’s Jasper City Council meeting, signifying another four-year term in office.
Each were unopposed in the upcoming municipal election.
Jed Daniel, who previously served on the council, was also presented a Certificate of Election. Daniel was unopposed in his bid for the District 1 seat that’s being vacated by current council member Sonny Posey.
O’Mary said it’s the first time in at least the past 35 years that the mayor and entire council ran unopposed.
“It may be an indication that nobody wants the job, or it’s an indication that we’ve done things right,” O’Mary said. “I’m going to go with the latter.”
O’Mary praised the work of city leaders in the past four years, and said over the past term the city was able to build an unprecedented $8 million in city reserves.
“Four years ago we started with a tad over $1 million,” O’Mary said. “This city is better prepared today than maybe it’s ever been to make things happen.”
O’Mary said in the past week he’s met with two developers interested in building in the city. He also told council members that three properties along U.S. Highway 78 that once housed Hardee’s, Fred’s and Ruby Tuesday had each been purchased.
“I know what those properties sold for, and I know you don’t invest that kind of money playing games,” he said.
The new fiscal year begins Oct. 1, and O’Mary said the city will begin with the “best reserve position maybe the city’s ever had.”
“A lot of cities are envious of where Jasper is today,” he added.
In other business, council members:
•held a public hearing and approved a retail restaurant liquor license for Apple of North Alabama, Inc., which will operate the new Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar currently under construction.
•heard from Jasper Police Chief J.C. Poe, who said a 2004 Ford Crown Victoria recently donated to the Yerkwood Volunteer Fire Department was being replaced with a 2006 Crown Victoria. Both vehicles were surplus property.
•approved a request for travel and expenses for city prosecutors who will attend the Alabama League of Municipalities Fall Conference on Sept. 24-26.
•adopted a resolution to apply for community block development grant funding for improvements along 19th Street near the old West Jasper Elementary School.
•adopted a resolution for city attorney Russ Robertson to take the necessary steps to have a ‘Limitation of Use’ clause incorporated in to property deeds at Memorial Park.
•adopted a resolution to allow O’Mary to sign an agreement with the Alabama Department of Transportation for improvements along Elliott Boulevard.
•adopted a resolution to allow O’Mary to sign the FY2021 nutrition agreement with the Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging to continue its Meals on Wheels program in the city.
•adopted a resolution to place four properties under the city’s nuisance abatement ordinance.
Following that, a public hearing was held concerning costs associated to mowing at one property previously spaced under ordinance.
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