Council approves tourism grants, budget amendments

The Scottsboro City Council recently heard a request for a Tourism Grant from the Art Society of Jackson County. The society asked for consideration of funding for the Full Moon Art Festival, which will be held on October 28 from 2 p.m. until 10 p.m. While all artists are from Jackson County, the society plans to make extra efforts to bring others in from out of town. The festival plans to host a costume contest as well as story telling contests. Artists will pay a membership fee to the society, and will receive a booth at the festival free of charge. Funds in the amount of $500 were granted.

Jim Olyniec updated council members regarding the recently completed Pickleball courts. Olyniec reported that a league, under the umbrella of the Rec- Com will soon have sign ups and tournaments are expected to be held. Olyniec also reported that the pavilion will begin construction soon and should be completed in a few months.

A budged amendment in the amount of $43, 245 was approved for the Solid Waste department. As a result of recent growth, the department was running out of trash receptacles needed to service the city.

The Council voted to adopt the city’s transportation plan pursuant to the Rebuild Alabama Act. The city is expected to receive $102, 000 from the Act and those funds will be placed toward the Micah Way Project.

Resolutions to award HVAC bids for the Rec-Com an d Goose Pond Civic center were approved. On both projects, one bid request was posted and seven bid requests were hand delivered, while only three were received. The lowest bidder was Central Air Conditioning.

Police Chief Ron Latimer spoke regarding the need for a budget amendment to repair the city’s radio system repeaters. Latimer reported that the repairs would cost an estimated $7,401.56. The amendment was approved.

Council member Mike Ashburn clarified statements made at a prior meeting regarding the ground covering for the handicapped playground. Ashburn stated that when the playground plans are made and approved, there will be a rubberized mat making the handicapped playground equipment accessible to those in wheelchairs.


by Heather Dohring



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