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Jasper, AL 35501
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City working with Alabama Power to upgrade lighting to LED

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Some 2,800 light fixtures in the city will soon be converted to LED lighting, Jasper Mayor David O’Mary announced during Tuesday’s city council meeting.

O’Mary said the city is working closely with Alabama Power Co., which will provide all the LED fixtures and accessories, as well as installation of the lighting.

The project, which is expected to begin in about three months, should be completed by the end of the year, O’Mary said. 

And it involves more than just changing light bulbs, he said. 

“The light fixtures will be removed and new fixtures will be installed,” he said. 

The change to LED will enhance the city’s appearance, as well as raise awareness on the environment.

“What does this mean to the city? It says something to our thoughts about the environment,” O’Mary said. “The less electricity you use, the less impact you have on our environment.”

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The mayor said officials from Alabama Power Co. have been instrumental in helping the project proceed.

“The way Alabama Power has helped this city has been tremendous,” O’Mary said. 

The city will also receive designation from the state as a ‘Smart City’ because of the change to LED lighting, O’Mary said. 

“When it’s completed, Jasper is going to look like a different city,” he added. “It’s going to change the complexion of the city. I’m really excited about this. This is a decision that I think you will be proud of.”

In other business, council members:

•approved minutes of the May 15 minutes.

•were presented a replica of  a ‘Welcome to Jasper’ sign placed on Industrial Boulevard by Anthony Christian and Paul Kennedy of the Rotary Club of Jasper, which spearheaded the project to construct the sign. Also present were Rotary Club members Lou Vick and Britton Lightsey.

•approved a request for a special events permit in order to close portion of a city street in District 5 for a graduation party on Saturday, June 16. The approval is contingent on any concerns by the Jasper Police Department.

•adopted an amendment to the city’s budget, and introduced a separate amendment to the budget.

•adopted a resolution to allow O’Mary to enter into a contract with Pavecon to pave a portion of the railroad crossing at Highland Avenue just off Old Birmingham Highway. Burlington Northern Railroad just completed its part of a remodeling project at the crossing. 

“Burlington Northern did a marvelous job reconditioning that crossing,” O’Mary said, “and asked if we could do our part with the asphalt. We agreed that the city would do its part to help with the paving.” The cost to the city is $6,096. The crossing, which is currently closed to traffic, is expected to be reopened by some time next week.  “This will be a rail crossing that will serve our city for many, many years, and is certainly long overdue,” O’Mary said.

•adopted a resolution to award a bid for a water line replacement and street drainage project on Alabama Avenue and in conjunction with the Jasper Waterworks and Sewer Board to Tren-Tay, Inc. The project is expected to cost a little more than $300,000, with the city responsible for $170,000 of that. “This would be negligent on our part to not do this,” O’Mary said. Work is expected to begin in the next 60 days.

•heard O‘Mary announce that the city’s animal shelter may soon be operated by the Greater Birmingham Humane Society. “Operating an animal shelter has been challenging for the city for a long time,” the mayor said, “so we have been looking at how we can improve this situation.” O’Mary said city officials have met with officials from the Greater Birmingham Humane Society four times in recent months — the last meeting held Monday — and have worked to come up with an agreement to have GBHS take over operations of the city shelter. “Those folks have a tremendous track record,” O’Mary said, “… and they have the expertise to do this.” O’Mary said the Alabama League of Municipalities requires such a deal to be bid out, and city leaders are in the process of putting together a bid proposal to assume control of the animal shelter. “We really don’t think we’ll see any group other than the Greater Birmingham Humane Society bid on this,” O’Mary said. “This will put us a step closer to having and animal shelter that we can be proud of and will represent our city well.”

•heard from city purchasing agent Derleda Abrom, who asked the council to declare a 2014 Chevy Suburban as surplus property in order to sell the vehicle. Proceeds from the sale will go to buy a 2018 Ford Explorer.

•approved a request to renew contract for infrared pothole patching for the city’s streets department, trophies and awards for the city’s parks and recreation department, and crushed stone.

•approved a request to end bid invitations for brush removal and clearing, and for concessions operations at city venues.

•approved a request for permission to send requests for physician services.

•approved travel for public works director Joe Matthews to attend the Alabama Society of Civil Engineers and Alabama Public Works Association annual meeting held July 16-18.

•introduced an ordinance to place a four-way stop at the intersection of Sixth Avenue and 18th Street.

•adopted a resolution to place several properties under the city’s nuisance abatement ordinance.

•approved a request to proceed with vacation of an alleyway between Florida Avenue and Gamble Avenue, just north of Crutchfield Boulevard.

•introduced an ordinance to annex property at 72 St. James Place in District 2.

•adopted an ordinance to rezone a 6-acre property at 301-309 North Airport Road from R-1(single family residential) to B-2 (community service) for future development.

•adopted an ordinance to rezone 1.8 acres of a 5.4-acre property at 1501 Highway 78 West and 304 14th Avenue West from R-1 to B-2 in order to allow for a general retail business.

•adopted an ordinance to place a four-way stop at the intersection of 26th Street and Delaware Avenue in District 5.

•introduced an amendment to the city’s smoking ordinance, which would redefine the city’s definition of retail tobacco stores.

•heard from O’Mary, who told council members of training that began at the city’s police department after body cameras were purchased and delivered for all officers.

•heard from council member Jennifer Williams Smith, who reminded council members of Saturday’s Tallulah 5K in downtown Jasper. Smith also commended city attorney Russ Robertson for recently being recognized by the Alabama League of Municipalities.

Reprinted from the Daily Mountain Eagle with permission.

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Located in northwest Alabama on Interstate Highway 22, Jasper is a thriving retail hub, center of growing industrial development and home to approximately 14,000 residents. Enjoying one of the top ranked education systems in the State of Alabama, ongoing renovated Park & Recreation programs and its close proximity to the outstanding recreation areas such as Smith Lake, Bankhead National Forest and the Warrior River makes it an attractive area for relocation. Mayor David O'Mary would like to welcome you to our city and web site.

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