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Jasper, AL 35501
Phone 205-221-2100

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AG opinion sought for changes in city court

Despite snow falling outside, the Jasper City Council met Tuesday morning for about 20 minutes.

During the meeting, Mayor David O’Mary approached the council to approve seeking out an opinion from the Alabama Attorney General’s Office concerning a possible reconfiguration of the city’s municipal court operations.

“Over the last year, we have been very diligent in our hunt for efficiencies in the operation of our city government, and those efforts have paid rather large dividends,” O’Mary said.

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2018 Foothills Festival set for Sept. 7-8 in Jasper

The 2018 Foothills Festival will be held Friday and Saturday, Sept. 7-8, in downtown Jasper.

The Jasper City Council approved a resolution during its Tuesday meeting to allow Mayor David O’Mary to enter into certain agreements concerning the upcoming festival.

“This is just a standard resolution to enter into agreements with the stage company, the production company, talent buyer and the bands as well,” City Planner Keith Pike said during the meeting.

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The mayor went on to say that City Clerk Kathy Chambless has proposed a plan to reconfigure the city court staff that could produce substantial economic savings to the city.

“We know our chief court clerk will be retiring in March or April, and we know we will be getting a new judge by the end of the year, so this would be a time to make changes,” O’Mary said. “We know what Kathy has proposed is being used in other municipalities. Our attorney sees the idea as being on solid ground as well.”

O’Mary, who did not go into specifics about the restructuring plan, said the Jasper Civil Service Board was against the idea. “Unfortunately, they see if differently, but there is no profit in butting heads with the board,” he said.

The city currently has three attorney general opinions on the matter with two favoring the idea. O’Mary said the opinion he is asking for would clarify the others.

“If this opinion comes in favorable to what we are looking to do, we will come to you to allow us to go forward,” O’Mary told council members. “The civil service board may challenge us in court. If what we are doing is in the framework of the law and it can bring efficiency to our city, this mayor will be the first to say it is something we need to do.”

Council Member Gary Cowen moved to seek the AG opinion, saying, “This is about clearing up some attorney general opinions, we need to do it.”

The council unanimously approved seeking the opinion.

O’Mary said the city attorney will share the opinion with the council once it comes in and the group can decide what to do from that point.

In other action from the meeting, the council:

•approved a retail liquor license for Mr. Bean’s BBQ.

•approved a budget amendment as a part of a paving project on Airport Road.

•adopted an agreement with the Alabama Department of Transportation for right-of-way mowing.

•voted to allow the sale of approximately six graves at Gay Reed Memorial Cemetery for half price to be used for burial of cremated remains.

•declared a jeep unneeded for municipal use and authorized its sale.

•discussed some damage at the Jasper Civic Center from a copper pipe that burst.

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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