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400 West 19th Street
Jasper, AL 35501
Phone 205-221-2100


New District 1 Council member and Fire Chief seated Tuesday

Jenny Brown Short was appointed Tuesday morning to fill the vacant District 1 position on the Jasper City Council.
Short fills the seat previously held by Jed Dan-iel, who resigned last week after moving outside the city limits.
Short was officially sworn in as the new District 1 council member by municipal court Judge Jim Brakefield after council members unanimously voted to appoint her to the position. No other nominations for the position were made.
“Eleanor Roosevelt said, ‘Do one thing every day that scares you,’ and that’s what I’m doing today,”
Short said following Tuesday’s meeting. “I think anything that is ultimately worthwhile initially scares you to death, and that’s where I am.
”Short said she has already received great support from current council members.
“I think I have tremendous support and lots of depth and breadth of experience on the council. The learning curve will be steep, but I know they will help me,” she said. “There’s so many years of experience on the council, and I so appreciate that.
”Short said the support from and recommendation by Daniel was much appreciated. “I really appreciate Jed for recommending me, and it means a lot to have his trust and support,” she said.
Short said she had previously considered running for a seat on the city council, but “every time there was something going on that it just didn’t work out.
”Short had recently completed work with Jasper Main Street and the Walker County Health Action Partnership. “I think the timing is perfect,” she said. “I’m super excited about what positive impact I can have on the community.
”Short’s father, the late Jack Moore Brown, served as mayor of Jasper from 1970-1979.  (Read More)


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In other business, council members:

•adopted a resolution to request ALDOT approval for a sidewalk to be built along Alabama Highway 269 from MLK Drive to 20th Street

•introduced an amendment to the city’s budget for several upcoming projects, including repairs needed at Swann Gym and renovations at the command center and training room at the Jasper Police Department. The amendment will be voted on at the council’s next meeting on Sept. 7.

•adopted a resolution to award a bid for a side-walk project along Gamble Avenue to Ballard Builders in Winfield.

•adopted a resolution to place several properties under the city’s nuisance abatement ordinance for having overgrown grass and weeds.

•held a public hearing and adopted an ordinance to rezone a .26-acre of property at 1814 Kilgore Street from R-2 (single family residential) to R-3 (affordable housing) in order to place a manufactured home on the property.

•adopted an ordinance to rezone property at the end of Shepherds Loop and near 25379 Highway 69 North from MR (municipal reserve) to R-4 (urban dwelling) for the purpose of future residential development. The property was recently annexed into the city limits.

•heard O’Mary expressed his concern for recent events in Afghanistan, and ask residents to remember not only the people of Afghanistan but also U.S. military personnel who served there over the past two decades. “It’s been heavy on my mind, especially seeing people trying to get away from the hostile regime there,” he said. O’Mary specifically mentioned Winfield’s Johnny Michael Spann, who was the first American killed in combat during the United States intervention in 2001.O’Mary and Spann were friends when they were growing up.“I think we should all find some time to pause and remember the folks who gave their lives over the past 20 years in Afghanistan, as well as their families,” he added.

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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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