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Jasper, AL 35501
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Mayor touts city’s $2.2M in reserves, commitment to ‘fiscal responsibility’

RON HARRIS, DAILY MOUNTAIN EAGLE
Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Jasper Mayor David O’Mary shared good news with Jasper City Council members Tuesday morning concerning the city’s current financial status. 

The city currently boasts a surplus revenue of $2.222 million, O’Mary said.  City reserves are up more than 500 percent since 2016, he added. 

 ‘It takes about a month after the fiscal year ends to get all the bills paid and the dust settled,” O’Mary said, “and I just want you each to know what kind of year we had in the city.

“It’s the best year this city has had in its 142 years.”

O’Mary credited rigid expense management over the past year, coupled with economic success in the city, as the keys to success.

“Our economy has been very good,” he said, “and I believe we have made major enhancements in our local economy.”

O’Mary said the city’s strong relationship with Jasper Main Street has been a boon to the city. “What they’ve done to revitalize downtown has been incredible,” he said. 

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Rules for signs in the city

By Brent McCarver
Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Hello Jasper. Hope you are doing well. With both the Holiday season and the political season coming upon us, our Council, and Public Works Department thought it might be a good idea to address some of the ordinances regarding signage and right of way, and permitting for “events”.

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Recent improvements throughout the city have also led to more out-of-town visitors spending money here. O’Mary  said the recent upswing in the manufactured housing industry in Winston County has helped, too.

“Jasper has become much more attractive to our neighboring counties,” he said, “and more and more people from outside Walker County are coming to Jasper to spend their money. That just adds money to our city coffers, and it’s made a difference in the operation of this city.”

O’Mary also praised the work of city employees for the recent financial success of the city.

“You could not have a better chief financial officer than Kathy Chambless,” O’Mary said. “And we’ve also got some of the best department heads you could ask for.”

“I came here three years ago and was met with tremendous skepticism,” O’Mary said, “but five pay raises later and what all we’ve accomplished has led them to buy in to what we’re doing. We’re on a path to making Jasper a better city, a better place to live. Our people here are returning more value and providing better service to the residents of Jasper than ever before.” 

Most small towns across the country are hobbled by financial problems caused by ineptness, O’Mary said. 

“That brings on strife and financial challenges,” he said. “We don’t have that in Jasper. We’ve had a great year of the mayor and council working together, and that is a big part in making Jasper what it is today.”

 The fiscal year begins in Jasper on Oct. 1 and ends Sept. 30 each year. 

“My commitment to the city and the people — as long as I occupy this office — is a commitment to fiscal responsibility,” O’Mary said. “It’s been a great year in the city.”

In other business, council members:

•presented a proclamation recognizing Nov. 30 as Juvenile Myositis Day in the city. 

O’Mary presented the proclamation to Alexa Gardner and Destiny Atkins, two of the three young ladies in Walker County who suffer from the debilitating autoimmune disease in which the body’s own immune system attacks it own cells and tissue.

Brylee Smith, who also suffers from juvenile myositis, could not be at Tuesday’s meeting but was represented by her mom, Jasper City Council member Jennifer Williams Smith.

The proclamation read, in part, that juvenile dermatomyositis and juvenile polymyositis — the two most common forms of juvenile myositis — affects approximately 17,000 children and young adults, with nearly 1,000 new cases diagnosed each year.

The proclamation commended Alexa, Destiny and Brylee “for their determination and fighting spirit” and wishing them the best while they wait for a cure.

•approved event permits for a Bevill State basketball tailgating event held Tuesday night and the ninth annual Christmas Show on Dec. 3 in front of City Hall, and the Lavish Boutique ‘Black Friday’ event on Friday, Nov. 29, from 6:30 a.m. until 7 p.m.

•accepted $850 in grant funds from the Samuel Lee Smith Advised Fund to help with the special needs swimming program at Jasper Junior High School and Jasper High School.

•accepted $250 to purchase sports equipment for the city’s Dream Team for special needs individuals.

•adopted an amendment to the city’s budget to provide funding for assorted needs.

The council also introduced an amendment to the budget for buying three vehicles, as well as $53,000 to purchase playground equipment for the Percy Goode Park.

•approved travel for city clerk Kathy Chambless to attend the AAMCA annual conference set for Dec. 4-6 in Gulf Shores.

•adopted a resolution to submit an application for grant funding from the state as part of the Rebuild Alabama program.

•approved a request to proceed with vacating a right-of-way off Simmons Road in District 5.

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

•adopted an ordinance  to annex a 4.2-acre property at 1628 Brakefield Dairy Road in District 4.

•adopted an ordinance to annex properties at 3477 Whitehouse Road, 3633 Whitehouse Road, 15 McDonald Road and 57 McDonald Road  in District 1.

•introduce an ordinance to provide licensing of and other requirements associated with mobile retail vehicles. 

•heard from city revenue officer Brent McCarver, who discussed the recent visit to the city of U.S Army Sergeant Major Michael Grinston, a 1986 graduate of Walker High School.

McCarver said a number of people deserved recognition for the success of Grinston’s visit.

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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