South Alabamian

Mayor praises efforts of chamber, public works department for downtown decorating and cleanup

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The Jackson City Council met for their regular meeting Tuesday, Nov. 22 with all council members present.

Mayor Paul South congratulated the Jackson Academy Eagles on making it to the state playoffs.

The mayor said that the turnout for the annual Christmas Tree Lighting downtown was excellent. He praised the efforts of Chamber Director Katie Soderquist and Assistant Director Tara Moseley for their hard work in making the event such a success. He also commended the public works department for their help in decorating as well as cleaning up throughout the city.

The Christmas parade is set for Dec. 9 at 5:30. South reminded everyone that the light pole contest will be judged on Facebook and winners will be announced Dec. 9 also.

South mentioned the food giveaway for PCA workers by United Way of Southwest Alabama. He said it was unfortunate that the workers are laid of at Christmas, recalling that when he first started there when it was Allied Paper, all employees were laid off for the month of December for inventory.

The Cleveland Street project in District 3 will be let out for bids in the near future. The city received a grant from Delta Regional Authority to fund the project

Work is scheduled to begin Monday at PCA and Depot Road. An additional lane will be added there.

The mayor asked the council if they had any objection to giving city employees an additional day for the Thanksgiving holiday. There were no objections. City hall was closed Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Council Member Jane James reported that the bridge between Andrews Funeral Home and Star of Zion Church was in need of repair. Mayor South said he would take a look and get it taken care of.

Kedrick Bettis reported several serious potholes on 177 that needed to be filled. The mayor said that repairs would likely be done next week if the weather allows.

The council approved an ordinance making Feb. 24- 26 a tax-free holiday for severe weather preparedness. This will be an annual holiday for the city.

The council also approved engineering services for the completion of the East Cleveland Street project. The bids will be let for drainage improvement and completion of paving.

An ordinance was introduced concerning shortterm rental properties such as Airbnb. The mayor asked council members to review the ordinance before the next meeting when it will be voted on. The ordinance will address guidelines for property owners as well as those renting the properties.

With no further business the mayor and council wished everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and the meeting adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for Dec. 13 at 5:30 p.m.

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