Cleveland to begin work on community center

Mayor Jerry Jones and Cleveland Town Council unanimously voted at their monthly meeting last Thursday to provide a $50,000 match in suport of a community/senior center project.

The resolution provides for $25,000 cash and $25,000 through in-kind services.

At a previous council meeting, former mayor Eldridge Bynum had recommended securing a grant to build the center, and at the June 28 public hearing, a deadline of Aug. 1 was set to apply for a grant.

Citizens voiced their support for the mayor and council to apply for up to $250,000 from the Community Enchancement Fund administered by Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA). The grant would require a 10-percent match.

Kevin Kessler and Terry Acuff with Community Consultants are processing the grant application for the town.

After an executive session, the mayor and council voted not to pursue efforts to recover money paid former employee Wayne Owens and withdrew a motion made at an earlier meeting to continue efforts to recover legal fees paid former town attorney Stan Glasscox. (See Ron Gholson’s article pg. 1 of this issue.)

Council member Doug Hill announced that the park board will hold its firstever

Labor Day barbecue Monday, Sept. 5. Proceeds will benefit the park. The mayor and council approved printing 1000 flyers to publicize the barbecue, advertising in The Blount Countian, and allocating $500 from the park and rec account for set-up.

Officials approved allocating $2606 to Blount County Commission in support of the Blount County Animal Shelter.

The council will meet next on Aug. 18 at 7 p.m.