Council approves alcohol license, hears park progress

Town of Cleveland

A public hearing was held Dec. 12 regarding an alcohol license application for TAHA, Inc., which is doing business as the Tonka Shell and Deli at the corner of Ala 79 and Ala 160. The application was for the sale of beer and wine. The business was represented by its owner, Mark Ely. Other than town officials, no one else was present. Cleveland’s Alcohol Control Board convened after the hearing in executive session to consider the application. At its conclusion, the regular monthly meeting of the town council began.

Steve Pass, chairman of the alcohol board, informed the council the board recommended approval of the application, which the council did unanimously.

District 4 county commissioner Nick Washburn was on hand and addressed the issue of the road maintenance signs he had erected in and around Cleveland last month. He explained they had primarily been for the benefit of his employees responsible for mowing and trimming the shoulders, but recognized they caused confusion so he was having them removed. Mayor Jerry Jones and Washburn both said there were agreements already in place between the county and the town regarding road maintenance.

Mayor Jones brought the council up to speed on the progress of the new park’s construction. He praised Pass’ crew for the work they have done thus far and said, “We are well within our budget.” He said expenditures so far are $13,973, which includes the cost of a pavilion, tables, seeding of the park, brush cutting, and trees to be planted.

In other park news, a note of discord was sounded by council members towards the park board. The mayor and other council members said they were disappointed in the number of Boston butts sold by park board members for the Labor Day festival, which resulted in the smallest profit in recent memory for the event. They were also concerned because the board had decided not to have the annual Christmas in the Park event and did not notify council members. They said they learned of the decision via social media. Jones said he and councilman Doug Hill will be meeting with the board soon in an attempt to avoid problems in the future.

Jones asked the council to pay $1,500 to Utilities Engineering Services for an engineering survey that would be needed for future grant applications. The survey would include a look at the feasibility of tying the water department into other water providers, a new water well, water lines at the new park, and new electrical and electronic upgrades at the water treatment facility. The council agreed to the request.

In other business, the council unanimously agreed to the following:

• Install push guards to two police vehicles for $2,000 each.

• Purchase four first responder first aid kits for the police department at a cost of $100 each.

• Surplus the town’s 16-foot trailer and use the money to purchase a new 6.5-x-12-foot lawn mower trailer for the parks.

The council is made up of Mayor Jones, councilmen Hill, Tommy Swindle, Sherry White, James Bynum, and James Sullivan. All were present for the meeting. The council’s regular meeting is the second Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at town hall.