Semi-pro football makes proposal

Town of Blountsville

The Alabama Avengers want to come to Blountsville. The Avengers, a semi-pro football team, presented the Blountsville mayor and council Monday night with hopes of using Blountsville’s rec league field for practice and games.

The National Development Football League presently has 18 teams in Alabama and 968 nationwide. “It’s a semi-professional league that gives players a second chance,” said the team’s owner. Many men play in high school and go on to college and raise a family, but “football remains in their blood and the league gives them another chance to play.”

Mayor Randy Millwood asked the council for permission to pursue negotiations with the team, working toward a contract. “If we could work something out while our field is just sitting there not being used,” said Millwood, “it could be a win-win situation.” Suggestions were made that possibly the town could sell concessions or charge for parking to help raise money for future lighting and other improvements for the field.

In other news, the council voted to pay a three-year premium versus the annual premium on the town’s liability insurance. By doing so, the town saves close to $1000.

Council also voted to hold a second municipal court night as the caseload continues to increase. The previous court not only ran past 10 p.m., but was potentially a safety violation of the building’s occupancy code. Council agreed to hire Judge Alex Smith for bi-monthly court as needed, but will continue having the prosecutor present for one night a month.

Progress is ahead of schedule on the swimming pool renovations. An audit review found everything in perfect order with no violations of the grant requirements. The pool should be completed in two to three weeks.

The council also approved upgrading the light fixture at Main Street and Lake Drive and placing a new light on Graves Street.

Despite the holidays, Blountsville Town Council plans to meet again Dec. 21, at 6 p.m.