Bartlett declares April “Fair Housing Month” in Good Hope

Heather Mann

GOOD HOPE – Good Hope Mayor Jerry Bartlett this week signed a proclamation declaring the month of April “Fair Housing Month.” April 11, 2017 will mark the 49th anniversary of the passage of Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968. Also known as the Fair Housing Law, this title prohibits housing discrimination based on "race, color, religion, sex and national origin."

Other items discussed included the financial report from February. Due to a miscommunication in November, the excise taxes the City should have been getting from the Pilot gas station have been going to the City of Cullman. The mix-up has yet to be fixed, resulting in a loss of income between $12,000-$14,000 total. After this discussion, the finances were approved.

Councilman Maxie Jones reported that the re-opening of the newly-minted Doss Bridge on Beech Grove Road had led to "a bunch of happy people."

"Took us eight years, but we finally got it done,” Jones said happily.

Councilwoman Susan Eller reported that two new replacement sludge pumps were needed urgently. The costs of the pumps themselves, the wiring panels and the labor to install it all was estimated to be around $18,000. Due to the cost, Eller made a motion to pay for the repairs without exceeding $20,000.

In parks and recreation, Councilman Taft Dillashaw reported that there will be a softball tournament this weekend requiring three fields, and he was very pleased with the new field-fixing machine. He also said that many concessions stand workers had requested adding an additional touch screen to the stands to help take orders.

The Good Hope City Council meets on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Good Hope City Hall. The public is welcome to attend.


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