Baileyton swears in new council member Gene Sumner

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Baileyton Town Clerk Patricia Gilbert looks on as newly sworn-in Councilman Gene Sumner shakes hands with Baileyton Mayor Johnny Dyar.

BAILEYTON – Almost 60 people came out to witness the swearing-in of Baileyton's newest council member. Baileyton Mayor Johnny Dyar appointed Gene Sumner to Place 1, a position that was left vacant following the passing of Councilman Walker Mead, who lost his battle with cancer in late February. The remainder of Mead’s salary was given to his surviving family to aid them in their time of need. The council nominated candidates for Mead's seat at a special meeting in March, and Sumner was officially sworn in today, Thursday, April 6.

Notes from Baileyton's regular town council meeting on Monday, April 3

In old business, the council welcomed the delivery of brick dust needed to repair baseball fields for the upcoming season. Members expressed their appreciation to Cullman Cabinet & Supply and QHA Metal Products for installing stainless steel countertops in the concession stand at the park.

In new business, the council announced that the Roger Latham Memorial Horse Show will be returning to Baileyton July 28-29. The Town will receive $1,200 in rental fees from hosting the event at the horse arena located in the town park.

At the Town’s discretion, the council approved the renting of the area near the storm shelter located at 112 Fairview Rd. for Town employees.

In order to mend an issue with the County road records, the council approved naming the street off of Industrial Boulevard, which leads to QHA Metal Products, as Industrial Park Drive. In the County records, the road is listed; however, it isn’t listed with a name, which has caused a shipping mishap with local businesses.

After recent inspections, it was brought to the council’s attention that the bridge located on Summit Road has the wrong weight limit posted. The council was advised to monitor road activity until further data can be collected on what course of action is needed.

The Baileyton Town Council meets on the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.

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