Baileyton mulling urgent care facility


BAILEYTON – The Town of Baileyton held its monthly council meeting this week, where they welcomed guest Dr. Josiah Daily, who has expressed an interest in opening a cash-only urgent care facility in the town’s medical center.

“I want to bring the medical community back to this area and provide a service for the community,” said Daily.

Mayor Johnny Dyar called an executive session to discuss the prospect of Daily renting the town’s medical center, located adjacent to the town hall at 105 Fire Station Road. After the discussion, the council stopped short of signing a contract with Daily.

The council expressed its eagerness to welcome a medical care facility back to the community. According to town clerk Patricia Gilbert, Daily is very interested, but hasn't committed. Gilbert said it's been well more than a year since the medical center had someone in place, and the building has been vacant for seven months. When it was operational before, it was only open one afternoon a week.

In old business, dirt and rock has been laid as repair work on Summit Road bridge is coming to a close. The Town is now waiting on further inspection to see if any other work will be needed. Dyar reminded residents that signs are posted and, “If someone gets hurt, it’s not our fault. If traffic comes through, it’s their fault.” Dyar has contacted the Cullman County Sherriff’s Office requesting presence in the area while road work remains active.

The Town has cut down trees on Oliver Road amid public safety concerns. Said Dyar, “It’s something that’ll pay off in the long run by preventing wrecks.” The decision did not come without controversy. Some residents on the road are upset over the loss of trees; however, the Town argued that it hasn’t cut anything that isn’t on the right-of-way.   

Continuing a tabled discussion about a possible donation of $650 to Parkside Elementary School for an outdoor classroom, the council welcomed a representative of the school, who said the area will have a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) focus for kindergarten students as well as other younger students at the school.  The council approved the donation after a lengthy informal discussion; however, payment will not be made until the next budget is drafted in October. 

In new business, Dyar said he will meet with a Coke representative to sign a contract to update existing Coke equipment in the area which hasn’t been done in 12 years.

In other news, the Town of Baileyton will be hosting an Alabama House District 11 meeting at the Baileyton Senior Center (95 Fire Station Road) on Saturday, July 15 at 9 a.m. The public is invited. Rep. Randall Shedd, R-Fairview will speak about his appointment as chair of the House Committee on Urban and Rural Development.

Speaking on behalf of Shedd was local community activist, Ron Stone. Stone thanked the council for hosting the event, saying, “We need to let them know what Baileyton stands for, and that’s cooperation.” The council agreed to spend $200 on breakfast supplies, as a tremendous turnout is expected.

Dyar reminded those in attendance of Baileyton’s annual Roger Latham Memorial Walking Horse Show, which will be a two-day event on July 28-29. 

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

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