Cullman council speaks on Lee County tornado; Cullman Art Park to get amphitheater

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Cullman resident Dan Miller, who also owns a farm near the proposed new site of Rock the South, came to voice his opposition to the relocation of the event at Monday night’s Cullman City Council meeting. (W.C. Mann for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. –  Cullman Mayor Woody Jacobs, during Monday night’s Cullman City Council meeting, took a moment to express sympathy for the victims of Sunday’s tornadoes in Lee County and other areas, reading a statement:

“On behalf of the city council, myself and the citizens of Cullman, I’d like to express our thoughts and prayers for the people of Lee County, Alabama and other areas affected by this weekend’s devastating tornadoes.  Our hearts go out to the families of those who lost their lives, as well as to everyone whose homes or businesses were destroyed or damaged. Our thoughts and prayers also go out to the emergency personnel and others sent (for) rescue, relief and recovery efforts.

“The City of Cullman stands ready to help.  We’ve gone through this; we all experienced it, and it’s just hard to imagine what happened in just such a brief span of time yesterday afternoon.”  

Art Park renovation moves ahead

The council passed a resolution to purchase a small parcel of land adjacent to Art Park on Main Avenue Southwest.  Cullman Parks, Recreation, and Sports Tourism Executive Director Nathan Anderson said the plot will likely be used to expand parking at the park.

Anderson also took a moment to address the council about the renovation project:

“We’re very excited about this.  This is unlike any other park that we’ve renovated lately.  We appreciate the support. What’s really been interesting is we’ve experienced a lot of great support from businesses and individuals, and even our foundation board for this project.

“We thought that we were just going to be able to get the site grading completed, the sidewalks-because the street department’s helping and your support.  We knew we were going to get the playground in, but now we’re able to build a deck because Lowe’s is donating the lumber. We’re able to do a small-scale amphitheater because the foundation board has declared that as their project this year for Dinner on First fundraising, and I think we can cover the cost of that in a fundraising event.

“And then there’s just some other things like a bathroom; we really need a bathroom onsite.  Spoke to the artist recently that we’re commissioning our first art piece with, and it looks like August is his date to complete the sculpture, so we’ll have our first art piece and some really cool RGB lighting in the park.  So we’re really excited about the project.”

For more on this project, see www.cullmantribune.com/articles/2017/04/15/huge-day-cpr-art-park-festival-sees-city-park-renamed-art-park.

In other business, the council approved the following requests:

  • from Busy Bee Cafe, 101 Fifth Street SE, to hold the café’s 100th Birthday Celebration on First Avenue Southeast between Fifth Street Southeast and Fourth Street Southeast on Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m.
  • from Diablo’s Southwest Grill, 1302 Second Avenue SW, Suite B, for a restaurant alcohol license, which received a favorable recommendation from the City of Cullman Alcohol Review Committee.

The council also approved the following resolutions (from the agenda):

  • to submit the grant application to the Alabama Recycling Fund to improve and enhance the City of Cullman’s Recycling Program.
  • to enter into a professional services agreement with The Lollar Group to develop a crisis communications plan and crisis training in the amount not to exceed $4,500.
  • to authorize the mayor to enter into a purchase agreement for land on Mitchell Road Northeast located at the intersection of Child Haven Road Northeast.

The Cullman City Council usually meets on the second and fourth Monday evenings of each month at 7 p.m. in the Cullman City Hall auditorium.  The public is invited to attend.

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