Cullman City Council recognizes local world champion water sport athlete

Council approves numerous special events for this fall

Nine-year-old wakeboarding phenom Kane Ward received a commendation from the City of Cullman Monday evening for his recent world championship. Pictured are Kruce Ward, Cassie Ward, Kane Ward and Justin Ward. (W.C. Mann for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – The Cullman City Council opened its meeting Monday night by welcoming 9-year-old wakeboarding phenom Kane Ward who recently won his second World Wake Association (WWA) Junior Boys’ national championship and was named the 2020 WWA Junior Boys’ World Champion, presenting a resolution in his honor. Ward was also recently given a Writers’ Choice Award as “one of the world’s most improved riders for 2020” and has been recognized as the world’s youngest rider to land no fewer than 12 of the sport’s most challenging tricks. 

City ready for some special events

Showing that the Cullman community is ready for a little more normalcy as fall rolls around, the council approved multiple special event requests:

  • from Paul Cox to hold a parade of vehicles on Saturday, Sept.26, 2020 beginning at 1 p.m. traveling from Buffalo Wild Wings to Alabama Highway 157 Walmart
  • from Cullman Parks, Recreation and Sports Tourism for the annual Oktoberfest at Depot Park and Festhalle Friday and Saturday, Oct. 2-3, 2020
  • from Sue Turner for the annual Life Chain value of human life prayer vigil on Cullman city sidewalks along U.S. Highway 31 and U.S. Highway 278 from noon-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020
  • from Kayla Thorsby of Awakening the Bride Upper Room Revival Center to hold a prayer walk from Logan Street Southwest to the Health Department Oct. 31, 2020 beginning at 10 a.m.
  • from Mattie West of Genesis Performing Arts to hold a fundraising 5K run beginning at Depot Park Oct. 31, 2020 beginning at 8 a.m.
  • from Stan Smith of Cullman Elks Lodge to hold a Veterans Day Celebration at Cullman Regional Airport Nov. 6 -7, 2020
  • from Sonya Talley of to hold a Christmas Love Car Show fundraiser benefiting Cullman Caring for Kids at Depot Park Nov. 14, 2020


Small cell facilities regulated

The council passed an updated ordinance to regulate the placement of small cellular antennas and accessory equipment on the city’s rights of way, as well as public and private property, and to establish fees for such placement. Monday’s vote brings the existing ordinance into compliance with new federal regulations.

The ordinance encourages the use of existing structures to mount equipment, and colocation of multiple wireless service providers’ equipment on the same structures. According to City Attorney Roy Williams, recent laws allow cellular providers to place antennas and equipment in municipal rights of way, and the ordinance will allow the city to ensure that such placement is consistent with city planning. 

The council also approved ordinances to rezone the Ellsworth and Shadowbrook subdivisions (under development) from agricultural districts to residential districts.

The council also approved a resolution to extend its bid for paving and pavement repair materials to Good Hope Contracting.

The Cullman City Council will meet next Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. at Cullman City Hall.

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W.C. Mann