Baileyton names parks director, schedules ‘Day in the Park’

Baileyton Mayor Windell Calloway (left) and Councilman Dewayne Sumner (right) are seen at the Monday, Jan. 4, 2021 meeting of the Baileyton Town Council. (Christy Perry for The Cullman Tribune)

BAILEYTON, Ala. – The Baileyton Town Council approved at its meeting Monday night several new hires in preparation for what it hopes will be a successful ball season. Ryan Chambers was named parks director for a one-year term, while Dianne Whitehead will be the new concessions stand manager and be compensated $50 per night. Councilmen Roy Shedd, Greg Griffin and Wendell Peterson abstained from voting.

To help Whitehead at the concessions stand, the council approved the hiring of Sharon Gorham and Wanda Gregory at $35 per night. The council also gave approval for Chambers to purchase any necessary equipment for the season.

A “Day in the Park” event is scheduled for June 12. The event, similar to the former Founders Day celebration, will feature music, vendors, games and more. The Town is looking for community members interested in being on the planning committee. Those interested can contact Councilman Dewayne Sumner, Town Clerk Pat Gilbert or Patricia Peterson.

The Town of Baileyton will soon have a new website after securing the domain for the next three years. The site is being built by Jack McGee.

Previously, the council approved $2,000 toward the purchase of a new digital sign for Parkside School. Recently, Sen. Garlan Gudger, R-Cullman said he would give $5,000 toward the project if the council would match that amount. The council voted to increase the amount it will give to $5,000. 

Surplus furnishings were purchased from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) to be put in the new Baileyton Town Hall. For $600, the Town purchased 30 visitor chairs, 10 office chairs for the council, clerk and speakers, and two wooden office desks. The new town hall will also have a new sound system, at a cost of $12,321, as well as a new printer from Ameritek.

Baileyton Bargain Days are going “extremely well” according to Sumner. He thanked the council, their families and Charlie and Phillip Whitehead for use of their truck and trailer.

The town’s weather siren has been repaired just in time for severe weather season. Council members thanked Joe Perry and the workers from the Cullman County Garage for their help repairing the siren.

The Baileyton Town Council meets the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in the town’s senior/community center.

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Christy Perry