New Baileyton Town Hall close to opening; tornado siren in need of repairs for continuing storm season

Guthrie updates council on new town hall’s sound system and internet installation (Christy Perry for The Cullman Tribune)

BAILEYTON, Ala.- Baileyton mayor Windell Calloway said Monday night that he hopes the new Baileyton Town Hall will be ready in time for April’s town council meeting. The sound system has been installed in the new town hall and the Cullman Electric Co-Op should have their Sprout Fiber Internet service fully installed in the coming days. 

Councilman Benny Guthrie was very complimentary of the quick service from the Cullman Electric Co-op. He said, “If you know anyone in the area, get them to go online and find the Sprout program and enter your information to see if they (Sprout) are in your area.” He added, “I want to give a huge shout out to Cullman Electric Co-op for getting that done!” 

Though the town’s tornado siren had been fixed, it isn’t functioning again. With the town’s bucket truck currently in the shop and the county’s trucks currently assisting with storm clean-up, it could take a few days before work to repair the siren can take place. Calloway said, “That’s one of our major priorities, because it is storm season and we want to make sure that everybody knows when anything is coming.” 

The town’s storm shelters are open when severe weather is forecast but will be locked at other times due to people visiting the shelters for non-weather-related reasons. The council has also been made aware of people being told to leave the shelters during threatening storms. “They aren’t just for the Baileyton community. They are from Joppa, Jones Chapel or Mississippi and just traveling through. It’s their place too,” Guthrie said. 

Councilman Dewayne Sumner presented information from the bids he received for the new digital sign for Parkside School. He hopes to continue negotiating with the lowest bidder to get the best possible price for the new cloud-based digital sign. 

Sumner also presented quotes to the council for new playground equipment for the town’s park. Some of the playground is in need of repairs and other equipment will need to be completely replaced. Some of the swings and equipment that were deemed to be a risk to children have been removed until repairs can be made. The quote for the repairs are $8,000 and the council approved the work. The money for the playground improvements will come from money raised through Baileyton Bargain Days. 

The council agreed to wait until the next council meeting before making a decision regarding the Baileyton Senior Center and allowing the senior center activities to resume. 

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