Cullman City Council: Dinner on First returning in May

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CULLMAN, Ala. – The Cullman City Council on Monday evening approved a special event request from Christy Turner of Cullman City Parks, Recreation and Sports Tourism to hold the annual Dinner on First Avenue in the Warehouse District May 21, or May 22 as a rain day. The event will feature catering by Dyron’s Low Country and a live performance by Avenue G in the Festhalle. First Avenue will be closed from Flavors Bakery to Arnold Street, along with the Festhalle and nearby city parking lot. According to Turner, all affected business owners were contacted and agreed to the street closure. 

Turner also reminded the council and audience about the Strawberry Festival happening this Saturday, May 1. The event will feature crafts in Depot Park, live entertainment and, of course, thousands of gallons of strawberries for sale at the Festhalle. 

Councilman Clint Hollingsworth shared that, once again, the state 1, 2 and 3-A track meet will take place at Cullman High School on the day of the festival. He said that many who come for the meet make their way to the festival after their events, and that local hotels are reporting sold out rooms for the weekend. 

City cleanup a success 

Councilman Johnny Cook told the council that the recent 2021 city cleanup went well. Crews picked up 229 tons of trash and items put out by residents, a 10% increase over 2020, and did so at a savings of $11,000 over last year’s cleanup by using the city’s new collection trucks. Cook also said that demand is up for the smaller 65-gallon trash cans, and that a shipment is on order. 

The council also approved a special event request from Katherine Sharpe of First United Methodist Sonshine Preschool for a 5k and 1mile fun run in memory of Susan Waters Oct. 16 beginning at 8 a.m. 

The council passed a resolution to enter into agreement with government human resources software company NEOGOV for software to assist with recruiting and new hire onboarding. According to NEOGOV’s website, its recruiting package “accelerates time to hire by centralizing the process of attracting applicants, screening them and landing a qualified hire that’s productive on day one, while ensuring compliance,” and its Onboard program “ensures day-one readiness for new employees, expedites productivity and helps you keep hires longer. Allow new hires to complete paperwork prior to their first day, share organizational values and mission, reinforce job duties, assign mentors and schedule check-ins, all within one system.” 

The council also approved the renewal of the Municipal Water Pollution Prevention Resolution. 

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

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