Cullman City Council gears up for community special events

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Mayor Woody Jacobs presents one of 50 flags to Cullman VFW Post 2214’s Vice Commander Michael “Doc” Elston and William Carter for the group’s annual Memorial Day display on Highway 31. (W.C. Mann for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – The Cullman City Council on Monday evening approved upcoming special events and helped Cullman’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2214 prepare for Memorial Day. Mayor Woody Jacobs presented to VFW representatives Michael “Doc” Elston and William Carter one of 50 flags provided by the city for the group’s annual Memorial Day flag display along Highway 31 on the north end of town. Elston informed the council that VFW will also repeat last year’s cross display in the same area to honor Cullman area soldiers, airmen and sailors who died in service to their country. 

Cullman Parks, Recreation and Sports Tourism Recreational Development Director Christy Turner spoke briefly about last week’s Strawberry Festival, calling it a “huge success” before turning her attention to upcoming events, including: 

  •  Dinner on First, coming Friday, May 21 in the Warehouse District. According to CPRST, “Dinner on First offers an opportunity for the Cullman community to come together as one to benefit something meaningful, and it provides a splendid moment in time in which residents can connect with their friends and neighbors, as well as the Cullman Parks, Recreation, and Sports Tourism Foundation Board members who have gone to extraordinary lengths to make the gathering a night to remember.” 
  • A projected opening day on Saturday, May 29 for the new water park at the city’s Palomino RV Park on County Road 222. The park, consisting of multiple inflatable water features on a man-made pond at the park, is the largest of its kind in the region, and will be open to park guests and members of the public with day passes. 

The council approved a special event request from Keith Varden of the Cullman Chamber of Commerce for 2nd Friday events to be held June 11, July 9 and Sept. 10, 2021. The events will be put on through cooperative efforts between the Chamber, Downtown Merchants’ Association, Warehouse District Merchants’ Association and CPRST. 

The Chamber’s Peggy Smith noted that the annual Chamber Gala will take place June 8, 2021. 

The council also granted a request from Robert Lancaster of St. Andrews United Methodist Church to provide a hamburger lunch for visitors at Art Park from 11 a.m.2 p.m. Saturday, May 29, 2021. 

In other business, the council awarded a contract to Wiregrass Construction Company, Inc. in the amount of $517,305.65 for an access and fire loop accessibility road at the new Reliance Worldwide warehouse facility being constructed on Ege Farm Road off Cherokee Avenue. The city received a Community Development Block Grant for the project at the 300,000 square foot facility.  

The council also passed a resolution to enter into an agreement with Danmark Communications and Security for telephone systems and services. 

The council voted to annex properties at 148 County Road 1304 and 78 County Road 497 as singlefamily residential zones. 

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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