‘This town has come a long way!’

South Vinemont Town Council presents clean 2020 audit at Tuesday meeting

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South Vinemont Town Council members Tuesday evening (Christy Perry for The Cullman Tribune)

VINEMONT, Ala. – “This town has come a long way!” CPA Larry Cooke had that to say about the Town of South Vinemont at their October council meeting. Cooke was at the meeting to present the town’s 2020 audit and described the audit as clean with no major discrepancies. 

Cooke explained to the council, “Normally, we like to say 60 days cash on hand is really good. At the end of 2020, you had 368 days, so your cash position was more than good. It was excellent.” To give the council a better idea of how far they had come over the past several years, Cooke looked back and discovered that 10 years ago, the Town of South Vinemont had only five days. Five years earlier, they had only 36 days. 

According to the 2010 audit, South Vinemont had only $4,132 in unrestricted cash on hand. The 2020 audit showed $388,000. 

The report by Cooke left Mayor Radginal Dodson almost speechless. He said, “You just knocked my socks off,” and thanked Town Clerk Kayecea Sasser for her diligence and excellent work in handling the town’s business. 

The council voted at last month’s meeting to surplus the disc golf baskets after upgrading to tournament quality baskets at the town’s disc golf course. They voted Tuesday to donate the old baskets to several area schools including Vinemont, Fairview, Hanceville and the Cullman County Child Development Center. 

Ridgeway Street and the area in front of the fire department bays will soon be resurfaced. The council voted unanimously to use a portion of their American Rescue Fund Money to improve the deteriorating conditions. Councilmember Sonya Copeland was unable to attend Tuesday’s meeting; therefore, she did not vote. 

In other business, the council approved the following resolutions:

  • Allow mayor and council to participate in LGHI Program
  • Set spending limit for mayor
  • Surplus the shaved ice trailer
  • Surplus a John Deere Gator
  • Surplus a Kawasaki Mule

Each council member has been assigned specific areas within the town on which to focus. They are as follows:

Council Place #1- Chris Thompson- Walking trail and beautification 

Council Place #2- Sonya Adams- Henry Roe Wood Park, Vinemont Sports Complex and community events

Council Place #3- Charlotte Cosper- South Vinemont Community Center and community events

Council Place #4- Bonnie Goodwin- Streets and lights

Council Place #5- Sonya Copeland- Finance

The community trunk-or-treat is scheduled for October 30 from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the school. This is a walk-up event, not drive-thru. The council will be one of several booths set-up to pass out goodies. 

The town’s first disc golf tournament has tentatively set for December 18, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Additional details will be announced at a later date. 

The Town of South Vinemont meets on the second Tuesday of each month at the Town Hall. Work session begins at 5:30 p.m., with regular meeting at 6:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

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Christy Perry

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