Baileyton Town Council discusses senior center funding concerns

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Council members seen at Monday evening’s meeting (Sara Gladney for The Cullman Tribune)

BAILEYTON, Ala. – The Baileyton Town Council, on Monday evening, in old business, looked at a sample sign provided by Ron Gither with LED Best Signs Distributors to consider for installation. The 50×76” sign will cost about $13,000.

Benny Guthrie proposed that the senior center be rented out for the community during the month of January. Guthrie noted that the seniors should be the top priority, but the center could have multiple uses.

On the topic of the senior center, Linda Cullen raised concerns about the sale of the senior center bus. Cullen brought the grant which was used to purchase the bus and stated the bus should have been returned to the state if not being used for its intended purpose. The mayor said that they would have their lawyers check into it. He also asked if the bus had been outside of the county limits to which Cullen confirmed it had. The mayor read from the last meetings minutes that the bus could not be taken out of the county according to the grant.

Bobby Martin also raised concerns about the councils’ lack of funding of the Senior Center. The mayor stated that the council is legally not allowed to fund the center as it is a single entity. Guthrie stated that the council attempted to fund the Parkside Outreach program and Backpack program and were told that they could not since those organizations were single entities.

In other business:

  • There will be a Christmas drive thru with food, toys, and supplies at the Baileyton Fire Department on December 11 from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Cullman Jefferson Gas will be hooking up storm shelters in Baileyton and the shelters will soon be equipped with plumbing.
  • The council is currently taking bids on sealcoating on the parking lot.
  • The 2016 audit has been completed.
  • Some of the lights in the park will be replaced with solar lights and the new playground equipment should be in by the end of the month.
  • Keith Keaton is the new maintenance hire. He worked with the city of Cullman for 34 years before he retired.
  • The council reviewed a Charter agreement to be discussed at the next meeting.

Baileyton Town Council meets on the first Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at Baileyton Town Hall. The public is invited to attend.

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