Hanceville proclaims September Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Hanceville Mayor Pro Tem Jim Sawyer and Karen Cook of Cook Ministries are seen with council members in the background at Thursday night’s meeting. (Amy Leonard for The Cullman Tribune)

HANCEVILLE, Ala. – Hanceville City Council members, with Mayor Kenneth Nail joining via Zoom, moved swiftly through their agenda Thursday evening, holding a public hearing, signing a proclamation and appointing board members. 

Three members of the Hanceville Industrial Board – Buddy Perkins, Elaine Perkins and Sandy Parker – are vacating their seats. David Fine, who resigned from the planning commission, was appointed to take one of the three available positions, and Madison Lee was appointed to a second available seat. 

Mayor Pro Tem Jim Sawyer presented Karen Cook with Cook Ministries a proclamation deeming September Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and thanked Cook for her work normalizing mental health awareness. 

The council is still fine-tuning the details of Ordinance 648 addressing the hauling of heavy materials along city roadways, which consistently damages the roads. City Attorney Dan Willingham suggested changing the proposed weight limitation to a restriction on vehicle types. The Industrial Board’s Nolan Bradford noted that the City would know of prospective major projects based on building permit applications and responsibilities could be tied to the building permits via bonds taken out by the builders. Willingham said many cities have “no thru truck” traffic restrictions and signage. The ordinance was tabled. 

Amanda Baker, in her third appearance before the council, spoke during public comments on the noise coming from the Hanceville Civic Center. Baker said she has obtained 50 signatures from her neighbors, called the police department and pleaded with the council for a stop to the loud music that comes from the civic center for up to 12 hours some days. She said this has occurred three times over the past month. At the three-minute mark of Baker’s remarks, Nail stopped her, citing the ordinance limiting public comments to three minutes. Nail said a decibel meter has been purchased and a police officer will check the noise levels 15 minutes prior to an event starting.  

A packer was surplussed to the Town of South Vinemont for $1,000.  

After the second reading of Ordinance 649 for the rezoning of the Scott property, the ordinance was passed. 

Hanceville will be busy in the coming months. Kids’ Night Out will be Thursday, Sept. 15, from 6-8 p.m. at C.W. Day Park. The Mud Creek Arts & Crafts Festival is scheduled for Oct. 15, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. The city peddler license fee will be waived for interested parties. The festival will not conflict with the marching band competition. The 30th Annual Mud Creek Marching Festival will take place Saturday, Oct. 22, at Hanceville High School. The Fall Festival is on the calendar for Oct. 29. 

The next council meeting will be Sept. 8, with the work session at 5 p.m. and meeting at 5:30. 

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