Baileyton council votes to construct Little Free Library 

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Resident Rhonda Van Zandt addresses the Baileyton Town Council on Monday, Jan. 8, 2024. (Cayla Grace Murphy)

BAILEYTON, Ala. – Baileyton resident Rhonda Van Zandt addressed the town council at its January meeting on Monday, Jan. 8, 2024, asking if it would revisit the idea of erecting a Little Free Library to serve the Baileyton area. She noted that a similar project was done in the town park during the COVID-19 pandemic, but it did not take off.

“I think it might be a benefit to the community,” said Van Zandt, sharing a story about the bookmobile that used to make stops in Baileyton that shaped her childhood. Van Zandt offered that if the Little Free Library was in a more central location, close to Baileyton Town Hall perhaps, it would receive more foot traffic.

“If we put it out here, we’d have the light from this building that would be a deterrent for pranksters, too,” said Van Zandt. “I know Nikki (Fry) is too busy, but I am more than willing, because it is so dear to me, to work with it and make sure it stays stocked.”

“Miss Rhonda, I would love to help you with the little library,” Town Clerk Nikki Fry smiled in response.

The council then unanimously passed a motion to allow the construction of a Little Free Library close to Baileyton Town Hall.

In other business:

The council discussed possible dates for recreation league softball and baseball signups. Rates for signup will stay the same as the previous year, with signups occurring on Saturday, Feb. 10, from 8-10 a.m.

Christmas lights on Alabama Highway 69 through Baileyton will come down on Friday, Jan. 19. Motorists are advised to use caution when driving in the area.

The council discussed a possible date change for Baileyton Family Fun Day.

The council discussed enacting a “Citizen of the Year” program. Councilman Dewayne Sumner proposed an annual proclamation to recognize one resident who impacts the community in a positive way.

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