The Haleyville City Council met Monday with Jonathan Bennett and Blue Russell absent. After approving the minutes from the last meeting on May 20, the Council heard a report on the success of the 9-1-1 weekend from Jade Bice of the Haleyville Chamber of Commerce. Jade said the Friday night concert and Saturday festivities were a huge success. From the antique car show. the corn hole contest, the children’s playground (manned by HES personnel) the parade and the many vendors coupled with a great weather day made it a perfect weekend event.
Mayor Sunseri announced the hiring of the following as Volunteer Firemen at the rate of $17.83 per call. Branden Roberts, Cameron Miller, Kyle Doss, Ethan McBroom, and Blane Godsey.
Preceding the 9-1-1 weekend, the Haleyville Area Chamber of Commerce hosted an awards dinner Thursday evening with plaques presented to several individuals for their work as a 9-1-1 Responders by Aubrey Haynes and Mike Evans for the Chamber. Photos of the recipients follow with a click: Continue reading
One hundred and six Haleyville High School Seniors participated in the 110th Annual Commencement Exercises Friday night on the Bubba Scott Field.
Joana Hernandez Castro, Valedictorian
Drake Stoddard Robertson, Salutatorian
Don’t forget to get your tickets to this year’s HHS Alumni Luncheon
The parade begins at 10:00 AM – line up at 9:30 AM
Luncheon immediately AFTER the parade
Haleyville Elementary Cafetorium
The menu is Bar B.Q. and all of the trimmings!
Get your tickets to this year’s HHS Alumni Luncheon early!
Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at Traders and Farmers Bank – downtown location only or call the bank and place your ticket order to be picked up the day of the luncheon at the “will call” table.
Phone number for Traders and Farmers is 205-486-5263
The first order of business at the HCS BOE meeting Tuesday was the election of Donna Jones as President and Chad Tidwell as Vice President of the Board. Both will assume their new positions at the next Board meeting in June. Shown above is the Superintendent of Education Dr. Holly Sutherland, Chad Tidwell, Donna Jones, and Barry Burleson, outgoing President.
The Board approved five general administration items including the board expenditures for April in the amount of $1,314,522.22. Two use of facilities, nine field trips, and three fundraisers were approved. There were 25 personnel changes made which included tenure for Suzanne Caldwell, Andrew Crisp, and Lauren Willis.
Mrs. Sandra Manasco was recognized by the Board for her years of dedicated service as a teacher and as a Board member. The Service With Pride Awards were presented in her honor.
The Haleyville City Council met Monday and approved the operation bills and purchase orders in the amount of $443,314.59. The Council approved a resolution which authorizes Mayor Sunseri to reject all bids on a neighborhood improvement project for streets, drainage, water, and sanitary sewer on 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th Avenues, 22nd and 24th Streets. The cost original cost estimate was approximately $700,000. The lowest bid was for $962,919.95. Thus all bids were rejected and a request the project be rebid.
The next scheduled meeting of the Haleyville City Council will be on Monday, June 3.
The main high voltage lines which go through Haleyville connecting to the Wilson Dam/TVA grid to the north and the grid from the Gorgas Steam Plant to the South were being updated recently by linemen from a contractor to Alabama Power. Some lines were being replaced and additional new ones added. The line through Haleyville was installed initially to provide power from the Gorgas plant to the TVA nitrate plant in Sheffield before Wilson Dam was completed. Thus this area had electricity before many other parts of the state. The two main railroad lines (Illinois Central and Southern) plus the availability of electricity helped Haleyville grow in the early 1900s. The railroads have lost their importance to this area, replaced by manufacturing. Haleyville still awaits a four-lane highway and a serious (100 MB or higher) high-speed internet service. Service from Alabama Power is still an important factor and has proven to be super reliable.