The Haleyville City Council met Monday afternoon for their regular bi-monthly meeting with Jonathan Bennett absent. The council approved the May general operation bills in the amount of 417,856.01. Not on the agenda, but brought up by acting city clerk Debra Hood, the need for new accounting software and computers to run it on. She stated she had checked with the Alabama League of Municipalities and the recommendations of other cities as to the software they were using and the support available. A motion was made and he decision of the council was made to purchase new software for $26,611.00 plus an additional $11,000 per year for support. An additional $12,393.00 to a local company, Jen-Eric for new computers. The first year total will be $50,0004 for the new computers, software, and support.
The next meeting of the Haleyville City Council will be Monday, August 1, 5:30 at the City Hall.
Marcel Weaver, the father of Haleyville Fire Chief Phillip Weaver, was reportedly struck by lightning about noon on Thursday while he was working on his lawn mower at his home in South Haleyville. He was transported to a Birmingham hospital where he was sedated and remained overnight under observation. According to family members, Marcel is at home and doing well.
A reminder, remain vigilant as to the dangers of lightning. Do not stand under trees or even outdoors during a thunderstorm which contains lightening.
Haleyville Police made a routine traffic stop on Saturday morning, July 9 at 2:14 a.m. on Pounders and Sims Roads off of Highway 195. The Toyota Camry was stopped because the officer noticed an equipment failure on the vehicle. After approaching the vehicle an open container of alcohol was seen by the officer. The driver and passenger were asked to get out of the vehicle. A large plastic bag containing 1.5 pounds of marijuana with a loaded 9 mm pistol laying on top was seen by the officers. A further search revealed a bag containing 112 grams of crystal methamphetamine in a more concentrated form of “ice.
Arrested on the scene and taken to the Winston County Jail were Luis Andres Castro Sandoval, 25, 1116 5th Avenue, Haleyville, and Jose Rodriguez, 25, 12317 Pounders and Sims Road, Haleyville. The charges against both were possession of marijuana/1st Degree, Drug Trafficking Methamphetamine, Possession of a controlled substance, and possession of stolen property/2nd degree. The pistol had been reported stolen locally two years ago.
Bail was set at $10,000 for each charge. Both bonded out later that weekend.
The Haleyville City Council met Tuesday afternoon for a rescheduled meeting from July 4 with Bud Wilson absent. The council approved acting city clerk Debra Hood to perform the mayor’s duties during the upcoming city election in August. Mayor Sunseri is a candidate for mayor thus ineligible to perform election duties.
The council approved the renewal of a five year lease on the old city owned elementary school building on 13th Avenue to the Community Action Partnership of North Alabama for the Head Start program.
A low bid was approved for work on the CDBG project for water and sanitary sewer improvements in the Cripple Creek neighborhood. A bid of $596,842.00 from the Double Diamond Construction Company of Northport was approved.
A resolution was approved which authorizes Mayor Sunseri to negotiate with a national chain which is exploring a location in Haleyville. Because this will involve a substantial investment and the creation a number of jobs the mayor will be able to offer incentives consistent with those offered to other developers of like size and investments. The final agreement will be finalized thru public hearings as required by statue.
The city will be making application for funds through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for a grant for two storm shelters to be constructed at the new sports complex.
The council approved advertising for two new police cars and the hiring of Crystal Whickwire as a Class II part-time police dispatcher.
Four gentlemen complained to the council about the speed of vehicles on 15th Avenue at 26th Street. It was suggested the city consider installing two more stop signs on 15th Avenue making it a 3-way stop. Meanwhile, the police will step up patrols in that area.
The next council meeting will be Monday, July 18, 5:30 p.m at the Haleyville City Hall.
HALEYVILLE HIGH FOOTBALL 2016
AUG 19 @Deshler-Tuscumbia
AUG 26 @Winston County-Double Springs
SEP 2 @*Hamilton
SEP 9 *Cordova @HHS
SEP 16 @ *Winfield
SEP 23 OPEN
SEP 30 Madison Academy @ HHS
OCT 7 *Good Hope # @HHS
OCT 14 @* Dora
OCT 21 *Fayette @HHS
OCT 28 Central % @HHS
ALL GAMES 7 PM KICKOFF
# Homecoming Game
* Region Games
^ Fall Jamboree
% Senior Night
ALABAMA FOOTBALL 2016
SEP 3 %vs. Southern California Arlington, Texas
SEP 10 Western Kentucky Bryant-Denny Stadium
SEP 17 *at Ole Miss Oxford, MS
SEP 24 Kent State Bryant-Denny Stadium
OCT 1 *Kentucky Bryant-Denny Stadium
OCT 8 *at Arkansas Fayetteville, Ark.
OCT 15 *at Tennessee Knoxville, Tenn.
OCT 22 *Texas A&M Bryant-Denny Stadium
OCT 29 Open Date
NOV 5 *at LSU Baton Rouge, La.
NOV 12 *Mississippi State Bryant-Denny Stadium
NOV 19 Chattanooga Bryant-Denny Stadium
NOV 26 *Auburn Bryant-Denny Stadium
*Southeastern Conference (SEC) opponent
%Advocare Classic (AT&T Stadium)
Bold indicates home game
Another fantastic 9-1-1 weekend in the books. Rain threatened early Friday night but held until noon on Saturday thus the concert and all the activities became another success story for the City of Haleyville.
Friday night the crowd continued to build into the evening in the parking lot behind the Haleyville library. On the 9-1-1 Festival stage, a new group of teen-aged girls known as Sweet Tea Trio welcomed the crowd with an acapella version of the National Anthem. The local group Tremayne opened the musical show, followed by Winston Ramble, Sweet Tea Trio and at 9 p.m. the headliner Lonestar brought the huge crowd to its feet with not only their hit song Amazed, but also several songs by Pink Floyd, Styx, and the Eagles.
An estimated record crowd of 5,000 plus came to the free concert. Street vendors, an antique car and tractor shows, musical entertainment and the annual 9-1-1 and HHS alumni parade provided much more on Saturday.
A two-vehicle crash Wednesday, June 1, has claimed two lives. Phyllis Callahan Carter, 67, of Athens and Chester D. Brewington, 74, of Arley were killed when the 2012 Chevrolet Impala they were in collided head-on with a 2014 Hyundai Sonata driven by Joseph Poole, 52, of Stockbridge, Ga. Both individuals were pronounced dead at the scene, and Poole was transported to UAB Hospital in Birmingham. The crash occurred at 12:30 p.m. on U.S. 278 near the41-mile marker, three miles east of Addison. Nothing further is available as Alabama State Troopers continue to investigate.