By Crystal McGough, Associate Editor
PINSON – Pinson City Council has approved a “Universal Facility Rental Agreement” and Rental Fee Schedule for 2023, establishing new policies and prices for the rental of city-owned facilities to the public .
“This will essentially allow us to consolidate all of our tenancy agreements into one main document that will be convenient for citizens,” Councilman Robbie Roberts said. “It will eventually be set up with brochures and website information, and all that kind of stuff, for people who might need some of our facilities.”
Rental prices for all Pinson facilities will increase after Jan. 1, 2023, Roberts said.
“Again, most things go up,” he said. “The mayor and staff have done a great job of investigating rates in other municipalities and we’re still not only very competitive, but probably even more reasonable than a lot of these folks in these other cities. So while that might be a bit of a leap for some people from what you’re used to, welcome to 2022.”
Anyone interested in renting one of the city’s facilities can contact City Hall at (205) 680-5556 for more information. Any changes to city rental policies and fees will not occur until the new year.
Mayor Joe Cochran reminded the public that the city’s Veterans Day Luncheon will be held Nov. 11, 2022, at 11:30 a.m. at the Rock School Center. Entertainment will be provided by Three on a String and lunch will be provided by Olive Garden.
“It’s a great day for us to honor veterans and people who have served our country, giving their lives to better our lives,” Cochran said. “We really appreciate it.”
In 2020 and 2021, the city hosted Veterans Day Drive-In Meals instead of a traditional sit-down lunch for veterans and their guests.
“It’s something we’ve been looking forward to for two or three years now,” Councilor John Churchwell said. “We had the event there for quite a while; of course we had to shut it down during covid. We’re just happy to be able to open it up to this whole group now and mingle with all the people and have fun. The animation should be very good.
Each veteran attending the event is permitted to bring one guest, and reservations must be made by contacting City Hall.
Councilor Glenda Kirkland announced that Pinson Trade Days will be holding its one-year anniversary this Saturday, November 5, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“Let’s just pray that it doesn’t rain and that everyone supports them,” she said. “Each time we usually have a really good crowd and great music, and lots of good food. So let’s hope it doesn’t rain.
Also Saturday, the city will host Shred-A-Thon at City Hall from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Mayor Cochran and Councilor Clinteshia Irvin provided an update on the Pinson 2022 Christmas Parade, which will be themed “Ugly Christmas Sweater”. Nominations are currently available online at www.thecityofpinson.com. All requests to participate in the parade must be submitted to City Hall by Friday, November 25.
“It’s a night parade again,” Cochran said. “We love night parades. Have lights on your floats – this is part of the requirement. I’ll have a golf cart to ride in (and) maybe wear a sweater or not. We’ll see. The ugly sweater challenge was rejected.
The Christmas Parade will take place on December 1 at 6:30 p.m., and the staging of the parade and floats will take place at Bicentennial Park.
Cochran also informed the public that a general election will be held on Tuesday, November 8, and he encouraged everyone to get out and vote.
“It’s always important to exercise your vote,” he said. “The low turnout really bothers me. When we have an election and only 13% of people show up – well, you get 13% of the representation. If 90% of people show up, you really have an idea of what people really want. …I realize this is not national election season for a presidential seat and all that, but what’s happening in your communities, in Jefferson County, in Pinson, upstate, is really more important than what is happening in the federal government. the people who interact with your daily life. …Locally, we could really make a difference.
In other town business, council unanimously approved the following:
- Order No. 2022-27, Changing the Zoning Classification for Real Estate at 3809 Osage Lane in Jefferson County to the City of Pinson Classification
- Ordinance No. 2022-26, annexing a property belonging to Brittany and Derrick Burden at 5565 Country Road in Pinson
- Resolution no. 22-33, amending resolution 22-15 regarding the consent and approval of the Town of Pinson for the issuance of an alcoholic beverage license for Shelly’s Bakery
- Resolution n° 22-34, establishing a full-time office assistant position for the Town of Pinson
- Motion to accept an agreement between Alabama Power and the town of Pinson for the temporary use of utility poles for holiday decorations
- Motion to Approve a Street Truck Permit Application
- Motion to purchase appliances, in the amount of $2,896, for a city-owned house at 7520 Faucett Cut-Off Road, which is proposed to house a future resident manager for the ballpark
The next meeting of the Pinson municipal council will take place on Thursday, November 17, 2022 at the Pinson town hall. The pre-council will begin at 6:15 p.m. and will be followed by a meeting at 7 p.m.
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