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Bessemer City Council Highlights


BessemerDuring the Bessemer City Council Meeting on Tuesday April, 15, 2014, the Council:
•    Approved the condemnation and demolition of properties at 509 8th Avenue North, 515 34th Street North, 520 17th Street North, 722 19th Street North (rear), 812 20th Street North, 1018 26th Street North, 2009 Fairfax Avenue, 2419 11th Avenue North, 2710 6th Avenue North and 3107 Dartmouth Avenue.
•    Approved the rezoning of properties at 216, 218, 220 and 230 Kilsby Circle from light industrial, I-1, to heavy industrial, I-2. Previously approved by the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission.
•    Awarded a bid for Woodhill Cove Paving Project to Cottingham Contracting, Inc. The bid was for $37,112.50
•    Awarded a bid for the purchase of two cardiac monditor/defibrillators to Boundtree Medical, LLC. The bid was for $45,390.
•    Approved a resolution requesting Federal, State and County assistance to resolve flooding along Valley Creek.
•    Authorized the Mayor to execute an agreement with Volkert, Inc. for engineering services on the 18th and 19th Street traffic signalization project. The contract is for $152,680.91.
•    Held a bid opening for one Hydraulic Knuckleboom Brush with Trash Loader.
•    Held a bid opening for one Tractor four-wheel drive with Bush Hog.
•    Approved a restaurant retail liquor license for The Fish Hook, LLC at 1205 Lake Drive, Ste 101-103.
•    Approved the donation of $300 to Jonesboro Elementary School for its Spring Festival.
•    Approved placement of a historic marker at Allen Temple AME to commemorate a bombing at the church.
Valley Creek resolution
The city of Bessemer is requesting federal, state and county aid in resolving flooding issues along Valley Creek.
The city’s Pipe Shop community was recently hit by flooding during heavy rains on the night/morning of April 7. About 30 residents had to be evacuated from their houses and several houses and cars were flooded by the floodwaters.
The City Council on Tuesday approved a resolution asking state and federal agencies for help in resolving the flooding problems. The United States Army Corp of Engineers has jurisdiction over Valley Creek and has in times past dredged the creek to alleviate flooding in Bessemer.

Bessemer Lawyers, Judges Join in National Law Day Celebration

Meet and Greet with area elected officials,  High School Oratorical Competition headline festivities

BESSEMER, Ala. – Bessemer Cut-off Division lawyers and judges will showcase the Jefferson County Bessemer Justice Center and engage the public on Friday, May 2,  from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., as they join in the national celebration of Law Day and help advance its theme: “American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters.” Highlights of the Bessemer Cut-Off’s commemoration include:

•    “Meet and greet” with area elected officials;

•    Oratorical contest involving winners from individual competitions led at participating Bessemer Cut-Off High Schools;

•    Reception recognizing retired Circuit Judge Dan Reynolds; Attorney David Hood (deceased); and former Circuit Clerk J.B. “Buzz” Vines (deceased); and

•    Remarks by Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell of Alabama’s 7th Congressional District.

Originally conceived by the American Bar Association in 1957 to mark a commitment to the rule of law, Law Day is an annual event made official in 1961 when Congress issued a joint resolution designating May 1 as the official date of its celebration.