By Lauren Estes
The Cullman Times
The town of Fairview has held a vacant council seat for nearly two months and by municipal law, they have six months to appoint a new council member or the state of Alabama will appoint someone for them.
Mayor Dale Seals said former member Gene Pinkard stepped down after taking a job with the town of Fairview and it would be an ethics violation to work for Fairview and also be on the Fairview town council.
“We have around six months to fill the seat and hope to have it filled by our next council meeting,” Seals said. “The council seat is appointed by the board and we have two people we are interested in for the spot.”
Seals said after talking with one of the potential members, he feels that are interested in taking the position, but has yet to discuss the matter with the second potential member.
Presentations by community members that were on the agenda:
Agriplex representatives North Alabama Cullman Agriplex representatives Rachel Dawsey and Tom Williamson, presented their request to gain financial support from the town of Fairview based upon $1 per town resident in order to maintain the Agriplex center that is utilized by the county.
Fairview High School Cross County coach Hobson Hite presented his request for the council to consider the teams whenever they make adjustments to the Fairview town park because the cross country team uses the trials as their course for multiple meets the school hosts throughout the season.
In other business the council:
Discussed the possible routes that will be created or updated in order for Brandin’ Iron to have an entrance when it opens. Also, Hoppers Market will need one road to be paved and striped as a service road.
As for Brandin’ Iron’s entrance, the car entrance will need to be paved and the question of a truck entrance to feed into the back of the business was also brought up.
*New park signs in the Fairview public park will recognize park rules and will be on display at several locations within the park. They request that no motorized vehicles be driven on the trail, no glass containers be permitted inside the park, no hitting golf balls, no coolers, and the park is open from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m.
*The fee to rent a pavilion has increased from $10 to $20 and for weddings and reunions in which both pavilions and much of the park will be utilized, the fee will be $100. The Fairview town hall will take pavilion reservations and the fees for the rentals.
*For Disc-Golf users, park users should be given the right-of-way. If there is an event in the park, Disc Golf should not be played during that event.
*In connection with the park rules, smoking will be permitted 50 feet away from the playground and pavilions.
*Mayor Seals said the Park director Roger Moore suggested that a fee be put in place for a two-hour field rental in the off-season because lights are being used. The council elected that fields can be rented in the off-season for $25 and they can be scheduled and paid for through the town hall.
*A proposal to fix two spots on Highway 55 near the Fairview Dollar General was discussed. The total amount to fix the areas is $9,102. The road is a federal, state, and county funded road so the council motion to send letters to each group in order to have it fixed.
* The Fairview feed store still plans on opening it’s doors in early October.
* The Fairview town council will next meet October 1, at 6 p.m.
Lauren Estes can be reached at email@example.com or 256-734-2131, ext. 137.