By Ashley Graves
The Cullman Times
Hot summer days at the Baileyton ballpark are about to get a little better for the parents and grandparents who turn out to cheer on their favorite player.
During its monthly meeting Tuesday night, the Cullman County Community Development Commission (CCCDC) awarded the town a $15,000 grant to put canopies over a number of bleachers at the park. Baileyton Mayor Johnny Dyar said town officials began looking into adding canopies last summer after several of the senior citizens approached him about it.
"Right now with the way they are, it's a safety issue for the older people who have skin cancer," Dyar said. "But once it's complete, it will allow shade from the sun for them and others."
He added, "We appreciate the work of the CCCDC. It's the best thing that has ever happened to Cullman County. We've been blessed."
Dyar said there are currently seven or eight sets of bleachers at the ballpark, and would get as many of those covered as possible with the money provided from the CCCDC.
In addition to the town of Baileyton, two other organizations also received grant money.
Arkadelphia Volunteer Fire Department was awarded $23,191.00 to help buy digital radios so that the department can reach an April 1, 2013, deadline of new narrowbanding requirements handed down by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Dodge City Volunteer Fire Department also received money in the amount of $10,000 to help with the same issue.
The next CCCDC meeting will be held at 6 p.m. March 7 at Cullman City Hall.
Ashley Graves can be reached by phone at 734-2131, ext. 225, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org