Downtown Cullman

An image of downtown Cullman by David Warren's Cullman Aerial Photography.

David Warren | Cullman Aerial Photography

You’ve probably seen some of his breathtaking views above Smith Lake or the raucous crowds at the Rock the South country music festival at Heritage Park. 

And with the Cullman City Council’s approval Monday of a contract with local drone photographer David Warren, you’re going to see a lot more local attractions and events from new heights. The city agreed to enter into a professional services contract with Warren’s Cullman Aerial Photography company, in a budgeted amount not to exceed $2,000 per month.

Most recently, Warren and his partner Visual Anthony (Anthony Lombardo) shot photos and video from the city’s Christmas parade up First Avenue and the lighting of the Christmas tree at Depot Park.

In other business Monday, the Cullman City Council:

* Approved minutes from Dec. 4 meeting.

* Recognized Cullman police officers Hunter Potts and Tyler Jackson for their response to a shooting which was later determined to be a murder-suicide attempt at a residence in Carrol Acres subdivision, including comforting a family member at the scene and searching the house, not knowing whether there was still an active shooter inside.

* Parks and Recreation Director Nathan Anderson updated the council on upgrades underway at the aquatic center and said turnout for the annual Christmas parade downtown was estimated at 6,500 to 7,000 people.

* Approved Police Chief Kenny Culpepper’s request to purchase a 2018 Chevrolet crew cab four-wheel drive truck on the state bid list from Donohoo Chevrolet in the budgeted amount of $29,969.83.

* Held a first reading of Ordinance No. 2018-14 to annex property on Eva Road owned by the utilities board as R-1 Residential District.

* Held a first reading of Ordinance No. 2018-15 to annex property on Swafford Drive Southwest owned by the utilities board as AG-1 Agricultural District.

* Established 2018 city council meeting schedule which will be posted online and at city hall and subject to change.

* Approved resolution authorizing Mayor Woody Jacobs to enter into an agreement with Tokoyo, Japan-based Hazama Ando Corp. and Yutaka Corp., with no cost to the city, Jacobs said.

* Approved resolution to request release from the Federal Aviation Administration for 1.23 acres, purchased by the Cullman Regional Airport Board with FAA Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grant, at fair market value. Plans call for the land to be used as a new fire station for the Vinemont-Providence Volunteer Fire Department.

*Reappointed Brenda Willis to Cullman Housing Authority Board.

Tiffeny Owens can be reached at towens@cullmantimes.com or at 256-734-2131, ext. 135.

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