July 14, 2011
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For those of you who do not know already our state representative, Owen Drake, passed away on June 29th. Owen was a dear friend to the city, donating his time and energy to worthwhile projects in the city. Much of what we have at the Senior Citizens’ Center is due to Owen’s hard work and dedication to the seniors. Governor Bentley has called for a special election which will be held on August 30th to fill Owen’s vacancy.
It is hard for me to believe with the temperatures hovering at or near100 degrees that our children will soon be back at school. Classes of all Irondale Schools begin August 11th - For more information go to this web address www.jeffcoed.com
If you have been in or around city hall recently, you would have noticed Ms. Glenda Crowe’s absence. Ms. Crowe retired March 23rd and is spending most of her retirement days at the lake. Also, our long time city clerk, Ms. Glenda Cox is retiring June 28th and will most likely be joining Ms. Crowe at the lake. I don’t have to tell you how much the city is going to miss them. They brought a wealth of knowledge to the city and they will not be forgotten. So if you see them at the Bait and Tackle Shop at the lake, tell them we miss them!
Our long ordeal with Trinity Hospital is now over. Last week Trinity Hospital made an offer that the city could not refuse. Trinity is to construct an 8,000 sq.ft. clinic which will bring primary health care back to the city of Irondale. Also Trinity Hospital will take possession of the 162 acre proposed hospital site and make all the remaining payments. Who knows, maybe they will revisit this area for a hospital in the next few years. Trinity also made a cash payment to the city which paid for all our legal expenses and all the expenses associated with the 2007 bond issue. We certainly wish them nothing but the best in the future.
Mark your calendar – Thursday, August 4th will be “Coffee with the Mayor” beginning at 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. Drop by and have a cup of coffee and donuts with us. This is your time to voice your questions to your mayor. This coffee has always been a very successful gathering with an informal setting. This is a time of the year when city budgets are being formed and your input is always valuable to us.
The 20th Annual Whistle Stop Festival will be held on Saturday, September 24th, 2011. Applications and forms can be found at www.irondalewhistlestopfestival.com For the first time the festival will join with National Night Out for a Friday night kick off, September 23rd.
This year the festival will be celebrating Irondale’s history and rich artistic community. This year we are going to “step back in time” with- historic costumes and demonstrations. Also this year we are working with Studio By the Tracks to return fine art to the festival. In the spirit of “stepping back in time” we are adding “old time” children’s activities like checkers, hopscotch and cake walk on Irondale’s historic North side, as well as Children’s activities and more on the South side.
See you at the Whistle Stop Festival!
Your Friend and Mayor