Former Glen Allen mayor and former Fayette County Commissioner Joe Stewart passed away on Saturday, Feb 27 at the age of 76. A lifelong resident of the Glen Allen community, Stewart was well-known throughout the area. Stewart graduated from Hubbertville School, and was a member of the Glen Allen Church for more than 45 years.
The Belk Town Council selected Joe Waldrop at its Feb. 9 meeting to replace Jeannie Hollingsworth as the new member of the Belk Town Council. All board members were present for the meeting. Hollingsworth, a longtime member of the Belk Town Council, died as the result of COVID-related issues on Dec. 18, 2020. Councilman Bill Davis nominated Waldrop to fill the vacant council position at the start of the meeting. There were no additional nominations and Councilwoman Karen Strickland made a motion to close the nominations.
The Berry Town Council approved the installation of new, brighter LED lights for the streets during its Feb. 1 meeting. All council members were present for the meeting. The council received two proposals from Alabama Power concerning the installation of new lights. The first proposal stated the cost for the replacement of the lights with 53 watt bulbs at all locations. The cost for that proposal was $218.92 per month, or $2,627.04 per year. The second proposal was to use 53 watt bulbs only for Highway 18 through the city limits of Berry, with 35 watt bulbs used at all other locations.
The Berry Town Council held its regular monthly meeting on Jan. 4 at the Berry Town Hall. All council members were present for the meeting. The only item on the agenda was a review of fees charged by the town for water service installation. Mayor Jimmy Madison told the council that the town charges $1,500 for a road bore under a state highway and $750 for a road bore under a county road or city street.
The Glen Allen Town Council met in regular session on Tuesday, Jan. 5 at the community center. Council Member Bobbie S. McCraw and Dustin Youngblood were not in attendance for the monthly meeting. Following standard opening procedures, Rick McCabe of McCabe and Associates, addressed the council. McCabe, who is a certified public accountant, recently completed the 2020 audit of the town’s financial statements.
The Berry Town Council held a brief meeting on Dec. 2, with only one item of business on the agenda. Councilwoman Mary Sue Lollar, Councilman Charles Tidwell and Councilman Troyce Townsel were present for the meeting. Councilman Russell Madison and Councilman Calvin Madison were absent from the meeting.
The Belk Town Council held its first monthly meeting following this year’s qualifying and election cycle. All members of the council were present for the Nov. 10 meeting. The council members officially took their respective oaths of office on Nov. 2. The members of the council are as follows: Sherry Spack, Place 1; Bill Davis, Place 2; Karen Strickland, Place 3; and Jeannie Hollingsworth, Place 4. Mike Ellison is the mayor of Belk.
The Berry Town Council held its organizational meeting after receiving their oaths of office on Nov. 2. Fayette County Probate Judge Mike Freeman administered the oaths of office to the council members and mayor prior to the start of the meeting. Charles Tidwell was sworn in as the only new member of the council, replacing former Councilman Chris Rice in Place 2. Rice chose to not seek re-election.
The Berry Town Council approved its fiscal year 2021 budget during its Sept. 14 meeting. Councilman Chris Rice was absent, with all other council members present for the meeting.
Berry Town Clerk Marie McCluskey said that projected revenues for the town are expected to be similar to the revenue collected last year. Total revenue for the FY2021 general fund budget is expected to be approximately $677,586.
The Berry Town Council voted to certify the candidates for Berry mayor and council offices as elected to their respective positions during its Aug. 3 meeting. All council members were present for the meeting. Since only one candidate qualified for each of the upcoming Berry mayor and city council positions, the sitting council declared the candidates elected to their respective positions. The officers will start their new terms on Nov. 2.