DENIED: Halloween Block Party Is a No-Go

DENIED: Halloween Block Party Is a No-Go

By Marla Jones, Managing Editor •

FORT PAYNE, Ala. — At the City of Fort Payne Council meeting on Tuesday, the permit submitted by Southern Torch for a Halloween Block Party was denied.

The reason stated for denial was that the City had never closed the streets for anything other than a City event. Mayor Larry Chesser went on to state the Fort Payne Chamber had canceled the party amidst COVID-19 concerns. 

Southern Torch Managing Editor Marla Jones addressed the Council and stated that Southern Torch hoped to have the block party because they were new to the area and wanted to be involved, and listened to their readership about needing something for the children since COVID-19 had taken away a lot.  

The council approved the request of Ian Conerly of Fort Payne Ministerial Association, for a Thanksgiving Community Prayer Service at the Rotary Pavilion on Sunday, November 22. 

The Council recognized two retiring police officers: Chief Randy Bynum and Andy Hairston with plaques for their excellent service to the City of Fort Payne.

 The Council passed two resolutions in the meeting.  

Resolution 2020-41 which canvassed the municipal runoff election of October 6. The Fort Payne Council will be as follows: Walter Watson, John Smith, Phillip Smith, Lynn Locklear, and Johnny Eberhart.

Resolution 2020-42 authorizing the application for an Airport Improvement Project funding agreement for the year 2021. The cost to the City is $10,217.76. The City participates in this yearly.  

The council opened the floor for discussion about filling the City Treasurer position. This is “something that has been talked about for some time,” stated City Clerk Robert A. Parker. After much discussion, Wade Hill suggested the hire of Times-Journal Publisher Tricia Dunne. The Council approved the hire. 

A public hearing date was set for November 17 to receive public comments on the proposed rezoning of approximately .25 acres from R-1 (Residental) to C-3 (Highway Business District) located at the corner of Scenic Road and Fort Payne Gap and owned by Amy Guice. 

The City of Fort Payne will hold their next meeting on Tuesday, October 20 at 12 p.m. 

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