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THOMPSON WARRIORS STATE WRESTLING CHAMPIONS The Thompson High School Wrestling team recently returned home from the state tournament in Huntsville as the proud owners of the 2011 state team wrestling title. The Warriors totaled 154 points to outscore Hoover High School for the AHSAA 6A Championship, which was held at the Von Braun Center. It was the team's first-ever title, and even more impressive, they accomplished it in just their fourth year as a program. Head Coach Shawn Weltzin, who's been at the high school for four years, coached many of the team's wrestlers when he was the head coach at the middle school. He said it's gratifying to see the kids reach their goal after all the years of hard work. "It was great," said Weltzin. "It's good to actually see the results of what you put in, the time and

effort you put in in years past, come to an end where you actually can see the results we were working for when they were in sixth grade. When they were in seventh and eighth grade, I told them they could win state championships, so it's good to have that come through and actually happen." Thompson Principal Robin Thomas said that the team's success was especially remarkable considering how new the wrestling program is. "It's certainly a tribute to the wrestlers and to Coach Weltzin and his staff," said Thomas. "This is only the fourth year that we've actually wrestled. He started the kids when they were in middle school, and they've progressively gotten better every year. He said he thought this year might be the year, and he was right." According to Weltzin,

Thompson had 13 wrestlers advance to the state tournament from the sectionals, which is out of a maximum of 14. "The more people you have, the more points you can score and the less that other teams can score because you just took up the spot," said Weltzin. At the state tournament in Huntsville, one wrestler, J.A. Jones, won an individual title in the 145-pound classification. "He pinned everybody in the tournament," said Weltzin. According to Weltzin, the Warriors should be competitive again next year given the number of wrestlers that are expected to return. "I think we have five or six juniors that'll be seniors next year, and then the majority of our guys are sophomores and freshmen so we'll have a good bit of

CHAMBER HOSTS MAYORAL LUNCHEON The Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce recently hosted its annual Mayoral Luncheon at the Pelham Civic Complex. The luncheon gives Shelby County's various mayors the opportunity to speak to local businesses about the things going on in their cities. Each mayor was allotted three minutes in which to present their ideas. This year's luncheon featured the mayors from Alabaster, Indian Springs, Columbiana, Calera, Hoover, Montevallo, Helena, Harpersville, Westover, Vincent, Chelsea, and Pelham. City council members Scott Brakefield, Adam Moseley and Sophie Martin also attended as well as sev2

eral city employees. City of Alabaster Mayor David Frings kicked things off with a PowerPoint presentation in which he discussed some of the city's most important themes, like job creation, city events, and families. He began by acknowledging the nation's sluggish economy but said that in Alabaster "our glass is more than half-full." "We're starting to see businesses come in, and we're starting to see new inquiries for retail coming into the city," said Frings, referencing such new Alabaster businesses as the Dollar Tree and National Tire & Battery. "We appreciate everyone who chooses Alabaster." Emphasizing the city's

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improving quality of life, Frings highlighted the opening of the new YMCA Family Branch, which opened last fall. "We really appreciate and look forward to working with the Y in Alabaster," said Frings. Frings also mentioned the city's many family-friendly events, like the annual Christmas parade and CityFest, as well as the city's new senior center. "Even with the economy, there are great things happening in Alabaster," said Frings. "We hope all of you will come by and see us." For more information on the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, visit April, 2011

juniors and sophomores next year," he said. With the success of the program, he hopes to attract more athletes to the sport as well. "It is a great sport that everyone can participate in," said Weltzin. "If you're small for your age or if you're the biggest kid for your age, the best thing about it is it's all based on weight." Congratulations to Coach Weltzin and the Thompson Warriors, this year's state wrestling champs!

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Run for a Reason will take place at Veterans Park, and Keith said she expects it to be a fun, fast course. "The Parks and Recreation Department has been wonderful. They put us in touch with some local schools that have track teams that run out there, and they have mapped out a 5K course for us," Keith said. "It's a flat course, and it's a fast course for the people that really enjoy running." Previous years' events were held in March, but this year, Easter Seals decided to move it back a month to help ensure the largest possible participation. "There are so many events that go on in the spring, and a lot of them start in March so we're try-

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C I T Y L E A D E R S. . . David Frings

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Council President Ward 5 I hope that all of you are enjoying all of this gorgeous spring weather! It certainly makes you want to stay outside as much as possible. If you are looking for an excuse to be outdoors, you may want to try the Buck Creek Trail, take in one of our youth baseball, softball, or soccer games, or go out to see some Thompson baseball. Go Warriors! And speaking of Warriors, I want to congratulate once again the Thompson 6A wrestling team for their state championship win. Kudos also go out to the coach and all of the parents that made this dream a reality. For those of you that do not know it, the adults surrounding these young men would not take no for an answer about four years ago. They wanted to start the team, but there was no place for them to practice and no money in the high school to begin a new program. So this group stepped up to the plate, constructed a facility, raised money, gave of their time and made Thompson Wrestling a reality. The team worked very hard for the 6A championship, but the dedication and devotion of these parents gave them the base to begin the program. Congratulations again! Since I am on the subject of volunteers and parents and citizens stepping up, I would like to request that any of you that may be interested in becoming involved in the city consider volunteering for several board and committee positions that are open. First, we need two people to volunteer to serve on the Planning and Zoning Board. This board is very important since it reviews and approves plans that are submitted for residential and retail development in the city as well as any request for changes to the zoning of a piece of property. The board only meets once a month unless a special call meeting is required for a special project. Regular meetings typically meet on the last Tuesday of each month. There are no special requirements to serve on this board other than being an electorate of Alabaster and wanting to serve in the best interest of the city. Please email me at if you would like to be considered for this board. I also would like to have six volunteers, one from each of the Thompson Schools, to serve on a school committee that I formed approximately six months ago. The purpose of this committee is to work with our schools on short-term and long-term goals that will lead to a better education for our youth. While our teachers, administrators, and staff do a great job providing a high quality education for our children, there are many things that we can do to support their efforts. This is where I need your help. If you want to take a pro-active role in finding ways to fund projects that are needed by our schools, please send me an email or leave your contact information with my assistant at city hall. I am looking for one parent representative from each school, but we may be able to use more volunteers so please do not sit back thinking that someone else will step up or that we have already filled all available slots. There is much work to be done and we will have a better product in the end if you volunteer! Thank you, It's great to have warm weather again! That means lots of outdoor activities in both organized sports at our parks and just walking around and enjoying the fresh air at our parks. Now that warmer weather is here, get out and support our youth sports and other outdoor activities in our many parks. Our parks make it easy and fun! Congratulations to the Thompson Warrior Wrestling Team for winning the state championship. Winning in any endeavor requires planning, optimism, dedication and plain hard work. You've made your parents, your school and the city very proud. CityFest should be announcing their lineup soon so be sure to mark your calendar for Saturday, June 4th, the first Saturday in June, for what has become one of the premier music events in the state. Easter Seals of the Birmingham Area will be holding its fifth annual "Walk With Me" fundraiser on Saturday, April 2 at Veterans Park. The annual event, which raises money for the Easter Seals pediatric clinic, will also be adding an exciting new element this year - a 5K run. This is a great opportunity to help a worthy cause and I hope you'll stop by or sponsor one of the walkers. I would like to offer a big welcome to Thompson High School’s new head football coach Caleb Ross of Prattville. We look forward to working with Mr. Ross as he helms the Warriors for the upcoming season. GO WARRIORS! Congratulations to all who participated in the Arbor Day Tree Giveaway. Hundreds of trees were given new homes helping people beautify their homes and, in turn, the city. If you didn't make it out this year, keep watch for next year around March. Thanks so much for the hard work on the part of the volunteers of the Beautification Board working with the Parks and Rec Department. The Albert L. Scott Friends of the Library will host their annual Spring Book & Bake Sale in the Albert L. Scott Library's mobile unit from Friday, April 29 through Sunday, May 1. This is a great opportunity to get some summer reading books at a bargain and help a worthy cause. They'll have hardback and paperback books, children's books, DVDs, plus you'll find delicious baked goods too. Be sure to stop by. Enjoy the Spring days and the promise of Easter!

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C I T Y L E A D E R S. . . Sophie Martin Ward 1

A full Abatement Board is now in place. I will continue to move forward and work hard to have abandoned and hazardous structures demolished along Highway 11. This will be a major improvement for Ward 1 and our community. The smoking ordinance recently passed by the City Council was implemented in March. When visiting your restaurant of choice in Alabaster, signage posted on the restaurant's exterior will let you know if they are a smoke-free establishment. Log on to the new city website at This innovative website is an excellent tool that provides more convenience to Alabaster residents including registering and paying for services online. It also provides important and helpful information to people interested in visiting or moving to our City. Please feel free contact me by phone or e-mail if you have any questions or issues regarding Ward 1 or the City of Alabaster. Blessings, Sophie

Bob Hicks Ward 2

I hope everyone enjoyed an early taste of spring earlier this month, it appears the real thing will be back later. Small rays of sunshine as far as the economy goes as well, but we still have a long climb back. Please remember to shop Alabaster first; it is in all of our best interests. To this point, our city has been fairly stable during this financial roller coaster, for which I again want to give credit to our city leadership. Mayor Frings, Mr. Henry and Ms. Massey have done a superior job of tightening up our budgets and expenditures, and Alabaster has come through the recession in much better shape than some of our neighbors due to their diligence. Kudos to them and the council financial committee who have kept us sailing. Census figures show us to be over 30,000 people, rapid growth due to desirable and affordable living conditions. As we continue to grow, it is important to remember that we as council people are still "small-town" available if you have a concern about life in Alabaster. Please don't hesitate to contact us with the email addresses or other contacts listed on the back page of this newsletter. We all realize that we were put in office by your confidence in us to represent you and look out for your best interests. We are always ready to do just that. In the words of my council partner and friend, "Keep in touch." Grace and peace, Bob.

Adam Moseley Ward 3

It has been an eventful month in Alabaster. First, congratulations to the Thompson High School Wrestling Team. 6A State Champs! This is an amazing achievement considering the fact the program has only been around about four years. The groundwork was laid almost eight years ago by parents that started this program on their own before there was even a high school program. They even built their own facilities. Just a marvelous story of parents coming together for a common goal. Congratulations to everyone. A big welcome to new Thompson High Football Coach Caleb Ross! He comes to us from Prattville, one of Alabama’s more successful programs. I am very excited for the future of the program here in Alabaster. Sadly, we lost another bright spot in our city with the passing of Margaret Abston. She was a former member of the Beautification Board and if you notice the flowers and garden around the depot, you will see her handiwork. One of the joys of serving you as your representative is meeting and coming to know people like Mrs. Margret and her late husband Mr. Sam. Both wonderful people who are truly missed. Finally, I wish all of you a very Happy Easter! 6

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C I T Y L E A D E R S. . . Rick Walters Ward 4

It is hard to believe that the Colonial Shopping Center North is 5 years old. Nothing can compare to the impact our shopping centers have made to our daily lives in Alabaster. There have been a few businesses come and go but Alabaster is still the best place for most retail businesses in Shelby County. With the price of gasoline these days, not having to travel across town to shop is more important than ever. Restaurants have also fared well on both sides of Hwy 31. Last month Momma Goldbergs Deli opened for business and Buffalo Wild Wings is planning a 5th year celebration bash. Construction of the Alabaster Water Board well #3 filtration plant is under way. When the plant is completed this spring we will have all our wells under filtration. The added safety and reliability combined with our contracts with Shelby County and Bessemer means we don't have to worry about drought. Now that the 2010 Census results are available, we will begin the task to make sure our Wards (voting districts) are within 10% of each other. If they are not we are required by law to submit a plan to the U.S. Justice Department to correct the problem. There will be public meetings to explain and discuss any proposed changes so that all will have a chance for input. Our target date for submission is November of this year. We will keep you informed and I hope that everyone will also Keep in Touch.

Scott Brakefield Ward 6

Hello, Alabaster. I trust that you are all doing well. There is a lot to cover in this month’s comments so let’s get started. First, it looks like our little city is not so little anymore. Alabaster continues to grow and continues to be a great place to raise a family. Recent Census numbers put us close to 30,000 residents. Amazing! I had the opportunity to attend the pep rally at THS to celebrate our first boy’s State Title in nearly 30 years. Congratulations, THS Wrestiling Team! It is unbelievable that this program is so young and yet so successful. The dedication and determination of the team and coaches is amazing to watch. Most importantly though is the group of parents that poured their hearts, souls and dollars into a program they believed could be successful. They deserve a big thanks as well. Lastly, we recently went to the polls and passed the extension of the school tax. I have heard about the specific plans for Helena and Calera but have yet to hear anything specific about our schools. How is this tax going to help our schools here in Alabaster? Are we getting new facilities? I encourage you to call the Board of Education to find out.

Tommy Ryals Ward 7

A lot of people ask us what's keeping the City from starting its own school system. Speaking for myself, one main reason: money. We had a study done on this subject a few years ago, and the result was basically that yes, you can take over the schools but you can probably only maintain the level at which they are currently performing. What's the point in that? The only way to improve that performance is to invest more money into the system. This conclusion is supported by the fact that pretty much all of the state's top 10 school systems invest much more money into it than we do. As I have mentioned before, residents of Vestavia, Mountain Brook and even Hoover with the Galleria tax base all pay more taxes to the schools than we do. The only way to raise more money to invest in the schools would be to raise taxes, either increasing sales taxes or increasing property taxes. Most people don't like that. No one has completely ruled out an Alabaster City School System, and the next study we do may reach a different conclusion. But either way, whether we support a city or county system, we as residents have to have enough vision to realize that if we want the best schools possible for our kids, like anything else, we have to be willing to pay for it. Thanks for renewing the county's tax proposals. For now, that's the smart thing to do. Check out the city’s new web site at April, 2011 7


Brett Tucker recently joined the City of Alabaster as the city's new City Engineer. The position itself is actually new as well, as the City recently decided to hire an in-house engineer to help with its engineering needs. "I give technical advice for roads, sewer systems, storm water, and things like that," said Tucker. According to Tucker, there will still be times when the City has to hire outside experts in specific areas. In those situations, he expects to work closely with those consultants and to oversee their contributions. So far, Tucker said he's worked on a variety of issues that have required an


opinion from a civil engineering standpoint. "I've spent about half the time working on projects that have been ongoing and the other half on things that just come up on a day-today basis," he said. One of the best things about the job for Tucker has been that there's always something to do. "It's busy, which is good," said Tucker. "It's always better to have things to do than sit around and wait, not knowing when the next thing's coming along." Tucker, 36, graduated from Troy University with a degree in environmental science. He also received a civil engineering degree

from the University of Alabama, along with a master's in environmental engineering. Prior to joining the City of Alabaster, Tucker worked for the National Guard in Montgomery. "I worked with the National Guard in their facility management," said Tucker. "I was with them for a couple of years." Tucker is originally from Hartford, Ala. In his free time, he said he likes to spend time with his family. He also likes to participate in triathlons. "This'll be the fourth year I've done triathlons," said Tucker. "The first year I did two events. The next year I did four or five, and

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TREY PEEL, A COWBOY IN THE ROTC It is not often that one observes a cowboy carrying a long silver saber in Alabaster! Trey Peel, son of Tanya and Allen Peel and grandson of Eugene and Lois Peel and Clyde Raymond and Noette Beam is the local cowboy and ROTC honoree is just that. Trey recently graduated from Thompson High School where he received numerous ROTC awards throughout his time there. In addition, he has spent many of his short years working with cattle and horses, where he also has received great recognition. Trey is easy to spot with his lanky build, cowboy hat and boots and that really large shiny buckle that all cowboys dream of. He has been involved with cattle

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A B E AU T I F U L S I G H T. . .

Correction: Last month the Beautification Award information was incorrect. It should have read the Robertson Family on 213 Leaf Lane. We regret the error.

ALABASTER CELEBRATES ARBOR DAY On Feb. 26, the Parks and Recreation Department and the Alabaster Beautification Board hosted the annual Arbor Day celebration at Veterans Park. The event once again drew a strong turnout as Alabaster residents came out to take advantage of the free tree giveaway. "Everything went super," said Beautification Board President Larry Stewart. "The people got there at ten o'clock and signed up. We had about 143 trees, and we gave all of them out. There weren't any left." In addition to the 143 trees in buckets that the Beautification Board gave away, Stewart said they also gave out some 300 saplings.

The group also participated in the national Arbor Day poster contest. "Each year, we do the national poster contest with Thompson Intermediate School," said Stewart. "We have an artist who lives in Alabaster, and he picks the winners for us." This year, the winning students were Gia Antevy (First Place), Camryn Callaway (Second Place), and Samantha Fell (Third Place). Thanks to everyone who came out to the

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Do you or someone you know have a yard that is beautifully landscape and immaculate? If so, you should nominate them for Yard of the Month. Yard of the Month is a program created by the Alabaster Beautification Board that recognizes residents in the Alabaster city limits with a yard that is just out of this world or someone who goes above and beyond. One nomination per month is chosen. In order to nominate someone or yourself, please send your nominations to Randi Dicus at


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APRIL ADULT PROGRAMS Cake & Culture - Sunday, April 17, 2011. 2:00 pm - Come see what's in store for you at Cake & Culture. It's a surprise! Meeting takes place in the mobile unit. Library Book Group - Thursday, April 21, 2011. 7 pm Join us in our discussion of Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls. A novel based on the life of the author's grandmother, Lily Casey Smith, who learned to break horses in childhood, journeyed five hundred miles as a teen to become a teacher, and ran a vast ranch in Arizona with her husband while raising two children. Meeting takes place in the mobile unit. Many thanks to the Albert L. Scott Friends of the Library. They provided paint and labor to refurbish the decks, stairs and ramp of the mobile unit with a non skid surface. Free AARP Tax Help for Seniors - February through early April. Available by appointment on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the mobile unit. Call or come by the Albert L. Scott Library to sign up. 664-6822.

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY BOOK SALE APRIL 29 - MAY 1 The Albert L. Scott Friends of the Library will host their annual Spring Book & Bake Sale in the library's mobile unit from Friday, April 29 through Sunday, May 1. Friday, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., is a preview night for members only. We encourage our friends and neighbors to shop Friday for the best selection. Persons who do not have a current Friends membership but who wish to shop at the preview may purchase their membership at the door. The sale continues with hours for the general public on Saturday, April 30, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 1, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Book Sale prices are: Hardbacks, $1.00, Paperbacks and Children's books, $.50, VHS tapes, $.50 and DVDs, $1.00. On Sunday, all guests at the sale may take as many books and movies as a brown paper bag will hold for only $5.00. Workers and cookies are needed for this event! There will be sign-up sheets at the library as the date nears. RAISING DOUGH FOR THE LIBRARY Domino's Pizza of Alabaster will host a Raise The Dough event for the Friends of the Library on Thursday, April 14. Domino's will donate 10 percent of all sales on that day to the Friends for their support of library programs. Let Domino's do the cooking on the 14th and help us raise the dough for your public library!

APRIL KIDS PROGRAMS Monday April 4 Lego League 4:00pm Free play for kids age 10 years old and younger in the mobile unit. Children six years old and younger must be with an adult. Tuesday April 12 Touch-a-Truck 4:00pm Featured vehicle is an Alabaster Police Department animal control truck. Come find out how this unique vehicle helps our community. Meets outside in the rear parking lot. Children six years old and younger must be with an adult. Friday April 15 American Girls Club 4:00pm Girls seven years old and older can sign up and explore Molly's world with or without a doll. Meets in the mobile unit. Tuesday April 19 Dye-ing to Color Eggs 6:15pm EGG-traordinary Fun! $3.00 per half-dozen eggs. Please sign up and pay in advance at the library's circulation desk. Make checks out to the library. Children six years old and younger must be with an adult. Great family fun! Meets in the mobile unit. Wednesday April 20 Easter Egg Hunt 10:30am How EGG-citing! Young children accompanied by an adult can come for fun with "Miss Spring" in the mobile unit and then hunt for eggs on the library grounds. Bring a camera for photos with the Easter Bunny and "Miss Spring." Don't forget a basket! No sign up required. Tuesday, April 26 Alabaster Book Blasters Club 6:00pm Children 6 years old and older can sign up to explore Louie and Pet Show by Ezra Jack Keats, make a craft, and have a snack. The program is funded by the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation. Meets in the mobile unit. Children six years old and younger must be with an adult.

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WARD ELECTED PRESIDENT OF LAW INSTITUTE The Alabama Law Institute recently elected State Sen. Cam Ward of Alabaster as its new president. "I've been in the Legislature for eight years in the House and one year in the Senate, and as chairman of the Senate Judiciary, it's an honor to be elected," said Ward. The Alabama Law Institute, which was created in 1967 by the Alabama Legislature, works closely with the Legislative Reference Service in the yearly placing of acts passed by the Legislature within the Code of Alabama for proper placement and codification. The group is comprised of Alabama lawyers, judges, legislators, and faculty members from Cumberland Law School and the University of Alabama School of Law. It operates primarily with volunteers.

"The organization gives legal advice to the Legislature while we're in session, legal advice as far as bills in areas of the criminal and civil code of law that need to be updated and corrected, and so I oversee the effort to give that advice," said Ward. According to Ward, the presidency is a ten-year term. "It's a ten-year term, which is great," he said. "It has a rich history." Ward was elected to the Alabama State Senate last year. He previously served in the Alabama House of Representatives from 2002 to 2010. Ward is also the executive director of the City of Alabaster's Industrial Development Board. Law Institute Executive Director Bob McCurley said, "Over the years we

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The tennis courts at Municipal Park have gotten a face lift. The courts were resurfaced just recently plus we added new net post and nets. Plans are also being made to install new wind screens. The tennis courts are for tennis only; no bikes, roller blades or skateboards are allowed on the new surface.

SPRING SPORTS Spring Sports are looking good once again. Baseball/Softball and Soccer numbers are up from last year with 975 players in the three various sports. Start Smart Baseball has 20 players which pushes us close to 1,000 players playing ball this spring.

BUCK CREEK TRAIL WORK DAYS A special thanks goes out to Evangel Classical Christian School for sending 20+ workers to help clean up the Buck Creek Trail recently. This was their First Annual Day of Service in the community, and they cleaned out underbrush next to the creek near the Buck Creek Pavilion. Thanks for all your hard work and dedication to making the trail look better. Also, another special thanks goes to Kingwood Church as a group of 17 came out to clear brush along the banks of the Creek near the entrance of Buck Creek Park. We appreciate all of the community support that Kingwood gives to the trail.

EMPOWER PROGRAMS EMPOWER - Therapeutic Recreation Therapeutic Recreation focuses on providing recreation and leisure opportunities for individuals with disabilities. All programs are designed and supervised by a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. We work on social skills, physical skills, life skills, and independence while having FUN! Summer Programs: Space is limited! Call Alicia at 663-1307 for more information. LIFE- (Leisure, Independence, Functional, Experiences) Tuesdays, May 31, June 7 & 14 from 2:30pm-4pm Open to high school students and young adults with disabilitiesage 16-25. We will go out into the community and learn practical and functional life skills. (ex. grocery shopping, library, phone skills, and much more.) We will focus on independence. The group will plan their own outing on Friday, June 17. Fitness and Fun Tues., July 5, 12 & 19, 2:30pm-4pm Open to high school students and young adults with disabilities age 16-25. This program will focus on importance of healthy eating and exercise. Each Tuesday we will start with a basic exercise class: warm up, cardio, light weights, cool down. We will incorporate community resources to provide a variety of hands-on information on health and wellness. We will also have fun with Wii games, board games and much more. This will be a great work out plus a fun time with our friends. Pizza and a Movie Friday, July 15, 5:30pm-8:00pm Open to children/adults with disabilities- age 14-25. Come and enjoy eating pizza and a movie with your friends.


The City of Alabaster Parks and Recreation Department has teamed up with local churches to host the City Wide Easter Celebration on Saturday, April 23 at Veterans Park. This year there will be two time slots to choose from. To help ease traffic issues, you can choose to come at 9am or 1:30 pm but not both. Ages are from babies through 5th grade. There will be lots of games, inflatable's and the much anticipated Easter Egg Hunt.

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THOMPSON TO RECOMMEND ROSS AS NEW COACH Thompson High School will be recommending to the Shelby County Board of Education that Caleb Ross of Prattville become its next head football coach. His official hiring will be dependent on approval from the Board of Education. "He will be recommended to our board sometime in the next month or so," said Robin Thomas, the principal at Thompson High School. "Upon their approval, he will take over." Ross is the current offensive coordinator at Prattville High School in Prattville. He graduated from Prattville in 1997 and graduated from Samford University in 2002. He's coached at Prattville for the past five seasons, during which the school won three straight state championships (2006-2008). "He has been the offen-

sive coordinator at Prattville, so you know the pedigree he's coming from with the quality program that Prattville has," said Thomas. According to Thomas, the school received over 80 applicants for the position, and Ross was the best among them. "We went through a six or eight week interview process in which we had about 85 applicants. We narrowed that down. I talked to about 15, and we narrowed that down to six. We had members of the community and the school staff who were involved with that, and Caleb was the No. 1 choice." Mike Franklin, the president of the Thompson Quarterback Club, also had some positive things to say about Ross. "He has high leadership qualities. I've had a chance to meet him and to sit in on

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THOMPSON ROTC FLYING HIGH Thanks to a partnership program with the Civil Air Patrol, some of the cadets in Thompson High School's Junior ROTC program are getting to experience the joy of flight. "There is a program that Air Force ROTC has where they'll give you some funding to fly some of your high school students with the Civil Air Patrol. We have two very good Civil Air Patrol units here at Shelby County, so we take our cadets over to the airport and we give them a flight," said Col. Eldon Woodie, ROTC instructor at Thompson. Under the program, the students get the chance to ride in either a Cessna 172 or a Cessna 182, with a member of the CAP pilot-


THS ROTC students fly in a plane similar to this Cessna 182 as part of their arrangement with the Civil Air Patrol ing the aircraft. The flights take place at the Shelby County Airport in Calera. "Not every ROTC unit applies for the funding," said Woodie, "but with Shelby County Airport right here, we're very interested in it." According to Woodie, they've already flown 20 students this year, and he's hoping to fly some more. "We typically fly about 20-25 students a year. This

year, we've flown 20 so far. We're hoping to get some more money. It's a great program. Most of the kids, it's the first time they've flown. I'd say three-quarters have never been in any kind of aircraft period," he said. In addition to being a lot of fun for the cadets, the program offers some valuable insights into the opportunities that aviation presents.

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"Here in the great state of Alabama, we have a lot of aviation opportunities. Huntsville has the missile defense agency. Fort Rucker is the home of Army Aviation. Then there are several nice airports: Mobile, Huntsville, and Birmingham," said Woodie. "For the kids that take physics later, I think it gives them a practical application of things from the classroom." (CON’T ON PAGE 27)

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GOING GREEN Recycling is an environmentally sound program that every citizen can and should practice. Alabaster has had a curbside recycling program since the late 1990’s but only about 40% of the households choose to participate in the program. The city must pay a monthly fee for the service whether you place items at the curb to be recycled or choose to throw them in the garbage that is taken to the landfill. The city also pays a fee for the garbage pick-up at each household as well as a tipping fee per ton to the county landfill. There is no tipping fee for the items that are picked up for recycling. If you choose to participate in Alabaster’s recycling program, you will be reducing the amount of waste that goes to the county landfill, which in

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THOMAS NEW COORDINATOR Thompson High School Principal Robin Thomas has accepted a position with the Shelby County Schools as the new High School Coordinator. The school board approved the recommendation at a meeting in February. "I'll be working with all the high school principals, overseeing the curriculum and any issues that might come from the high schools on up the ladder," said Thomas. According to Thomas, the job will be based in Columbiana. He said he plans to finish the school year at Thompson, at which point a new high school principal will be hired. "I'll be doing both jobs

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EASTER EGG HUNT SAT. APR 23 The Alabaster Parks and Recreation Department has teamed up with Westwood Baptist Church to provide a very special Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 23 at 9 am and 1:30 pm at Veterans Park located off Highway 119 in Alabaster.. “We’ll actually have 5 different Easter Egg fields for appropriate age groups and one for special needs children so there’s something for everyone,” said Kelly Whitman of Westwood Baptist Church. “And all groups can participate fully at either time.” Westwood Baptist Church has teamed with Alabaster First Baptist Church, Liberty Baptist Church, and Kingwood Church. “We’re proud to work with Westwood Baptist Church to help sponsor the

ROTC FLYING HIGH (CON’T FROM PAGE 22) According to Woodie, the students fly two at a time, with one flying in the front and one in the back. He said they've flown approximately 60 kids since he's been there and that the program has had a stellar safety record. "The CAP pilots are very experienced. The airplanes are in great shape. And we want them to enjoy the flight so if it's a bumpy day or any kind of weather, we just don't go," said Woodie. The Civil Air Patrol is an organization comprised of volunteer pilots who promote aviation and conduct emergency services in support of the country. "It's a civilianized part of the Air Force," said Woodie. "They have mis-

sions like when a hurricane hits, they can go out and tell you what the damage is. They're very good at search and rescue. If an airplane comes up missing, they can try and locate the airplane. And then they do a lot of education." The Junior ROTC program at Thompson is one of the best in the region. Woodie said the flights give the cadets a chance to see what opportunities might be out there. "It gives them some confidence and gives them a chance to see some other things," said Woodie. "If you want to be a meteorologist or a pilot or an air-traffic controller, all these things require an education. There are real jobs out there, but all of them require an education," he said.

Easter Egg hunt at Veterans Park,” said Alabater Parks and Recreation Director Ricky Nance. “The park offers plenty of room for the kids and plenty of parking. We always have a big turnout so having two events at 9 am and 1:30 pm helps to manage the groups.” “The five different fields also makes sure that big kids and little kids aren’t competing in the same field for the eggs which makes for a more positive experience for all,” added Nance. “Plus there will be a special needs field so that children that are physically challenged can participate in this fun event.” We hope to see you and your kids at the Easter Egg Hunt this year!

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ALABASTER TO HOST NATIONAL DOG EVENT APRIL 4-8 The Alabaster Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting the CurlyCoated Retriever Club of America National Specialty April 4-8. The event is unique for the Parks and Recreation Department and will feature a variety of different dog competitions throughout the week. "This is a five day event with a different competition every day of the week," said Buck Buchanan, chair for the event. "For instance, on Monday we're having an upland field competition. The second day is going to be an agility trial, and that will actually be all breeds. Wednesday we're doing another retrieving competition. Thursday will be obedience and rally. Then the


breed competition, what everyone thinks of as a dog show, will be on Friday." The competitions will take place at various Alabaster locations, including Veterans Park and Limestone Park, as well as a rural farm to the south of Alabaster. The agility competition, the obedience competition, and the breed competition will all take place at Veterans Park. "All the breeds in the American Kennel Club have to hold a national competition. Our breed, the curlycoated retriever, is divided into four divisions around North America, and each year this dog show rotates from one division to the next. We're in division two, and this is our year to have it. The reason we picked

Alabaster was because Veterans Park is a good site and we have a lot of good areas around here," said Buchanan. According to the AKC, the curlycoated retriever is an athletic breed that's distinguished by the small, tight curls in its coat. They were developed to be multi-purpose hunting dogs and are capable of retrieving game in all types of weather. "The curly-coated retriever is actually considered the oldest of the retrievers," said Buchanan.

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"But there aren't that many of them in the country or in the world for that matter. There are probably about 700 of them in the United States. They are more popular in Europe." Buchanan, who is a veterinarian at the Airport (CON’T ON PAGE 30)

CLASSIC PLAY APRIL 8-17 South City Theatre presents “The Rainmaker” April 8-17 directed by Sue Ellen Gerrells. A classic American romance, The Rainmaker, is a refreshingly heartfelt fable about a con man, a country girl, and the way that love can overcome cynicism in even the most tired of souls. When a charismatic huckster named Starbuck arrives selling the promise of rain, he and Lizzie, the spinter daughter of the family, discover a genuine chemistry, and all

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TREY PEEL OF THE ROTC (CON’T FROM PAGE 12) several competitions such as the Air Force Nationals in Macon, Georgia. He won 1st place as commander in his first competition in Auburn. As a junior and senior at Thompson High School ROTC won many distinguished awards. Trey enjoyed being on every drill team, but especially on the duel team with Josh Etheridge. The two friends created and then practiced the drill for two months leading up to the competition. They were judged on synchronicity, precision, and difficulty of movement all the while communicating without music or voice. When Trey is in uniform with his 18 ribbons and 4

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DEALING WITH THE IRAQ WAR’S IMPACT AT HOME Can you name five people you personally know that are serving in Iraq or Afghanistan? No? Well, how about three? One? Usually, when most people see someone in uniform, they take the opportunity to thank the service member for his or her service. However, thank you really is quite small when one takes the time to consider all the sacrifices that were made by the individual to serve our country. Perhaps it is time for more action to support the words of thanks. Sergeant Joseph Lowery, also known locally as Daniel Lowery, is just one of our local citizens who has served in the wars in Iraq or

Afghanistan. Sgt. Lowery is the son of Joanna Genry, owner of The Mane Attraction Hair Salon and the younger brother of Adam Lowery. He grew up here in our city and is a product of our local schools. He attended church at Kingwood where he met his future wife, Christen. They now have two young daughters. When talking about Daniel, his mom Joanna, said, "He is a soldier. That's what I can tell you." Sgt. Lowery was serving his country on his second tour of duty as a Company Staff Non Commissioned Officer for Fire Support last fall in Afghanistan. While out on patrol his vehicle was hit by

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SHELBY STARLETS BATON TEAM WIN CHAMPIONSHIP Alabaster’s own Shelby Starlets Baton teams were named 2011 Twirlmania Champions at the International Baton Competition held in Orlando, Florida on February 20th. The teams, which are comprised of girls from Alabaster and Helena schools, took home two first place awards as well as a 2nd and 3rd place award in the team category. The competition was held at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports. Individual competitors Amber Blackerby and Abby Whitley (both 8th graders at TMS) made top ten in the Miss Twirlmania Pageant as well as the Most Photogenic competition. Abbey Manasco, a seventh grader at Helena Middle

School, was named runnerup in the Miss Twirlmania Pageant and also won Most Photogenic. Highlights to the trip included performing in the Main Street Parade in Disney World (see video clip at watch?v=f0hUwjk-6pc&feature=related ), competing with a team from France, and meeting Karrissa Wimberley, current national baton champion and candidate for AAU’s Sullivan Award for America's top Amateur Athlete. email/11AAU_SullivanSemi Fin.html Shelby Starlets Baton works in conjunction with Shelby County Schools' Community Education Program. Locations include

Alabaster, Alabama, and Helena, Alabama. School sites include Riverside Baptist Church, Creekview Elementary, Meadow View Elementary, Thompson The Starlets' Juvenile Team (at ESPN's Wide Intermediate, World of Sports) performed to Sugarland's Helena "Mean Girls" and came home with one of 2 Elementary, first place trophies. Members are: back row and Helena from left: Sydney Kahl, Katherine Moore, Intermediate. Abbey Markham, Xenifer Lamp, Faith Fuller, Leah Bivins, Sydney Wilcoxson, and Emilee Baton Instruction is House; front from left: Cassidy Smith, Lexi McIntosh, Alex Meyer, Anna Reed Dramer, offered for Chole Yarbrough, and Ainsley Talbird. grades K-12. Shelby and Misty Whitley, Starlets contact info: Jamie Instructor, 396-4257 Wilson, Director 568-1355

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COUNCILMAN HICK’S SON KYLE IMPROVING It's been a long three months for City Councilman Bob Hicks, whose son Kyle was in a serious car accident over Thanksgiving. Kyle, who graduated from Thompson High School in 2003, sustained serious head injuries when his truck hydroplaned and struck a tree off Morgan Road in November. After the accident, he spent a month in the trauma center at UAB and is currently undergoing treatment at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta. Bob and his wife Lynn have been staying in Atlanta as well to help with the therapy. "It's the phone call that no parent ever wants to get," said Bob. "We get the phone call from UAB that he was on the way to the

emergency room and he'd been involved in a serious accident and they couldn't share anything else with us." For approximately a month after the accident, Kyle remained hospitalized at UAB, where he literally fought for his life. "He basically was in a coma until the 29th of December," said Bob. "He started to come out of it toward the end of December. One of the neurologists was able to get him to respond, to give the thumbs up, when asked to do so. That was the first sign of life we got was the thumbs up right before Christmas day. That was our Christmas miracle, the fact that he was even responding."

On Jan. 7, Kyle was transferred to the Shepherd Center, which has a nationally-renowned rehabilitation program. According to Bob, Kyle started showing progress almost as soon as they arrived. "We got over to the Shepherd Center and Lynn and I were escorted over to the residence, where she and I were going to be living," said Bob. "By the time we'd gotten our stuff settled in, Kyle was sitting up in a wheelchair, fully dressed, speaking in sign language with one of the nurses, which was weird because that was the first time he'd had any kind of active communication with anybody and we didn't know that he

knew sign language." As it turned out, Kyle had learned sign language as a student at Jacksonville State University while working with the Special Olympics. According to Bob, that was just one of the many hopeful moments they've experienced throughout this difficult time. "If you were to sit down and try and send thank-you cards to everyone who's been so supportive and so uplifting since we've been over here, I don't think Hallmark makes enough," said Bob. "It's been something we can't put our arms around how supportive folks have been. The people


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DEALING WITH THE IRAQ WAR’S IMPACT AT HOME (CON’T FROM PAGE 30) that "Prayer helped her the most because she knew that everyone, probably thousands at a time who didn't know her or Daniel, prayed." Sgt. Lowery received a Purple Heart Medal given since the late 1700s to those seriously wounded or soldiers who have lost their lives as they served meritoriously in wars. Mothers like Joanna, who have sons or daughters who have received a Purple Heart become what is known as Blue Star Mothers, a distinction no mother would ever want, and yet another way they are recognized and honored for their sacrifice too.

Now Daniel is home in the United States and still serving our country at his home base. His company will come home in July. He continues with his physical therapy and recovery with his wife and two daughters by his side. He is still a soldier who wants to go back and serve again with his unit. In our day to day hurried lives very few of us stop to remember that "our children are doing for our country what we are unable to do", Joanna reported. For soldiers in the field, there are usually no warm showers, no hot 3 meals a day, long delays of packages from home, and no weekends off.



Perhaps we should stop complaining about the little things we call problems like traffic, having to stop and get milk, or nothing to watch on our hundreds of television channels. Sgt. Lowery was chosen to participate in the Olympics for Injured Soldiers, which includes all branches of the military, in May. The event will be held in Colorado. He will race in the 100- meter and the 200meter sprint as well as the 50-meter freestyle swim event. His final event will be the 30 K bike ride. We wish him and all of the participants the very best Olympic experience. There are things we can

do to help our soldiers when saying thank you is just not enough. Contact the local National Guard to find out ways to support troops going over or coming home. The United States Veteran's Initiative offers volunteer and fund raising opportunities to citizens interested in helping soldiers and their families. The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America helps veterans reconnect with their communities after coming home. Talk to your friends and neighbors. Find out who is serving and "adopt" the soldier yourself. As Joanna reminds us, "Never forget." Thank you, Sgt. Lowery for being our soldier.


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TIS HOSTS CHESS TOURNAMENT Thompson Intermediate School, in partnership with Caesar Chess, recently hosted the third-annual Alabaster Scholastic Chess Tournament. Caesar Chess is a local chess organization that holds scholastic chess tournaments and promotes the game of chess to local students. It was created by Shelby County resident Caesar Lawrence. "We had 70 kids play," said Lawrence. "They were from Shelby County schools, Birmingham schools, and we had some kids come from Atlanta also." Lawrence said that it's not unusual for his tournaments to attract chess players from out of state. The participants are matched up based on their ages and whether or not they're rated. "It ranges from K to

eighth grade," said Lawrence. "Most of them are fourth and fifth graders. We break it down by grade level. The rated players are a different division than notrated." Lawrence, who's originally from Phenix City, Ala., said he first learned to play chess in college. "I attended college in Montgomery at Alabama State University and that's where I learned to play chess. I didn't touch a chessboard until I went to college," said Lawrence. "That was 30 years ago." He started teaching chess in 1992 when he was living in Anchorage, Alaska. "I saw kids coming to tournaments having to play against adults, and they didn't know what they were doing. I'm like, well, someone needs to teach them. So I started teaching them," said

Lawrence. In addition to organizing tournaments, Caesar offers a weekly chess class at Thompson Intermediate. It costs $30 a month and is held each Thursday. He said the kids don't have to actually attend Thompson Intermediate, just as long as they can get there in time for the class. "It's a one-hour class, from three to four. I'm teaching the kids the classic principles of chess, how to play, how to control the center of the board and develop your pieces," said Caesar. Several local kids placed at this year's Alabaster Scholastic Tournament. They included Jackson Nolen of the Thompson Intermediate Chess Club (Sixth Place, Not Rated, K5), Wesley Brown of the Thompson Middle Chess

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KYLE HICKS IMPROVES (CON’T FROM PAGE 33 from our church have been amazing. The people at the companies where we work have been amazing, and the list goes on and on." After graduating from Jacksonville State, Kyle joined the U.S. Army and was stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C. A friend of his from Fort Bragg, Eric Cohen, was with him during the accident. "Eric wound up coming home with Kyle that day, and he was in the passenger seat of the truck when the wreck took place," said Bob. "After the accident Kyle was not responsive. Eric was able to keep Kyle going until the paramedics got there. He was giving

Kyle CPR when the paramedics arrived." According to Bob, Kyle is undergoing daily rehabilitation ranging from speech therapy to occupational therapy. Throughout the treatments, he said Kyle continues to persevere. "When he was at Thompson High School, he became a Warrior. Right now he's proving the kind of warrior he is because he's fighting this hook, line and sinker," said Bob. "He's fighting hard."

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SENIOR ACTIVITIES Spring Luau Danceopen to Shelby County Seniors. Saturday, April 16 from 5:30pm-8:30pm at the Thompson Middle School Cafeteria. Dress in your best Hawaiian outfit and come to our Luau Celebration. There is no charge for the dance but you must call the Senior Center to make your reservations. Senior Health and Wellness Expo- Tuesday, May 3 from 9am -12pm at the Senior Center. Free screening will be provided by Baptist Health System and Shelby Baptist Medical Center: blood pressure checks, derma scan, BMI, PADnet, Ask the Doc and much more. There will be a variety of health and wellness providers on-hand to showcase available services and information. A Day in HuntsvilleWednesday, April 14 we will be heading to Huntsville to see the Burritt Home on the Mountain. We will step back into 1819 and visit The Constitution Village. We will visit the Weeden House and stop by the oldest operating hardware store in Alabama. Enjoy lunch and a few more surprises. Cost is $60 for the first 20 Alabaster senior residents and $75 for all other seniors. Stop by the Senior Center to reserve your space. Cookout and CardsSaturday, April 9 from 4:308pm. Join us for a fun night of dinner and cards. Bring a dish and hotdogs will be provided. Please call to reserve a spot. New Ballroom Dance Class Coming- Mondays from 1-2pm. Singles and couples are welcome. Come have fun and learn a variety of dances. Cost is $5/person/class. Bring cash and pay the day of the class. This 6 week session will begin on April 4.

Acrylic Painting - an ongoing class every Tuesday from 10am-12pm. Beginner and experienced painters are welcome. Class will focus on fundamentals of composition, color basics and mixing, perspective and a variety of methods of applying acrylic paint. Cost is $20/person and supplies are not included. Watercolor Classes I: This class will focus on teaching beginner students how to paint with watercolor. Classes will be held Thursdays from 10am12pm. Cost is $20/month and you will need to purchase your supplies. Sign up at the Senior Center. Watercolor Classes II: This class will focus on teaching more advanced students how to paint with watercolor. Classes will be held Thursdays from 1-3pm. Cost is $20/month and you will need to purchase your supplies. Sign up at the Senior Center. Special thanks to the Weatherly Garden Club for their donation to our senior center's gardening program. We appreciate their support and this contribution will help us build raised flower beds behind our senior center. You won't want to miss all the activities at the senior center: Men's Social Group- 1st Monday of each month 9am Wii Bowling - Wednesdays at 9:30am Zumba Gold (exercise)Wednesdays 1pm Tempo exercise - Fridays 10am Beginner/Inter Line dancing - Thursdays 9:30am Beginner Line Dancing Thursday 10:30am Bridge- Thursday 12-3pm Rook- Wednesdays 9:00am Mexican Train DominoesTues. & Wednesdays 10am Acrylic Painting - Tuesdays 10am - 12pm

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FOR THE RECORD Minutes of the Alabaster City Council Meeting Alabaster, Alabama February 3, 2011 A regular meeting of the Alabaster City Council was held in the Municipal Annex on Thursday, February 3, 2011, at 7:00 P.M., and there were present at said meeting Councilpersons: Present: Sophie Martin, Adam Moseley, Rick Walters, Scott Brakefield, Tommy Ryals and Jim McClain. Absent: Bob Hicks. MEETING OPENING Council Member Moseley made a motion to approve the minutes of the January 20, 2011 meeting as read. Council Member Walters seconded the motion. Voting - Ayes: Sophie Martin, Adam Moseley, Rick Walters, Tommy Ryals, Scott Brakefield and Jim McClain. Nays: None. Motion carried. Council Member Ryals made a motion to approve the agenda for tonight's meeting as presented. Council Member Martin seconded the motion. Voting - Ayes: All Ayes. Nays: None. Motion carried.RESOLUTION NO. 020311 1. A RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING A STREET DEDICATION IN HONOR OF MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. Council Member Martin introduced Resolution No. 020311 recognizing a street dedication in honor of one of our nations iconic figures in the advancement of civil rights in the United States and around the world, Martin Luther King, Jr. by placing a memorial sign in his honor at Mr. Olive Road. Council Member Martin made a motion to approve Resolution No. 020311 and Council Member Ryals seconded. Voting - Ayes: Sophie Martin, Adam Moseley, Rick Walters, Scott Brakefield, Tommy Ryals and Jim McClain. Nays: None. Motion carried. RESOLUTION NO. 020311-A 2. RESOLUTION REGARDING ANNUAL CONTRACT WITH ALABASTER ARTS COUNCIL FOR CITYFEST AND OTHER PROGRAMS. Council Member Walters introduced Resolution No. 020311-A authorizing the Mayor to enter into a contract with the Alabaster Arts Council to provide services for Alabaster City Fest and other programs for 2011. Council Member Walters made a motion to approve Resolution No. 020311-A allowing Mayor Frings to enter into said contract with the Alabaster Arts Council. Council Member Brakefield seconded said motion. Voting -Ayes: Rick Walters, Scott Brakefield, Tommy Ryals and Jim McClain. Nays: None. Sophie Martin and Adam Moseley both abstained. Motion carried. 3. APPOINTMENTS TO DISTRICT/WARD MAP COMMITTEE. Council President McClain explained that the city is charged with the duty of redrawing the district maps or ward maps in our case here in Alabaster as the Census information is received due to the increase in population. Council President McClain said he would like to make the following appointments to serve on this committee to review the 2010 Census data and make recommendation on a possible redistricting of the ward map for the City of Alabaster for election purposes. Rick Walters, as chairman, Adam Moseley, Scott Brakefield, City Clerk Marsha Massey, Representative of the Building Department as named by the Mayor, Representative of the Fire Department as named by the Mayor, City Administrator George Henry and Mayor Frings. Any filings will have to be presented to the U. S. Justice Department by November of this year in order to receive their approval/disapproval in a timely manner before the next election. 4. APPOINTMENT TO THE ALABASTER WATER BOARD. Council President McClain opened the floor for nominations for an opening on the Alabaster Water Board due to the resignation of Cathy Bradford from the Board. Council Member Moseley nominated Bobby Lee Harris as a resident of Ward 1. There being no other nominations, Council President McClain closed the nominations. Council Member Martin made a motion to approve the appointment of Bobby Lee Harris to the Alabaster Water Board. Council Member Brakefield seconded. Voting - Ayes: Sophie Martin, Adam Moseley, Rick Walters, Scott Brakefield, Tommy Ryals and Jim McClain. Nays: None. Motion carried. RESOLUTION NO. 020311-B 5. RESOLUTION REGARDING INSTALLATION/MAINTENANCE OF TRAFFIC SIGNAL AT U. S. 31 AND COUNTY HIGHWAY 87. Council Member Moseley introduced Resolution No. 020311-B regarding the installation and maintenance of traffic control signals at the intersection of U. S. Highway 31 and County Road 87, also known as Project No. ST059-003-006 / SCP 59-761-09, and which said agreement is before this Council tonight. Council Member Moseley made a motion to approve Resolution No. 020311-B and Council Member Walters seconded. Voting - Ayes: Sophie Martin, Adam Moseley, Rick Walters, Scott Brakefield, Tommy Ryals and Jim McClain. Nays: None. Motion carried. 6. COUNCIL WORK SESSION. Council President McClain announced that a council work session will be held on Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 6:00 P.M. at the Senior Activity Center at 1097 7th Street SW. After brief council and audience comments, Council Member Moseley made a motion to adjourn with Council Member Brakefield seconding. All were in favor and said meeting was adjourned at 7:19 P.M. Minutes of the Alabaster City Council Meeting Alabaster, Alabama February 17, 2011 A regular meeting of the Alabaster City Council was held in the Municipal Annex on Thursday, February 17, 2011, at 7:00 P.M., and there were present at said meet-

ing Councilpersons: Present: Sophie Martin, Adam Moseley, Rick Walters, Scott Brakefield, Tommy Ryals and Jim McClain. Absent: Bob Hicks. MEETING OPENING Council Member Martin made a motion to approve the minutes of the February 3, 2011 meeting as read. Council Member Moseley seconded the motion. Voting - Ayes: Sophie Martin, Adam Moseley, Rick Walters, Tommy Ryals, Scott Brakefield and Jim McClain. Nays: None. Motion carried. Council Member Walters made a motion to approve the agenda for tonight's meeting as presented. Council Member Brakefield seconded the motion. Voting - Ayes: All Ayes. Nays: None. Motion carried. RESOLUTION NO. 021711 1. BIDS ON EMERGENCY LIGHTING & EQUIPMENT FOR NEW POLICE CARS. Council Member Moseley introduced Resolution No. 021711 regarding the bids received back in on emergency lighting and equipment for nine new police interceptors. Three bids were received as follows: Emergency Lighting by Haynes - $28,020.42, Fleet Safety $30,717.00 and 10-100 Electronics - $34,927.20. Council Member Moseley made a motion to approve Resolution No. 021711 accepting the low bid of $28,020.42 from Emergency Lighting by Haynes for said equipment. Council Member Walters seconded. Voting - Ayes: Sophie Martin, Adam Moseley, Rick Walters, Scott Brakefield, Tommy Ryals and Jim McClain. Nays: None. Motion carried. RESOLUTION NO. 021711-A 2. BIDS ON DIGITAL IN CAR CAMERA SYSTEMS FOR POLICE INTERCEPTORS. Council Member Brakefield introduced Resolution No. 021711-A regarding the bids received on in car camera systems for police interceptors. Three bids and one "No Bid" were received as follows: 10-100 Electronics - $4,578.00 each, Integrated Technology Systems - $4,600.00 each, Brasher Electronics, Inc. - $4,625.00 each and Emergency Lighting by Haynes - "No Bid". Council Member Brakefield made a motion to approve Resolution No. 021711-A accepting the low bid of $4,578.00 each from 10-100 Electronics for said in car camera systems/equipment. Council Member Martin seconded. Voting - Ayes: Sophie Martin, Adam Moseley, Rick Walters, Scott Brakefield, Tommy Ryals and Jim McClain. Nays: None. Motion carried. RESOLUTION NO. 021711-B 3. RESOLUTION REGARDING CONCESSION RFP'S FOR PARKS AND RECREATION. Council Member Brakefield introduced Resolution No. 021711-B regarding requests for proposals (RFP's) on concessions for our Parks and Recreation Department. Once received the RFP's were ranked according to criteria identified in the RFP and presented to Council. Council Member Brakefield made a motion to approve Resolution No. 021711-B allowing for Mayor Frings to enter into negotiations with Alabaster Sports and Entertainment Foundation for a non-exclusive concessions agreement and to present a final agreement to the Council for approval. Council Member Ryals seconded. Voting - Ayes: Sophie Martin, Adam Moseley, Scott Brakefield, Tommy Ryals and Jim McClain. Nays: None. Rick Walters abstained. Motion carried.

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Calendar of Events May 5 City Council Meeting 7 pm Annex

April 7 City Council Meeting 7 pm Annex David M. Frings, Mayor April 11 Beautification Board 6 pm Former Senior Ctr.(Gardner House) 663-7059 Water Board 7 pm Annex Sophie Martin, Ward 1 April 13 Municipal Court 9 am Annex Finance Committee 5:30 pm 358-8742 City Svcs. Bldg. Bob Hicks, Ward 2 April 19 Driving School 7 pm Annex 663-1801 April 21 City Council Meeting 7 pm Annex Adam Moseley, Ward 3 Public Works Committee 5 pm Annex Economic Development Committee 5:30 pm 663-1564 Rick Walters, Ward 4 April 22 CITY OFFICES CLOSED FOR GOOD FRIDAY 281-7394 April 25 Board of Adjustments 6 pm Annex Jim McClain, Ward 5 663-1886 April 26 Planning & Zoning 7 pm Annex Housing & Abatement Board 5:15 pm Scott Brakefield, Ward 6 Annex 685-0302. April 27 Municipal Court 9 am Annex* Tommy Ryals, Ward 7 Sewer Committee 6 pm City Hall April 29 Municipal Court Trial Date 9 am Annex 664-1301 Questions about a meeting? Call 664-6800 Marsha Massey, City Clerk A full 2011 Calendar is available for reference at 664-6800

Non-emergency Police matters 663-7401 Animal Control 664-6761 Personnel Dept 664-6838 Code Enforcement 664-5907


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