City approves Relay event for Sept. 30

Published 9:46 am Thursday, June 15, 2023

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Relay for Life in Atmore has returned.

The Atmore City Council on Monday approved the organization’s event at Boxcar Willie on Sat., Sept. 30 during its regular meeting.

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life movement is the world’s largest peer-to-peer fundraising event dedicated to saving lives from cancer, according to the American Cancer Society’s website. For more than 35 years, communities across the world have come together to honor and remember loved ones and take action for lifesaving change. Funds raised through Relay For Life directly support breakthrough research, 24/7 support for cancer patients, access to lifesaving screenings and much more.

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A brunch will be held the same morning, and details on the event will be released at a later date.

In other business, the city:

• held a public hearing to consider ordinance 02-2023;

• adopted ordinance 02-2023, an ordinance to amend the zoning map for the city of Atmore.

City Building Inspector Chris Black said the amendment was recognized by the planning commission in March, and there haven’t been any objections to change the property behind Atmore Baptist Temple from a residential B1 to a B2 (business) zone;

• adopted resolution 2023-11, approving a contract with Atmore Timber Inc. for harvesting timber at the industrial park. Mayor Jim Staff said the timber was given at good price, and the city will replant the site with new trees;

• held a first reading for the Atmore Municipal Airport minimum standards. The standards will be approved at a later meeting;

• approved the Patterson Street Fun Day on Aug. 19 at the Patterson Street Community;

• approved the Juneteenth Celebration on June 19 at Cornelia Elmore Library on MLK Avenue;

• tabled an Atmore Radio Controlled (RC) Proposal event license to hold events bi-weekly throughout the year on a street in Rivercane to figure out a the fee for the license. Organizer Jonathan Thompson said the event would be held the second and fourth Saturdays of each month, and is a low-participating endeavor. He said most of the competitors would be local.

“It’s a great educational aid if you bring kids to it,” Thompson said. “It’s for the young and old.”

Thompson was asked by council members specifics on the license he’s requesting; whether police presence would be required; and safety to the public;

• approved the Southeast Grudge Fest RC Car Race on July 21-23, where a total of 50 cars will compete in three to four classes. Organizer Bradley Woods said they’ll buy the event license, and agreed to no vendors; and,

• approved the use of Houston Avery Park on July 22 for the second annual Back to School Bash.