Youth and adults continue to seek recreational opportunities offered through Athens Recreation, with sports like spring softball showing an 86 percent increase in participation the past four years.
Ben Wiley, director of Cemetery, Parks, and Recreation, recently presented information to the Athens City Council that shows how Athens Recreation programs are growing and bringing in more revenue.
In Fiscal Year 2005, the Recreation Department had $49,740 in revenue from concessions, programs, instructor-led classes, rentals, and pool use. In comparison, Wiley and Finance Director Annette Barnes project the revenues from the current fiscal year will be $152,500. The current fiscal year ends Sept. 30.
The City of Athens and Athens Utilities have embarked on an ambitious $12 million dollar system expansion project that includes three new substations and continued line enhancements. Land for all three substations has finally been acquired, and work has started on a new substation for the eastern Limestone County area.
The project will span the next several years and will improve the ability to serve the growing population and demand for power across Limestone County.
The addition of these substations will allow Athens Utilities to redistribute the load on existing substations insuring more reliable service in the areas that are currently at capacity.
The City of Athens Utilities has received an award for being a Top Performer in Energy Efficient New Homes. TVA presented the award during an Athens City Council meeting on Monday, Sept. 14.
Athens Utilities received the award because it enabled its customers to save a collective 2,159,117 kWh in 2014 through the TVA EnergyRight Solutions programs. This is the seventh straight year the local utility has made the top performer list.
Athens Utilities is a leader in customer education for energy efficiency. The utility ranked third among TVA’s service area for the New Homes Program, saving over 441,500 kWh.
Roger Murrah, a talented wordsmith who was Broadcast Music Incorporated’s Songwriter of the Decade for the 1980s, found his poet’s voice in Athens, Alabama.
That voice reverberated through High Cotton Arts in downtown Athens on Tuesday, Aug. 4, as Roger Murrah, playing the family piano, performed a tune he co-wrote that aptly fit the venue, “High Cotton.” He performed the No. 1 hit, recorded by the group Alabama, to highlight his support of the arts in Athens and Limestone County with his “A High Cotton Homecoming.”
Applications are being taken for the 2015-16 Athens Mayor's Youth Commission. Deadline to enter is Friday, Sept. 25, at 4:30 p.m.
The YC is for students in grades 9-12 who attend Athens High, Athens Bible, Lindsay Lane or are home school students in the city.
Students will be required to do the following (Please read carefully to determine if you have the time):
● To attend monthly meetings and engage in discussions.
● Attend one Athens City Council meeting and one Athens City Board of Education meeting.
● Participate in at least 3 activities/community service projects.
● Work on the Athens 200th Birthday project. This year’s Youth Commission will learn about historic events and create a plan to engage youth in the upcoming 200th Birthday of the city, which will occur in 2018.
Click this link to print and fill out an application:
The City of Athens will start work on its ATRIP grant project for Washington Street in August. The ATRIP project is resurfacing Washington Street from Hoffman Street to U.S. 72. That includes the stretch of Washington Street that runs through downtown Athens. The $920,000 project will be funded with $736,000 from the ATRIP grant. Limestone County has allocated $26,000 for the small section of the street that is not in the city limits.
During a July Athens City Council meeting, City Planner Mac Martin presented a work schedule for the downtown Athens section. Since the City of Athens has plans to make downtown more pedestrian friendly and handicap accessible, and Athens Utilities has to bore under the street to provide underground electricity to the Limestone County Courthouse, city crews will start this part of the project prior to paving.