The Board of Zoning Adjustment for the City of Athens, Alabama, will hold a work session at 5:00 p.m., followed by their regular meeting at 5:30 p.m., in the City Council Chambers in the Athens Police Department, at 951 East Hobbs Street, on Thursday, February 18. 2016, for the purpose of hearing the following applications and appeals. At this time, the applicant and all interested parties are requested to be present and will be given the opportunity to be heard.
When Santa makes appearances in Athens, he arrives in a shiny red fire truck instead of his usual sleigh.
Athens Fire and Rescue provides Santa transportation to events such as this past weekend’s Athens Christmas Open House and the upcoming Lincoln-Bridgeforth Park Christmas Tree Lighting.
Santa and Athens Fire and Rescue Capt. Jeff Jones, who has driven Santa, set down for a question-and-answer session about this local tradition, and the answers were revealing. Santa may not want his reindeer to hear some of his answers, and Mrs. Claus may have something to say about his stops at a downtown Athens ice cream shop.
Please see this notice from the Athens-Limestone Recycling Center:
"Effective immediately, no batteries of any kind will be accepted at the Athens-Limestone Recycling Center.
Also effective immediately, there will be a $.30/lb. charge for all electronics accepted at our center.
These decisions had to be made due to sharp decreases in commodity prices which have caused financial losses at the center.
We ask that the community cooperate by not dropping items off that we do not accept, such as the batteries and electronics referred to above, as well as paint and chemicals. This is illegal dumping and security cameras are in place. Such dumping is of great expense to the recycling center."
Downtown projects to improve pedestrian safety and handicap accessibility are receiving financial support from organizations that support tourism dollars and beautification efforts.
The Athens-Limestone Tourism Association and Athens Rotary have donated $15,000 each for work on The Square dubbed as “Getting Squared Away Downtown.” Spirit of Athens, a nationally-accredited Main Street Alabama program, plans to donate another $15,000 later this month. The City of Athens and Limestone County will split the $45,000 for various aspects of the work.
All City streets are open.
Mayor Ronnie Marks has signed a declaration of a local State of Emergency for The City of Athens.
The City of Athens is receiving grant funds through the RC&D Council to purchase furniture for the new community center nearing completion at the site of Fort Henderson and Trinity School.
The Alabama’s Mountains, Rivers and Valleys Resource Conservation and Development Council approved the project for $3,100. The City of Athens applied for the grant on behalf of the Athens-Limestone Community Association, which will operate the new center. The funds will purchase chairs, tables and storage carts.