Holiness preacher asks Piedmont City Council for help in setting up massive Christmas display
by Eddie Burkhalter
eburkhalter@annistonstar.com
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PIEDMONT — Christmas is seven months away, but the president of the Piedmont Ministerial Association is asking the city to begin preparing now.

Roger Keenum, pastor of New Beginnings Congregational Holiness Church, spoke to the council about the recent donation of a large Christmas display from the city of Dadeville.

The 27 massive, 12-foot scenes, which would be populated with live actors, are valued at over $100,000 and require up to a mile to install, Keenum said.

“We’re looking for a place to be able to put this up,” Keenum said. “It should pull in a lot of business.”

Freeman said city building inspector Carl Hinton will begin searching out a location.

The scenes will take some time to plan and install, Keenum said, and he asked the council to move quickly to find a location.

The recent removal of basketball goals at Veterans Memorial Park has Councilman Terry Kiser’s phone ringing off the hook.

“I’ve had many phone calls,” said Kiser. “... I’d like to see about putting the goals back up.”

Mayor Rick Freeman said the goals were taken down after complaints about noise and foul language from the courts, and that they will be going back up somewhere, “but they’re not going back up in the park ... Piedmont’s not going to be turned into a zoo.”

In another matter, Spears made a motion for the city to buy in Calhoun County whenever possible, noting a change in the state’s competitive bid law give more of an advantage to locally-owned businesses.

“Let’s keep the money in Calhoun County. Not in Cherokee County,” Spears said.

Several council members agreed with Spears, but expressed their desire to use the competitive bid process to keep costs low for taxpayers.

The council voted 7-2 against the resolution.

In other business, the council:

- Voted to declare 30 items as surplus, to be sold in an online auction. Among the items are 12 vehicles impounded by the Piedmont Police Department, lawn care equipment from the city street department and a ladder truck from the fire department.

- Passed a resolution recognizing the week of May 12 as National Nursing Home Week.

- Passed a motion to begin work installing fencing around the baseball park at the Bethune Community Center.

- Announced that on Monday, May 13, at 10 a.m. there will be a balloon release at Piedmont Health Care in honor of National Nursing Home Week. The public is invited to attend.

- Announced the Parks and Recreation Department Committee will meet May 14 at 4 p.m. at city hall.

Staff writer Eddie Burkhalter: 256-235-3563. On Twitter @Burkhalter_Star.
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