Heflin Council reschedules Christmas parade
by Laura Camper
lcamper@annistonstar.com
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With predictions of rain for Saturday, the Heflin City Council on Tuesday changed the date of its annual Christmas parade to Monday, Dec. 16.

“All indications now it’s going to be kind of messy Saturday,” Mayor Rudy Rooks told the council members.

There’s an 80 percent chance of rain, said Heflin City Clerk Shane Smith.

The only open dates are Monday, Dec. 16 or Saturday, Dec. 21, Rooks told the council members.

Monday, the middle school has basketball games scheduled beginning at 4:30 p.m., said Patrick Casey, city attorney. But Councilman Travis Crowe noted that the weather was predicted to be sunny on Monday.

“We don’t know what it’s going to do Saturday,” Crowe said.

The council decided to reschedule the parade to Monday at 6:30 p.m. The floats will need to start lining up by 5:30 p.m. at Brockford Road and Ross Street. Children participating in the parade should be dropped off at the American Legion Hall, Smith said.

The Christmas Marketplace and Festival of Trees in the Heflin Civic Center will begin on Friday at noon as scheduled.

In other business the council:

-Discussed annexing five properties into the city. The properties on Tompkins Street off of Almon Street are located behind Buster Miles Ford, Smith said. Three of the properties are owned by Buster Miles, the others, 284 abd 350 Tompkins Street are homes. The owners of all the properties are in favor of the annexation, Rooks said. The council will vote on the annexation at the next meeting.

-Expressed frustration that the Alabama Department of Transportation had not yet approved a new road off Almon Street to accommodate a new Subway restaurant.

“There’s so many people that’s got to tip their hat to it,” Rooks said. “It’s slowing progress down.”

The plans first have to be approved by engineers and then the administration at ALDOT, Rooks said.

-The next council meeting will be Dec. 17. A work session will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the meeting to follow.

Staff writer Laura Camper: 256-235-3545. On Twitter @LCamper_Star.
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