A festival, lights and paving projects were on the agenda during the Daleville City Council’s Feb. 5 meeting.
The council approved entering into an agreement with the carnival group, Family Fun Fest, for the second time to bring the Daleville Family Fun Fest back to the city. The Daleville Family Fun Fest arrived in Daleville for the first time in March 2018.
The council approved the dates for the Daleville Family Fun Fest during its Jan. 15 meeting, which are March 12-16.
During that meeting, Mayor Jayme Stayton also presented a three-year contract to the council, which he said is the same as last year’s contract. He said the only change is the three-year time frame of the contract.
During the Feb. 5 work session, Stayton said City Attorney Henry Steagall reviewed the contract.
He also told the council on Jan. 15 that the fair will feature new rides and concerts this year.
“It was well received,” Council member Jo Reese said during the Jan. 15 meeting. “They were nice people. I remember meeting a lot of the people. It was pretty well run.”
The council also approved installing a 100 HPS light, to be installed by Alabama Power, on Old Newton Road for $103 annually.
It tabled the initial request from Stayton to place additional lighting on Old Newton Road during its Jan. 15 meeting until a price could be presented.
Stayton told the council during its Feb. 4 work session that Alabama Power offered two prices.
For a 100 HPS light, the annual cost would be $103. It would cost $62.85 annually for a 70 HPS light.
Stayton told the council the light would only have to be installed on the pole already placed at the location.
The council approved the 100 HPS light for $103 annually.
During the Feb. 5 meeting, Council member Katheryne Horace, who made the motion, said the area would “benefit” from a light.
“I hear discussions that it’s really dark down there, and they would benefit from that,” she said.
In other business, the council approved allowing the Daleville Area Chamber of Commerce to use Culpepper Park to hold two events in the coming months: the Butterfly Princess 5K and Spartan Fest.
During the Feb. 4 work session, Chamber Executive Director Kecia Ham told the council volunteers would clean up the area after the chamber-sponsored event, which was being held in Daleville because of its nearness to Fort Rucker and the city’s support for the military.
She said the route would be located around Culpepper Park, away from major roads, though a specific route had not been mapped out at the time of the Feb. 4 work session.
“All the proceeds of the race go to the foundation,” Ham said. “The vendors (fees)… will go to the chamber.”
She said vendor spots are $50 for non-chamber members and $25 for chamber members.
When asked, Ham said the focus of the run is to bring awareness to Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood, though the race is named after the child of the creator of the race.
Ham said she contacted the SUDC Foundation, who confirmed this race would be associated with the foundation and stated a table would be onsite on the day of the run to provide information on SUDC to visitors.
The Butterfly Princess 5K will be held on April 27 from 7 a.m. to noon.
Spartan Fest, an annual softball game between the City of Daleville and the 1st of the 223rd, will be held on Saturday, May 18, at Culpepper Park.
According to the request letter from the chamber, the event will also feature free bouncy hou