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TEACHERS OF THE YEAR HONORED

Shelby County recently honored its most outstanding teachers of the year at an awards reception held at Oak Mountain High School. The reception was held Nov. 29 in recognition of Shelby County's 39 Teacher of the Year recipients and was sponsored by the Greater Shelby County Education Foundation. The Alabaster honorees included Sally Perkins, Creek View Elementary; Sandra Swindall, Meadow View Elementary; Nikki Creel, Thompson Intermediate School; Lori Kerley, Thompson Sixth Grade Center; Karla Hendricks Byrd, Thompson Middle School; Laura Kendrick, Thompson High School; and Valerie Bridges, Shelby County Alternative School. From the 39 honorees, three overall winners were selected, including Kerley, who is an Earth Science teacher at Thompson Sixth Grade Center. Kerley was named this year's Middle School Teacher of the Year. The other two overall winners were Rebecca Burnett of Pelham High School and Carla Dudley of Oak Mountain Intermediate. Kerley has been teaching now for 11 years, though she didn't actually start until she was 38. "I can honestly say that when I became a teacher, I found happiness in my job," Kerley wrote in her nomination essay. As a sixth-grade instructor, Kerley feels she has the opportunity to make a positive impact on her students as they pass through an important time in their lives. "I believe that educators have the responsibility to stand before their students not only as teachers but also as caregivers, advisors and mentors," Kerley wrote. "To be an outstanding educator, you must provide an environment that models understanding, inviting learning environencouragement, and ment, Swindall started a respect for others. This garden project that allows environment must also her students to plant and allow students to grow and harvest lettuce, which is mature emotionally, intelthen served in the school lectually, physically, and cafeteria. socially." "During the autumn and Perkins is a first-grade winter, students must keep teacher at Creek View, the garden area clean and where she's been teaching we plan for our spring for the past eight years. planting season," Swindall Prior to becoming a wrote. "I believe that stuteacher, Perkins worked as dents should know where a Social Worker and also a their food comes from and stay-at-home mom. the joy of working in a gar"As a stay-at-home den. Education must go mom, I volunteered at my son's school as a room (CON’T ON PAGE 22) mom and PTO board member, I was quite active and enjoyed being supportive in these capacities. When my daughter went to preschool at our church, there Official Publication of the was an opening for a 5K City of Alabaster 201 First Street N. teacher. Thus began my Alabaster, AL 35007 teaching career," wrote Published Monthly Perkins. Swindall teaches third Editorial Board grade at Meadow View The Public Relations Elementary, where she's Committee of the Alabaster been teaching now for ten City Council years. To help create an Committee Chair Councilwoman Sophie Martin bonds that have been used to finance capital improvement projects. "The bonds secured over the past 30 years will mature in six years," Fuller said. "A portion of our current 30 mills of property tax are used to repay these bonds. Because there are only six years left in these existing property taxes, the school district is unable to secure additional bonds for capital improvements until the taxes are renewed." According to Thompson Middle School Principal Melissa Youngblood, the (CON’T ON PAGE 31) February, 2011 Councilman Rick Walters Councilman Bob Hicks Editor Ted Vodde Contributors John Brackin David Storey M.E. Spencer Eric Starling Danny Doyle Dawn South
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IMPORTANT SCHOOL TAX VOTE FEB. 8TH
Shelby County residents are being asked to "Renew Now for Our Children's Future" by voting on Feb. 8 to renew 30 mills of existing ad-valorem property tax for an additional 30 years. The current taxes are set to expire in 2017. The renewal will help the district plan long-term capital improvement projects and maintain the high quality instructional programs that are funded through local tax dollars. "The vote to renew the taxes would not result in a tax increase," said Randy 2 Fuller, the superintendent of Shelby County Schools. "Residents would continue to pay the same rate they are currently paying. For someone with a home valued at $100,000, they would continue to pay $300 per year." Fuller explained the revenue generated from the existing taxes is used to fund additional teacher units for art, music, physical education, as well as additional core subject teachers, instructional support personnel, and guidance counselors. The funds are also used to repay

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CITY LAUNCHES NEW WEB SITE
The City of Alabaster is upgrading its official City website, and the new site should offer residents an increased number of ways for interacting with the City government. "The goal is interactivity," said City Administrator George Henry. "I want to increase customer service and make it easier for folks to interact with the City, generally speaking." The new site will be organized according to six major categories: online services, residents, visitors, business, government, and departments. Under each category, residents will be able to find a plethora of useful information and tools. "Under online services, for example, if you want to get a garage sale permit, you can get it online. We're going to be taking credit cards through web forms," said Henry. Some of the other new features will be an improved calendar, which will include times and events for the City Council, the library, municipal court and the Parks and Recreation department. "Each of these is managed by their respective departments but you can come to one place and see everything," said Henry. "You can also click on it and send it to your calendar, if you're using something that will allow it, like Outlook, Outlook Express, or Gmail." The new site will also have an area featuring Cityrelated documents called the document center. "We'll have a one-stop shop for various documents," said Henry, "different applications and forms." Residents will also be able to view the Alabaster Newsletter in an easy-tonavigate box. "The Newsletter will be easy to flip through or if you scroll to the bottom of the page you can just click through it," said Henry. Residents can also easily connect to the City's Twitter and Facebook accounts via the website. The Twitter feed is a good way for people to keep up with events in real time, like road closings or changes in trash pickup due to inclement weather. Residents are also welcome to make suggestions for things they'd like to see on the new site. They can use the Report a Concern form or email contact@cityofalabaster.com. "I want this to be a place where folks can come and easily find whatever they need to find," said Henry. "And if somebody has an idea for something they'd like to see, I want them to pass that along." In addition to its increased functionality, the new website should also have an updated and more modern design. According to Henry, the new site should be up and running by the beginning of February. To check it out, visit www.cityofalabaster.com.

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C I T Y L E A D E R S. . .
David Frings
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frings@cityofalabaster.com
January brought several new retail businesses to the Alabaster Promenade; Batteries Plus, National Tire Wholesale, and Dollar Tree. As you shop, please stop by these new establishments and thank them for choosing Alabaster! As we slowly begin to recover from these difficult times, it is very encouraging to see business leaders once again investing in our local economy. We need to continue to support our local business family as much as possible and realize that we must all be strong in order to secure a healthy economy. With your continued support, I am confident that we will continue to attract new businesses and jobs to Alabaster. I want to thanks the Simmsville community and Kids First Awareness for inviting me to take place in the unity celebration on January 15th. During this event, the children of Kids First dedicated the road leading to their center in memory and honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It was inspiring seeing everything that these young citizens planned as well as the art work produced by the children at all of our schools. Part of the celebration consisted of an art contest from children that attend all of our local schools. There were more than 150 entries and some excellent pieces of art. Even though there are still bad memories from many that lived during the troubles of the 1950’s and 60’s, our children concentrated on the positive results that have followed and expressed the concepts of hope and most of all unity. We do indeed have a bright future ahead if we continue to work together for positive goals! I want to also applaud the youth in our Thompson High School Band, The Marching Southern Sounds, for being invited and participating in Governor Bentley’s inaugural parade. As I have said many times before, our band is tops! If you do not believe me, please attend one of their concerts during the spring or a football game next fall and see for yourself. I think that you will agree one-hundred percent. We are reviewing some grant opportunities that may be available in our area to address some of the larger roads in the area. Some of the funding is tied to a program that addresses safe routes to school and includes sidewalks. We are reviewing these funding opportunities and determining the areas that will qualify or are best suited for the grant criteria. The school committee that I formed several months ago which consists of Councilmen Hicks and Brakefield and Council woman Martin met with our principle and the Shelby County state delegation. The principles had an opportunity to interface with Senator Ward, and Representative Hill and Weaver at the meeting. We began work on a grant writing committee that will seek community grants that will benefit our schools. Each school will have a representative on the committee and I will supply two experienced employees to write and submit the grant. I hope that we are able to secure some much needed funding for our schools.

Jim McClain
Council President Ward 5
mcclain@cityofalabaster.com

In this issue of the newsletter, we are saluting education in our city. Our cover story features the Teachers of the Year and I know all the schools are proud of them and all the teachers in our area who work hard to give our children a good education. They deserve our thanks and on February 8 they deserve our vote. That is the day that we vote whether to continue the property tax already in place to help support our schools. I urge you to vote for this measure as our schools need all the support they can get. We also highlight some of the work students at Thompson Middle School did to help raise funds for community organizations as well as the Thompson High School Soccer Team which is helping with a charity called “Backpack Buddies” providing needed school supplies to students who might otherwise have to go without. Welcome to the new state theatre group located in the city that coordinates theater happenings throughout the state. We’re happy to have you and the South City Theatre group which is performing one of my favorite comedies “You Can’t Take It With You” February 8-14. Enjoy a dinner out in the city and then the theatre; that’s a great evening. The city is unveiling a new website this month with a new look and new features, especially the ability to pay certain fees online which will be a big help to many folks. Be sure to check that out at www.cityofalabaster.com. Cold weather is always a dangerous time for house fires, and our fire department shares some ways to make sure your heating system and your home and family are safe, plus they share some progress the department is making on its New Year’s resolutions. When it’s cold outside you can’t help but think of Spring, and one way to get ready for Spring is to attend the Beautification Board’s annual Arbor Day Tree Giveaway on Saturday, February 26th. They hand out line tickets at around 10 am in preparation for the doors opening at 11am for the trees. They’ll have seedlings and some 5 gallon trees and folks on hand to help you with advice. That’s two things you can do to help provide for a good future for the community, plant a tree and vote to continue the school property tax on February 8th to help our schools continue to provide a quality education for our young people. Stay warm and remember Spring is right around the corner.

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C I T Y L E A D E R S. . .
Sophie Martin
Ward 1
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The new City of Alabaster website is scheduled to launch at the beginning of this month. This innovative website is an excellent tool that will provide more efficiency and convenience to Alabaster residents. It will also provide important and helpful information to people interested in visiting or moving to our city. One top priority I am continuing to work on is the demolishing of abandoned and hazardous structures along Hwy 11. There are still two Abatement Board positions that must be filled before we can move forward. As these positions are being filled, I will continue the process and will work hard to accomplish this goal. The Alabaster Water Board of Directors has a board member position also needing to be filled. If you are interested in serving our City in this important capacity, please call 663-6155. Thank you to those who are joining the Alabaster Youth Advisory Council! This council will introduce you to the important processes and functions of government while providing you an opportunity to work on important community issues and projects. If you are age 13-18 years and are interested in joining, please e-mail me at martin@cityofalabaster.com or call 358-8742. I look forward to hearing from you!

Bob Hicks
Ward 2
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2011, man it got here fast. Let us pray for an economic upturn this year. One item which needs your attention is the vote on February 8th regarding the continuation of the ad valorum millage currently in your tax structure. If we don't vote yes to continue this tax, it will be a horrendous blow to our already cash-strapped schools. This is not a new tax, this is a renewal of what we are already paying. It is imperative that we vote yes on this since new buildings for us and our neighbors hang in the balance of this vote. If you say you don't have any children in school and it does not affect you, keep in mind YOU were educated somewhere, and the children of our city deserve the same benefits you received. Please vote yes on Feb 8th. As of the writing of this letter, we are on our way to Atlanta for acute in-patient rehabilitation for our son Kyle, who was severely injured in a car wreck on Thanksgiving day. Please pray for God's grace to continue flowing upon him as he progresses with his recovery. We are overwhelmed by the love and support everyone has shown Kyle, and believe that God's mercy boosted by your prayer will help him along the road. Have a great, great 2011, and let's look forward to doing something positive for Alabaster. Grace and peace, Bob

Adam Moseley
Ward 3
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Very shortly, we will be going to the polls to vote on a tax renewal for the Shelby County School System. This is not a new tax, but the continuation of the existing tax. I urge you to vote yes to this continuation. While no one likes to pay taxes, this is one we cannot afford to fail. Whether you have children in the system or not, our local schools impact us all. Your home value is based in large part on location and school district. The better the school district, the more your investment in your home is worth. So it truly affects us all. I also wanted to note the passing of some special people in our community. Mrs. Edna Earle Gould, the wife of our longtime former City Administrator and former Councilman Jimmy Gould, passed away in December. She was a very special lady and longtime resident of Alabaster. Also, Denny Owen, the owner of Minuteman Press here in Alabaster passed away in December as well. He was a leader in our local business community and is survived by his lovely wife Sherry. Our thoughts and prayers go out to both families. GOD Bless. 6 Check out the city’s new web site at www.cityofalabaster.com February, 2011

C I T Y L E A D E R S. . .
Rick Walters
Ward 4
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On February 8th the taxpayers will have the opportunity to vote on a tax renewal for the Shelby County School System. It is important to note that this is not an increase but the renewal of a tax that is set to expire in 2017. Randy Fuller, the superintendent of our school system met with the Mayor and Council last month to explain the importance of renewing the tax and what would happen if it is not renewed before then. With proration of state funding and the decline of revenues that it would hurt our school system. February 26th the Alabaster Beautification Board will be holding its annual Arbor Day tree giveaway. The event begins at 10:00 so get there early and help keep Alabaster Beautiful and help us maintain our Tree City USA status. Currently we have two openings on very important boards that serve our city and its residents. The first is an opening on the Alabaster Housing Abatement Board. They review building structures throughout the city that may need to be removed and make recommendations to the Mayor & Council. I need someone from Ward 4 to serve as my appointment. If you are interested please email me or mail your request to 109 Shalimar Trace - Alabaster, AL 35007. We also have an opening for an appointment to the Alabaster Water Board. For this position you may contact any Council Member or Mayor Frings. These are both important positions as are all Board appointments that help us form and interpret city policy. Happy Valentines Day - Keep in Touch!

Scott Brakefield
Ward 6
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I hope that everyone is off to a great start to the New Year. I just want to touch on a couple of items this month. First, I would like to remind everyone how important it is to get out and vote on February 8th to RENEW the 30 mil school tax. This is desperately needed to ensure that the Shelby County Board of Education can continue to address the growing needs of our Alabaster schools with Capital Projects. As a reminder, this is a renewal not an increase. If you have any questions about the renewal, please visit www.shelbyed.k12.al.us/renewal. Secondly, I would like to call your attention to the great things that the ASEF has been doing lately. Some items include resurfacing the THS Gymnasium and cash contributions to the THS Band, THS Baseball as well as the school to purchase new weights for the new weightroom. I know that they are working hard to address other needs and much of their funding comes from working Alabaster Parks Concessions. I am sure that they would gladly accept any help they could get. Lastly, It gave me great pleasure to provide a check to Meadow View Elementary Principal, Dr. Jody Brewer, last month. The City has worked hard to ensure we offset some of the funds that are being lost at the State level for our Classroom teachers. During a meeting with all the Principals as well as the Shelby County delegation in Montgomery, we were able to provide each principal with their check from the City. My only wish is that we could do more. As always, if we continue to focus on our schools, activities for children and adults through our P&R Department and Public Safety, Alabaster will remain one of the absolutely best places to raise a family.

Tommy Ryals
Ward 7

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On Tuesday, Feb. 8th, Shelby County Board of Education is holding a special election to vote on continuation of a 30 mil tax for the county schools. This is not a new tax. It's a renewal of several smaller taxes that were passed over many years that are all expiring in the next 6 years. If the County doesn't get them renewed now, they cannot float bonds and make improvements to the schools now because they cannot guarantee that they will have money to pay the bonds back without a continuation of this school tax. Obviously, nobody likes taxes. Although the school system is not perfect, it's very good (ranked very high in the state), and I think Alabaster has gotten its share of benefits from the taxes we pay. We all want good schools. Even if you don't have school age kids, good schools increase property values. When you think of good schools, you think of Vestavia, Mountain Brook, or Hoover. You notice ALL have very good property values as well. In addition, they ALL have much higher taxes for schools than we do. Compared to the 30 mils we pay the county, residents pay over 100 mils in Mt. Brook, over 40 in Vestavia, about 40 in Hoover. Mt. Brook residents approve every school tax increase by about a 90% margin because they know it's worth it. If we want good schools, we have to pay for it. The Mayor and Council have open communication with the school leadership. We have expressed what we think are Alabaster needs for the next few years. None of that happens without the 30 mils. Please do your homework and I think you'll conclude as I have that this is one tax worth voting for.

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I N T H E S P OT L I G H T. . .
Assistant Collections Operator Mike Brothers has been working with the City of Alabaster's Environmental Services Department for the past 11 years. Brothers, who grew up in Alabaster and graduated from Thompson High School, says he enjoys the work because it's never monotonous. "I like meeting new people. Being out in the field all day long, it's always a different set of circumstances and different people, so I enjoy that," said Brothers. "It's a good job." Specifically, the job involves maintaining and repairing the city's sewer lines, which move the city's waste to the waste station off Highway 31. For Brothers, that means working out in the field all day. "We have miles and miles of sewer line that we maintain and repair," said Brothers. "We have 49 pump stations, and we usually check them all at least once a day. If there's a problem, we take care of it." According to Brothers, the most challenging part of the job is getting things fixed in a timely manner, like broken sewer lines. "It's always sort of unexpected when it happens, so that's the challenge of it, to get in there and get things fixed as soon as possible," he said. Of course, for Brothers the job has been good for him in another very important way as well. Working in the Environmental Services Department, he met his wife, Kim, whom he married in 2009. "We met here, and we've been married a year and a half," said Brothers. In his free time, Brothers is a huge Auburn fan, and he also enjoys carpentry. In fact, he has a small business called Heartland Home Restoration that he does on the side. "I love to build. Carpentry, I love it. If I had a true passion, that's probably it," said Brothers. "I've been doing that since about

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'06. We do about anything. We did a kitchen remodel here in Alabaster, deck building, drywall work, just about anything. And this job gives me the flexibility to do something like that, except for the months that you're on call." Brothers is a member of Siluria Baptist Church. He has a daughter, Katie, 10, Mike Brothers is an Assistant and a stepdaughter, Collections Operator with the Arianne, 14. He lives City of Alabaster Environmental in Alabaster. Services Department

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The Thompson High School Boys and Girls Soccer Team Partners with Vineyard Family Services Backpack Buddies Program to provide food, gifts, and new backpacks to children at Meadow View Elementary. Players from the Thompson High school Boys and Girls soccer program provided fifty bags of food, gifts, and new backpacks to students at Meadow View Elementary. The Girls' Soccer Coach Nathan Button and Boys' Coach Haylee Gant were approached by players looking for a worthwhile community project where they could make a difference. Backpack Buddies is a national program that fights childhood hunger. A teacher noticed children were returning to school on Monday hungry. She began secretly placing food items in their backpacks on Friday so that they would have something more to eat over the weekend. VFS began its own Backpack Buddies Program for The Shelby County School System serving elementary and middle schools. Vineyard Family Services is a local FaithBased Organization nonprofit started out of Inverness Vineyard Church working to decrease the crushing impact that father absence has on our community by providing holistic, effective, and caring programs to parents and children of the Greater

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A B E AU T I F U L S I G H T. . .
FEBRUARY 2011 Beautification Award Mr and Mrs. Larry Scherer 304 Newgate Court Alabaster, AL 35007 ARBOR DAY TREE GIVEAWAY FEBRUARY 26
The City of Alabaster Parks and Recreation Department and the Alabaster Beautification Board will be hosting the annual Arbor Day celebration on Saturday, Feb. 26 at Veterans Park. The event will feature the ever-popular tree giveaway, with over 170 5-gallon trees and 300 seedling trees being given away free to residents. According to Beautification Board President Larry Stewart, last year's tree giveaway was very successful, and the board hopes that this year's event will be as well. "Last year was the best year we've ever had," Stewart said. "Everything went great last year. We didn't have any trees left." According to Stewart, the event will begin at 10 a.m. People should arrive early to get a number, and then the trees will be distributed accordingly after that. "We'll have a bunch of trees again this year," said Stewart. "Hopefully we'll have another good turnout. We'll have some bare-root trees, then a lot of maple trees that we've ordered." Stewart said the Girl Scouts of America will also be on hand to help out. "This year, the Girl Scouts will be helping us out. They'll be talking about the trees. They'll tell you how to grow the trees," Stewart said. "The Boy Scouts will also be there helping to load cars for the senior citizens." The Beautification Board's Arbor Day event will be held inside the maintenance building to the right of the front parking lot, so residents should feel free to come out rain or shine and enjoy Arbor Day!

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Lego League Monday, February 7 at 4:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Kids 10 years old and younger can enjoy a session of freeplay with plastic blocks of all sizes. Children six and younger must be with an adult. Meets in the mobile unit. BOOK BASH: Traditions & Tales of Kenya Thursday, February 3 at 5:00 p.m. Kids in 4th grade and up can come to this special program that will give them a passport to fun, food, and culture. They can participate in an African reader's theater, get a taste of Kenya, and more! 4:30 p.m. Sign up required. Meets in the mobile unit. Valentine Craft Tuesday, February 8 at 6:00 p.m. Just in time for Valentine's Day - a crafts session kids will love. Youngsters 5 years old and older can sign up. Meets in the mobile unit. American Girls Club Friday, February 11 at 4:00 p.m. This month we'll enter Addy's world by taking part in an American Girls Reader's Theatre. To mark February as Black History Month, we'll read the play "Friendship and Freedom: A Play about Addy." No memorizing will be necessary. There are six female characters in the play, which is about 9 year old Addy who has escaped from slavery with her mother and has a new life in freedom. The action takes place in Philadelphia in 1864. If kids don't want to be in the play, they can be in the audience - and so can their dolls! Girls 7 years old and older can sign up for the fun! Meets in the mobile unit. Touch-a-Truck Tuesday, February 15 at 4:00 p.m. Kids of all ages are invited! The featured vehicle will be a tow truck from Pro Tow. Find out about this unique vehicle and the people who use it. Children 6 years old and younger must be with an adult. Meets in the library's rear parking lot.

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Alabaster Book Blasters Book Club Tuesday, February 22 at 6:00 p.m. Boys and girls six years old to ten years old are invited to join our new book club that's just for them! It's called the Alabaster Book Blasters Book Club and we are reading and blasting through the award winning books of Ezra Jack Keats. Sessions include a reading of a Keats book, discussion, snack and more! During this month's session we'll have cold weather fun with A Snowy Day! Sign up to read together, talk together, learn together and make snowman sandwiches, too! Meets in the mobile unit. Children six years old must be with an adult.

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Teaching is a professional service and as such it is only logical that during teaching and learning, students learn to be good servers also. At Thompson Middle School, students have many different opportunities to be involved in service to our local communities and the people who live in our area. Middle school aged students experience many rapid changes in their lives and often seem focused on their friends and themselves to the exclusion of others. However, they also begin to expand their ideas of and sense of place in the world as Ms. Youngblood, principal of Thompson Middle School stated, "Students have one job here at TMS: to be the best student they can be". That doesn't just include academic achievement either! Use Your Tax Refund To Make Some Lasting Improvements To Your Home
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Youngblood said this was an annual project that continues to grown and each year the food is given to a different local church for dispersal. In the spring, other projects will include a car wash where the money raised will go to the Shelby County Humane Society. The Juvenile Diabetes Association will benefit from money raised by students as they purchase a paper shoe as a donation. Money from Candy Grams will be given to a charity water program, which in turn builds wells in Africa. "Students were so excited about this particular project that they wanted to do it again", reported Ms. Youngblood, who believes in letting the students "spearhead the conversations and decide which service learning projects they

will do". Some children are working everyday on growing their hair (yes, I said hair) to be donated to Locks of Love in May. Another group donates their time after eating lunch to recycle paper throughout the school. Living in Alabaster, we all have the opportunity to be involved in curbside recycling, yet how many adults take the time to follow these children's lead? Physical education teachers involve the community during their annual Health Unit and now have a real personal trainer involved in teaching the students about life long health, which they seem to really enjoy. Ms. Youngblood believes that students are (CON’T ON PAGE 24)

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THS SOCCER SEASON STARTS FEBRUARY 15TH
The Thompson High School Soccer program kicks things off this month with a jamboree on Saturday, Feb. 5 at Larry Simmons Stadium. The Girls and Boys Varsity teams then begin regularseason play on Feb. 15 at Clay Chalkville. Following the season opener, the teams will travel to south Alabama to participate in the Southern Shootout, a high school tournament conducted by St. Paul's School and Fairhope High School. The tournament will take place Feb. 1819 and feature some of the best teams from around the state. "That tournament is for the Boys and Girls Varsity only. The Girls and Boys JV don't go," said Soccer Booster Club President Barbara Ramsey. "We'll leave on Friday morning and return on Sunday." The Varsity teams both play their first home game on Feb. 22 against Tuscaloosa County. The Boys Junior Varsity is scheduled to play that day as well. "You'll usually have two or three games on the same night," said Ramsey. "We try to put them all together so schools can bring one bus with all their teams at one time. Then we'll do the same thing when we're going there, so you're not carrying a bus four different nights for four different teams." Last year, Thompson soccer teams garnered several individual accolades, including one for Girls Head Coach Nathan Button. "Coach Button was named metro coach of the year last year," said Ramsey, "and then we had several players that were named all metro and honorable mention." Ramsey, whose son Jacob plays for the Boys Varsity, said she looks forward to both teams having successful seasons again this year. "I think this year will be a good year, even though we lost several seniors," said Ramsey. "It looks like they're going to do pretty good, both girls and boys." Ticket prices to home soccer games are $5 for general admission. Student tickets are $3. To learn more, visit the Thompson High School website at www.shelbyed.k12.al.us/sc hools/ths/index.htm.

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On Sunday, Nov. 7, the members of the Shelby County Legislative Delegation were sworn in at a ceremony at the American Village in Montevallo. Among the elected officials were the three Alabaster legislators, Sen. Cam Ward, Rep. April Weaver and Rep. Mike Hill. Ward was elected to represent Alabama Senate District 14, after serving for two terms in the Alabama House of Representatives. "I thought this was a better forum to allow me to promote the issues that I feel are important to me," said Ward. "You have a little more influence in public policy when you're in the Senate, and I felt like this was a natural step for me after serving eight years in the House." Ward is the executive director of Alabaster's Industrial Development Board. He is also a graduate of Troy University and the Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham. Some of the issues he's passionate about include fiscal issues, public education, and ethics reform. "I've been a staunch advocate for years for ethics reform. It's always been a big passion of mine, so I'm hoping to use my new position to continue to promote more ethics reform in state government. Also I want to continue to be an advocate for public education," said Ward. Weaver was elected to the House District 49 seat, which was previously held by Ward. This was her first time to run for public office, a decision she said was inspired by the current political climate at both the state and national levels. (CON’T ON PAGE 27 )

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TEACHERS OF THE YEAR HONORED
(CON’T FROM PAGE 2) beyond sitting at a desk with pencil and paper in hand." Creel teaches fourth grade at Thompson Intermediate where she's been teaching for the past five years. She's the lead teacher in math and is active in a number of other areas as well. "I have been the lead teacher for our field trip team planning and organizing field trips for the past three years. I have also been part of the technology team which helps with the smaller issues that come about in our school," wrote Creel. "I feel privileged to be a part of such a wonderful team of teachers and honored that they feel they can come to me with questions or problems that they believe I can help them fix." Byrd is a seventh-grade English teacher at Thompson Middle School, where she's been teaching for four years. In her nomination essay, Byrd talked about the commitment required to be a good teacher. "The reality of teaching is that if you are going to do it right and be successful for yourself and your students, you are going to arrive early and stay late, take paperwork and brain work home with you every day and on the weekends, attend training throughout the summer, worry about students, and wish you had more hours in your day to get it all done," said Byrd. Kendrick teaches Special Education at Thompson High School, where she's also Head of the Special Education Department. "The decision to become a special education teacher was made during my first year of college," Kendrick wrote. "I had a math teacher in high school that instilled a love for math in all of her students. I started college thinking that I wanted to be a math teacher. After talking with my advisors and looking at the college of education in general, I decided instead to go into special education. I have never regretted that decision." Bridges is in her first year at the Alternative School, where she teaches math. "I can recall in grade school how math always interested me. I remember the enthusiasm I witnessed from my teachers," Bridges wrote. "When in high school I knew that I wanted a career that had the ability to influence the way the world thinks. I love having the ability to teach young minds and making students think outside the box. Math links us to so many other subjects and jobs." Seven other Shelby County teachers were recognized for earning their National Board certification. Among them were Alabaster instructors Scott Byrne of Creek View Elementary, Chaille Raines of Meadow View Elementary, and Angie Clark of Thompson Middle School.

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HEATING SAFETY There is something about the winter months and curling up with a good book by the fireplace. But did you know that heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths? With a few simple safety tips and precautions you can prevent most heating fires from happening. Be warm and safe this winter! • Keep anything that can burn at least three-feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater. • Have a three-foot "kidfree zone" around open fires and space heaters. • Never use your oven to heat your home. • Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer's instructions. • Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional. • Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed. • Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters. Heating Equipment Smarts: Install wood burning stoves following manufacturer's instructions or have a professional do the installation. All fuel-burning equipment should be vented to the outside to avoid carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Install and maintain CO alarms to avoid the risk of CO poisoning. If you smell gas in your gas heater, do do not light the appliance. Leave the home immediately and call your local fire department or gas company. • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home. Our New Year Resolution As we begin to adjust to the new year, we certainly reflect on our past year’s accomplishments and shortfalls. It’s the time of the year where we can improve on our shortfalls

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GOING GREEN
It seems as though we have had a colder than normal winter this year and for many people, planting a tree is the last thing on their mind. However, this is in fact one of the better times to plant trees and woody shrubs as they are dormant so there is less shock to the plant when it is transplanted. Also, it will require less water during these cooler months than the hotter months. But please remember that they still need watering during winter months unless we are receiving regular rain. Choose your tree wisely by researching the requirements and characteristics of the tree species that you are considering. Many trees get very large so while choosing a location, look up. Take note of power lines, other trees, and overhanging structures on your house or garage. If you have a smaller confined space there are trees such as dogwood and redbuds that stay relatively small. These smaller trees also produce beautiful blooms in the early and late spring. With all species, properly prepare the hole that you dig for the tree. Dig the hole wider than the root-ball you are inserting and use a good soil additive to achieve proper drainage. You may want to dig the hole about two or three inches more shallow than the root-ball to allow the ball to rise above the surrounding ground. Apply three to four inches of a good mulch to prevent erosion and hold in moisture during those hot summers. Planting trees not only improve the appearance of your property, they also provide shade which results in a general cooling of the area and your home in the summer. Trees also provide food and shelter for urban wildlife which provide hours of enjoyment for the entire family.

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(CON’T FROM PAGE 16) to "learn valuable life lessons while at the Middle School". "Modeling expectations, ownership, and responsibility" are lessons she wants the students to learn and do so they "get the feeling of self worth that is so amazing". She wants her teachers and students to experience a sense of accomplishment. "Students begin to develop their portfolios now through developing a 10 year plan whether it involves college or not. Service should be a common practice throughout their lives". Ms. Youngblood believes that since she "makes school about the kids and her teachers" that she "spends very little time on management". She also credits the many parents, volunteers, and the public servants such as "the mayor and others who are always there to help and give immediate action when needed". Education should be life-long and involve all members of a community. Isn't it wonderful to see our children involved in so many great endeavors? Shouldn't we support them as they contribute to our community perhaps through getting our cars washed at the Thompson Middle School Car Wash? Better yet, can't we as adults volunteer rather than being asked to do a service as our youth are showing us how to do? Take a minute today to look for a chance to serve others. A place to begin is at Thompson Middle School, where on their website one can see learning through active commu-

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NEW LEGISLATORS TAKE OFFICE
(CON’T FROM PAGE 21 ) "There are many things that inspired me to run but I think the biggest thing was the political climate," Weaver said, "which is the reason I think you saw so many people who had never been involved in politics before putting their names on the ballot." As part of the new Republican majority, Weaver said she's looking forward to making a difference. "I am concerned about the path that our state is on, and it is time to get Montgomery back on track and restore the public's trust in state government," she said. Weaver is the director of business development at Shelby Baptist Medical Center in Alabaster. She is also a graduate of the University of Alabama and a member of the Alabama State Republican Executive Committee. She attends church at Westwood Baptist Church in Alabaster. Hill was elected to represent House District 41. Hill was first elected to the seat in 1986 and has served continuously ever since. He said he was originally inspired to get into politics when he was young. "I served in the Legislature as a page when I was 12 years old, and I said one day I'd like to go back and be a part of that body. It was interesting and exciting to watch history being made," said Hill. "I got to a point in my life that I could do it, so I decided to run. I got elected and I've been able to stay ever since." Hill, a Republican from Columbiana, works for Regions Bank and is a graduate of Auburn University. He's also a deacon at the First Baptist Church of Columbiana and a life member of the Columbiana Kiwanis Club. He said he believes the number of new legislators this year is a positive sign of change. "I think we're moving in the right direction," Hill said. "I think we've got 39 people down here that are new out of 140, so that tells the story right there. That's a huge turnover." Dr. John Stewart, the president of the University of Montevallo, provided the keynote address at the ceremony. For more information about the Alabama Legislature, visit the official website at www.legislature.state.al.us.

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STATE THEATER GROUP NOW BASED IN ALABASTER
Since Alabaster resident Sue Ellen Gerrells became the executive director of the Alabama Conference of Theatre (ACT) three years ago, the statewide organization has called Alabaster home. The group is a nonprofit organization that serves as one of the state's premier resources for theatre. "The organization's been around for 35 years," said Gerrells. "We have divisions that are set up to act as a resource for the different types of theatre in Alabama. We have a secondary division, which is high school. We have theatre for youth, a community division, a professional division and then the college and university division." Gerrells said that one of the primary roles of the organization is to host a variety of theatre festivals throughout the year. "We are hosting festivals for three of those divisions at the moment, and the professional division is working on a major project for the spring to take a professional production from Alabama to Italy," she said. According to Gerrells, the group's membership includes 75 to 80 organizations along with nearly 2,000 student members from Alabama high schools. The secondary festival that's held each year is one of the largest in the southeast. "The theatre festival that we run for the high schools is a three-day event," said Gerrells. "It covers scholarship auditions for colleges in Alabama on the first night. Then the next two days are individual events that involve all kinds of things, from acting to stage management, and the students compete in those areas." The secondary festival also includes a one-act play festival, from which the winners will advance to the Southeastern Theatre Conference in Atlanta in March. Alabaster's own South City Theatre won the Community Theatre Festival in October with its production of "Driving Miss Daisy" and will also advance to the Southeastern Theatre Conference. "We'll be sending two shows to that from the high school division. Last year, Huntsville High School took 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat' and Spain Park took an original play that their teacher had written," said Gerrells. As a nonprofit organization, the group relies on grants and donations for funding. For example, it just received a major grant from

the Alabama State Council on the Arts. "We were given a $6,000 grant to help with the Trumbauer Festival, which is the Secondary Festival, and we were given a $1,300 grant to help with the Community Festival," said Gerrells. In addition to her role as executive director of ACT, Gerrells is also actively involved at South City Theatre in Alabaster. She directed "The Octette Bridge Club" last year and is scheduled to direct "The Rainmaker" this spring. For more information on ACT, visit www.alabamaconferenceoftheatre.com

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South City Theatre presents “You Can’t Take It With You” by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman February 4-13; directed by Libby Medicus. A comedic play set in the carefree and eccentric Sycamore family home somewhere in New York. Essie Sycamore Carmichael (dreamer ballerina and candy maker, married to Ed Carmichael, xylophone player) has other things on her mind and has misplaced a letter intended for Grandpa Vanderhof (keeper of snakes, who has never paid taxes) from the United States Government. We find the Sycamores also preparing to meet Tony Kirby, Alice Sycamore’s true love for the first time. Alice is hoping she can prepare herself and her family for a ‘normal’ dinner party, but with the Sycamore family

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SENIOR ACTIVITIES
Winter Seniors Dance Friday, February 4 from 79pm at the Senior Center. Cost is $4/person. Entertainment by Wayne Alexander and light refreshments will be served. Stop by the center to purchase a ticket. AARP Driving Safety Course This is an 8 hour classroom refresher that can help you learn the effects of aging on your driving and how you can adjust your driving. Class will be held on February 1 and 2 from 91pm. Cost is $12/AARP member and $14/non AARP member. Make checks payable to AARP. Space is limited. Men's Coffee Social Monday, February 7 at 9am. Come enjoy pastries and biscuits with a great group of men. Hobby Lobby and lunch at Taziki's Join us on Wednesday, February 16 for a fun trip to the craft store and lunch in the community. Cost is $1.00 to reserve your spot. Anniston Museum of Natural History Tuesday, February 22. We will take a tour of the museum and then enjoy lunch. Bring $6 for the tour and $10-$12 for lunch. Space is limited. Cost is $1.00 to reserve your spot. Drawing II: Drawing projects are designed to encourage student confidence and apply basic skills learned. All skill levels welcome. Emphasis will be on drawing what you see. Students will draw from objects as well as from handouts and other resources. Basic techniques, some tricks, lots of information and help, will assist students to advance their skills. A variety of media and projects will be explored. Classes will be offered Mondays from 122pm. Cost is $20/month. You will need to purchase your supplies. One Day Acrylic Painting Workshop February 15 from 9am-12pm. Beginners and experienced painters welcome. Workshop will focus on fundamentals of composition, color basics and mixing. Cost is $15/person and supplies are included. Ongoing acrylic classes will begin in March on Tuesdays from 10-12pm. Painting on a T-shirt February 8, 9, and 10 from 9:30am-11:30am. You will need to plan on attending all three days. We will be painting a Valentine theme. Cost is $5.00 (includes your paints and brushes.) You provide the shirt or sweatshirt. You won't want to miss all the new activities at the senior center: Blood Pressure Checks Tuesday, February 8 at 10am Wii Bowling - Wednesdays at 9:30am Beginner/Inter Line dancing - Thursdays 9:30am ($2 donation) Beginner Line Dancing Thursday 10:30am ($2 donation) Tempo exercise - Fridays 10am ($2 donation) Zumba Gold (exercise)Wednesdays 1pm ($2 donation) Bridge- Thursday 12-3pm Rook- Wednesdays 9:00am Mexican Train DominoesTuesdays 10am Creative Craft with Betty 2nd Monday of each month Drawing II- Mondays 122pm (fee based) Watercolor Class Thursdays at 1pm-3pm (fee based) Please contact the Senior

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FOR THE RECORD
Minutes of the Alabaster City Council Meeting Alabaster, Alabama December 2, 2010 A regular meeting of the Alabaster City Council was held in the Municipal Annex on Thursday, December 2, 2010, at 7:00 P.M., and there were present at said meeting Councilpersons: Present: Sophie Martin, Adam Moseley, Rick Walters, Scott Brakefield, Tommy Ryals and Jim McClain. Absent: Bob Hicks. MEETING OPENING Council Member Moseley made a motion to approve the minutes of the November 18, 2010 meeting as read. Council Member Walters seconded the motion. Voting - Ayes: Sophie Martin, Adam Moseley, Rick Walters, Scott Brakefield, Tommy Ryals and Jim McClain. Nays: None. Motion carried. Council Member Moseley made a motion to approve the agenda for tonight's meeting. Council Member Ryals seconded the motion. Voting - Ayes: All Ayes. Nays: None. Motion carried. RESOLUTION NO. 120210 1. RESOLUTION DECLARING ITEMS FROM THE FIRE DEPARTMENT AS SURPLUS AND ALLOWING DONATION OF SAID ITEMS. Council Member Brakefield introduced Resolution No. 120210 regarding declaring one fire apparatus and equipment as surplus and allowing for disposal by donation to the Shelby County Trade School. Council Member Brakefield made a motion to approve Resolution No. 120210. Council Member Martin seconded said motion. Mr. Gary Griffith was present from the Trade School and thanked the Mayor and Council for their kind donation and said this would help the students tremendously. Voting - Ayes: Sophie Martin, Adam Moseley, Rick Walters, Scott Brakefield, Tommy Ryals and Jim McClain. Nays: None. Motion carried. 2. COUNCIL WORK SESSION. Council President McClain announced that a council work session will be held on Thursday, January 6, 2011 at 5:00 P.M. in the conference room at the Municipal Annex Building located at 127 1st Street S.W. After brief council and audience comments, Council Member Moseley made a motion to adjourn with Council Member Walters seconding. All were in favor and said meeting was adjourned at 7:15 P.M. Minutes of the Alabaster City Council Meeting Alabaster, Alabama December 16, 2010 A regular meeting of the Alabaster City Council was held in the Municipal Annex on Thursday, December 16, 2010, at 7:00 P.M., and there were present at said meeting Councilpersons: Present: Sophie Martin, Bob Hicks, Adam Moseley, Rick Walters, Tommy Ryals and Jim McClain. Absent: Scott Brakefield. MEETING OPENING Council Member Moseley made a motion to approve the minutes of the December 2, 2010 meeting as read. Council Member Walters seconded the motion. Voting - Ayes: Sophie Martin, Adam Moseley, Rick Walters, Tommy Ryals and Jim McClain. Nays: None. Bob Hicks abstained due to his absence. Motion carried. Council Member Moseley made a motion to approve the agenda for tonight's meeting. Council Member Ryals seconded the motion. Voting - Ayes: All Ayes. Nays: None. Motion carried. ORDINANCE NO. 10-Z03 1. A PUBLIC HEARING ON A REZONING REQUEST OF 46.98 +/- ACRES FROM A (AGRICULTURE DISTRICT) AND B-3 (COMMUNITY BUSINESS DISCTRICT) TO I (INSTITUTION DISTRICT) FOR THE YOUNG MEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION OF BIRMINGHAM. Council Member Moseley introduced Ordinance No. 10-Z03 requesting that 46.98 +/acres be rezoned from A (Agricultural District) and B-3 (Community Business District) to I (Institutional District) for the Young Men's Christian Association of Birmingham. Said property is located just off Highway 119 at Plaza Circle. Council President McClain opened the public hearing up to the floor for those wishing to speak either for or against said ordinance. Mark Gonzalez of Gonzalez - Strength & Associates, Inc. and Mr. Lanny Vines with the YMCA spoke in favor of said rezoning for the YMCA. No one spoke against said rezoning request. Council Member Moseley made a motion to approve Ordinance No. 10-Z03 and Council Member Martin seconded. Voting - Ayes: Sophie Martin, Bob Hicks, Adam Moseley, Rick Walters, Tommy Ryals and Jim McClain. Nays: None. Motion carried. RESOLUTION NO. 121610 2. RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING MAYOR TO HANDLE FINANCING OF POLICE FLEET PLAN AS ADOPTED IN THE 2011 FISCAL YEAR BUDGET. Council Member Hicks introduced Resolution No. 121610 authorizing the execution and delivery by the City of an installment financing contract and related documents to finance certain equipment, 10 police cars, as part of a transaction that will constitute a $300,000 loan and determining other matters related thereto. Council Member Hicks made a motion to approve Resolution No. 121610. Council Member Walters seconded said motion. Voting - Ayes: Sophie Martin, Bob Hicks, Adam Moseley, Rick Walters, Tommy Ryals and Jim McClain. Nays: None. Motion carried. RESOLUTION NO. 121610A 3. RESOLUTION ALLOWING MAYOR TO ENTER INTO AGREEMENT WITH ALDOT REGARDING THE SECTION 5310 GRANT APPLICATION PROCESS (PASSENGER BUS FOR ELDERLY AND PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES). Council Member Moseley introduced Resolution No. 121610-A allowing Mayor Frings to enter into an agreement with the Alabama Department of Transportation regarding a Section 5310 Grant Application for a 25 passenger bus for the elderly and persons with disabilities. Council

Member Moseley made a motion to approve Resolution No. 121610-A. Council Member Martin seconded said motion. Voting - Ayes: Sophie Martin, Bob Hicks, Adam Moseley, Rick Walters, Tommy Ryals and Jim McClain. Nays: None. Motion carried. 4. COUNCIL WORK SESSION. Council President McClain announced that a council work session will be held on Thursday, January 6, 2011 at 5:00 P.M. at the Municipal Annex Building located at 127 1st Street S.W. After brief council and audience comments, Council Member Walters made a motion to adjourn with Council Member Moseley seconding. All were in favor and said meeting was adjourned at 7:20 P.M.

FIRE DEPARTMENT RESOLUTIONS
(CON’T FROM PAGE 23) occurred while these firefighters were on duty. Countless other firefighters died from heart disease on their days off. You’re probably thinking “what a gloomy story to start the New Year.” However, this has become the motivation or our department’s #1 New Year’s resolution. We actually started our New Year’s resolution in early December. The Alabaster YMCA offered our fire department members individual memberships at no cost. Thanks to their contribution to the community, our department began to take a proactive approach to help reduce the risk of heart disease and deaths by heart attacks. Each morning beginning at 7:45 each engine company rotates through the YMCA to work on cardiovascular fitness. The remaining engine companies rotate to insure the same level of coverage throughout the city. Each group works out for approximately 1 hour to start their day. Aside from the obvious reduction of risk of heart disease, cardiovascular fitness helps us to serve you better. One of our goals is to reduce our air consumption while in our SCBA (air packs). This is important because it allows us to work in hazardous environments for longer periods of time which is extremely important if you’re trapped inside a house on fire waiting on us to rescue you. Thanks again to the Alabaster Branch of the YMCA for contributing to our wellness.

SCHOOL TAX VOTE FEB. 8TH
(CON’T FROM PAGE 2) vote is important to the continuing success of local schools and students. "We're asking for a tax renewal that will renew the existing taxes," Youngblood said. "You're always trying to secure new bonds so you can build new schools, new classrooms, new renovations and just get the needs of the students and the staff met." According to Youngblood, voters will need to vote yes five times on the ballot on Feb. 8 to help renew the taxes for the future. For more information, visit www.shelbyed.k12.al.us/renewal.

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Calendar of Events
Feb. 3 City Council Meeting 7 pm Annex Mar. 3 City Council Meeting 7 pm Annex Mar. 9 Municipal Court 9am Annex* Finance Committee 5:30 pm City Svcs. Bldg. Mar. 14 Water Board 7 pm Annex Beautification Board 6 pm Senior Ctr. Mar. 15 Driving School 7 pm Annex Mar. 17 City Council Meeting 7 pm Annex Public Works Committee 5 pm Annex Economic Development Committee 5:30 pm Mar. 22 Housing & Abatement Board 5:15 pm Annex Library Board Meeting 6 pm at Albert L. Scott Library Planning & Zoning 7 pm Annex Mar. 23 Municipal Court 9 am Annex* Sewer Committee 6 pm City Hall Mar.25 Trial Date 9am Annex Mar. 28 Board of Adjustments 6 pm Annex David M. Frings, Mayor frings@cityofalabaster.com Feb. 9 Municipal Court 9 am Annex 663-7059 Finance Committee 5:30 pm City Svcs. Bldg. Sophie Martin, Ward 1 Feb. 14 Beautification Board 6 pm martin@cityofalabaster.com Former Senior Ctr.(Gardner House) 358-8742 Water Board 7 pm Annex Bob Hicks, Ward 2 hicks@cityofalabaster.com Feb. 15 Driving School 7 pm Annex 663-1801 Feb. 17 City Council Meeting 7 pm Annex Adam Moseley, Ward 3 Public Works Committee 5 pm Annex Economic Development Committee 5:30 pm moseley@cityofalabaster.com 663-1564 Feb. 22 Planning & Zoning 7 pm Annex Rick Walters, Ward 4 Housing & Abatement Board 5:15 pm walters@cityofalabaster.com Annex 281-7394 Feb. 23 Municipal Court 9 am Annex* Jim McClain, Ward 5 Sewer Committee 6 pm City Hall mcclain@cityofalabaster.com 663-1886 Feb. 25 Municipal Court Trial Date 9 am Annex Scott Brakefield, Ward 6 Feb. 28 Board of Adjustments 6 pm Annex brakefield@cityofalabaster.com 685-0302. Tommy Ryals, Ward 7 ryals@cityofalabaster.com 664-1301 Questions about a meeting? Call 664-6800 Marsha Massey, City Clerk A full 2011 Calendar is available for mmassey@cityofalabaster.com reference at www.cityofalabaster.com 664-6800

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