Daleville Council talks upcoming projects, events

An opportunity for improvements to Culpepper Park may be available, Daleville City Councilman Jo Reese told those attending the city council meeting July 21.

Reese said that the man who brought the Family Fun Fest to Daleville for the second consecutive year, Paul Marini, told her that he is working to get Daleville recognized as the “Dale County Fair Ground” location.

Marini said that he filed an application with the Alabama Fair Association for Daleville to be designated as the Dale County Fair beginning 2021, Reese said, and the application was approved. “Because of that there will be grants available for improvement of the actual location, which is Culpepper Park,” she told the council.

In unrelated business, Daleville Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Michelle Powell told the council that a motorcycle poker run will be held in lieu of the annual Spartan Fest this year.

Spartan Fest has traditionally been a day of comradery with Daleville’s sister unit, Fort Rucker’s 1st of the 223rd Aviation Regiment, in the form of a softball tournament and picnic lunch.

A softball game was originally one of many activities held by Daleville during Fort Rucker Appreciation Week, an event held by several cities throughout the Wiregrass. In 2015, the softball game was held in September and known as Spartan Fest and in 2018, Spartan Fest became a tournament.

Because of the restrictions imposed on both the soldiers stationed at the Home of Army Aviation and the residents of the surrounding cities due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the poker run is a more viable option, Powell said. It will be held Sept. 12 and named the Daleville Spartan Ride of Honor.

The council approved Powell’s request to use the Daleville Cultural and Convention Center Sept. 25 for a health and wellness event focusing on promoting wellness of the mind, body and spirit.

In other business, the council discussed a request from the Boys and Girls Club of Daleville for lighting on the back side of the building located on Donnell Boulevard. Daleville Mayor Jayme Stayton said that Alabama Power can provide a street light and the city will research the feasibility and cost effectiveness of installing solar lights.

The council also approved a five-year tax abatement for the owners of the new Wendy’s on Daleville Avenue. The abatement is part of an economic development tax incentive the council previously approved for new projects for the city.

The next meeting of the Daleville City Council is Tuesday, Aug. 6, at 5:30 p.m. in the Daleville City Hall Council Chambers. The meeting is open to the public.

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