City Council Meets By Teleconference
by Shera Hunt
The Ardmore City Council met in a regular meeting Thursday, April 2, 2020. This was a first for the city, because of social distancing and stay at home orders by Governor Bill Lee of Tennessee, they met by teleconference.
Mayor Mike Magnusson, City Recorder Mary Prier, Alderman Raymond Crabtree, Alderman Paul VanManen were present at the council chambers. Alderman Spencer Smith, Garon Hargrove, Shane Emerson, and Jason Sherman called in by phone. Also calling into the conference were, Tim Turner, Ed Burgoon, Morgan Griffin-Morgan, Verlin Collins, Robbie Hayes, Shera Hunt, Crystal Freemon.
Mayor Magnusson called the meeting to order, led the prayer, and led the pledge of allegiance.
Alderman VanManen made a motion to approve the minutes of the last regular meeting March 5, 2020. Alderman Smith second. The vote was unanimous.
Alderman Smith made a motion to approve the minutes of the regular called meeting held March 18, 2020. Second by Alderman Sherman. The vote was unanimous.
Alderman VanManen made a motion to approve the March expenditures. Second by Alderman Emerson. The vote was unanimous.
Mayor Magnusson stated the council had closed the park, library, and city hall until April 6, 2020.
Alderman Hargrove made a motion to follow the state governmental recommendations as far as city closings. Alderman Smith second. The vote was unanimous.
Alderman Sherman suggested the city keep library closed through April 30, and lay off library employees, allowing them to receive unemployment. Alderman VanManen made a motion to keep the library closed and lay off employees until April 30. Alderman Sherman second. The vote was unanimous.
Alderman Hargrove suggested the street department employees continue to work during April. Park Director Tim Turner and Alderman Smith agreed there is much work to be done on the baseball fields and the park in general. Mayor Magnusson stated there is grass cutting and other outdoor jobs the street employees can do during this time. This week they started patching pot holes on city streets. Alderman Smith says street employees are essential. The mayor also stated he believes street department employees are considered essential and he is waiting to hear back from the city attorney to clarify whether they can keep working.
Alderman Hargrove made a motion to keep Tim Turner and the street employees working as normal. Alderman Crabtree second. The vote was unanimous.
Alderman VanManen stated, he would like for them to only have one person in a truck at a time to keep social distance. Alderman Hargrove stated he wants employees to be offered masks to wear while outside. Mayor Magnusson said he would be sure they only have one in a truck and he would offer them masks. The mayor's office has the masks for them.
Alderman Hargrove said, "I don't think it is fair to let library employees receive unemployment plus a $600.00 extra benefit from the government when our other city employees have to work their regular time and pay. Can't the other city employees receive compensation down the road? If we protect library employees, we should protect all city employees."
Mary Prier was asked if she is ok with working as things are now, keeping the front door locked to city hall and only allowing in people they know. She stated, yes, she is a little worried, but she is ok with the way things are.
All aldermen agreed that the city hall door remain locked and no one is to be allowed in.
Alderman Crabtree said City Clerk Lori Hardiman might want or need some time off. Mayor Magnusson and Mary Prier will consult with Lori and see if she is comfortable coming to work or not. They will handle her situation internally.
The meeting adjourned at 7:15 p.m.
The family of Eugenia Curtis would like to thank the Ardmore Community for the many acts of kindness shown to our Mother.
Many thanks to Reverend Debbie Eubanks and the members of the Ardmore United Methodist Church.
We also appreciate Verlin Collins, the staff, and friends of the Ardmore Library for their many kindnesses over the last several years, especially the games of scrabble and dominoes plus the festive lunches and parties.
Special thanks to Nancy Rich, Sandra Pope, and Kim Patterson for the many hours they spent with Mother during the past 18 months.
Mother appreciated her long friendship and many telephone conversations with Johnnie Hobson.
Doctors Nancy and Jon Turner, nurse Kathy Britt, and the entire staff provided wonderful care and compassion over the past 3 years.
We would also like to recognize the Rapid Responders for their kind support and care.
Many thanks to Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home, Ardmore Police Department, and Giles County Sheriff's Office for their support.
We are grateful to the entire Ardmore Community for helping us take care of Ms. Eugenia the last few years.
Bob W. and Brenda Curtis, Rick and Wanda Curtis, John and Donna Jo Curtis and
Carol and John Sheridan
Gary Wade Martin
Gary Wade Martin 61, of Elkmont, AL died Tuesday, March 24, 2020 in Huntsville, Alabama.
He was born April 25, 1958 in Limestone County, Alabama to Wade and Bertie Martin.
Gary was a member of First Baptist Church of Ardmore. He worshiped at Friendship United Methodist Church with his wife, LouElla, the past five years. Gary was a hard worker. He retired from General Motors/Delphi after 33 years of service. He enjoyed farming, raising cattle, camping, being outside, and loved spending time with his family and friends. Gary loved his children, grandchildren, and wife.
He was preceded in death by his father, Wade Martin, his wife and the mother of his children, Betty Martin, and his granddaughter, Gracie Bett Martin.
Gary is survived by his mon, Bertie Martin of Athens, AL; wife, LouElla Spahn Martin of Elkmont, Alabama; sons, Lance (Nicole) Martin, Elkmont, AL and Chad (Morgan) Martin, Elkmont, AL; daughter, Tiffany (Dustin) Wilbourn, Elkmont, AL; grandchildren, Dawson and Dax Wilbourn and Paislee and Wydner Martin; brothers, Terry (Mickie) Martin, Elkmont, AL and Phillip (Mary) Martin, Athens, AL; sister, Joan (Virgil) Murphy, Elkmont, AL; several nieces and nephews.
Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic the family will have a private family service with Bro. Brian Murphy and Bro. Tony Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Bottoms Cemetery.
A Public Memorial Service will be held at a later date.
Pallbearers will be Jordan Martin, Cody Martin, Neil Martin, Dustin Wilbourn, Lance Martin, Chad Martin, Phillip Martin, and Terry Martin.
Please take advantage of all the current home delivery offerings in Ardmore and the surrounding area.
Stay Home, Stay Safe,
Practice Social Distancing
Cedar Hill Teachers Parade
Cedar Hill Teachers Parade For Students
The teachers at Cedar Hill Elementary School met at the school's south parking lot Wednesday morning, April 1, 2020 and formed a parade in cars and drove through Ardmore's neighborhoods.
The teachers left the school at 10 a.m. They traveled down Cedar Hill to Mims Street where they turned right, the procession turned left on 6th Street then left on 8th Avenue, left again and left again on 9th Avenue, then left on 6th Street.
Students living in Cotton Row viewed the parade at the end of their subdivision. The procession turned left on Amy Circle,
left at 6th Street, left at Whitt Street, left on Hwy. 251 then right on Sweet Springs. Students from Pluckett Lane watched from the end of their road,
The teachers turned left on Mooresville Road, left on Bethel Road and right on Oak Grove Road. Students living on Traci Lynn, Buckner and Peety watched from the end of their roads.
The parade next turned left on Hwy. 251 then left on Taylor Lynn, right on Hwy. 251, right on Shelton, right on Miller, right on Hwy. 251 then left on Gatlin before crossing Pinedale and turning left on Gretta Circle, left on Gatlin and back to he school.
NOTICE OF CLOSINGS AND CANCELLATIONS
IN ARDMORE AND SURROUNDING AREA
The following is a partial list of closings and cancellations in the area due
to concerns about the Coronavirus alert as of Monday, March 24, 2020.
Ardmore, Alabama Senior Citizens Center is closed. The event room at the Ardmore Senior Center is also closed.
Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home is fully committed to the health and safety of the families served, the community and team members. Precautionary measures have been put in place regarding the Covid-19 pandemic. Please visit the website www.ardmorechapel.com for details.
Ardmore City Hall is closed to the public. If someone needs to pay taxes or take care of business, they can call City Hall at 931-427-2124.
Ardmore Family Medical Clinic (Deborah Ver Beek) is maintaining regular hours. Well patients may go inside the clinic. Sick patients will be seen in the parking lot. They are participating in TeleHealth services. You can access the service at www.telehealth.com.
Ardmore Public Library will be closed until April 30, 2020. Wifi is available in the parking lot of the library for those who wish to use while in their vehicle. There is a table outside and rockers on the porch that can be used also. If you currently have materials checked-out, due dates are extended until April 30 and fines are waived during this period. You do not need to return items during the closure but the drop-box will still be available.
Ardmore Telephone Company's lobby is closed to the public. Customers can use the night depository or call the phone company at 256-423-2131.
Ardmore Water Department's lobby is closed to the public. Customers can use the drive through window.
Athens Senior Center is closed to the public. The Limestone County Commission has canceled senior citizen activities at senior centers throughout the county.
Athens-Limestone Recycling Center, 15896 Lucas Ferry Rd., will not accept recyclables at the plant until further notice. All community collection trailers in Limestone County will gradually be phased out until further notice. If a trailer is full or a trailer has been removed, do not leave recyclables of any kind.
Barrett Dental is closed. For emergencies patients can call 256-724-1006.
Blanche Benefit Steak Dinner & Show is postponed. Due to the school closing as precaution to the Corona virus, the steak dinner scheduled for April 3 has been postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date. If you have already purchased a ticket, it will be good for the upcoming date and time.
Blanche High School school-wide reunion has been postponed due to the Corona virus alert. The event will be rescheduled at a later date.
Burger King is drive through only.
Cassie's Café will be open 12 noon until 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. They are offering curbside pickup and delivery only. Call 256-423-8751. They will be closed Saturday, Sunday, and Monday through the quarantine.
CB&S Bank customers can use the lobby by appointment only. The drive thru will maintain regular hours.
China House Restaurant is closed.
Columbia, TN's Mule Day is canceled. In accordance with the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and state government regarding COVID-19, Maury County Bridle and Saddle Club, the organizers for the annual Mule Day celebration and parade, along with the City of Columbia and Maury County government have made a joint, vital decision to cancel this year's Mule Day April 2-5. City leaders, department heads, EMA, Maury Regional Health and city and county health officials have convened collectively to make this decision.
Community Baptist Church on Lambert Road has announced that the Easter Egg Hunt will be canceled.
Dollar General Market will open from 6 a.m. until 11 p.m. Seniors are encouraged to shop the first hour of the day to avoid the crowds and purchase essential items.
Dollar General Stores are closing an hour earlier than normal in order to give the workers more time to clean and sanitize the stores and restock the shelves. Dollar General will open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.
Dr. Matthew McMasters (dentist) is closed until April 6, 2020. For emergencies contact firstname.lastname@example.org and someone will contact you as soon as possible.
El Olmeca Restaurant is offering delivery and take out only from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. Monday through Sunday. Call 931-427-8180
First Baptist Church, Ardmore has canceled all services until further notice. Watch for updates from our pastors on the website ardmorefbc.org or the Facebook page.
First National Bank's lobby is by appointment only. The drive thru will maintain regular hours.
FNB Bank customers can use the drive thru only. The lobby is closed to customers.
Giles County Public Library will be closed until April 14, 2020 in response to the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention Covid-10 Recommendations. The Giles County Public Library has canceled all programming. Some events may be rescheduled. Please see the social media, website, and email.
Hardee's is offering drive through only from 5 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Huddle House is offering take out only from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. Monday through Sunday. Call 931-427-3030.
J J's Coffee and More will offer curbside pickup and free delivery for Ardmore residents with a minimum $10.00 order. Hours will be from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday. Call 931-427-2020.
Jones Drug Store's lobby is closed to the public. They have a drive-up window and are offering curb service and delivery. They ask that customers do not walk up to the window when cars are present.
KFC/Taco Bell is drive through only.
L&S Food Market is operating at normal hours.
Madison County TRAM-Only patients traveling to cancer treatment appointments and patients traveling to kidney dialysis appointments will be transported via the Madison County TRAM service. All other trips are suspended until further notice. Please call the TRAM office for further information 256-532-3792. All Madison County Recreation Facilities are closed until further notice.
Madison County Courthouse will close effective immediately and until further notice due to the COVID-19 virus. Please refer to your local District Commissioner for specific details regarding operations and office hours. You can find their contact information listed on the Madison County website and social media. Essential County service departments will remain fully operational during the closure. These departments include Water, Sanitation, Public Works, Inspection, and Information Technology. The Madison County Sheriff's Department and Madison County Jail will continue to operate as usual.
McDonald's is drive through only.
Mildred's Restaurant is closed.
North Alabama Bank's drive thru is open during regular hours. The lobby is available by appointment only.
Piggly Wiggly is operating at normal hours.
Sonic Drive-In is currently not allowing patio dining. Otherwise operations are going on as usual.
Subway customers can call in orders and carry out only. Call 931-427-8333.
Tiny B's Bistro will offer delivery and pickup from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 256-423-5040.
Wooley Springs Baptist Church is following the recommendation of the CDC and the President and live streaming services on their website at www.wooleysprings.org.
Most of the shops on Ardmore Avenue are open normal hours.
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