April 9, 2014 10:23:59 AM
VERNON, Ala. -- Hold off on any plans to hold a fundraiser at city hall.
The Vernon City Council Monday tabled plans to decide the city's stance on allowing community fundraisers, like a carwash, on city grounds. Mayor Glenn Crawford said he's had requests from citizens to hold fundraisers at city hall, Vernon's park, and fire stations. But Crawford said he was advised that the city could be liable for injuries that occur during fundraisers.
He noted the typical practice of volunteers holding signs by the side of the road during a carwash.
"It's a touchy subject, but it's our job to decide," Crawford said. "If we want people doing those functions on city property...do we want to limit or allow it? We could specify a particular function. I know it's been done in the past."
Crawford said charitable efforts, like Relay for Life, have been held at the city's municipal complex in the past.
Councilman Winn Prescott asked if a school holds a fundraiser would it relieve the city of liability, as students would be covered by the school, but the board didn't have all of the necessary documents to answer possible variables to help craft a new policy.
The board voted unanimously to table the matter until its next meeting on April 21.
In other business:
■ The board selected Montgomery-based contractor Goodwyn, Mills & Cawood, Inc. for design and construction of infrastructure of the city's industrial park, where K & S Lumber will open a sawmill.
■ The city announced a $100,000 cap on a Community Development Block Grant from the state for the infrastructure at the city's industrial park. Community Consultants, of Huntsville, will begin writing the grant, Crawford said.