Quotes: In politics, readily dismissing inconvenient people can easily extend to dismissing inconvenient truths about them. - Daniel Goleman
BOE gets update on WHS project
Members of the Jasper City Board of Education received more detailed updates on the new Walker High School plans during Thursday night’s work session. Jay Kirkpatrick, program manager for Hoar Program Management, and Lee Bryant and Rick Lathan of Lathan Associates Architects spoke to board members about the construction site of the district’s new high school and cleared up a little “confusion” on concerns with additional classroom space. “This is the document that I presented at the last meeting on the 12th, regarding the budget. I think there was some confusion with this document, so I’ve redone it with this document that I’m handing out now,” Kirkpatrick said. “What we’ve got, currently, we’re looking at nine alternates in addition to the base bid. ... So, with those figures, the total budget right now as it stands is $52,983,794. The city has agreed to provide $52 million total funding to the project, so as it stands in the base bid it is currently $983,794 over budget.”
Suspect sought in Qwik Sak robbery
Jasper Police are investigating a reported robbery at the Qwik Sak on Highway 195 (formerly Icehouse). Police were called to the scene at approximately 11 a.m. after the clerk called to say a man had come in, demanded money and then fled on foot. The suspect is described as a white male, approximately six feet tall and 200 pounds. A photo pulled from the store’s surveillance video shows a man the police department want to question. Anyone with information on the robbery or the suspect should contact Jasper Police at (205) 221-2121.
ClasTran rep: 5,000 riders using public transit system
Members of the Walker County Commission got an update Monday on ClasTran’s local operations. The Birmingham-based transit system served approximately 5,100 area riders last year. “Since all of Walker County is designated as rural and it’s a rural grant, you don’t have to be 60 years old or disabled to use the service. Anybody can use it,” said chief financial officer Samantha St. John. The commission, the city of Jasper and the Walker Area Community Foundation have traditionally provided the local match money that is necessary for ClasTran to apply for a federal grant for rural transportation. The grant covers half of ClasTran’s local expenses.