Monday, February 27, 2017

Helena Council Agenda

Here is the agenda for City Council today

COUNCIL WORK SESSION AGENDA                                                                 5:00pm    
A discussion and review of City Council agenda items, projects, department, committee, and board liaison reports, and task assigned for City operations and business.

1.     Review: 2/13/17 Agenda Items.
·          AP/Bill payments
·          02/13/17 minutes review
2.     Update from Council Boards & Committee Business.
·          Board of Adjustments Appointments
3.     Presentation:
4.     Presentation: David Reynolds-Foresitetowers-Proposal for Verizon Cell Tower
5.     Presentation: Mobilite- Master License Agreement between the City of Helena and Mobilitie, LLC for Use of Public Rights-of-Way
6.     Councilman Woodman discussion about the Red Horse Fish
7.     Confirmation: 3/13/17 Council Meeting & Work Session Agenda.

CITY COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA                                                                    6:00pm
1.     Meeting Called To Order:       
2.     Invocation:                           
3.     Pledge of Allegiance:          
4.     Council Roll Call:                   
5.     AGENDA ITEM: Presentation of Minutes from 02/13/17.
6.     AGENDA ITEM: Revenue Report & (AP) Bill payment.
7.     AGENDA ITEM: Municipal Operations Report: Mayor Mark Hall
·          Departments: Police, Fire, Library, Streets, Sanitation, Utilities.
8.     AGENDA ITEM: Ordinance #844-17A (Second Reading) Annexation Request 4881 South Shades Crest Rd: Glasgow Rose Robinson (PARCEL #4200221000018.000)
9.     AGENDA ITEM: Board of Adjustments appointment.
10.  Council Comments:
11.  Adjournment

Sunday, February 26, 2017

homemade apple and pecan pies

Tammy is making homemade apple and pecan pies for $15 every weekend.  For orders contact (205)243-5967

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Good Bye Zodie

Good Bye Zodie

We are morning for the loss of Zodie. He was a friendly face on the golf cart with a wave for everyone!

For years he cleaned up the trash that people threw out on the roads. His official duty was to keep trash from running from the roads into the creeks in rivers. His service was required by ADEM but it was a love for him. Zodie was the first African American Police Office in Shelby County when he was hired in Helena which makes his a trail blazers. He will forever be in our hearts and memories. Serious, I am going to blow a rubber glove and tape it to my vehicle so if his family sees then they will know he is missed and special to Helena.

Mayor Hall Shared:

"Sad news coming out this morning. I have been told Mr. Zodie MCall has passed away. A longtime resident and city employee known to everyone who lived here and to those that travelled through Helena, Zodie was a great man, and a good friend to me and many more.

A devoted Christian, father, husband and friend to all, Zodie will be sorely missed.

I have just met with Zodie's youngest brother, and at this time he has no final word on arrangements. We will post on the cities FB page as soon as that info is shared"

Here is an article by  Laura Brookhart:
"You may not know his name, but you surely know his friendly wave. Zodie McCall is a Helena institution and one-man crew often seen working his route keeping Helena roads litter-free.

“I get comments all the time about how clean our streets are and I appreciate Mr. Zodie’s role in that,” said Mayor Sonny Penhale.

Mr. Zodie has been in Helena ‘forever’ –– working with the auxiliary police as far back as 1972, running a convenience store, cleaning Faulkner’s automotive shop on weekends, driving a school bus for 29 years, plus a stint at Winn Dixie before his ‘retirement.’

I blew up a gloves on my mailbox to remember him

Here is a profile of him by Graham at the Shelby County Reporter:
"McCall grew up in a family where he had 18 siblings and graduated from Wenonah High School. After graduating, he lived in Bessemer before coming to Helena to work a number of different jobs.
“I was living in Bessemer and I met a girl down here and we got together,” McCall said. She was a very religious type person and we prayed that God would clean our hearts and make us a different person.”
McCall is a man who believes in the Lord, and he is one who is grateful for everything the Lord has provided for him in his life. Helena has been a big part of that.
“In 1948, I strayed away a few times, but I got back on track with the Lord and I’ve been there ever since,” said McCall. “I never drank, I never smoked, I never did any of that.”
Today, the 79-year-old McCall is retired but still very active in the Helena community.
McCall has a job with the city where he can be seen riding around on his golf cart three days a week picking up trash and helping in whatever way possible to keep the city clean".

Finally an article from ABC News:

"If you've ever driven through Helena you've likely seen the man responsible for keeping trash out of the road. His friendly wave and smile is contagious. We decided to stop and talk with him,{}but what we found out is he's more than a Helena maintenance worker. Zodie McCall is living history.
Sometimes all it takes is a smile and a wave.

"You know, someone could be having a bad day and just to get a smile and a wave and it cheers your day up," Jody Newman, a Helena resident said. "It totally changes your attitude."

"Not many people would actually do that for anybody," Kaitlyn Schrieber, a Helena resident said.
"The best part about this job is when I wave, and they wave back," Zodie McCall said.
That's something felt by Helena drivers. He waves at every single one.

"I pick up sometimes 4-5 bags of trash that is thrown out on the highway," McCall said.
76 year old Zodie McCall spends every Tuesday and Friday picking up the things that fall out of car windows and pickups.

"I found $1,000 in an envelope with the name on it, so I gave it to my boss man and I told him he could find the owner and give it back to him, so he did find the owner," McCall said.
It's not always a glamorous job but you've never met someone so happy to be at work.
"When I get up in the morning, I get down on my knees and thank the Lord for blessing me to see another day and carrying me through another day," McCall said.

Serving people in Helena has always been a part of Zodie's life. In 1972, he was sworn in as a Helena police officer... The first African American police officer to be exact.

"It just made me feel good to know that I made history - because it was history. Just where I was supposed to be," McCall said.
He traded fighting crime, for a Gator and garbage bags - not just helping the city but the people who live there.
"When I go through a hard time, I see him and he recognizes my car and he's just waving and I blow my horn!" Kathy Schrieber, a Helena resident said.
"I love them and they love me," McCall said"They show love toward me. I'll do that the rest of my life."

Video Tribute
Mark Hendren shared his AP Photographer of the Year 2012 Entries which included Zodie McCall  at 3:20 minutes of the video:

Friday, February 24, 2017

Weekend Events

Weekend Events
Feb 24th                8:30am Helena Coffee Talk at HIS
Feb 25th                9:00am Clothing Exchange at CrosssBridge Church
Feb 25th                6:00pm HMS Choir Desert Cabaret and Silent Auction at Helena Middle
Feb 27th                5:00pm, 6:00pm-7pm Helena City Council
Feb 28th                Mardi Gras

Helena Baseball Results
Robertson's Walkoff Gives Helena Huskies Varsity Victory Over Lincoln
Lincoln (AL) 2

Helena Huskies Varsity 3

Helena DECA

DECA Standing
The national DECA origination develops youth with leadership skills marketing, management and entrepreneurship in business, and finance. We had several students from Helena High School take top honors in the State Competition:

1st Place Personal Financial/Literacy-Ashlyn Barnett
1st  Place Travel/Tourism-Jessie Zou & Alaynna Surcour
3rd Marketing Communication Series-Ashli Funches

Thursday, February 23, 2017

State of the Communites

Mayor Gives Address
Recently at gathering of Mayors, Helena's Mayor Mark Hall shared the State of the Community.

"With a population of about 18,000 Hall said the city is working to control its growth. The city’s Standard and Poor’s rating has increased from an A- to AA, about a four-point increase that Hall said he is proud of. Hall said the city is working to add more miles to its trails system and recently replaced a lot of its aging vehicles for their police and fire departments.
Attracting new businesses is always a goal, but Hall said Helena only wants businesses that are a good fit for the city. “We don’t want just any business,” he said. Beef O’ Brady’s and a new breakfast restaurant will soon be opening in the city".

Mayor Hall also shared more details on his facebook page, "After I completed extensive interviews and financial reviews, I am proud to report that the City of Helena's credit rating with Standard & Poor's municipal credit rating standards were recently raised from an A- to AA-. This improvement is a direct result of good financial practices and the solid fiscal responsibility we have practiced the last 4 years. Thanks to our administrative staff & city council members for your hard work in helping achieve this upgrade. As we work to continue building our reserve funds and avoid unnecessary spending I expect for the ratings to improve again in the next 2 years".
See more here:

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Twirl Mania International 2017

Twirl Mania International 2017
3000 twirlers from multiple countries gathered at Disney’s Wide World of Sports to compete at Twirl Mania International 2017.

9 year old, Madison Randall of Helena competed in the Beginner 7-9 division and received the following awards:
Top 5 in all of her individual events
Top 5 in the Beginner Miss Twirl Mania pageant
Madison now holds the title of Beginner Twirl Mania International 2017 2-Baton Champion
Daughter of Aaron and Kelly Randall, Madison is a 3rd generation twirler and has been twirling since she was 6 years old. Way to Go!

Helena Police Dog

It looks like we will be getting that Police Dog for Helena pretty soon

Book Sales

Book Sale!

Visit the Library book sale! Find some treasures (while they last!) at great prices, and support your local library!
When: Thursday, February 23 – ALL DAY – Begins at 10:00 AM

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Helena Arts Council

Call for Submissions! Be featured on our website!

The Greater Helena Arts Council is looking for local talent to showcase on our new website. We are accepting submissions of Original Artwork, Photography, Creative Writing, performance videos or any other creative achievements by the residents of Helena. It doesn't matter if you are a professional or an amateur - we want to feature your talents. Students are encouraged to apply as well.
Tag and Share this post with all the artists you know!

Please send submissions to

Shelby Proposed School Calendar

The Shelby County Board of Education shared their proposed school calendar through 2019. Check them out here:

Austin to Parris

I know it was tough when we had to let our child go to Kindergarten but Emily McFall's oldest Austin reported to Parris Island today. God bless them both

Helena’s Annual Spring Clean Up Day

Spring Clean Up
The Helena Beautification Board is excited to announce its Annual Spring Clean Up Day to be held on March 4, 2017 from 8 a.m. – 12 noon.   Everyone is invited to join us with sprucing up Old Town. We’ll be shaping up shrubs and roses, cleaning out planting beds in the area, and we’ll also plant new roses and redesign the circle beds as a part of the Old Town Strip revitalization.  Bring your gardening tools and gloves, and together let’s make Helena Beautiful.  All volunteers are asked to meet at the Caboose at 8a.m.  Love the Pole Planters in Old Town? We’ll show you how to build one!

Beautification Board Vice Chairman Brian Puckett will host a demo at 10 a.m. in front of Southeastern Butcher Supply on how to build planters that provide a big color impact. Brian will show you an inexpensive way to add one to your own garden.  The Helena Beautification Board is an appointed board of the Helena City Council.  The Board believes that people and places are profoundly connected and thriving communities are rooted in individual responsibility and action. They host a variety of opportunities for the community to come together and serve each year.  Events are posted on the Helena Beautiful Facebook page and announced via Twitter at @TweetHomeHelena.

Call Out: What: Helena’s Annual Clean Up Day When: Saturday March 4, 2017 8-12 noon
Where: Meet at the Caboose Feature: Pole planter demo at 10 a.m.

Scholar Bowl

Scholar Bowl
In the battles of wits Helena took 2nd place in Shelby County Championship match at the Shelby County Schools central office last week. Congrats to Oak Mtn who will go on to place in the State Match up. A big way to go to our youth for making it to the finals. You can read more in Graham Brooks Article

Wrestling Heights

Helena Wrestling
Alec Etheredge wrote a great article about the Championship wrestling match. Helena now competes in the 6A division for the first time. By the end of the State Tournament, Helena place 14th with 43 points and  Pelham was at No. 18 with 33.5 points. Also in the 6A division Helena’s Nathan Dunaway made it to the final championship. Way to Go!

Safest City in Alabama

Helena Picture of the Day
This photo is from John Hodge on Twitter of the Helena Falls

Safest City 
I think I already posted this but it is making the rounds on Social media so let's do it. Alabama Media Group shared the top 50 safest cities in Alabama based on FBI stats. Here is the entire list: starting with Helena:

Vestavia Hills
Mountain Brook
Pleasant Grove
Rainbow City

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Tuesday in Helena

Helena Picture of the Day
John Hodge @jkhodge on twitter post this shot of the crane in front of the Davidson Dam in Helena when the blue light s kick on at sunset

Scholars Bowl
Congratulations to the HHS Scholars Bowl team for an outstanding season and winning 2nd place in the SCS Scholars Bowl Championships.

State Capital
Mayor Hall was in Montgomery last week and posted that he "enjoyed seeing Governor Bentley today ad talking with ALDOT Director John Cooper and  Pelham Mayor Gary Waters and  others regarding widening 261.