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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Teresa M. Lee, or 334-595-0102

December 18, 2013



The Wastewater Department will be conducting smoke testing in the Overlook area over the next 2 weeks.

The smoke is non-toxic and allows crews to see if there is a crack or break in sewer mains. If you see smoke coming up out of a manhole, the grass in your yard, the roof vent on your house, or out of the toilet or drains in your bathroom, please call the department's administrative office at 334-595-0480 to let them know. You should only see this inside your home if you have a bathroom that is not regularly used. The p-trap gets dried out and will allow the smoke through to be visibly emitted. To prevent this, flush that toilet and run the water in the sink and shower for a minute.

This testing is normal preventive maintenance. Residents should have received a letter a few days ago. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Wastewater crews at 334-595-0641.

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CONTACT: Teresa M. Lee, or (334) 595-0102

December 17, 2013



City offices will be closed on Christmas Day, December 25, 2013 and New Year's Day, January 1, 2014. Sanitation will not collect residential trash or household garbage on either of these days.

On Thursday, December 26th, Sanitation will collect all Wednesday and Thursday household garbage (household foodstuff, basically kitchen and bathroom garbage) routes. They will also collect Wednesday residential trash (limbs, leaves, grass clippings, boxes, etc.) on Thursday, December 26th.

On Friday, December 27th, Sanitation will collect Friday garbage routes, as well as Thursday and Friday trash routes.

On Thursday, January 2nd, Sanitation will collect all Wednesday and Thursday household garbage (household foodstuff, basically kitchen and bathroom garbage) routes. They will also collect Wednesday residential trash (limbs, leaves, grass clippings, boxes, etc.) on Thursday, January 2nd.

On Friday, January 3rd, Sanitation will collect Friday garbage routes, as well as Thursday and Friday trash routes.

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CONTACT: Teresa M. Lee, or (334) 595-0102

December 16, 2013



For the fourth year, the City of Prattville will continue our program of recycling Christmas trees, this year through a partnership with Asplundh.

"This service will benefit our community in multiple ways," said Mayor Bill Gillespie, Jr. "Not only will citizens be able to dispose of their trees in an eco-friendly way, but it will also serve to decrease the amount of debris hauled to the landfill. We are very fortunate to have such a great relationship with Alabama Power and Asplundh."

This service is being provided free of charge. The recycled material will be utilized by our Urban Management Department in mulching our landscaping all over the City during the coming year.

The Christmas tree drop-off location is the Recycling Center located at 122 Ridgewood Road (across from Mac Gray Park). Tree collection days will be Wednesday, December 26, 2013 through Saturday, January 11, 2014 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., which are normal Recycling Center hours (Monday through Saturday each week). Trees must be free of all lights, ornaments, tinsel, and any other decoration.

Christmas Tree Recycling
December 26 – January 11
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
During normal Recycling Center Hours (Mondays – Saturdays)
City of Prattville Recycling Center
122 Ridgewood Road

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CONTACT: Teresa M. Lee, or (334) 595-0102

December 12, 2013



Due to forecasts of potential inclement weather from area meteorologists, city officials have made the decision to move the Christmas Parade to Monday, December 16th. We are still going to utilize the adjusted parade route announced earlier this week.

We have also adjusted the time to 7 p.m. in order to allow everyone time to get off work and join us.

"Sometimes, rescheduling an event can be a challenge," stated Mayor Bill Gillespie, Jr. "In an effort to insure a safe and enjoyable parade, we've considered many factors in making these adjustments. Hopefully, the changes we have made will accommodate our Partners of Prattville and our traditional Christmas parade will be the blessing to the community that it has always been. I hope everyone will join me there as we enter this most blessed of seasons celebrating the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ."

If you have any questions regarding the parade, please contact Parks and Recreation Director Kellie Cook, or (334) 595-0801. You may also contact the Special Events Office at (334) 595-0854. Parks and Recreation/Special Events will continue to take applications for participation in light of the scheduling change.

Prattville Annual Christmas Parade
Monday, December 16, 2013
7 p.m.

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CONTACT:  Lt. Jim Pilson, or 334.595.204

December 9, 2013

 

This holiday season, the Prattville Police will be out in force cracking down on drunk drivers throughout the region with aggressive Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement. From Dec. 13, 2013, to Jan. 1, 2014, state and local law enforcement will be watching for drunk drivers to help keep roads safe for holiday travelers.

The Prattville Police Department is giving fair warning to all partygoers. "You'll see us making lots of stops during this highly visible enforcement period and if we suspect anyone is driving while intoxicated, officers will show zero tolerance for drunk driving," said Police Chief Mark Thompson.

Unfortunately, the excitement and celebrations of the holiday season can lead to terrible decisions--and serious legal consequences.

Data shows that the holiday season is a particularly deadly time due to the increased number of drunk drivers on the roads, and the Prattville Police is prepared to stop and arrest any drunk driver they see to keep roads safe.

Nationally, in the Decembers from 2007 to 2011 there were 4,169 people killed in crashes that involved drivers with blood Alcohol concentrations of .08 grams per deciliter or higher.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 32,367 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes across the nation in 2011, and 31 percent (9,878) of those fatalities occurred in drunk-driving-related crashes.

"The December holiday season is the 'most wonderful time of the year,' and we are going to keep our roads safe for travelers heading to visit friends and family," said Chief Thompson. "This holiday, we will show zero tolerance for drunk drivers on the road. If you choose to drive drunk, we will see you, we will stop you, and you will be arrested."

Drunk drivers often face jail time, the loss of their driver licenses, higher insurance rates, and dozens of other unanticipated expenses ranging from attorney fees, court costs, car towing and repairs, to lost wages due to time off from work. Even worse, a drunk driver can cause a traffic crash that claims someone's life, or their own.
Please follow these tips to keep the holidays safe and happy:

  • Even one drink can impair your judgment and increase the risk of getting arrested for driving drunk—or worse, the risk of having a crash while driving.
  • If you will be drinking, do not plan on driving. Plan ahead; designate a sober driver before the party begins.
  • If you have been drinking, do not drive. Call a taxi, phone a sober friend or family member, use public transportation.
  • Be responsible. If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel.
  • If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement. Your actions may save someone's life, and inaction could cost a life.

Remember, it is never safe to drink and drive: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

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CONTACT: Teresa M. Lee, or (334) 595-0102

December 3, 2013

 

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, which is observed annually on December 7th, is to remember and honor all those who died in the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. The attack on Pearl Harbor began at 7:53 a.m. and the casualty list included 2,335 servicemen and women and 68 civilians. An additional 1,178 were wounded in the attack.

"Using the words of President Franklin Roosevelt, the bombing of Pearl Harbor is 'a date which will live in infamy'," stated Mayor Bill Gillespie, Jr. "This action was the spark that led America to enter World War II and set forth a period of 'unbounding determination' for our people that ultimately led to triumph. Please join me in making an extra effort to honor the remaining great American heroes and the memories of those who are no longer with us."

The City of Prattville will lower flags at all city facilities from sunrise to sunset on Saturday, December 7th in honor of these heroes and their sacrifice to our nation.

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CONTACT:  Kellie Cook, Parks & Rec Director, or (334) 595-0801

December 2, 2013

 

The City of Prattville has announced that this year's Christmas tree lighting will be held on Thursday, December 5th, beginning at 5 p.m., in front of City Hall. In addition to the tree lighting, there will be a "Winter Wonderland" at Heritage Park. Santa Claus will make a special appearance with his elves and life-size sleigh. The fountain will be transformed into a "Candy Cane" fountain with candy canes available for the children.

There will be performances by the Centre for the Performing Arts, Mann Dance Studio, CJ's Dance Studio, as well as the Prattville Pops and the Prattville Community Chorus. The public is invited to attend this free, holiday event.

The annual Christmas parade will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, December 6th. The theme for this year's parade is "Hometown Christmas." This year, the City of Prattville Grand Marshal will be Shelby Belinge, a 17-year-old that received life threating injuries in a car accident earlier in the year.

"Shelby is very excited and honored," said mother, Jennifer Belinge. "Prattville has been amazing since her accident. She is a very positive and happy 17-year-old that understands God has given her a platform and purpose."

For more information, call the Special Events Office at 595-0854.

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CONTACT:  Kellie Cook, Parks & Rec Director, or (334) 595-0801

December 2, 2013

 

Children of Prattville can express their creativity while making a work of art for the holidays at the Prattauga Art Guild's annual Make-It-And-Take-It Holiday Art Workshop on Saturday, December 7, at the Creative Arts Center and Gallery on Chestnut Street in Historic Downtown Prattville. Parents can choose one of two workshops for their children to attend:  10:00 a.m.-Noon or 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Children will be able to create special holiday artwork to keep or to give as a gift to someone special. Classes are free, but space is limited and registration is required. To register or for more information about this or other events sponsored by the City of Prattville, please contact the Cultural Arts and Special Events Office at 334/595-0854.

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CONTACT:  Kellie Cook, Parks & Rec Director, or (334) 595-0801

November 26, 2013

 

The City of Prattville’s Pops and Community Chorus will present their Annual Christmas Concert on Friday, December 13, at 7:00 p.m. at Glynwood Baptist Church in Prattville. This will be the third year that the Pops and Chorus have joined their talents to create beautiful and joyful sounds of the holiday season for the citizens of our community.

The concert is free, but canned and other non-perishable donations will be accepted for the Autauga Interfaith Care Center. For more information about the Christmas Concert and other events sponsored by the City of Prattville, contact the Special Events Office at 334/595-0854.

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CONTACT:  Kellie Cook, Parks & Rec Director, or (334) 595-0801

November 22, 2013

 

Way Off Broadway Theatre of Prattville announces a holiday performance of Uh Oh! Here Comes Christmas a charming holiday show from the authors of All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. Through music and several stories the show takes a funny, heartwarming and often poignant look at the struggle to find the spirit of the holidays amid the avalanche of commercialism, stress and chaos that crashes down every December.

Performances will be held on Thursday through Saturday, December 12-14, at 7:00 p.m. with a matinee performance on Sunday, December 15, at 2:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased through the Cultural Arts and Special Events Office of the City of Prattville. Prices are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. To purchase tickets or for more information call 334/595-0854.

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CONTACT:  Kellie Cook, Parks & Rec Director, or (334) 595-0801

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

 

The City of Prattville is letting its residents decide who will be this year's Christmas Parade Grand Marshal for the 3rd year in a row. A contest has been started on the City of Prattville's Facebook page encouraging residents to submit nominations for someone who goes above and beyond and deserves special recognition for all they do in Prattville. The public has until Friday, November 22nd to submit their nominations. After that, the person with the most nominations will be contacted to serve as the Grand Marshal.

The annual Christmas Parade is scheduled for Friday, December 6th at 7 p.m. This year's theme is "Hometown Christmas." The parade route will begin and end at the Autauga County Courthouse.

Applications for this year's parade are available on the event page on this website. For more information, call the Special Events Office at 595-0854.

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November 4, 2013



In recognition of their selfless acts of heroism, dedication, and sacrifice to the safety, health and well being of our nation, Mayor Bill Gillespie, Jr. has declared November 10th-16th to be Military Appreciation Week in Prattville.

On Thursday, November 14th, elected and military officials within the River Region will hold a joint proclamation-signing event honoring our military during this special week. That event will be held at the Wright Flyer Monument, in Montgomery, at 9 a.m.

The Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce and its Military Committee are supporting a variety of events and area merchants are offering specials and discounts. A list of events and specific merchant discounts are available on their website, www.prattvillechamber.com.

"Military members and their families have been great Partners of Prattville," said Mayor Bill Gillespie. "These military service men and women are much more than protectors of our freedoms. They contribute significantly to our quality of life and the economic health of our community. It is a privilege to work with other officials in honoring our local active duty military members, retirees, reserve forces, National Guard forces, and their families, not only during this week, but every day of the year."

The City of Prattville will hang a banner in front of City Hall in honor of this event and we encourage all residents of Prattville to join us in thanking our military for their service and contribution in our lives and community.

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CONTACT: Teresa M. Lee, or (334) 595-0102

November 4, 2013



The City of Prattville will join the American Legion Post 122, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1349, in sponsoring a wreath-laying ceremony at the Autauga County Courthouse at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, November 11, 2013 to officially mark Veterans Day.

The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month has a significant meaning," stated Mayor Bill Gillespie, Jr. "It means little to some, very much to others. The 3 elevens are a mental marker to help us remember November 11, 1918, the end of the war to end all wars. This is a time honored ceremony that other officials will follow just as I have in an effort to remind us of the Armistice of 1918 and the sacrifices paid by our veterans, past and present, to keep this nation free. It is our duty to REMEMBER them."

Mayor Gillespie extends an invitation to the public to attend this important event.

City offices will be closed on Monday, November 11th. No garbage or trash will be collected on this day. Monday and Tuesday household garbage routes will be collected on Tuesday, November 12th. Monday and Tuesday residential trash (yard debris) collection will resume the following week.

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CONTACT:  Kellie Cook, Parks & Rec Director, or (334) 595-0801

Thursday, October 3, 2013

 

The City of Prattville will kick off the holiday season with its Annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Winter Wonderland on Thursday evening, December 5, beginning at 5:00 p.m. at City Hall. This annual event will get you in the spirit of the holidays with an evening of free entertainment and the excitement of lighting the giant Christmas tree at City Hall.

The Prattville Pops will set the mood with a selection of Christmas music and local dance ensembles will perform, including a visit by the Sugar Plum Fairy. After the lighting of the Christmas tree, little ones will want to visit with Santa and his elves at the Winter Wonderland at Heritage Park by the Fountain and you're invited to sing along with the Community Chorus as they perform favorite holiday songs.

For more information about the Christmas Tree Lighting and other events sponsored by the City of Prattville, contact the Special Events Office at 334/595-0854.

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CONTACT: Ernie Baggett, Autauga EMA Director, or 334.361.3758

October 18, 2013


AUTAUGA COUNTY - The Autauga County Engineering Department will be working on Simmons Road October 21st-23rd. The road will be closed for 1 hour intervals during this time for these repairs.

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CONTACT: Ernie Baggett, Autauga EMA Director, or 334.361.3758

October 10, 2013



Autauga County and the City of Prattville are pleased to announce that we have implemented a mobile app, Ping4Alerts!, that will serve all of Autauga County and the City of Prattville.

Ping4Alerts! is a revolutionary mobile communications solution for alerting citizens to dangers and emergencies wherever they are in the world. It will enable Autauga EMA, Autauga 9-1-1, Autauga County Sheriff's Office, Prattville Police and Fire Departments, and Mayor Gillespie's Office to send highly targeted, multimedia alerts to mobile devices instantly notifying citizens of dangers and emergencies happening at the exact moment and in the very location they happen to be.

Autauga EMA Director Ernie Baggett found this mobile app through his thorough research of tools to use as Autauga County has no reverse 911 program. Baggett began this research while employed with Montgomery County and continued his efforts here.

"The County had a need and after assessing several solutions, Ping4Alerts! was the most feature-rich, allowed multiple agencies to use it concurrently, and was the most cost-effective," Autauga EMA Director Ernie Baggett said. "We are especially proud to be the first agencies in the State of Alabama to implement this service."

"Autauga County and the City of Prattville are the big winners here," stated Mayor Bill Gillespie, Jr. "This app will give us the ability to push out notifications to our citizens through their mobile devices. Ernie has made this possible and we appreciate his efforts and those of his staff."

The mobile app is available free to the public in the iPhone App Store and the Google Play Store. Once downloaded, you will receive alerts as you move into our area.

We will send out monthly alerts for weather siren testing and possibly public meetings so that citizens know the app is working properly between emergency alerts.

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Autauga EMA at 334.361.3758.

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CONTACT:  Kellie Cook, Parks & Rec Director, or (334) 595-0801

October 4, 2013


Mayor Bill Gillespie, Jr., the City of Prattville, and the merchants and business owners of Prattville Downtown Unlimited (PDU) will once again help children celebrate an afternoon of trick-or-treating at the annual Candy Walk event, scheduled for Tuesday, October 29, 2013.

Toddlers through second-graders can trick-or-treat from 4-6 p.m.; the walk begins at Prattville City Hall. All children who are participating in the event are asked to bring a non-perishable canned food item to be donated to Autauga Interfaith Care Center (AICC).

"We always enjoy this fun event and look forward to welcoming all the ghosts, ghouls, goblins, and other costumed trick-or-treaters that will make their appearance at the annual Candy Walk. This is a safe, free Halloween tradition that children and parents enjoy," said Parks and Recreation Director, Kellie Cook.

Halloween will be observed on Thursday, October 31, 2013, with recommended hours of trick-or-treating between 5:00-8:00pm. For more information on this event, please call the City of Prattville's Special Events office at 595-0854.

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CONTACT:  Kellie Cook, Parks & Rec Director, or (334) 595-0801

Thursday, October 3, 2013

 

The Prattauga Art Guild will hold its Annual Fall Art Show during the month of October, with an awards reception on Sunday, October 13, from 2:00pm-4:00pm at the Prattville Creative Arts Center Gallery on Chestnut Street in Downtown Prattville. This exhibit and the reception are free and open to the public.

The Annual Fall Art Show features artwork by members of the Prattauga Art Guild and other artists from throughout the River Region. This show is unique from many shows in that you do not have to be a member of the art guild to be in the show and all artwork is accepted, from highly skilled, award winning artists to those who are newly entering the world of art.

The Prattville Creative Arts Center is an 1890s house turned arts center and gallery located along the beautiful Autauga Creek Trail. You can spend a lovely afternoon enjoying an art exhibit and walking along the Creek Walk and among the shops of Downtown Prattville.

The Prattauga Art Guild is an all-volunteer organization sponsored by the City of Prattville. The Art Guild welcomes artists and art lovers alike. The Fall Art Show is one of many events and activities taking place at the Prattville Creative Arts Center.

For more information about the Prattauga Art Guild Annual Fall Art Show or about the Prattville Creative Arts Center, please contact the Prattville Cultural Arts and Special Events Office at
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CONTACT:  Kellie Cook, Parks & Rec Director, or (334) 595-0801

Thursday, October 3, 2013

 

The Prattville Pops' Annual Fall Concert will be held on Sunday, October 20, beginning at 2:00pm at Doster Center in Downtown Prattville.

The Fall Concert will introduce the Pops' new conductor, Ken Lantz. The Pops is a community band with a big band sound and the concert will include classical and big band numbers that everyone will enjoy.

The Prattville Pops is a non-audition, volunteer organization that welcomes adults of any playing ability and teens that are at least at the level of honors band. The Pops is sponsored by the City of Prattville.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information about the Fall Concert or membership in the Prattville Pops, please contact the Prattville Cultural Arts and Special Events Office at 334.595.0854 or visit the Pops page on our website.

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CONTACT: Joel T. Duke, or 334-595-0501

October 2, 2013

 

Anchoring the western end of downtown Prattville, the timber and brick structures built by city founder Daniel Pratt represent the unique industrial history of Alabama and the southeastern United States. Built between 1843 and 1912, the five historic structures on the banks of Autauga Creek stand as a monument to Pratt's skill as an architect, industrialist and innovator. As Richard O'Connor with the U. S. National Park Service recently noted in a letter to the Alabama Historical Commission, "Pratt was an early 19th Century industrialist of local, state and national significance whose lifelong involvement with Alabama industries heavily shaped both the state's industrial character and its key industries. His direct legacy and influence extend to the coal and iron industries of the Birmingham region, anchoring the South's most important industrial region, but it was the long-term success of the factory at Prattville that made it possible. Preserving that block of sound structures should be a priority."

Until closing its doors in December 2011, the successor to the Daniel Pratt Gin Company, Continental Eagle Corporation, continued to produce cotton gins on the site. Since the close of operations at the site, the Historic Prattville Redevelopment Authority (HPRA) has been assisting the Continental Eagle Corporation with conversion of the site for uses that enhance the economic vitality of the historic district and preserve and protect the unique structures. Chartered by the Prattville City Council in 1988, HPRA has played a major role in past and ongoing projects in the Prattville historic downtown. The HPRA's efforts to facilitate the adaptive reuse of the Continental Eagle site are consistent with its mission to provide technical and financial assistance with revitalization of the downtown.

As a part of its overall efforts to preserve the site's historic structures until they can be acquired for redevelopment, the HPRA has determined that emergency repairs are necessary to protect the structure referred to as the "1854 Building". The emergency repairs will replace a severely deteriorated beam on the far western end of the building. Safe execution of this repair will require removal and replacement of the supported roof sections. The proposed work has been reviewed and approved by the Prattville Historic Preservation Commission and the Alabama Historical Commission. The proposed project will be the subject of a HPRA public hearing and meeting on October 7, 2013. The meeting is scheduled for 4:00 pm at the Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Questions regarding the repair project may be directed to Tom Newton, HPRA Chairman at or to Joel Duke, City Planner at 334-595-0501 or .

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October 2, 2013



The Wastewater Department will be conducting smoke testing in the Lower Kingston - Martin Luther King Drive area over the next 2 weeks.

The smoke is non-toxic and allows crews to see if there is a crack or break in sewer mains. If you see smoke coming up out of a manhole, the grass in your yard, the roof vent on your house, or out of the toilet or drains in your bathroom, please call Communications at 334-361-9911 (non-emergency line) to let them know. You should only see this inside your home if you have a bathroom that is not regularly used. The p-trap gets dried out and will allow the smoke through to be visibly emitted. To prevent this, flush that toilet and run the water in the sink and shower for a minute.

This testing is normal preventive maintenance. Residents should have received a letter a few days ago. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Wastewater crews at 334-595-0641.

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CONTACT: Teresa M. Lee, or (334) 595-0102

September 21, 2013



For the third year, the City of Prattville is joining Nickelodeon, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, and the National Park Foundation in celebrating the Worldwide Day of Play event.

Mayor Bill Gillespie has issued a proclamation recognizing September 21, 2013 as the Worldwide Day of Play here in Prattville, Alabama. In addition to the proclamation, we will be holding a fun event for the children of Prattville at Cooter's Pond Park. DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER, we have had to reschedule our event for October 12, 2013 from 1-6 p.m.

Parks & Rec Director Kellie Cook has planned an event that will take Worldwide Day of Play to a new level in the City of Prattville! There will be obstacle endurance courses for K-2nd grade, 3rd – 6th grade, and 7th – 8th grade. Each course will be optimized for those age levels. Medals will be given out in different categories. Hopefully, that will spark interest and enthusiasm towards individual achievement!

There will be a fun wall to climb, provided by the U.S. Army, and much more. After registering for the event, Army service members will apply camouflage paint to the kid's faces before they tackle the obstacle course!

"Cooter's Pond Park is a resource that we're going to utilize more and more," said Mayor Bill Gillespie, Jr. "It is the perfect venue for this type of event and it will provide another opportunity for our kids to be exposed to outdoor activity, fun, and a healthy lifestyle."

The City of Prattville invites all children who want to play to join Mayor Gillespie and his staff at Cooter's Pond Park from 1-6 p.m. on Saturday, October 12th, at the pavilion on the upper deck.

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CONTACT: Teresa M. Lee, or (334) 595-0102

September 10, 2013



For the third year, the City of Prattville is joining Nickelodeon, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, and the National Park Foundation in celebrating the Worldwide Day of Play event.

Mayor Bill Gillespie has issued a proclamation recognizing September 21, 2013 as the Worldwide Day of Play here in Prattville, Alabama. In addition to the proclamation, we will be holding a fun event for the children of Prattville at Cooter's Pond Park.

Parks & Rec Director Kellie Cook has planned an event that will take Worldwide Day of Play to a new level in the City of Prattville! There will be obstacle endurance courses for K-2nd grade, 3rd – 6th grade, and 7th – 8th grade. Each course will be optimized for those age levels. Medals will be given out in different categories. Hopefully, that will spark interest and enthusiasm towards individual achievement!

There will be a fun wall to climb, provided by the U.S. Army, and much more. After registering for the event, Army service members will apply camouflage paint to the kid's faces before they tackle the obstacle course!

"Cooter's Pond Park is a resource that we're going to utilize more and more," said Mayor Bill Gillespie, Jr. "It is the perfect venue for this type of event and it will provide another opportunity for our kids to be exposed to outdoor activity, fun, and a healthy lifestyle."

The City of Prattville invites all children who want to play to join Mayor Gillespie and his staff at Cooter's Pond Park from 1-6 p.m. on Saturday, September 21st, at the pavilion on the upper deck.

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Due to inclement weather, this event has been rescheduled for October 12, 2013 from 2-6 p.m.

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CONTACT:  Chief Mark Thompson, or (334) 595-0201

September 9, 2013

 

On July 27, 2013, residents of Prattville begin receiving calls from a subject identifying himself as a Prattville Police Officer. He would tell the citizen PPD had a warrant out for their arrest. The offenses referenced ranged from running a red light to missing jury duty. The suspect would tell the citizen that they needed to get a Green Dot Moneypak and call him back with the card number to clear the warrant. Officers' names were used that are with the Department and at least 9 Prattville citizens were contacted.

Upon receipt of these reports, Investigators T.R. Hope and Jake Frith started their investigation into this criminal activity. From their investigation, it was found that an inmate in a Georgia Prison, who is from Prattville, was the person behind this crime. The inmate's name is Jesse Barrett Mainor. He is currently serving time for Armed Robbery and Aggravated Assault. He had prior charges in Prattville for Burglary 3rd, Burglary 2nd, and Theft of Property 1st. There are also outstanding charges in Florida.

These two Investigators did an outstanding job on this investigation and we hope the citizens of Prattville are as proud of these Investigators as we are. These types cases are very difficult to solve and very few departments have the resources to investigate these cases to this extent. From this investigation, other cases will be made in different locations in Alabama, as well as other States.

At this time, Mainor is being charged with Impersonating a Peace Officer and 8 other charges will be referred to Grand Jury. If you received a call like this, please contact the Prattville Police Department at 595-0208 or the Secret Witness Line at 365-2220.

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Autauga County Road Closure

AUTAUGA COUNTY- The Autauga County Engineering Department will be conducting road maintenance on County Road 19 (2.7 miles north of U.S. Highway 14). County Road 19 will be closed on Tuesday September 3rd, 2013 from 8:00am to 4:00pm. Alternate routes will need to be taken during this time.

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Contact:  Ernie Baggett or Kristen Morgan
Autauga EMA
(334)361-3758

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CONTACT: Teresa M. Lee, or (334) 595-0102

August 20, 2013



In honor and remembrance of our fellow Americans who lost their lives on this tragic day in American history, Mayor Bill Gillespie, Jr. has directed that flags at all city facilities be lowered to half-staff on Wednesday, September 11, 2013.

As an additional mark of respect, City personnel will join Woodmen of the World Lodge 298 and local elected officials for an "In Honor and Remembrance" ceremony at Prattville Fire Station 3, which is located at 1904 Briarwood Street. The ceremony will commence at 7:46 a.m. in acknowledgement of the moment the first plane hit the first tower on that fateful day.

"I encourage all Partners of Prattville to join me at Fire Station 3 for this event," said Mayor Bill Gillespie, Jr. "It is important that we collectively remember this day and pay tribute to our American heroes who perished. May we never forget."

9/11 Ceremony
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
7:46 a.m.
Fire Station 3
1904 Briarwood St.

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August 15, 2013

 

'Drive Sober of Get Pulled Over' Campaign Will Target Drunk Drivers

From mid-August through Labor Day, local police will be out in force as part of the annual nationwide "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" crackdown on drunk driving. The crackdown, which will include high-visibility enforcement throughout Prattville, will run from August 16 through September 2, 2013.

The effective nationwide drunk driving crackdown will include high-visibility enforcement, high-profile events, and will be supported by national paid advertising, creating a comprehensive campaign to curb drunk driving in August and through the Labor Day holiday weekend.

Prattville Police Department's Chief Mark Thompson said his officers will be aggressively looking for drunk drivers during the crackdown and will arrest anyone caught driving drunk.

Although it is illegal in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to drive drunk (having a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher), far too many people across the nation get behind the wheel after consuming too much alcohol. The latest statistics form the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration underscore the serious nature of the nation's continuing drunk driving epidemic.

"Every year, about one-third of all motor vehicle traffic deaths involve one or more drunk drivers or motorcycle operators," said Lt. Pilson. "In 2011, 9,878 people died in crashes involving drunk drivers. That works out to approximately one drunk driving fatality every 53 minutes."

Lt. Pilson added that holidays such as the Labor Day holiday are particularly dangerous.

During the 2011 Labor Day weekend, a total of 138 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes involving drivers or motorcycle riders with BACs of .08 g/dL or higher. Of those fatalities, 83% occurred during early evening and overnight, from 6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m.

Drunk driving takes a particularly heavy toll among young drivers. Among 18 to 34-year-old drivers killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes during the 2011 Labor Day weekend, 42% were alcohol-impaired.

"Research has shown that high-visibility enforcement like the 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' campaign reduces drunk driving fatalities by as much as 20%. By joining this nationwide effort, we will make Prattville's roadways safer for everyone throughout the Labor Day period," said Lt. Pilson. "We want to remind everyone that getting behind the wheel drunk is a terrible idea. Unfortunately, not only does drinking impair your ability to operate a vehicle safely, it also impairs your judgment and good sense about whether you can, or should drive. If you have any doubt about your sobriety, do not get behind the wheel. If you do choose to drive impaired, you will be arrested. No warnings. No excuses."

Lt. Pilson noted that being arrested for driving drunk brings a wide range of negative consequences into one's life. Drunk drivers face jail time, loss of their driver's license, and steep financial consequences such as higher insurance rates, attorney's fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of job. When family, friends and co-workers find out, violators also often face tremendous personal embarrassment.

"Driving drunk is simply not worth the risk. So don't take the chance. Remember, we will be out in force and we will be watching, so 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,'" Lt. Pilson stated.

For more information, visit the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" Campaign Headquarters at www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov.

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August 5, 2013



On the occasion of the 231st anniversary of the creation of the Badge of Military Merit, which later became known as the Purple Heart, by General George Washington, the City of Prattville will announce its designation as a Purple Heart City.

"One of Prattville's citizens and Purple Heart medal recipient, Steve Horton, will join us for this auspicious occasion," stated Mayor Bill Gillespie. "We are very thankful that he brought this to our attention and that we can use this event as another opportunity to honor those who have served our nation, many times at great sacrifice. I hope that all of you can join me in doing so."

The press conference will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, August 7th in front of City Hall. Mayor Gillespie will also proclaim Wednesday, August 7th to be National Purple Heart Day in the City of Prattville. He will share that proclamation during the press conference.

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

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August 1, 2013

 

The Prattauga Art Guild is pleased to announce an event that will take you back to the 60's Coffee House with jazz music, fresh coffee, great poetry and fine art! This artistic adventure will be held on Sunday, August 11, from 2-5 p.m. at the Doster Center at 424 Northington Street and promises to be a really cool time.

Edward George, of Prattville, will be featured with not only his textural abstract paintings, but also his amazing poetry. His published books of poetry will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds going to the Prattauga Art Guild for its special projects and programs. Sue Scalf, also of Prattville and a Pulitzer nominee for her poetry, will join in the festivities with readings of her original poetry as well.

Jazz will be provided by Danny Angel and the Back Beats. Danny Angel is a well-known musician and member of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. This fine ensemble of musicians is the perfect fit for an afternoon of poetry and fine art.

Joining Edward George for the Art Exhibit are Kellie Newsome and Barbara Simpson, both local award winning artists and both are past presidents of the Prattauga Art Guild. Newsome, known for her vibrant color portraits and whimsical pieces, and Simpson, best known for her watercolors and unexpected angel pieces, will provide interest and dimension to the exhibit.

The Special Grind coffee shop of Prattville is providing a coffee bar with coffee and fresh baked scones with all proceeds going to the Art Guild.

For more information, contact the Prattville Special Events Office at 334/595-0854.

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July 30, 2013



The Target Corporation is partnering with several River Region entities to bring the 2013 National Night Out to Prattville.

National Night Out (NNO) is an annual event designed to strengthen our communities by encouraging neighborhoods to engage in stronger relationships with each other and with their local law enforcement partners. The goal is to heighten crime-prevention awareness, build support and participation in local anti-crime programs, and most importantly, send a message that our neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. It's also the perfect opportunity to get to know your neighbors even better.

While Target and their partners are the sponsors of NNO in Prattville, this is a community event that will display our resources in the region. This event includes the City of Prattville's Police and Fire Departments, the City of Millbrook's Police and Fire Departments, Autauga County Sheriff's Office, PASS (Peers Are Staying Straight), Alabama Department of Public Safety, Alabama Marine Police, Alabama National Guard, Autauga County Emergency Management Agency, Autauga County Rescue Squad, Prattville Baptist Hospital, National Weather Service, the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, American Red Cross, Autauga County E911, 2-1-1, Central Alabama Sign & Banner, Shoney's, Sweet Frogs, Chick-Fil-A, P'zazz Art Studio, Broadview Media, AirEvac, Crutchfield's Tiger Rock Martial Arts, Gateway Youth Empowerment Outreach, i Crave Fellowship Church, U.S. Air Force Recruiters, TT Portables, Todd Woods with Porta Party DJ, Kool 95.5 Radio, Cumulus Broadcasting/MIX 103.3, WSFA, Gannett Newspapers, and PJ Rentals.

Join us on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 starting at 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. in the Target parking lot in Prattville. There will be free refreshments, demonstrations, fun events and bounce houses for the kids. Invite a neighbor and bring a friend to this regional community awareness event.

If you have any questions in reference to the 2013 National Night Out, you can contact Eric Williams or the Leader on Duty with Target at 334-290-6000 or Paula Barlow with the City of Prattville Police Department 334-595-0242.

National Night Out
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Target Parking Lot, Prattville

To find out more about National Night Out, please visit them on the web at natw.org/nno/.

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July 29, 2013



The City of Prattville Wastewater Department will be working on our sewer lines in the Allenville Road area next month. The sewer lines are a foot deeper than the water table there. These lines are taking in water due to leaks or damage. This condition makes it more costly to treat and the repairs will correct this situation and realize a cost savings in the process.

Engineering will open one of the gates on the dam to begin lowering the water level in the millpond later this afternoon. It will take between 10-14 days to release enough water for work to begin. Work should be completed by the end of August unless we encounter inclement weather that might delay work.

Releasing additional water into Autauga Creek below the dam will affect conditions for kayaking and canoeing. It will be a slow release so the increase should be gradual and hopefully, the effects will be minimal.

Please watch this website or our City Facebook page (www.facebook.com/PrattvilleALgov) for updates and photos. If you have any questions or require additional information about this project, please contact Wastewater Director Rick Teague at or (334) 595-0641.

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July 29, 2013


Prattville soon will be dancing to the tunes of local talent at its 5th Annual Back to School Dance! The excitement of starting back to school will kick off with a big dance party in Downtown Prattville at the Creekwalk behind City Hall on Friday, August 16, from 6:00-10:00 p.m. This year's street party will feature JT and Leanne from MIX 103.3.

In addition to dancing to the music, families can enjoy a variety of foods from local vendors and children can play for free on the inflatables provided by Spacewalker. Bring your blankets or lawn chairs and your own cooler and picnic basket if you prefer, but no alcoholic beverages or glass containers are allowed.

"We want to close the summer with a blast!" said Parks and Recreation Director Kellie Cook. Every summer, the City of Prattville provides a number of free activities for families and this year has been no exception. "We have had a Movie Under the Stars event, art activities, a huge 4th of July celebration and this is just one more thing for our citizens to enjoy."

For more information about the Street Dance and other events sponsored by the City of Prattville, contact the Special Events Office at (334) 595-0850.

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July 23, 2013


The Way Off Broadway Theatre in downtown Prattville will present the Pulitzer Prize-nominated drama, Collected Stories, from August 16th – September 1st. A special opening night performance will begin the run on Thursday, August 15, at 7:30 PM.

Collected Stories is a witty, literate drama chronicling the relationship between a writing master and her protégé. Trouble starts when the student's success begins to undermine her mentor. Director Amanda Haldy places it among the finest plays penned by award-winning playwright, Donald Margulies. "This is the kind of play you'll be talking about with your friends as you walk back to your car," Haldy says. "It's a play that sticks in your heart—a swim through deep, murky waters of art and ethics."

This probing drama culminates in a tour de force confrontation between two stunning local actresses—Teri Sweeney and Curtia Torbert. Sweeney is a well-known local performer, having appeared in venues throughout Montgomery and Prattville to critical acclaim. At Way Off Broadway Theatre (WOBT), she most recently appeared in Cookin' With Gus, and The Lion in Winter. Torbert, who will graduate from Alabama State University's theatre program in 2014, will be making her debut at WOBT.

The Theatre is in the Cultural Arts Center at 203 West 4th Street. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door, and can be purchased at the Cultural Arts Center or reserved by calling (334) 595-0854. Show times are Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 PM, and Sunday matinees at 2 PM.

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July 23, 2013



Prattville Fire Department Training is holding swift water training classes on Autauga Creek this week. They held classes behind City Hall this morning and are currently in the millpond above the dam this afternoon.

There are 40+ participants from multiple fire departments attending this class. Of particular interest is the night training to be conducted on Thursday night. The training will be held from the dam all the way down to the Doster Artesian Well. It will begin around 7:30 and last approximately 2 hours.

"We just wanted to make everyone aware of the training that we are conducting so that no one thought a search and rescue event was in progress," said Lt. Ricky Roberts, Prattville Fire Department. "This training prepares firefighters all over the state to respond effectively when water is involved in a rescue."

The Stanley Gann Fire Training Facility became a regional training facility for the Alabama Fire College in January 2012. The City of Prattville was the first to sign a contract with the Alabama Fire College and Personnel Standards Commission.

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July 15, 2013



Mayor Bill Gillespie, Jr. will join members of the Autauga County Heritage Association to celebrate Daniel Pratt's birthday, July 20, 1799, with a wreath laying ceremony at his gravesite. Daniel Pratt, known as "Alabama's First Industrialist," founded Prattville in 1839. Descendants of the Pratt family traditionally attend this annual event at the family cemetery, which overlooks the buildings where Pratt's manufacturing enterprises were housed.

We have always celebrated this event on Daniel Pratt's birthday, but this year ACHA and Prattville Downtown Unlimited have joined together to create "Founder's Day Magic", which is a new event held as part of Magic on Main on the evening of July 18th in downtown Prattville.

"The Autauga County Heritage Association hopes that holding our Founder's Day traditions along with PDU's Magic on Main will provide a better opportunity for our residents and visitors to participate and learn more about the history of our great city," said Heritage Museum Director Rachel Deaile.

Opening ceremonies will be held in front of City Hall and will include live entertainment. "Daniel Pratt" will be walking around town for photo opportunities. There will be a horse-drawn carriage available for rides. Join ACHA for cake and punch in front of the Heritage Museum on the corner of Main and Chestnut Streets. The evening will end with drawings and a movie short.

"On behalf of this great City of ours, I cordially invite you to join me in honoring our founding father, Daniel Pratt," said Mayor Bill Gillespie, Jr. "Without his insight, Alabama would not have progressed in the manner that it has. He is deserving of this ceremony to pay homage to his legacy."

For any additional information, you may call the Autauga County Heritage Association/Prattaugan Museum at 361-0961.

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Wreath Laying Ceremony
Thursday, July 18, 2013
4:30 p.m.
Pratt Family Cemetery
301 Gin Shop Hill Road

Founder's Day Magic
Main Street downtown
5:30-8:30 p.m.
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June 18, 2013

 

Beginning at 12:01 a.m. (CST) on Friday, August 2nd, 2013, and ending at twelve midnight on Sunday August 4th, 2013, Alabama will hold its eighth annual sales tax holiday giving shoppers the opportunity to purchase certain school supplies, computers, and clothing free of sales or use tax.

On April 16, 2013, the Prattville City Council passed an ordinance exempting certain "covered items" from the Municipal Sales and Use Tax on the weekend noted above.

List of Exempt Items (http://revenue.alabama.gov/SALESTAX/STholidayQuickRefSheet13.pdf)

For more information, please visit the Alabama Department of Revenue 2013 "Back-to-School" Sales Tax Holiday web page (http://revenue.alabama.gov/SALESTAX/STholiday.cfm)

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Monday, June 17, 2013



We are proud to announce that City officials will cut the ribbon on the splash pad in Pratt Park on July 2nd after the City Council meeting concludes that evening.

"Cutting the ribbon on the 2nd of July will allow us to get the formal ceremony out of the way and have the splash pad open for the 4th of July," stated Mayor Bill Gillespie, Jr. "This is a momentous occasion for our entire community. It wouldn't have been possible without their participation and dedication during last year's grant contest."

The splash pad will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 4th, 2013 during the day's events. We must close it at 3 p.m. to clear Pratt Park so that everything can be assembled safely for the evening's fireworks extravaganza at Stanley-Jensen Stadium. Gates open at 6 p.m. The patriotic program begins at 7 p.m. and the fireworks show will commence at dark.

Beginning on July 5th, normal seasonal hours for the Pratt Park Splash Pad will be 8 a.m. to sunset and admission is free to the public. Please keep food and drinks outside of the gates of the splash pad, preferably in the pavilion. There is absolutely no glass allowed inside the splash pad area.

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July 2nd, at the conclusion of the City Council Meeting
At the Splash Pad in Pratt Park

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July 4th, 10am

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The splash pad project was funded by winning the Coca-Cola Live Positively "America is Your Park" $100,000 grant during the summer of 2012. Pratt Park also won the title of "America's Favorite Park." The City of Prattville was also awarded a $42,000 grant by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management to pay for the recycled rubber surface. The Autauga County Fair Association donated $10,000, which paid for most of the fencing. City crews are presently attending to the landscaping and will install the fencing themselves.

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June 16, 2013

 

Bring your lawn chairs, picnic baskets and blankets and get ready for the City of Prattville's Free Movie under the Stars! "Madagascar 3, Europe's Most Wanted" will be shown on a huge inflatable movie screen at Cooter's Pond Park (upper level), on Friday, June 21st. The movie will begin at dark (approximately 7:56 p.m.). Admission is FREE to the public. Concessions will also be available.

"Madagascar 3, Europe's Most Wanted" is an animated comedy where Alex, Marty, Gloria and Melman are still trying to get home to their beloved New York City. Their journey takes them through Europe, where they find the perfect cover: a traveling circus.

Call the Special Events Department at 595-0850 for more details. Coolers welcome, but please NO alcoholic beverages. Sponsored by the City of Prattville and Outdoor Entertainment Solutions.

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June 11, 2013



It's almost time for the City of Prattville's 12th annual 4th of July Celebration and patrons can expect that the holiday will definitely go off with a bang!

This year's 4th of July Parade theme is "Salute to Honored Veterans, Heroes in our Hearts". The parade beings at 9:00 a.m. at the Autauga County Courthouse and will end at Stanley-Jensen Stadium. Float participants are encouraged to decorate their entries with patriotic colors. Children on bikes, tricycles and scooters are also invited to participate in this family-fun parade. Grand marshals for this year's parade are veterans who served in the Vietnam War.

The annual Lion's Club Bar-B-Q and Camp Stew Sale will take place at Pratt Park at 10:00 a.m. There will be music, a patriotic program, bake sale and arts and crafts. This year a children's fun area will be featured, and the Pratt Pool will be open for public swimming from 1pm-5pm.

The annual "Cardboard Boat Races", sponsored by the Parks and Rec. Dept., begin at 10:30am, with teams creating their competition boats out of cardboard and duct tape. Prizes include: Longest floating boat, the Titanic award for most dramatic sink, most creative and more. For information, call 361-3640.

The annual fireworks presentation will be held at Stanley Jensen stadium. Gates open at 6pm with live entertainment presented by the Prattville Pops and the Prattville Community Chorus and a patriotic program honoring this year's Grand marshals. A children's area with inflatable slides and bounce houses will also be on site. Fireworks begin at dark. The admission to this spectacular event is FREE and the public is encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. NO pets or bottles allowed.

For more information call the City of Prattville's Special Events Office, at (334) 595-0850.

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June 3, 2013



Prattville - The National League of Cities (NLC) has recognized Mayor Bill Gillespie, Jr. for recent completion of key health and wellness goals for Let's Move! Cities, Towns, and Counties (LMCTC). LMCTC is a major component of First Lady Michelle Obama's comprehensive Let's Move! initiative, which is dedicated to solving the childhood obesity epidemic within a generation.

"Local elected officials play a critical role in addressing childhood obesity in our country and communities, and we commend those leaders being recognized for their achievements in taking action to improve healthy eating and physical activity in their communities," said NLC President Marie Lopez Rogers, mayor of Avondale, AZ.

Two bronze medals were awarded to the City of Prattville for action taken to improve access to healthy affordable food and increased opportunities for physical activity. These medals were awarded because of Prattville's achievements in collaborating with other agencies on early care and education programs and for also having at least 60% of public schools participating in the School Breakfast Program.

"Since taking the office of Mayor, one of my priorities has been to bring focus and attention to health and wellness," stated Mayor Bill Gillespie, Jr. "Working through the steps of the Let's Move! Cities, Towns and Counties is not only helping us to achieve those goals, but also further enhancing our interagency relationships."

All LMCTC sites have the opportunity to earn up to five gold medals, one for each actionable goal they commit to as part of the initiative. The five goal areas are:

  • Goal I: Start Early, Start Smart: Promoting best practices for nutrition, physical activity, and screen time in early care and education settings
  • Goal II: My Plate, Your Place: Prominently displaying MyPlate in all municipal or county venues where food is served
  • Goal III: Smart Servings for Students: Increasing participation in school breakfast and lunch programs
  • Goal IV: Model Food Service: Implementing healthy and sustainable food service guidelines that are aligned with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans
  • Goal V: Active Kids at Play: Increasing opportunities for physical activity

The National League of Cities (NLC) is the lead collaborating partner on this initiative, working with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the National Association of Counties, and other nonprofit organizations, in assisting local elected officials to implement policy and environmental changes to prevent childhood obesity. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has awarded NLC a grant to provide technical assistance to local elected officials working to create healthier communities and prevent childhood obesity, including sites participating in LMCTC.

More than 320 cities, towns and counties are participating in LMCTC. Each month, NLC recognizes local elected officials who achieve key benchmarks for the five LMCTC goals. To date, NLC has awarded 899 bronze, silver, and gold medals to recognize local elected officials across the country for their progress.

For more information about LMCTC and the City of Prattville's accomplishments, visit www.HealthyCommunitiesHealthyFuture.org.

The National League of Cities (NLC) is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. Working in partnership with the 49 state municipal leagues, NLC serves as a resource to and an advocate for the more than 19,000 cities, villages and towns it represents.

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Baron Services’ Alabama SAF-T-Net Now in an App

Popular Severe Weather Notification System Now Available in a Smartphone App

May 21, 2013, Huntsville, AL…Smartphone users can now download a free app to receive severe weather notifications from the popular Alabama SAF-T-Net program. The Alabama SAF-T-Net app is also a full service weather app featuring radar images, an hour-by-hour forecast and more, in addition to sending Alabama SAF-T-Net notifications for up to four monitored locations. By downloading the free app, a smartphone automatically becomes one location; the user can then identify up to three additional locations to be monitored such as work, school or home. The user will get notifications through the app if the phone (and user) or any monitored location is in the path of severe weather.

“An app was the next logical step in the Alabama SAF-T-Net program. The ‘Follow Me’ technology that allows a phone’s internal GPS to act as a monitored location is the ultimate in site-specific, location-based weather. It doesn’t matter if you are at the ball field, the movies, or a dance recital; if the smartphone in your pocket or purse has the Alabama SAF-T-Net app, you will receive push notifications when you are in the path of severe weather, giving you time to take action,” stated Bob Baron, President and CEO of Baron Services.

Baron Services donated the Alabama SAF-T-Net program to the residents of the state of Alabama in early 2012 in response to a need identified by the Tornado Recovery Action Council (TRAC) for “a statewide, integrated severe-weather alert system that provides more-precise alerts for individuals and businesses than current countywide warnings, allows individuals to enroll phone numbers, and takes advantage of smartphone technologies.” Alabama Governor Robert Bentley commissioned the council to study and report on the events of April 27, 2011.

The free Alabama SAF-T-Net app is available through the Apple App Store for iPhones and Google Play Store for Android devices beginning May 21, 2013. Residents who already use Alabama SAF-T-Net through text, email or voice call should visit the FAQ page on AlabamaSAFTNET.com to deactivate that account after downloading the app. Deactivating the original account will prevent duplicate notifications.

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May 20, 2013



The City of Prattville will hold its 2nd annual "Retro Pool Day" on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27th at Pratt Pool. At this family, fun event, hot dogs and drinks will only be a quarter. And admission to the pool will be 25 cents per person. Come join us in supporting the city pool and bringing awareness of this amenity to our community.

Pratt Pool's normal hours this season will be Fridays from Noon to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call the Parks and Recreation Department at (334) 595-0800.

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May 27, 2013
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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May 20, 2013

 

In observance of Memorial Day, the City of Prattville will join American Legion Post 122 in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Autauga County Courthouse at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 27, 2013. Mayor Gillespie will say a few words at the event honoring our nation's service members who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom. Also participating in the event will be the American Legion Post 122 Ladies Auxiliary, VFW Post 1349, and the VFW Post 1349 Ladies Auxiliary. Joseph Spitzer, Civil Air Patrol and Sons of the American Legion member, will emcee the event.

"While this holiday is the unofficial beginning of summer for many, Memorial Day, first known as 'Decoration Day' in 1866, signifies a time that we honor our patriots who gave their lives in service of their country with a commemoration of what they have done for us," said Mayor Bill Gillespie, Jr. "Please join me in paying respect to these heroes, as is the reason for this observance."

The City of Prattville will fly all flags at half-staff from sunrise until noon. This unique custom honors the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country for the morning. At noon, their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.

City offices will be closed on Monday, May 27th in observance of the holiday. No garbage or trash will be collected. All Monday and Tuesday garbage routes for the City of Prattville will be collected on Tuesday, May 28th. Normal schedules will resume on Wednesday, May 29th.

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The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail named Presenting Partner for both Alabama-based Tour events

MOBILE, ALABAMA, May 14, 2013 – Prattville, Alabama and the Senator Course at Capitol Hill will again be part of the LPGA's schedule beginning in 2014, as announced today by Dr. David G. Bronner, CEO of the Retirement Systems of Alabama and LPGA Tour Commissioner Michael Whan. The Tour will make two stops in Alabama next season, with a return to the Alabama LPGA Classic in Prattville and a renewal of the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic. Today's press conference, held in Mobile, also included Rolex Rankings No. 2 Stacy Lewis, Prattville Mayor Bill Gillespie Jr. and Mobile County Commissioner Connie Hudson.

The Alabama LPGA Classic Presented by the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail will mark the Tour's seventh visit to Prattville, a suburb of Montgomery, with past winners including Lewis (2012), Lexi Thompson (2011), Katherine Hull-Kirk (2010), Lorena Ochoa (2008, 2009) and Maria Hjorth (2007).

As part of today's announcement, The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail was named as Presenting Partner of both the Alabama LPGA Classic and the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic beginning in 2014.

"It is time to celebrate, Alabama," Bronner said. "We are delighted to bring two LPGA events back to Alabama in 2014. Not only will we get to see some of the world's best athletes compete, but the international exposure and economic impact are tremendous. Having the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail as the presenting partner for both events in 2014 will keep the eyes of the international golf community on America's original golf trail."

The RTJ Golf Trail opened in 1992 and was established to bring increased tourism and expanded economic investments in the state of Alabama while adding to the quality of life for its residents. In 2012, the economic impact of both the LPGA events in Mobile and Prattville exceeded $30 million.

"We're thrilled to return to Prattville for the newly named Alabama LPGA Classic," said Whan. "Adding this event back on the schedule is the result of a great partnership between the LPGA, Retirement Systems of Alabama and the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. It's no secret that Alabama has some of the best golf in America. In 2014, the best female players in the world will 'play the Trail' and we couldn't be more excited!"

Lewis took the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail by storm in 2012, completing the "Alabama Slam" with victories in Prattville and Mobile. Her wins in Alabama, supplemented by victories at the ShopRite LPGA Classic and the Mizuno Classic, helped vault her to Rolex Player of the Year honors. She was the first American since Beth Daniel in 1994 to win the award.

"I personally have a lot of great memories in the state of Alabama and am excited that we will get to play there twice again next year," said Stacy Lewis. "The courses on the Trail provide a true test of golf and do a great job of showcasing the talent on Tour."

Alabama officials also announced their excitement about the LPGA playing twice on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in 2014.

"I am thrilled to join tournament officials here at the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic for this important announcement," said Prattville Mayor Bill Gillespie, Jr. "Many Partners of Prattville have inquired about the LPGA coming back to our great city. It is a true blessing that the world's best women golfers will be with us, again, in 2014 for the Alabama LPGA Classic. On behalf of the City of Prattville, I want to thank RTJ Golf Trail officials and the LPGA for all of their hard work in securing a sponsor to continue the tournament tradition in the cities of Prattville and Mobile in the coming year."

"It is great to hear that Alabama will again host some of the most talented golfers in the world twice next year," said Director of Alabama Tourism Lee Sentell. "In a short time, Alabama went from not being a golf state to become a destination that attracts some of the best tournaments and lots of fans. The substantial economic impact is important to our tourism industry."

"The return of the LPGA in 2014 is exciting news for River Region golf fans," said Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange. "The warm hospitality the golfers have received here in the past and our top-notch facilities likely made coming back to Central Alabama an easy decision. Seeing the world's best female golfers up close is thrilling. We are also excited about showcasing our community's natural beauty through national media coverage. This type of exposure is priceless. Dr. David Bronner is to be applauded for his vision and continuing leadership in making world-class golf a tourism magnet and economic development tool for our state."

This week's Mobile Bay LPGA Classic will be televised on Golf Channel and the LPGA's international television partners. Coverage in the U.S. begins on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Eastern.

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ALABAMA'S ROBERT TRENT JONES GOLF TRAIL - PUBLIC GOLF AT ITS BEST

Funded by the Retirement Systems of Alabama, the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail was built to help expand tourism, recruit industry and attract retirees, thus strengthening the state's economy while adding to the quality of life for all Alabamians. The concept for the Trail came from Dr. David G. Bronner, who, as chief executive officer, shaped the Retirement Systems of Alabama (RSA) into one of the nation's best-performing pension funds. RSA has investments in Raycom Media, PCH Hotels, 55 Water Street in New York City, Community Newspapers and other interests.

Part of Dr. Bronner's investment philosophy hits home in its rationale for funding the Trail: "The stronger the Retirement Systems can make Alabama, the stronger the Retirement Systems of Alabama will be." The Trail has been a strong contributor to Alabama's economy: In the past 10 years, Alabama's tourism dollars have increased from less than $2.5 billion to more than 10 billion.

The Trail's artfully designed and beautifully landscaped courses, according to The New York Times, are "some of the best public golf on earth." The Wall Street Journal said the Trail "may be the best bargain in the country." The Boston Globe reported, "In Alabama, a genius in course design created 18 (now 26) jewels for everyone to enjoy at one-third the rate of comparable facilities." The Atlanta Constitution called the Trail "the finest public courses in the country."

More on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail:

• The Trail stretches from the rolling hills of northern and central Alabama to the wetlands and woods near the Gulf Coast. Each of the eight stops on the Trail is within a two-hour drive of the Trail course closest to it, and each is within 15 minutes of a major interstate. Courses are located in or near Anniston, Auburn, Birmingham, Dothan, Greenville, Huntsville, Mobile, Point Clear, Prattville (near Montgomery), Hoover and Muscle Shoals/Florence.

• The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail is the largest golf course construction project in history. Initial construction, which began in the late 1980s, was for 324 holes. More than 100 miles of courses have been built, with each course ranging from 4,500 to 8191 yards.

• Green fees along the Trail average $50; during peak season, the highest fee at most courses is $64.

About the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association)

The LPGA is the world's leading professional golf organization for women. Founded in 1950, the association celebrates a diverse and storied membership with more than 1,700 members representing 29 different countries. With a Vision to inspire, empower, educate and entertain by showcasing the very best of women's golf, LPGA Tour Professionals compete across the globe, while dedicated LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) directly impact the game through teaching, coaching and management. The Symetra Tour consistently produces a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage. The LPGA is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Florida. Follow the LPGA on its television home, Golf Channel, and on the web via: www.LPGA.com, www.facebook.com/lpga.official, www.twitter.com/lpga, and www.youtube.com/lpgavideo.

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Media contact:
Meghan Flanagan, LPGA Coordinator, Tour Media, ; (386) 274-6219
Bill Lang, Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, ; (205) 965-9574

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May 13, 2013

 

Citizens often wish they knew more about the public safety system. In turn, Prattville Police Department and Prattville Fire Department members wish the public had a better understanding of the challenges facing Police Officers and Firefighters.

To bridge the gap of understanding, our Police and Fire Departments have joined together to create a "Prattville Police & Fire Citizens' Academy."

The Prattville Police & Fire Citizens' Academy offers a two-way communication between the citizens, Police Officers and Firefighters, while providing a mechanism for educating the public about public safety.

Hours and Requirements:

You must be 21 years of age and live or work in Autauga County.
You must clear a review of your Criminal and Driver's History.
Classes meet on Thursdays from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Total Time is 20 hours over 10 weeks (You are asked to commit to attend at least 8 of the 10 sessions.)

Course Content:

The Police and Fire Citizens' Academy is a 10-week program that will be held at the Prattville Police and Fire Departments.

Schedule

Each Police and Fire Citizens' Academy session covers a variety of subjects ranging from basic law enforcement and Firefighting techniques and their role in the community to discussions and demonstrations. The curriculum is as follows:

June 6 Welcome Night with Police Chief Thompson and Fire Chief Brown
June 6 Introduction to Police and Fire Operations
June 13 Crime Prevention
June 20 Fire Fighter Basics
June 27 Sex Offenders
July 1 Incident Command System
July 11 SWAT and Use of Force
July 18 EMS Skills
July 25 Domestic Violence
August 1 Fire Department Specialty Training
August 8 Internet Crimes
August 10 Graduation

 

For more information about the Police and Fire Citizens' Academy, please contact Lt. James Pilson at (334) 595-0204. To apply for the next Citizens' Academy, please use the online registration form.

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April 17, 2013

 

The City of Prattville has announced that this year's 4th of July Parade theme is once again "Salute to Honored Veterans, Heroes in our Hearts". In appreciation for their service to our country, the Prattville Independence Day Celebration Committee is honoring all Vietnam War Veterans as Grand Marshals this year at the Independence Day Parade and Fireworks Event, on Thursday, July 4th. Cars will be provided for those who would like to participate in the parade and a special section will be designated on the football field at Stanley Jensen Stadium for honored veterans at the fireworks event. All Vietnam War Veterans wishing to take part in the Prattville Independence Day events need to make reservations by June 1, 2013. Please contact the City of Prattville Special Events Office at (334) 358-0297 to RSVP.

The 4th of July parade will be held on Thursday, July 4th. The parade will begin at 9:00 a.m. at the Autauga County Courthouse and will end at Stanley-Jensen Stadium. Children on bikes, tricycles and scooters are also invited to participate in this family-fun parade.

Other events included in the 4th of July festivities will be the annual "Cardboard Boat Races", sponsored by the Parks and Rec Department, at the city pool, and the "Lion's Club Bar-B-Q and Camp Stew Sale," held at Pratt Park at 10:00 a.m. The annual fireworks presentation will be held at Stanley Jensen stadium. Gates open at 6pm with live entertainment and a patriotic program. Fireworks begin at dark. The admission to this spectacular event is FREE and the public is encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. NO pets or bottles will be allowed on the field.

For more information call the City of Prattville's Special Events Office at (334) 358-0297 or the Parks and Rec Department at (334) 361-3640.

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April 17, 2013

The City of Prattville will once again participate in the National Kids to Park Day and is excited to host its 4th annual "Touch a Truck" event and its 2nd annual Mayor's Bike Ride, on Saturday, May 18th.

The Mayor's Bike Ride will begin at 9:30am at Upper Kingston Park. Bicyclists will ride from Upper Kingston Park to Pratt Park. Riders of all ages and experience levels are encouraged to participate in this free event. Helmets are required.

Pratt Park will host the "Touch a Truck" event, as well as inflatables, a remote control boat race and more.

The "Touch a Truck" event is designed to help satisfy children's curiosity by providing trucks from local businesses for them to "touch and explore." There will be a wide variety of vehicles on site, everything from fire trucks, swat vans and dump trucks, to construction vehicles, trash trucks and more. The "Touch a Truck" event will take place from 10am until 3pm near the amphitheatre.

"This is an awesome opportunity to let children of all ages see, touch, and interact while learning about the vehicles on site," said Kellie Cook, Parks & Rec/Specials Events Director. "Both "Touch a Truck" and the Mayor's Bike Ride are free, family events that everyone can take part in. These events are in conjunction with National Kids to Park Day, which encourages kids to get outside and be active."

Please contact the Special Events Department at (334) 358-0297 or the Parks & Rec Department at (334) 361-3640 for more details.

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HONORING THE VICTIMS OF THE TRAGEDY IN BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on April 15, 2013, in Boston, Massachusetts, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, April 20, 2013. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this sixteenth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-seventh.

BARACK OBAMA

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April 11, 2013

 

With the weather in Alabama so unpredictable this time of year, it seems only fitting that the Prattville Community Chorus 2013 Spring Dinner Concert will feature songs about the weather. This annual event has become so popular that the Chorus will perform on two nights, Thursday and Friday, April 25 and 26. The event will begin with a delectable dinner by Meal Thymes Catering and the sweet sounds of the Prattville Community Chorus as they sing songs like Rainy Days and Mondays, Stormy Weather, and Singing in the Rain. The performances will be held at the Doster Center at 424 South Northington Street in Prattville, each beginning at 6:30 p.m.

You won't want to miss this melodious salute to some great song writers. Space is limited and reservations are required. Tickets are a bargain at $15 each and include your meal and the concert. To reserve your seats or for more information, contact the office of Cultural Arts and Special Events at 334/358-0297 or .

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April 2, 2013


The City of Prattville is pleased to announce that Standard & Poor's Rating Services has raised its underlying rating from an "A-" to an "A" on the City's general obligation debt and also on our general obligation refunding warrants. Their outlook on all the ratings shows the City of Prattville as being "stable."

This upgraded rating speaks to the credit-worthiness of the City of Prattville. S&P's summary letter states: "the upgrade reflects the city's improved financial position following the implementation of improved budgeting practices and expenditure reductions."

"I could not be prouder of the hard work that has been accomplished in the past couple years," said Finance Director Doug Moseley. "It has been a tough road, but the City's leaders and employees have met those challenges head on as a team. We still have a good ways to go, but I am confident that we can continue to move forward together. We are working diligently to build on our successes to continue the reduction of expenses and increase efficiencies."

"This approval rating in these difficult times by S&P proves that teamwork coupled with a business-type approach pays off," stated Mayor Bill Gillespie, Jr.

Standard & Poor's RatingsDirect® Summary document is provided for our residents' review.

If you have any questions regarding the S&P summary document, rating or any other financial information, please contact Finance Director Doug Moseley at or (334) 361-3690. If you need to set up an interview with any of our staff, please contact Teresa Lee at or (334) 361-3649.

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April 2, 2013


On Saturday, April 6th at 11 a.m., City officials will break ground on the splash pad in Pratt Park behind the pool.

The City of Prattville ran a poll on Facebook to let the public decide one of the features to be included on the splash pad. Voters were given 5 choices. The results are as follows:

  • Crocodile Steve, 365 votes
  • Jeremiah Bullfrog, 199 votes
  • Snappy Turtle, 102 votes
  • Mr. Tartar, 74 votes
  • Bumblebee, 65 votes

Crocodile Steve will be the special feature placed on the splash pad in America's Favorite Park.

"The Summer of 2012 will always be remembered as the summer of America's Favorite Park in Prattville, Alabama," said Mayor Bill Gillespie, Jr. "I'd like to personally invite everyone to come to this groundbreaking because so many of us voted around the clock and without that dedication, Pratt Park would not have been rewarded with that designation."

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April 6th, 2013
11 a.m.
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March 27, 2013



City officials will hold a press conference on Monday, April 1st at 10 a.m. at Prattville Town Center in front of Target to announce a partnership, which allows Prattville public safety to take part in the Target & Blue program.

Please join us at this event. Officials will be available to answer questions regarding this program.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013



As the City moves forward on the Splash Pad project in Pratt Park, America's Favorite Park 2012, we are inviting public participation in choosing a feature to be included on it.

In looking at the artist's rendering, the jets that are noted, the flower and the feature that includes the buckets will be installed on our splash pad. The features shown below all use the same amount of water and therefore, are interchangeable.

Splash Pad Rendering

"We could not have won Coca-Cola's America's Favorite Park grant without the overwhelming participation of our citizens, surrounding communities, their families and our friends all over the nation," stated Mayor Bill Gillespie, Jr. "We want those Partners of Prattville to weigh-in on feature choices. It's just another way to ensure the success of this project."

"A poll has been placed on the City of Prattville's Facebook page and we ask that citizens cast their votes there," said Teresa Lee, Mayor's Executive Assistant. "I've pinned it to the top of our page and it will remain there until the evening of Monday, April 1st. We remain very excited about this project and find it fitting to use voting as the method of selection for this feature as voting was how we won the contest."

The City's Facebook page can be accessed at www.facebook.com/PrattvilleALgov.

The City of Prattville won $100,000 in the Coca-Cola challenge and was also awarded $42,000 to be used on recycled rubber surfacing. The Autauga County Fair Association presented the City a check for $10,000 last week to be used for the splash pad project. This last award will cover the cost of landscaping, fencing, benches and incidentals not able to be covered by the Coke grant.

The City of Prattville will hold a groundbreaking in the next couple of weeks. It will be held on a Saturday so that everyone will be able to attend. Depending on the weather, we anticipate opening the splash pad between July and August. We will keep everyone apprised as construction begins.

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March 21, 2013

 

The City of Prattville has announced that due to the chance of severe weather on Saturday, March 23, we have rescheduled the Fountain City Arts Festival to Sunday, March 24 from 9am-5pm at Pratt Park in historic downtown Prattville.

"After an update on the weather, we have made the decision to change the event to Sunday" said Kellie Cook, Parks and Recreation Director. "We are hopeful we will still have great participation in this 8th annual festival."

The festival will still feature renowned artists, Charlie "Tin Man" Lucas, She-She, Barbara Simpson, Russell Everett, and Kellie Newsome, as well as over 40 more local and regional artists. There will be live entertainment and great food from a variety of vendors for families to enjoy.

Live demonstrations will be taking place throughout the day, including pottery, Folk Art, Jewelry making and stained glass making. Children will once again be able to create free "make and take" art projects at the "Kids Creative Canopy."

The Fountain City Arts Festival is sponsored by The City of Prattville, Target Corporation, the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the Prattville Service League. For more information about the festival, visit our event page or call (334) 358-0297.

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March 18, 2013



While Prattville children are out of school for Spring Break, the City of Prattville will take that opportunity to do some much needed work to the sewer line on Washington Street.

The Wastewater Department has hired a local contractor to repair and replace old, broken segments of the sewer line from the intersection of Wetumpka and Washington Streets to the north end of Washington. Wastewater crews have been cleaning this segment of line weekly to prevent issues at the houses at that end of the street. It is expected to take 3-5 days. We recommend that commuters choose an alternate route during this time in order to prevent delays.

This project will cost the City of Prattville $28,000 and will be deducted from the Wastewater Enterprise Fund Street & Sewer budget line item.

"This is another project that is being funded from the enterprise fund account without taking out a loan," said Mayor Bill Gillespie, Jr.

If you have any questions, please contact Rick Teague or Dale Gandy at (334) 361-3626.

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March 13, 2013



The National Weather Service in Birmingham has issued a red flag warning from 1-7 p.m. today and 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. tomorrow, March 14th for Autauga and Elmore Counties, which includes the City of Prattville.

A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will shortly. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures will create explosive fire growth potential. Our winds will be from the northwest at 10-20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph. The relative humidity will drop as low as 19%. The combination of a dry air mass and windy conditions will results in critical fire weather conditions. Alabama Forestry has stated that outdoor burning is not recommended.

Prattville Fire Marshall Dallis Johnson will not be issuing burn permits within the City limits for the remainder of this week. He will reevaluate conditions on Monday, March 18th.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Prattville Fire Department at (334) 361-3660.

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March 12, 2013



The Wastewater Department will be conducting smoke testing throughout the City beginning tomorrow, March 13th. Testing will run over the next 4-5 weeks.

The smoke is non-toxic and allows crews to see if there is a crack or break in sewer mains. If you see smoke coming up out of a manhole, the grass in your yard, the roof vent on your house, or out of the toilet or drains in your bathroom, please call Communications at 334-361-9911 to let them know. You should only see this inside your home if you have a bathroom that is not regularly used. The p-trap gets dried out and will allow the smoke through to be visibly emitted. To prevent this, flush that toilet and run the water in the sink and shower for a minute.

This testing is normal preventive maintenance. Residents should receive a letter a few days before testing is done in their neighborhood. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Wastewater crews at 334-361-3626.

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March 7, 2013



Prattville Police Department, under the leadership of Chief Mark Thompson, has created a new crime scene unit to more accurately and thoroughly process crime scenes and to gather evidence to promptly and successfully close cases here in the City of Prattville.

On March 4, 2013, Prattville Police Department responded to a burglary at an apartment complex within the city limits. Once our Patrol Division requested assistance from our Investigation Division, Investigator T.R. Hope and our new Crime Scene Unit, Investigators Tom Allen and John Lee, responded to the scene. The crime scene was processed and prints were taken that have resulted in the arrest of Reggie Lamont Haley (B/M DOB 6/6/83) of Montgomery.

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Montgomery County Sheriff's Office Crime Scene Unit processed a scene where they obtained evidence also placing Haley in crimes in Montgomery. Our investigators were fortunate enough to have been trained by this unit at this crime scene.

"This is just a small example of what our citizens can expect from this new unit and our investigators," stated Police Chief Mark Thompson. "Crimes will be solved in a more timely manner. This is just another tool for our Police Department to utilize in making Prattville a hard target for criminal activity. We want to thank the Montgomery Sheriff's Office for their help in getting our Crime Scene Unit up and running. This is what happens when we work together to fight crime in the River Region."

"The perception of the City of Prattville is viewed considerably through our departments," stated Mayor Bill Gillespie, Jr. "I am proud of Chief Thompson and the enhancements he is making within PPD. He and our officers are to be commended for their hard work and dedication to our citizens."

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March 6, 2013

 

On Saturday, March 9th, plan to tantalize your taste buds while benefiting not only your stomach but the needs of our community at the Tasty Creations Soup Cook Off. The Prattauga Art Guild is partnering with the Autauga Interfaith Care Center for a fundraising event to help replenish the food bank after the holiday needs were met.

A small monetary donation or a donation of non-perishable food items for the food bank gains you admission to this soup soiree and the chance to taste the temptations of the best cooks in the area with their favorite soups.

Enjoy soup in a handmade bowl created especially for this event by a local artist. For a donation of $10, $12, or $15 to the event, you will not only enjoy hot soup on a cool March afternoon, but will be able to take home an original work of art by one of our featured artists or by one of our many participating members of the Prattauga Art Guild.

The Gallery at the Prattville Creative Arts Center will feature an exhibit of clay and wood works by local artists Sarita Gish, Peggy Raines, Aimee Harbin and Ladonna Idell. This exhibit represents a variety of artistic styles by the artists and will be on exhibit throughout the month of March.

The Gallery is located at the Prattville Creative Arts Center at 342 Chestnut Street in historic Downtown Prattville and is a short walk from the quaint shops downtown. It is also adjacent to the beautiful Prattville Creek Walk and gardens. For more information about the Soup Cook Off or about the exhibit, contact the Special Events Office at 334/358-0297.

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March 4, 2013

Prattville Police Department Kicks Off New Season of Civilian Firearms Training

Over the past three years, the Prattville Police Department has provided the Civilian Firearms Safety and Familiarization Course to the general public. This course takes an attendee through basic safety, care, and proper use of a firearm.

"If you are going to own a firearm, it is imperative that you learn how to use it safely, as well as how to take care of it so that it functions properly," stated PPD Firearms Instructor Lt. Wayne Barlow. "This class will provide a good foundation for those who own a weapon and those who are contemplating purchasing one."

The two classes in March are already full. The next class date is scheduled for April 27, 2013. Attendees are required to pay a $10 fee that will be used to cover the cost of the targets. Those interested in attending need to complete the registration form on the City of Prattville website. Click the PPD logo on the left side of the home page to access information about the class and also to register. Each attendee must be 21 or older and pass a criminal history check before attending the course. Anyone prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm will be deemed ineligible to attend.

For more information regarding this class, please email .

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February 26, 2013

 

Audiences at Prattville's Cultural Arts Center Theatre were roaring with laughter last weekend as the Way Off Broadway Theatre opened its first of three weekend performances of Cookin' With Gus by award winning actor playwright Jim Brochu.

Directed by Matthew Givens and Amanda Haldy in her first directing effort, this play jumps right into action and is non-stop action and hilarity for the full nearly two hours. The ensemble cast proves that amazing comedic talent is available right here in Prattville.

The play is set in 1980s New York prior to the time of the many food network programs when only a few celebrities had their own shows. The named character, Gussie, played by Dana Smith, is a cookbook author who is offered a television cooking show of her own through the efforts of her agent, Bernie, perfectly played by Zyna Captain. Gussie really wants this show, but she has a fear of public speaking. Walter, her "husband" played by director Matthew Givens, does not want her to have the show and have her attentions taken away from him.

Between Walter who is an amateur hypnotist and her neighbor, Carmen, an "authentic" gypsy princess who loves a little nip, Gussie's debut as a cooking show host is wrought with a twisting, turning plot, witty dialogue and downright slapstick fun.

You do not want to miss this presentation of Cookin' With Gus by Prattville's Way Off Broadway Theatre. The show runs for the next two weekends, March 1-3 and March 8-10. Friday and Saturday performances start at 7:00pm and Sunday performances at 2:00pm, with doors opening 30 minutes prior to the start. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door. You can purchase tickets at the Prattville Cultural Arts Office at 203 West Fourth Street or order with a credit card by phone at 334/358-0297.

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February 25, 2013



There will be a ceremonial swearing-in and reception for Police Chief Mark Thompson on the evening of February 28, 2013 at Destiny Church in Prattville.

The schedule for this evening's events is as follows:

 6:30 p.m.  Meet & Greet
 7:00 p.m. Mayor Gillespie's Opening Remarks
Judge Louis Colley to officiate swearing-in ceremony
Remarks by Chief Mark Thompson
Benediction by Pastor Rick Rodriguez
 7:15 p.m.  Reception

"January 15th was an eventful evening that resulted in Mark Thompson being appointed as Prattville's new police chief," remarked Mayor Bill Gillespie, Jr. "This ceremony will give family and friends an opportunity to honor his accomplishments, as well as giving our residents an opportunity to get to know Chief Mark Thompson. We're all looking forward to it and hope that everyone will join us."

We want to take this opportunity to thank the Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce for organizing the reception portion of the evening's festivities.

Ceremony & Reception
Destiny Church
1852 Highway 14 East, Prattville
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Open to the public.

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February 12, 2013

 

The Prattville Creative and Performing Arts Council is pleased to announce that, in conjunction with the 2013 Fountain City Arts Festival, it will honor internationally known singer/songwriter and blues musician Debbie Bond and the Alabama Blues Project. Ms. Bond founded the Alabama Blues Project in 2003 for the purpose of teaching the art of the blues to Alabama's youth so that this American music style will be passed on for generations. The Honoree Dinner will be held on Friday, March 22, 2013, at the beautiful Marriott Legends at Capitol Hill in Prattville.

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This energetic evening of the blues will begin with a reception and silent auction at 6:00 p.m. with entertainment by the Prattville Pops jazz ensemble, followed at 7:00 p.m. by a gourmet dinner and program of music and guest speakers for a tribute to our honoree.

Each year the Prattville Arts Council honors a person or group who has made a significant contribution to the creative or performing arts in Alabama. Past honorees include folk artist Charlie "Tin Man" Lucas, Daniel Wallace who wrote Big Fish, rhythm and blues singer/songwriter Wilson Pickett, art collector/philanthropist Jack Warner, singer/songwriter Braxton Schuffert of the original Hank Williams Band, and Dr. Tonea Stewart, award-winning actress, singer, and educator of Alabama State University.

Tickets are $45 each and can be purchased through the Prattville Special Events office. To reserve your tickets or for more information, please call 334/358-0297 or contact Barbara Simpson at .

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Kellie Cook, Leisure Services Director, (334) 358-0297 or

February 12, 2013

 

The City of Prattville is pleased to announce its 8th Annual Fountain City Arts Festival will be held Saturday, March 23, 2013, from 9:00am until 5:00pm. This free, family friendly festival will be held at Pratt Park which was named "America's Favorite Park" by the Coca Cola Company in its recent nationwide contest. This festival is perfect for a family outing.

Artists from throughout the Southeast will exhibit fine arts and fine crafts of all kinds in a variety of styles and media. There will be paintings and photography, clay and wood sculpture, custom hand-made jewelry, and lots more.

The Children's Creative Pavilion will have free hands-on art projects for children, including projects to take home and projects that will be on public display in Prattville throughout the year. Children will get to work with internationally known artist, Charlie "Tin Man" Lucas, and Birmingham folk artist, She She. Also, children and adults can paint with Russell Everett of Troy University and award-winning artist Kellie Newsome under the shade tree in the Artist Village.

Enjoy the sultry sounds of Festival Honoree Debbie Bond and her blues band as well as entertainment by the Prattville Pops, Prattville Community Chorus, Way Off Broadway Theatre, local dance troupes and other local and regional entertainers.

A variety of festival foods will be available for every taste from gourmet burgers and grilled polish sausage to snow cones and Italian gelato. Enjoy fresh squeezed lemonade, hot boiled peanuts and sweet treats as you stroll along the tree lined paths and enjoy a day of arts and entertainment in Historic Downtown Prattville.

In addition to the children's creative areas, there also is a children's play area with bouncy houses, slides, and other fun activities at a small charge. Children can climb and play for free in the Park's A Child's Place play area and enjoy watching the ducks and other water birds at the pond.

The Fountain City Arts Festival is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the City of Prattville, the Alabama State Council on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Target Corporation, Prattville Service League, the Prattville Creative and Performing Arts Council, and the Prattauga Art Guild. For more information contact the Prattville Special Events Office at 334/358-0297 or visit the event page on this site.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Teresa Lee, (334) 361-3649

February 12, 2013



The City of Prattville will observe Arbor Day on Thursday, February 21st, at 10:00 a.m. at the Pratt Park Pavilion, located at 460 Doster Road.

Mayor Gillespie will read and then present the Arbor Day Proclamation to the Autauga County Master Gardeners Association. The Alabama Forestry Commission will provide a thousand tree seedlings for distribution to the public. Members of the Autauga County Master Gardeners Association will distribute the trees. Available species include an assortment of oaks, Chickasaw plum, crape myrtle, redbud, Japanese maple and other varieties.

This year's observance will also include the planting of an 8-10' red maple donated by Plantation Tree Company, which will be planted in Pratt Park to replace the tree lost in recent severe weather.

Arbor Day
Pratt Park Pavilion
10 a.m.
Free trees
Open to the public.

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CONTACT: Teresa Lee, or (334) 361-3649

Monday, February 11, 2013



There has been much change and progress made in the City of Prattville over the past year. With that in mind, Mayor Bill Gillespie will deliver a state of the city address prior to the City Council meeting on February 19, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. in City Council Chambers in City Hall. This meeting is open to the public and we encourage all citizens to attend.

"It has been my policy to engage in full disclosure in every area of City business," stated Mayor Bill Gillespie, Jr. "With that in mind and the journey we've taken over the past year, I feel the time is right to provide our taxpaying citizens with our 2nd annual state of the city address."

State of the City Address
City Council Chambers
City Hall
February 19, 2013
5:30 p.m.
Open to the public

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Teresa Lee, or (334) 361-3649

February 11, 2013



The Doppler 12 StormVision team is taking the weather out of the studio and bringing it to our hometown. Chief Meteorologist Rich Thomas, Meteorologist Josh Johnson, and Meteorologist Monica Tassoni will be in Prattville City Hall starting at 6:30 p.m. on February 13, 2013 for a "Weather on the Road" event. The team will conduct an informative demonstration about the different weather features the River Region presents and the unique challenges they pose when trying to accurately forecast weather.

Along with the presentation, the team will be on hand to answer any questions residents may have and to meet the viewers that the Doppler 12 StormVision team strives to protect each day. Also, representatives from Walgreen's will be set up with NOAA Midland Weather Radios for sale. The Doppler 12 StormVision team will program any weather radios brought in or purchased at the event to make sure they accurately alert for any warnings for Elmore, Autauga, and the surrounding counties.

Our Autauga EMA team will also be present during the event to answer questions and meet residents. Please join us for the Doppler 12 StormVision team's "Weather on the Road" event.

"Weather on the Road" Event
Prattville City Hall
February 13, 2013
6:30 p.m.
Free event; open to the public.
REMEMBER: You do not have to purchase a radio to get it programmed. You may bring in your own.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Kellie Cook, Leisure Services Director, (334) 358-0297 or

February 6, 2013

 

The City of Prattville and the Way Off Broadway Theatre, located in historic downtown Prattville, are proud to announce their upcoming play, "Cookin' with Gus", opening Thursday, February 21st and running through March 10th.

Gussie Richardson is a famous food columnist and cookbook author. Her agent comes to tell her she's been offered her own daily network television show. She wants to do it, but her husband Walter is dead set against it and Gussie discovers she has stage fright and can't open her mouth in front of a camera. Everybody tries to help her get over it . . . Walter through hypnotism, Bernie her agent by threats; and even wacky Gypsy Carmen from next door casts spells. Just when she thinks she's cured, the taping turns into a comic nightmare concluding in an all-out food fight that almost ends the show and her marriage. Cookin' with Gus brings together four unlikely characters in a stew of hijinks and hilarity.

"This comedy-farce is a really good way to indulge in some serious laughter," says Matthew Givens, director of the play. "I invite everyone to come out for a double helping of good old-fashioned fun. It is fun for the performers and a great evening for the audience."

Tickets can be purchased at the Cultural Arts Center, or by phone at 334.358.0297. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door. To learn more about "Cookin' with Gus", visit our WOBT page on this website.

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CookinGus Poster

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CONTACT: Teresa Lee, or (334) 361-3649

January 30, 2013


louieAfter 13 years of faithful and dedicated service to the City of Prattville, K-9 Officer Louie will be honored with a retirement ceremony on the 5th of February.

K-9 Officer Louie joined the PPD team in 2000 thanks to money seized during drug arrests as profits from the sale of illegal narcotics. Ironically, these drug dealers unknowingly funded the purchase of a dog, which was then used to help find their drugs. Louie completed three weeks of obedience training before his handler (then Investigator) Lt. Wayne Barlow joined him for an additional four weeks of narcotics detection training.

During his tenure with the Prattville Police Department, K-9 Officer Louie has assisted with hundreds of drug seizures and arrests. During a few of his more memorable assists, Louie and his partner made arrests and seizures of multiple marijuana busts of over two pounds and a cocaine seizure of more than 20 pounds. Louie participated in several narcotics detection competitions where he earned distinction as "Top Dog", placing 1st in several of these contests. While he was an excellent narcotics detection dog, Louie's main focus was public relations and narcotics deterrence in the Prattville area schools. Louie has influenced countless young lives in a positive way.

"Louie gained near celebrity status with the children during his frequent visits to the schools. The kids love him and always want me to stop so they could pet him and love on him. I became known as Louie's Dad or the officer that has the dog," said his partner, Lt. Wayne Barlow. "K-9 Officer Louie has been working in the schools so long that some of the students that were in High School when he first started are married and have children of their own in the schools now."

"In dealing with Lt. Barlow and his partner over the years through operations and exercises, Louie has proven himself to be a significant part of the PPD team," said Chief Mark Thompson. "Louie has been a vital presence in our schools. He has been utilized as a community relations tool to create positive awareness with our children and young adults, which in turn, has made it easier for our officers to get to know Prattville children. Because of Louie's positive performance, we will continue to have a K-9 unit in the City of Prattville in the future."

The City of Prattville appreciates K-9 Officer Louie's dedicated service and stellar performance. Louie will be greatly missed.

Retirement Ceremony for K-9 Officer Louie
February 5th, 2013 at 6 p.m.
(To be held at the beginning of the City Council Meeting)
City Council Chambers
City Hall
The public is invited to attend this event.
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CONTACT: Kellie Cook, Leisure Services Director, (334) 358-0297 or

January 16, 2013

 

The City of Prattville has announced that the Krewe of Athena will serve as this year's grand marshals for the city's 9th annual Mardi Gras parade, scheduled for next Saturday, January 26th at 1pm. This year's theme is "Splashing into 2013 - Mardi Gras Style."

The Krewe of Athena was chosen Grand Marshals after they solicited sponsorships for the annual parade. "The Krewe of Athena has been very instrumental in planning our Mardi Gras parade this year," said Kellie Cook, Leisure Services Director for the City of Prattville. "They took on the job of finding sponsors to cover the cost of police overtime for the event."

Local vendors will be selling beverages and food, beginning at 11 a.m. at the Partners in Pediatrics parking lot, located next to Bank Trust in downtown Prattville. A children's fun area will be set up with moonwalks and bouncy slides.

The parade route will begin at the Autauga County Courthouse, turning left on 4th Street. The entries will then turn left onto Washington and right on Wetumpka Street. The parade will then turn right on Northington Street and continue to Main Street, where the entries will continue through the downtown area. The parade will end at the Autauga County Courthouse.

Applications for this year's parade are available on the Mardi Gras event page on this website. For more information, call the Special Events Office at 358-0297.

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CONTACT: Teresa Lee, or (334) 361-3649

January 15, 2013



During the City Council meeting on January 15, 2013, Mayor Bill Gillespie put up his choices for department head appointments. The City Council voted to approve those appointments.

Joining the ranks of senior management staff are newly sworn in Police Chief Mark Thompson, Finance Director Doug Moseley, Leisure Services Director Kellie Cook, Wastewater Director Rick Teague, and Vehicle Maintenance Director Kenny Rawlinson. Those reappointed are City Clerk Cathy Dickerson, Fire Chief Terry Brown, and Sanitation Director Edward Clinton.

Kenny Rawlinson has been with the Vehicle Maintenance Department since July 1980. Rick Teague has been with the Wastewater Department since February 1990. Kellie Cook has been the Performing & Creative Arts Director since December 2008. Police Chief Mark Thompson comes to us from the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office.

"I'm proud to have this team, my "No Excuses, Just Results" team, in place," stated Mayor Bill Gillespie, Jr. "These new appointees, along with my Executive Assistant Teresa Lee, my Administrative Assistant Meredith Dismukes, City Engineer Robby Anderson, City Planner Joel Duke, and Human Resource Director Lisa Thrash, are the City's senior staff and my choices to move us forward, making Prattville better one project at a time."

Please join us in congratulating all appointees and welcoming Mark, Doug, Kellie, Rick and Kenny to our senior management staff!

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Note: The City Engineer, City Planner and Human Resources Director positions are merit positions and not appointed.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Teresa M. Lee, or (334) 361-3649

January 10, 2013



Beginning at 12:01 a.m. (CST) on Friday, February 22, 2013, and ending at twelve midnight on Sunday February 24, 2013, Alabama will hold its second annual sales tax holiday giving shoppers the opportunity to purchase certain severe-weather preparedness supplies free of sales or use tax.

On January 8, 2013, the Prattville City Council passed an ordinance exempting certain "covered items" from the Municipal Sales and Use Tax on the weekend noted abovepdf.

List of Exempt Itemspdf (http://www.revenue.alabama.gov/salestax/WPHolidayQuickRefSheet13.pdf)

For more information, please visit the Alabama Department of Revenue Sales Tax Holiday web page.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Kellie Cook, Special Events Director, (334) 358-0297 or

January 2, 2013

 

The City of Prattville's 9th annual Mardi Gras Parade, sponsored by the Krewe of Athena, is scheduled for Saturday, January 26th. The parade themed "Splashing into 2013 - Mardi Gras Style" will roll out from the Autauga County Courthouse at 1:00 p.m. and wind its way through the streets of downtown, with plenty of beads, candy and moonpies for everyone.

Local vendors will be selling beverages and food, beginning at 11am in the Partners in Pediatrics parking lot, located next to Bank Trust in downtown Prattville. A children's fun area will be set up as well.

This year the 2nd annual Prattville Service League Chili Cook-off will be held in conjunction with the annual Mardi Gras festivities. Set up/check in for the downtown cook-off will begin at 7 a.m., and will officially open to the public at 11:30 a.m. For more information and complete rules, please contact the Prattville Service League at .

Applications for parade entries and food vendors are available on the event page. For more information, please call the Special Events Department at (334) 358-0297.

Character Trait for February

IACC Eagle LogoTolerance
Realizing that everyone is at varying levels of character development.

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