The Rainsville City Council on Monday heard from local resident Jerry Clifton about Rainsville’s 11th annual Freedom Run.

On June 15, McCurdy Avenue and Main Street will fill with hundreds of local and visiting runners for the Rainsville Freedom Run 10K and 5K.

Clifton, the Freedom Run event coordinator, Rainsville native and running enthusiast, stood before the council to articulate the importance of the race for the city and community.

Clifton said this year’s race will hopefully bring 1000 people downtown for the event, not including the volunteers, workers and audience cheering on the runners.

“We’re trying to get 1000 [runners], and I think we’ve got a pretty good shot,” Clifton said. “So many people are helping us and promoting us right now.”

This year’s event will also see nearly $8,000 in door prizes donated from local residents and businesses, he said.

“We are very, very fortunate to have such a great community,” Clifton said.

He also thanked the fire, police and street departments for their immense help with the event each year in keeping the roadways clear and participants safe during the event.

The council approved a $2,500 sponsorship for the Freedom Run.

The race will take place from 6 a.m. to 7:15 a.m. Registration is $30 until May 31 and $35 after next Friday. To register or for more information, visit

The council also:

• accepted Resolution 05-20-2019A, the Municipal Water Pollution Prevention Resolution.

• accepted Resolution 05-20-109B that will surplus 80 chairs formerly used in the council chambers.

• approved the purchase of 100 garbage cans.

• approved the completion of the bridge on George Wallace Drive for an approximated $9,000.

• approved the promotion of Tim Devlin to a captain in the police department.

• accepted the resignation of Nick Knopps from the police department, effective June 8, 2019.

• approved the hire of Josh Wilson to the police department, effective May 29, 2019.

• accepted the resignation of Justin Harper from the fire department, effective May 20, 2019.

• approved to hire Justin Harper at the fire department as part-time only, effective June 3, 2019.

• approved to hire Jason Johnson to the police department with a one-year contract and a $500 refresher course, effective May 22, 2019.

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