The Third Saturday Committee was recognized by Fort Payne Mayor Larry Chesser at Tuesday’s meeting.

Since 2012, the Third Saturday Sunset Cruise-in has aimed to welcome antique car enthusiasts and boost and support local cuisine, artists and businesses in downtown Fort Payne.

From April to October, the event lines the main street every third Saturday of the month from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and features dozens of cars, local music and various food vendors along Gault Avenue.

This week, Chesser chose the Third Saturday Committee for the annual Mayor’s Day of Service Recognition, providing them with a proclamation from the City of Fort Payne thanking them for their continued service to downtown.

“[Mayor’s Day of Service Recognition] is for groups and individuals that are of great service to their community that did things that basically just help our community,” he said. “So, today, I would like to recognize a group that has contributed greatly to our reputation, to our economy and just the general enjoyment of our citizens and local people, and that is the Third Saturday Cruise-in Committee.”

Committee members Amelia Landstreet, Terry Locklear and Steve Westmoreland were recognized in front of the council for their “great effect on their community, invigorating downtown and economic development.”

Chesser said he wanted to show his appreciation for the 2019 recipients.

“On behalf of Third Saturday, I would like to think the board and everybody that comes out,” Landstreet said. “The people are what “makes” it, and we’ve had some really good crowds and we’re really, really glad. We appreciate anyone that’s done anything.”

The next installment of the Third Saturday Sunset Cruise-in will be June 15, 2019, and will feature Leah Seawright on the main stage adjacent to Southern Properties at 311 Gault Avenue N, Fort Payne.

The council also:

• adopted Resolution 2019-21, setting rates for city venues.

• adopted Resolution 2019-22, changing the designation of a portion of bond proceeds, so as to not charge against the city’s constitutional debt limit. A sewer project beginning at the Airport Road Pump Station and ending near the Fort Payne Livestock Inc. is the reason for the shifting of bond monies.

• adopted Resolution 2019-23 that authorizes the city to apply for a grant to assist in the demolition of the old hospital site. Grant applications were not approved last year and are being reapplied for in order to begin any work at the site if approved.

• adopted Resolution 2019-24 to accept the low bid for plant mix and binder.

• approved an alcohol license for “33”, a new restaurant located at 110 Gault Avenue N. Councilwoman Lynn Brewer abstained from voting.

• approved a budget adjustment of $925 for four portable dog waste stations that will be utilized at city venue events.

• set a public hearing for June 18 regarding rezoning property at Godfrey Avenue and Beason Gap Road where a new subdivision is set to be developed.

• approved a streetlight request for the 900 block of Alan Lane N.W.

• approved an activity permit requested by Mike Workman, of Life Chapel in Rainsville, to hold a public outreach event in the City Park June 7 and 8 to “share the Gospel” and provide food and bouncy houses for the public.

• authorized an agreement with Fort Payne City School System for sewer work at the new elementary school site.

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