Three big events that mean a lot to the city will come before the Alexander City City Council Monday night.
The council will hear proposals to bring back the Strand Sessions Concert Series, the Blues in the Park concert as well as consider funding for this year’s Alabama Bass Trail tournament at Lake Martin.
Strand Sessions is the brainchild of the Lake Martin Young Professionals and if approved will be entering the third year of bringing free live music to the downtown area. The concerts have run once a month from April to September.
Last year was the first year for Blues in the Park and the response was tremendous. Despite rain, more than 1,500 people jammed the soccer field at the Charles E. Bailey Sportplex. This year, the tentative date is set for May 12 at Strand Park.
“We had no idea what to expect last year,” organizer Tyrone Oliver said. “But to have that kind of atmosphere even with the weather we had, was incredible. Strand Park will be different and if we have the kind of crowds we did last year it could get crowded, but we are hopeful for another great event.”
Last year the city contributed $10,000 for the event which was offered free to the public and brought six acts to the stage.
The Alabama Bass Trail is set to hold its stop here on March 24 at Lake Martin. This is the third year for the event to have a tournament on Lake Martin and each year it has grown in popularity.
The first year 162 competitors entered and last year 224 were on the lake for a full day of fishing. This year, organizers say they expect more than 200 again, especially after the exposure the lake got during the recent Bassmaster Elite event in February.
In the past the city has helped with funds that covered lodging for tournament officials as well as a meal the night before the tournament.
In other matters the council will also consider:
• A resolution to set a public hearing for Monday, April 2, 2018, to hear public comments regarding the adoption of the 2015 Fire and Building Codes.
• A resolution to authorize the mayor to execute an agreement with the Tallapoosa County E-911 to lease antenna space on the Mt. Airy Water Tower.
• A resolution to authorize the mayor to enter into a contract with Xerox.
• A request to approve an alcohol license application transfer for Walgreen Co.
• A vacancy on the Alexander City Board of Education will be announced.