Pell City Council recognizes local baseball team for winning championship
by David Atchison
PELL CITY – The mayor and council recognized a local baseball team Monday night that won the Dizzy Dean World Series in Southhaven, Miss.

“The Pell City Dizzy Dean 16 and Under Baseball League has achieved recognition and brought attention to the city by winning the overall Dizzy Dean World Series for their age group…” stated the proclamation presented to the local baseball team at Monday night’s council meeting.

The proclamation also proclaimed today, Tuesday, as “Team Appreciation Day,” in recognition of the baseball team.

“They are the World Champions,” said Mayor Joe Funderburg. “Congratulations to all of you.”

Members of the team included Austin Allen, Tanner Cleveland, Bailey Horton, Justin Pope, Andrew Thompson, Austin Brewer, Jake Davis, Caleb Hunt, Tanner Richey, Matt Whittington, Michael Brown, Daniel Holmes, Colin Myers, Greg Stephens, Allen Wilson and coaches Greg “Skeet” Davis, Darron Richey, Greg Stephens, Brian Allen and Blake Huddleston.

“We’re very proud of you,” Council President told the team.

Funderburg said the team’s participation and involvement in the little league world series not only brought recognition to the individuals and athletic team, but the city itself.

He said the city will display a picture of the team and the proclamation on the city’s “Hall of Fame,” inside city hall.

At Monday night’s council meeting the council also approved App River as the e-mail service provider for the city at a cost of $8,994 a year.

IT Specialist Jay Headrick said the new contract would provide an annual savings for the city at $365.

“Basically in a nutshell, we’ll be able to do so much more than with the current e-mail service,” he said.

He said the city will also have unlimited data storage.

In other matters, the council:

• Tabled an agreement with CMA, which had proposed to place micro sites for cell phone transmission sites for smart phones.

• Approved to solicit bids to repair the roof on Fire Station No. 1.

• Amended the budget to reflect a $1,000 donation to the fire department and a $1,100 donation to the police department from a local industry, Benjamin Moore.

• Authorized the city manager to expend up to $2,500 to help alleviate the traffic problem at Iola Roberts Elementary School, if the school system pays half the cost or the project.

• Went into executive session to discuss pending litigation. No action was taken by the council.

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