The legendary Dennis Edwards and the Temptations Review will highlight a Ribbon Cutting and Community Celebration at the new Bessemer Recreation Center on July 2.
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The celebration will start at noon with a free community festival. The event will feature a cook-off, local talent performing and will feature food, arts and crafts vendors.
Contact Bessemer City Hall during normal business hours or dial (205) 478-3014 between the hours of noon to 5 p.m. Mondays thru Fridays if you’d like to participate as a vendor.
The Community celebration will last from noon until 4 p.m.
A concert will start 7 p.m. and will feature Dennis Edwards and the Temptations Review.
Also performing will be Urban Mystic, Alvin Garrett and Sunshine Anderson.
Tickets are $20 for the evening concert. Tickets can be purchased by calling 332-2346 or at Bessemer City Hall or Bessemer Civic Center starting today between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Civic Center on Saturdays between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Gates will open at 6 p.m. for the concert.
This event is sponsored by Alabama Power, EEFS, Medical West, Piper Jaffray, State Farm, Employer’s Benefits, Milo’s Famous Tea, Principal and Associates, Paden & Paden and Maxx Motors.
The new Bessemer Recreation Center is slated for opening in August and will feature an indoor pool with kiddie slide, indoor walking track, fitness and workout areas, activity rooms and a collegiate-sized gymnasium. Stay tuned to this page for more information on becoming a member at the facility.
The city of Bessemer's Annual July 4th Celebration will take place at Bessemer City High School on Monday, July 4, starting at 6:30 p.m. Fireworks show will start at 8:45 p.m.
Free food, fun, giveaways for the entire family. Fireworks will start at approximately 8:45 p.m.
The City of Bessemer’s businesses and residents stand to save on insurance costs as a result of a new Insurance Service Office (ISO) Public Protection Classification for the city.
The City of Bessemer Fire Department is pleased to report that their Public Protection Classification (PPC) will be reclassified from a Class 4 to a Class 1.
For over 30 years, the City of Bessemer’s PPC classification has held steady at Class 4. After many years of improvements in the Fire Department, Water Department and the Public Safety Dispatch Center, the Insurance Services Office re-evaluated the City of Bessemer’s services and determined that they have improved sufficiently to earn the PPC Classification of “1”. The ISO ranking scale is based on a 1 – 10 ranking with a Class 1 designation representing an exemplary fire suppression program and the highest recognition a department can receive.
ISO currently rates over 48,000 fire departments within the United States and of those only 179 are ISO Class 1 cities. ISO currently rates over 1,550 fire departments within Alabama and of those, only four have an ISO “1” classification. The City of Bessemer will be the first city in Jefferson County to receive an ISO “1” classification.
According to the Insurance Service Office, ISO’s Public Protection Classification Program plays an important role in the underwriting process at insurance companies. In fact, most U.S. insurers – including the largest ones – use PPC information as part of their decision-making when deciding what business to write, coverages to offer or prices for personal or commercial property insurance.”
This Class 1 designation not only compliments the Bessemer Fire Department for its preparedness to provide safety and security, it also saves Bessemer’s citizens and businesses money. In general, the price of fire insurance in a community with a good PPC is substantially lower than in a community with a poor PPC.
The new Public Protection Classification will go into effect August 1st, 2016.
The city of Bessemer will join with representatives from the EPA, USDA, ARC and other federal agencies in a two-day workshop as part of the Local Foods, Local Places Initiative.
The public is invited to attend a Community Meeting on May 10, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. at the Bessemer Civic Center to meet with city, state and federal officials to discuss the initiative.
In 2015, the City of Bessemer was awarded a technical assistance grant from the federal Local Foods, Local Places Initiative.
A team of experts will join local stakeholders in a two-day workshop to develop an action plan to better tie together the resources we have, identify the major missing pieces, and bridge gaps.
Anyone in the community interested in making Bessemer more livable, healthy, vibrant and engaged through the building and strengthening of the city's local food economy is invited to attend.
The discussion will center on re-engerizing a farmers market in the city, developing an education program to get youth interested in farming, assessing the feasibility of reusing a former public housing development site and other vacant lots for urban farming and linking local food network assets to downtown revitalization goals.