It is time to ring in the holiday cheer in the city of Bessemer.
Dates have been set for two fantastic holiday celebrations in the city.
The city of Bessemer will hold a Christmas Tree lighting celebration on Nov. 30 in Debardeleben Park at 6 p.m.
There will be songs by the Bessemer City High School Choir and refreshments will be served. So please make plans to attend.
A fabulous Christmas tree has been donated to the city by Pine Hill Farms in Tarrant.
The annual Christmas parade will be Dec. 13, at 2 p.m., in downtown Bessemer. The theme of this year's parade will be "A Heroes Christmas". It will honor our military and first responders.
Parade entrants and sponsors must complete registration forms that are available at the Chamber web site. Click on "view all events," then on "City of Bessemer Christmas Parade" to find the forms.
Make checks for entries and sponsorship fees payable to the Bessemer Area Chamber of Commerce, which is located at 321 18th St. North downtown.
For more information, call 205-425-3253 or go to www.bessemerchamber.com.
All city of Bessemer offices will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday and the day following.
This includes the offices of the Bessemer Civic Center, Bessemer Municipal Court and Bessemer Utilities.
There will be no garbage or trash pickup on these two dates. Routes where garbage is normally collected on those days will have the garbage collected on the next regular scheduled day.
The city of Bessemer’s Police Department plans to open a new substation in the Tannehill Promenade.
The substation will be called the South Precinct and will give the department a physical presence in the shopping center. It will speed response to areas such as Academy Drive, Carriage Hills, neighborhoods along Fourth Avenue Southwest and the Greenwood community.
The new substation will come at no cost to the city. The City Council voted last week to authorize Mayor Kenneth Gulley to enter into a license agreement with CAPREF TANNEHILL, LLC for a space at the promenade. The substation will be located in in the space near the Sally Beauty Supply.
Police chief Nathaniel Rutledge said “We look forward to a golden opportunity in that area.”
Continue to follow this page for more updates on the precinct’s opening date.
The Bessemer City Council has scheduled a special called meeting for Monday, Nov. 10.
The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 1800 Third Avenue North.
The City Council will meet "to discuss, review and deliberate the approval of the General Fund Budget of the City of Bessemer for Fiscal Year 2014-15 and such matters as may reasonably arise out of such matters or may come before the Council."
An agenda for this meeting has not been prepared as of the posting of this notice.