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By Christa Jennings
Senior Staff Writer
With Thanksgiving now less than a week away, the Town of Kellyton is once again busily preparing for its annual Christmas Celebration being held in just two weeks.
During the Kellyton Town Council meeting last Tuesday evening, the last meeting before the event, Town Clerk Karen Keel reported that so far the town has approximately 32 vendors signed up to participate. Some of the vendors will set up early on Friday, December 1, with the others setting up after 2 p.m. December 2.
Keel plans to begin decorating the former gymnasium and facility the Monday after Thanksgiving and will be working each day that week in preparation for the event. Mayor Johnny Sharpe encouraged as many council members as possible to make plans to help with the decorating, as well as with the event itself.
In addition to posting flyers promoting the event at various businesses, copies were also delivered to Central Elementary School Coosa County to send home with students prior to the Thanksgiving break. Keel and the council expressed that they are looking forward to a successful event again this year.
The Kellyton Christmas Celebration is a free event being held from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, December 2, at the Kellyton Civic Complex, located at 145 Church Street, Kellyton.
Santa will arrive at 6 p.m. to greet the children and be available for photos with Santa. There will also be a “Kid Zone” for the youth featuring games with small prizes for the children, face painting and a bouncy house, and popcorn and cotton candy will also be sold.
The event includes a “gift shop” atmosphere with an array of vendors selling Christmas gifts and crafts, candles, T-shirts, and more.
For the “sweet shop,” vendors will have homemade fried apple pies, salsa, jellies, jams, and pickles for purchase.
Guests can also visit the “Merry and Bright Cafe” during the celebration for free hot chocolate and coffee. Each attendee will also be given a ticket that entitles them to a free hot dog, chips and a soda.
In other business during the council meeting, Mayor Sharpe turned the floor over to Councilmember George Camp to give an update on the oak tree that the council previously approved being planted.
Camp then stated that Baker Landscape had planted an oak tree back where the older one had stood for many years prior to severe weather uprooting it. The large old oak was known as a landmark for numerous years, and many citizens had inquired if another tree would be placed there.
Camp said that Baker Landscape planted the new tree with no difficulties. The land owner, Linda Skiff, was also present for the council meeting.
Skiff stated that she appreciated the Town Council for approving an oak tree to be placed back in the same area as the older one.
Camp further stated that Jerry Sewell and the water department had provided access to water in order to keep the new oak tree watered.
Also during the meeting, Sharpe stated that the security camera system had been installed at the municipal complex and asked Keel to provide an update. She said that the system was successfully installed and is now monitoring the complex grounds 24/7.
She also explained that once internet service to the facility has been installed then the council members and mayor will be able to download an app to their phones to monitor anyone coming onto the grounds or entering the buildings.
Unfortunately the Charter representative who had been assigned to help with the internet installation had passed away suddenly. Therefore, a new representative will be assigned to help with the matter.
Once that is in place, Keel said each council member wishing to download the app on their personal phones would need to meet with a representative from Lake Martin Surveillance to have that set up for them.
Four government students from Central High School Coosa County were also in attendance for the council meeting to earn credit for their class.
The next regularly scheduled monthly meeting of the Kellyton Town Council will be held at 6 p.m. December 5.