12th Annual Festival of the Cranes January 12-14, 2024

Festival of Cranes Brochure

Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge (WNWR) in Decatur, Ala., gears up once again to host the highly anticipated Festival of the Cranes from January 12 to 14, 2024. Known for its yearly gathering of over 14,000 Sandhill Cranes and a few pairs of majestic Whooping Cranes during the winter season, this event celebrates the magnificent winter migration of these elegant creatures. The Wheeler Wildlife Refuge Association has meticulously planned a three-day extravaganza, blending indoor and outdoor activities suited for people of all ages, set to take place at WNWR and various locations within downtown Decatur and at the Priceville Event Center.

The Festival of the Cranes has grown into a popular event, welcoming attendees regardless of their birding expertise. Tailored activities cater to experienced birdwatchers, novices, and those intrigued by learning more about birding and other wildlife inhabiting the Refuge. Throughout the event, visitors are invited to the WNWR Observation Building, providing a comfortable space to witness thousands of Sandhill and Whooping cranes, ducks, geese, raptors, and the occasional bald eagle. Attendees are encouraged to bring cameras and binoculars, while volunteers and staff will be available to address queries and share insights.

Throughout the weekend, Decatur and Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge offer a vibrant array of activities. At Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge, visitors can enjoy birding sessions and photography workshops on both Saturday and Sunday. Saturday features early morning birding and photography workshops with Dwight Cooley, Christopher Joe, and Robert Smith, while Sunday offers similar activities with Teddy Roosevelt and Bobby Harrison. Please note that all events at the Visitor Center require pre-registration on the WWRA website: https://www.friendsofwheelernwr.org/foc-2024 Meanwhile, in downtown Decatur, various venues will host engaging events throughout the festival. The Historic Decatur Union Train Depot will welcome visitors on Friday while showcasing their “crane train” display. Delano Park will be the backdrop of festivities with a story-time event accompanied by a Crane interpretive dancer at the Decatur Public Library. The Cook  Museum of Natural Science (cookmuseum.org) opens its doors on Saturday, and The Princess Theatre presents a diverse lineup, including a
performance on Friday night at 7 p.m. by The Prescriptions, a timeless rock and roll band for the modern world. On Saturday, Wings to Soar, the Teddy Roosevelt Show, Steve Trash, and a screening of “Wings Over Water” will take place with some performances repeating on Sunday.
Additionally, the Decatur Public Library (www.mydpl.org/cranes) will host multiple children’s activities, including arts and crafts, and will provide information about local trails. The Alabama Center for the Arts (www.alabamacenterforthearts.org) features presentations
and activities suitable for various age groups on both Saturday and Sunday. The Carnegie Visual Arts Center (www.carnegiearts.org) offers an art workshop with Timothy Joe. Student art from Brewer, Decatur, and Priceville High School will be on display at the Priceville Event Center on Saturday, and there will be a shuttle from the Event Center to the Wheeler Visitor Center on Saturday only. These combined events promise an entertaining and enriching weekend for attendees of all interests. To register for events at the Visitor Center, please click on the particular event to find the link. For detailed information about the Festival of the Cranes, including a comprehensive schedule of events with links to additional events taking place at the Decatur Public Library, the Carnegie Visual Arts Center and the Cook Museum can be found on the WWRA website
listed below. Please visit https://www.friendsofwheelernwr.org/foc-2024 or follow Wheeler Wildlife Refuge Association – WWRA on Facebook for the latest updates.

### About Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge
Established on July 7, 1938, by Executive Order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge remains the first National
Wildlife Refuge placed on a multi-purpose reservoir. Spanning 35,000 acres, it attracts myriad wintering waterfowl annually and harbors Alabama’s largest wintering duck population. The Refuge proudly hosts the state’s largest congregation of Sandhill Cranes and provides a  sanctuary for the endangered Whooping Crane. For further information on Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge, visit www.fws.gov/wheeler.
About Decatur Morgan County Tourism Decatur Morgan County Tourism is a not-for-profit organization promoting tourism and economic growth in Morgan County. Travel-related expenditures for Morgan County in 2022 exceeded $354 million and state lodging taxes collected reached nearly $1.9 million. The tourism and travel industry within Decatur and Morgan County provided 3,746 direct and indirect jobs for local residents and total travel-related earnings exceeded $92 million. For information on special events and attractions in Decatur and Morgan County, call 800.524.6181 or 256.350.2028; or visit https://www.visitdecatural.org/.

Please go to the association’s site for all the details friendsofwheelernwr.org.

Public Hearing Notice

There will be a public hearing before the Priceville Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday, November 20, 2023 at 7:00 P.M.  The purpose of hearing any and all persons wishing to speak in favor of or opposed to the following conditional use approval:  Upper River Road Storage Facility.  Please click on the link for more information.

Notice – Conditional Use Public Hearing 11202023 – Upper River Rd Storage Facility

City of Priceville Planning Commission Special Called Meeting

The City of Priceville Planning Commission has called for a special called meeting on Monday, October 30, 2023 at 7 P.M.

Reason:  To consider making a recommendation to the City Council regarding the acceptance and dedication of subdivision improvements of Ginhouse Landing, Phase 1 in accordance with the Priceville Subdivision Regulations.

PC Special Meeting – 10302023

 

 

Priceville Alcohol Review Committee Public Hearing Notice

There will be a public hearing before the Priceville Alcohol Review Committee on Wednesday, August 16, 2023 at 4 P.M  The items on the agenda are as follows:  Dolgencorp, LLC-Dollar General Store #22559 and Bravo Investments, LLC DBA Bravo 8-Wavaho both requesting retail table wine (off-premises) and retail beer (off-premises) alcohol licenses.

ARC Public Hearing 081623

Ordinance 2023-01: Establish Truck Routes

The City Council for the City of Priceville adopted Ordinance 2023-01:  An Ordinance of the City of Priceville, Alabama to establish truck routes within the city limits; prohibit the operation upon residential streets of certain trucks classified by length, weight, size, number of axles and cargo; setting forth limited exceptions; imposing penalties for violations; requiring the installation of advisory signage; providing for severability; and establishing an effective date.

Please click on this link to read the ordinance.Ordinance 2023-01 Truck Routes

Priceville Planning Commission Public Hearing Notice- August 15, 2022

There will be a public hearing before the Priceville Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday, August 15, 2022 at 7:00 P.M. in the City Council Chambers of the Priceville Municipal Building.  For the purpose of hearing any and all persons wishing to speak in favor of or opposed to the following subdivision plat:  Minor Plat, Three Burros, generally located on the east side of New Center Road and the north side of Church Road.  Please read the attached notice for more information.

Commission Hearing Notice – Three Burros – Minor Plat – 08.15.2022

Priceville Beautification Award

The Priceville Beautification Committee is excited to begin sponsoring a Beautification Award to a residential yard once a month and a Beautification Award to a business once a quarter.

To nominate a residence or business, please share or message the address of the nomination to the City of Priceville Facebook page.  Residential winners will receive a $50 gift card and both winners will have a sign placed in the yard.  The committee will announce the winners each month/quarter and share pictures on the Facebook page.
We look forward to acknowledging the hard work of our community.

Flood Map Revision Meeting

The Morgan County Engineering Department and the City of Priceville Building Department, in accordance with National Flood Insurance Program regulation 65.7 (b) (1), hereby gives notice of the City of Priceville’s and Morgan County’s intent to revise the flood hazard information, generally located east of Bethel Road between the Tennessee River and Alabama Highway 67 near the Cave Springs Elementary and Cove Creek Crossing Areas.

On June 7, 2021 at 6 P.M. there will be a meeting at the Priceville Municipal Building to discuss the revisions.

Revised Flood Insurance Letter 2021

City Council Public Hearing Notice

Notice of public hearing with respect to amendment of the City of Priceville Zoning Ordinance will be before the Priceville City Council on Monday, February 8, 2021 at the Priceville City Hall at 6:30 P.M.  To consider a proposed ordinance to amend Section 5.1500 et seq. of Ordinance #1986-06, as subsequently amended, to the City of Priceville Zoning Code, to substitute provisions relating to Planned Development (PD) District Regulations.

Public Hearing Notice City Council

 

Ordinance 2021-02

An Ordinance to approve the annexation of certain real property located at 486 East Upper River Road, Bethel/River Road, South of TVA Road into the City of Priceville pursuant to the petition of the owner(s), Greenbrier Enterprises, LLC.

Ordinance 2021-02

Adopted 11th day of January, 2021

Ordinance 2021-01

An Ordinance of the City of  Priceville, Alabama renewing and extending a previously adopted immediate temporary moratorium with respect to connection of new residential subdivisions and planned developments to the sanitary sewer system of the City of Priceville.

Ordinance 2021-01

Adopted 11th day of January, 2021

Public Notice-Priceville Council Meeting 3/23/2020

PUBLIC NOTICE

Priceville Town Council Meeting

Notice is hereby given to all citizens, press and any interested parties that the Priceville Town Council will hold  its  regularly scheduled work session and meeting on:

Monday, March 23, 2020

at the Priceville Town Hall

242 Marco Drive, Priceville, Alabama

Work Session begins at 5:00 p.m.

Council Meeting begins at 6:00 p.m.

Because of the COVID-19 outbreak,  the CDC has recommended  that meetings be limited to no more than ten (10) persons.  Governor Ivey has issued a Supplemental Declaration of a State of Emergency under which the Governor authorized meetings to be held by teleconference for the limited purposes of meeting the COVID-19 emergency, and to perform essential minimum functions of the Town. Because this is a regularly scheduled work session and meeting, it will be held publicly, and not by teleconference. 

However, the Town live streams its Council meeting on the Town’s Facebook page. The Town strongly urges the public, press, employees or staff  who are  not required to be in attendance, to stay home and view the meeting remotely on the Town’s Facebook page. Anyone who is sick should not attend the meeting.

 

Date of Notice: March 19, 2020

Priceville Planning Workshop #2

Planning Workshop #2

The Town of Priceville will be hosting another Planning Workshop.  Workshop #2 will be held on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 6 P.M. at our Municipal Building.  The planning team will be discussing strategies for the growth of Priceville over the next 20 years.  Come by and let us know how you want to see Priceville grow or stay the same.

We also ask that you take the time to complete the next planning survey and let us know your preferences for future development. You may also pick up a printed copy of the survey at the Municipal Building and the Linda Duran Public Library.      Priceville Planning Survey #2 

Visioning Session

Visioning Session

The Town of Priceville is holding a Visioning Session on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at the Priceville Municipal Building.  This session will help us prepare our comprehensive plan to guide growth and improvement in the community for the next 20 years.    We would love for you to take our survey.  You can click on the link below, or come by the Municipal Building or the Linda Duran Public Library for a printed copy.

https://surveymonkey.com/r/PricevilleSurvey1

Priceville Blueprint Event

You’re invited to “Priceville Blueprint” on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 from 5 P.M. to 8 P.M. at the Priceville Municipal Building.  This is a come and go event for you to stop by and share your thoughts and ideas about the Sports Plex and future projects in Priceville.