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

March 31, 2020-Priceville Municipal Lobby Closed

March 31, 2020-Priceville Municipal Lobby Closed

Effective immediately the Priceville Municipal Building Lobby will be closed to the public due to COVID-19 in order to protect our employees and citizens. You may submit any payments by mail or drop it off in the front door slot at your convenience.

If you need assistance during normal business hours call (256)355-5476, ext. 0 or visit www.townofpriceville.com. Our website has our applications (building permit, business license and wastewater) under Departments and then click on Building to see each application highlighted in yellow. You may then fax (256) 351-0563 or email the completed applications to our office.

God Bless,
Melvin Duran, Mayor

Veterans Park and Morgan County Veterans Memorial Closed

 

            VETERANS PARK AND VETERANS MEMORIAL

   CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE AS OF MARCH 26, 2020

Due to the recent order from Governor Kay Ivey and the State Health Office suspending public gatherings of more than 25 people to reduce the risk of spreading the COVID-19, Veterans Park and The Morgan County Veterans Memorial will be closed. This will include all playgrounds, tennis courts, basketball courts, baseball fields, pavilion, community center, and the gazebo. The walking trail will remain open at this time.

If you choose to utilize the walking trail please be cautious and use the 6 foot distance rule!!

For more information you can call 256-355-5476 ext. 0.

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.

Priceville seeking OK to borrow $9 million

From The Decatur Daily
by Deangelo McDaniel

PRICEVILLE — The town of Priceville is seeking authorization from a Morgan County circuit judge to borrow $9 million to construct a 66,000-square-foot recreation center near North Bethel Road and East Upper River Road.

A hearing on the matter will be held June 9 at 10 a.m. in the Morgan County Courthouse for any Priceville resident who wants to “show cause” why the town shouldn’t be allowed to borrow the money.

Mayor Melvin Duran and Birmingham attorneys handling the legal proceedings did not return telephone calls seeking comment.

Priceville officials started talking about the center in 2015, but on March 13 the council adopted a resolution announcing its plan to go to the bond market, according to court documents.

Town officials said in court filings that they determined the town’s economic base and “prosperity and welfare of its citizens will be advanced” with the project. They also expect retail, commercial and employment opportunities and “an increase of the town’s tax base and revenues.”

Morgan County Commission Chairman Ray Long said he was familiar with the project because the county donated 8.4 acres where construction is slated to take place.

“I think this is great for the area and would be a major tourist attraction for the county,” he said. “I don’t see any minuses to this plan.”

Decatur Mayor Tab Bowling talked about a project like this for the River City during his campaign. He proposed locating it in the annexed part of Limestone County near Interstate 565 and Alabama 20 because of the amount of traffic.

Bowling said Priceville’s plans have not changed his thoughts about what Decatur should do.

“We’re still talking about the feasibility of moving forward,” he said.

Court documents did not include specific plans for Priceville’s facility, but in February Duran said it would include four basketball courts that can be converted into eight volleyball courts, a walking track, one or two batting cages, a fitness center and a rehab center.

Priceville plans to sign a management agreement with Encore Rehab to operate a portion of the facility, according to legal filings.

Duran and council members Tommy Perry, Charles Black, Donald Livingston, Joe Lubisco and Jerry Welch also outlined plans to pay the debt. The town has about $34 million in taxable property, which means the council can legally borrow as much as $16.9 million, according to court documents. The new bonds will increase Priceville’s debt to about $11.9 million, court records show.

The center’s proposed site is near the new Priceville High where the Morgan County Board of Education invested almost $24 million. Superintendent Bill Hopkins Jr. supports the project and is looking at it as a possible home for the Morgan County basketball tournament.

“Any place that is centrally located in the county is a benefit for the school system,” he said. “This is right off Interstate 65 and should attract a lot of people to the county.”

The proceeding has been assigned to Circuit Judge Steven Haddock.

Priceville Blueprint

Be a part of the future!

The Town of Priceville has initiated a partnership with DesignAlabama, as a part of the DesignPlace program to look at the future of our community and they need your help!

You are invited to “Priceville Blueprint” on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at the Priceville Municipal Building. Event starts at 6:00 P.M.

For your convenience, this is a community come and go event for you to stop by and share your thoughts and ideas. The meeting will be facilitated by DesignAlabama Executive Director, Gina Clifford and a team of design professionals from across the state.

This team of professional consultants will be interested in understanding the assists of the community and what makes Priceville a special place for its residents. They will be asking you to share our history, our native sons and daughters, and our businesses and industry.

They want to know your dreams and aspirations for our community! They will be seeking out those things that can build prosperity and the highest quality of life in our town.

The input you provide will be incorporated into a master plan studies, that they will develop over the following days to be presented to the Priceville Town Council. Please come be a part of the process and contribute to the future of Priceville. Everyone is welcome!

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Priceville approves fuel-tax increase

PRICEVILLE — The Town Council on Monday approved a 1-cent fuel tax increase and a fiscal 2018 budget that included funding to start work on a new fire station as well as hire an additional police officer.

Meanwhile, councilmen discussed an emerging plan to build from scratch a downtown in the fast-growing town of about 3,300 people, seeking public input at an upcoming open house.

The council unanimously approved the ordinance to increase the town’s gasoline tax from 3 cents to 4 cents per gallon and the diesel tax from 1 cent to 2 cents per gallon. The increase is expected to generate about $130,000 annually that Mayor Melvin Duran said would go toward street improvements.

The council also approved a $2.89 million budget for fiscal 2018, up from $2.68 million in fiscal 2017. The new budget projects a hefty surplus, predicting nearly $3.4 million in revenue.

Duran described it as an attempt to be conservative, noting the town currently has a fund balance of roughly $2.6 million in the bank.

Before voting, the council added to the budget $100,000 to begin work on the town’s second fire station, which is slated to be built adjacent Priceville High School.

Councilman Joe Lubisco Jr. said Morgan County Schools officials have informally agreed to donate about 0.5 acres for the new station, which would serve the school and multiple new subdivisions in the vicinity.

The land acquisition is still pending approval by the Morgan County Board of Education as attorneys for both parties review the deal. Priceville officials tentatively plan to begin construction on the new station next year with completion expected by 2021.

Councilman Charles Black said the Insurance Service Office recommended the new station, which will re-position existing equipment, and that it could result in residents seeing better property insurance rates.

“We’re trying to improve safety in the community as well,” Lubisco said.

Priceville could pay for road extension with leftovers from $7M rec center

From The Decatur Daily
by Evan Belanger

PRICEVILLE — After approving a $9 million bond issue last week, town officials plan to build and open by next fall a 66,000-square-foot recreation center at North Park.

They’re also planning to use a portion of the bond proceeds to extend Marco Drive to East Upper River Road in a bid to open more property for commercial development and alleviate traffic congestion on Bethel Road.

Mayor Melvin Duran said this week that town officials expect to have $8.3 million to $8.5 million available for the projects after capitalized expenses are deducted from the bond.

“Hopefully, we’ll be anywhere from $6.5 million to a little over $7 million on the sportsplex, and what’s left we’ll spend on Marco Drive,” he said.

No groundbreaking date has been set for the recreation center, but Duran said officials hope to finalize plans Sept. 6 and plan to have it open by the fall of 2018.

Preliminary plans call for the center to include four basketball courts that can be converted into eight volleyball courts, a walking track, one or two batting cages, a fitness center, and a rehab center.

The center will be located on 8.4 acres in Morgan County’s North Park, at North Bethel Road and East Upper River Road. The park already has soccer fields, baseball fields and softball fields. Morgan County donated the land for the recreation center.

For now, town officials are calling the planned facility the Priceville Event Center. Duran said they are hopeful it will host travel ball and high school athletic tournaments, but they refrained from calling it the Priceville Sports Plex, because it could also host other events.

“You could have a wedding there, you could have a gun show there, you could have a boat show there, you could possibly have a camper show there, or a home and garden show. It’s an event center,” he said.

Noting the town’s proximity to Interstate 65, Morgan County Commission Chairman Ray Long predicted visitors attracted by the center would help stimulate the local economy, but said the project is not without risk for the town of roughly 3,300 people.

“It’s a big gamble for Priceville to spend that kind of money, but I think it’s going to work out for them,” Long said.

Longtime Priceville police chief to retire

From The Decatur Daily
by Evan Belanger

PRICEVILLE — Longtime Priceville Police Chief Billy Peebles will retire next week after more than 31 years on the force and more than 41 years in law enforcement.

Peebles, 63, will step down from the town’s top law enforcement job effective Wednesday.

“There comes a time in a person’s life when it’s time to move on,” he said, adding he will most miss the opportunity to serve the public as well as the camaraderie of the force.

Mayor Melvin Duran said no decisions have been made about who will replace Peebles either on an interim or permanent basis.

“All options are on the table,” he said, adding, “I’ve enjoyed working with Billy these last 31 years.”

Including Peebles, Priceville has five police officers and six reserve officers.

Peebles’ retirement comes during a period of rapid growth for the small town east of Decatur. From 2000 to 2016, its population grew by 97 percent — from 1,674 to 3,297.

Peebles, a Priceville native, started his law enforcement career as a reserve deputy for the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office. He served as a patrol officer in Trinity before joining the Priceville Police Department, where he was promoted to chief in 2001.

In an interview Friday, he said he always will carry with him memories of some of the more grisly experiences of law enforcement, but he hoped his years of work positively impacted the close-knit community.

“Maybe something you said during the day affected someone’s life for the good,” he said. “At the end of the day, that’s what matters to you.”

Peebles said he has no plans to leave his home in Priceville and that he will be available to assist the police force if called upon. He said his immediate plans are to spend time catching up on chores around the house and visiting family.

A small retirement party for Peebles is planned early next month. He said he prefers a small, private sendoff with friends and family as opposed to a large public event.

“My job was a gift that God gave me. It’s something I wanted to do since I was a young man, and God opened that door for me,” he said. “It’s certainly not something to flaunt, because all good things come from Him.”