Red Level homecoming raises $3K

Published 1:15 am Wednesday, July 7, 2010

A crowd of more than 300 attended Red Level’s first homecoming event Saturday.

Mayor Mike Purnell said Tuesday he and other organizers felt the day was “an amazing success.”

“It was a wonderful day,” Purnell said. “The weather was nice. We had a great turnout. We made a little money. Over all, we’re very happy and pleased things went so well.”

The day, which was organized as a fundraiser for a new access road to the soon-to-be-constructed Dollar General Store on Alabama Hwy. 55, also served as the town’s “Year of the Small Town” event.

The day began with a pancake breakfast, followed by a dedication ceremony of the town plaque and a barbecue lunch. The day’s events allowed the town to “clear somewhere in the ballpark of $2,000” as attendees came from all points in the county and “even some from Conecuh County,” Purnell said.

Next on the town’s agenda – continuing their quest in constructing and enforcing a nuisance property ordinance, he said.

“We’re working on getting our town cleaned up,” Purnell said. “There are a lot of empty buildings that are not being seen after, so we’re in the process of establishing an ordinance to hold property owners responsible for cleaning them up. We think that will make a big difference in the way the town looks.”

Just in time, Purnell hopes, for next year’s homecoming event.

“Absolutely, we’re going to do this again,” he said speaking of Saturday’s events. “We had too much fun not to do it again.”