FOLEY – Foley is commemorating the city library’s 100th anniversary this week with a City Council proclamation Monday, May 1, and a celebration at the library Wednesday, May 3.

On Monday, the City Council is scheduled to vote to declare May 3 as Public Library Day.

On May 3,1923, the members of the Foley Community Welfare Club, which later became the Foley Women’s Club, began work to create a library as the group’s first project, according to a library history.

Today, the library includes more than 88,000 items to be checked out, computer labs and other activities and is an integral part of the community. City officials are working on plans to build a new library in the near future.

A centennial celebration is planned at the library Wednesday to mark the anniversary. The celebration includes cake, punch and hors’ d’oeuvres as well as photos from the first 100 years and interviews with the mayor and other Foley citizens.

Staff from the library’s Local Alabama History Department will be on hand to answer questions and discuss particulars concerning the institution’s history.

The Centennial Celebration is open to the public. The event will be from 10 a.m. to noon.

Other items on the agenda for the Monday City Council meeting include:

A public hearing to consider weeds to be a public nuisance and to order its  abatement on East Walker Aveue.

A public hearing to consider adopting an ordinance to rezone property owned by 68V Riverside 2022 LLC from light industrial district to residential single family.

A public hearing to consider adopting an ordinance to pre-zone property owned by Creek Ridge LLC to planned unit development. 

A proclamation declaring May as Building Safety Month.

Allowing helicopter tours at the Foley Municipal Airport on  a temporary basis.

Buying rotary lifts for the new public works campus.

Discussing a new name For the Foley Kids Park.

Amending the city ordinance for the use of  approved golf carts and licensed low speed vehicles on  certain public streets.

Rezoning property owned by 68V Riverside from light industrial to single-family residential.

Pre-zoning property owned by Creek Ridge LLC to planned unit residential.

Accepting M&D Consulting’s professional services agreement for a public safety radio network.

Waiving the fees for the use of the Heritage Park and pavilion for a community health fair on June 15.

Accepting the Byrne JAG – Local Law Enforcement Equipment  Grant .

Waiving the fees for the use of the Heritage Park and pavilion for Big Fish Ministries, Inc to host a Drug Overdose Awareness day on Aug. 31.

Authorizing personnel budget transfers between the 

Infrastructure and Development and Engineering Departments.


Approving the use of restricted court cash.

Authorizing the mayor to sign a letter of intent for the  purchase of a knuckleboom loader.

Approving the purchase of a 2023 Bush Hog for the Street  Department.

Authorizing budget transfers between the Environmental  and Vector Control departments. 

Authorizing city officials to enter into  an agreement with other political subdivisions, governmental entities and  tribal governments to provide for the interchange and use of equipment.

Accepting Civic Southeast Engineering Group’s professional  services proposal for the design of additional multipurpose fields at the  Highway 98 Complex. 

Approving Riviera Utilities monthly service for the camera  installed on the new decorative pole in Heritage Park.

Approving 2023 OWA fireworks display calendar.

Reappointing  Jerry Morrison to the Foley Historic Commission. 

Reappointing Donna Turbyfill to the Foley Historic  Commission. 

Authorizing city employees to property on East Walker Avenue to abate a public nuisance.

Approving a project to build a  road north of the CAFFM next to the new pickleball courts. 

Buying a Ford Expedition from  state contract.