City Life, Public Safety, Upcoming Event
The city of Bessemer Police Department will host the annual National Night Out in Bessemer on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at the Bessemer Recreation Center, 100 14th Street South.

The event will take place between the hours of 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. There will be free food, drinks and popcorn. School supplies will also be given away.

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.

For more information on the event in Bessemer, contact Police Sgt. Alexia Bruister at 205-417-3900.


Public Safety
The city of Bessemer and Jefferson County will partner to host a free Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Day. The event is on Saturday, April 20, from 8:30 to 11 a.m. at the City of Bessemer’s Public Works Laydown yard at 1205 15th Avenue North. The event is open to residents of Bessemer and unincorporated communities in Jefferson County ONLY. Driver’s licenses will be checked. Other partners taking part in the event include the Alabama Environmental Council, Environmental and Recycling Solutions, Shred-It, Protec Recycling, Brothers Recycling and O’Reilly Auto Parts. Collection will close when capacity is met. Below is a flyer with information on what items will be accepted and what items will not:

City Life, Public Safety
The Bessemer Police Department is hosting its first annual “Teen Summit” on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 at the Bessemer Civic Center. The event will last from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and is free to those 13 and over. Isis  Jones will serve as host. The event will focus on issues ranging from bullying to dating violence, suicide, safe sex and other issues relevant to teens. There will also be free food and door prizes.

Bessemer’s first-ever safe room is on the way. The Bessemer City Council on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018 authorized Mayor Kenneth Gulley to enter into a contract with Coston General Contractors for the construction of a Community Safe Room and an Emergency Operations Center E911 safe room in the event of inclement weather. The safe room will be built at the Bessemer Police Department’s Emergency Operations Center at 651 Ninth Avenue  SW. Construction should begin in about 60 days. The project is expected to cost about $579,000. Seventy-five percent of the cost for the community safe room will come from funding provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA. The remaining 25 percent of the safe room cost and the entire cost for EOC safe room project will come from the city’s E911 fund. The safe room is the first in Bessemer, but city officials are hopeful of constructing others. Mayor Kenneth Gulley said he would like to identify sources of funding to build other safe rooms in other parts of Bessemer. The city has been hit by tornadoes in the past, the most recent storms being the EF2 storm of 2014 and the storm that damaged houses in Greenwood in 2016. The safe room at the EOC location will hold up to 100 people, but could hold more if needed, said city engineer Ron Gilbert. The E911 safe room will hold police and fire emergency operations in the event of damage to the main EOC building. Mayor Gulley said the community safe room can also serve as a warming station in the event of extreme cold weather in the city and a conference room. “We’re excited to start construction on the city’s first storm shelter,” Gulley said. “Currently, when we have inclement weather, we have no place for our residents to shelter. This will finally provide that shelter for our residents and provide a safe place for our emergency personnel so that they can continue working as well.” In other action during the meeting, the Council approved an agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a Feasibility Phase Study on the Valley Creek Watershed. The study will look at ways to alleviate flooding in the watershed, such as the flooding in Bessemer’s Pipe Shop Community. The study is expected to last three years and public participation will be conducted by the Corp of Engineers. The study will be paid for entirely with federal funding. The city has currently set aside funding in the general budget to assist with a buy-out program for homes in the flood zoned areas of Pipe Shop. Mayor Gulley said he wants the program to continue in spite of the study efforts. The Council also authorized the Mayor to enter into an agreement with Video Industrial Services, Inc. for repairs to a damaged culvert along Greenmoor Drive.

The city of Bessemer, in conjunction with Jefferson County and the town of Sylvan Springs, will host a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at the Bessemer Public Works Laydown Yard, located at 1205 15th Avenue North. Collections will begin at 8:30 a.m. and last until 11 a.m. Collections will only be taken from residents of Bessemer, Unincorporated Jefferson County and the town of Sylvan Springs. There is no charge for residents of those areas to bring hazardous household items for drop-off. The event will be held on a first come, first serve basis. Collection will close when capacity is met. Other partners in this endeavor include the Alabama Environmental Council, Environmental & Recycling Solutions, Delta Oil Services, Interstate Batteries and Shred-it. See the flyer for information on what items will be accepted and which items will not be accepted during the event.