Pleasant Grove, Alabama

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Pleasant Grove is a city of Jefferson County, Alabama. It is part of the Birmingham–Hoover Metropolitan Area. Its nickname is "The Good Neighbor City". At the 2000 census the population was 9,983. Pleasant Grove is home to Norwood United Football Club (Formerly Norwood Clinic F.C.), a Semi-Professional soccer team.

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History

It was established in 1889, but incorporated as a city in January 1937. The incorporation came about by reason of a rather unusual circumstance. The town sits on land honeycombed by coal mines. For many years the residents had relied on water wells for their water supply. As years passed and more mining was done, Pleasant Grove found itself confronted with a problem. Residents would sometimes go to their well to draw water only to find there was none. The water had gone into the mines.

During the mid to late 30’s, the Federal Government had a program for financing the building of local water systems. In exploring the possibility of securing such funds, it was revealed that in order to secure such financing a community must be legally incorporated. At this time the incorporation became a reality.

The first appointed Mayor of Pleasant Grove was W.P. Stone. The city is governed by a Mayor and five council members who serve four-year terms. Elections for city officials is held during the summer of each leap year with four year terms beginning the first Monday in October. The area known as Pleasant Grove, Alabama was first homesteaded in September 1836. Pleasant Grove is in Jefferson County. Although no one seems to know when or exactly how the town came by its name, old documents indicate that at least part of this area was called Pleasant Grove as early as 1884.

Its communities were damaged by an F5 tornado on April 8, 1998 including Hueytown's Oak Grove High School.

Government

The city is governed by a mayor, currently Jerry Brasseale, and five-member council. All city officials are elected to four-year terms on leap years. The council meets the first and third Tuesday of each month at Pleasant Grove City Hall. Council members as of the 2008 election are James Mosely, William Bullion, Terrie Hicks, Phillip Houston and Paula Johnson.

Geography

Pleasant Grove is located at 33°29′33″N 86°58′23″W / 33.492400°N 86.972927°W / 33.492400; -86.972927.[1]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.8 square miles (22.9 km²), all of it land.

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