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Moulton Council taking a stand against seniors socializing at City Hall


A Moulton Councilwoman is asking the mayor to step in and evict a group that has taken up regular residence at City Hall.  

Every day from 10 a.m. to noon and again from 2-4 p.m., a group of men, who range in age from their late 70s to early 90s, get together at the Moulton City Hall to drink coffee and talk. Their gatherings have become the subject of debate.  

The group of about 10 to 12 men have been getting together for fellowship at various locations in Moulton for well over 40 years now.

When one of their former meeting spots downtown closed 8 years ago, it was former Moulton Mayor Ray "Red" Alexander that encouraged the group to make City Hall their new gathering place.

At a recent work session, council members discussed complaints they have been receiving from people who can’t find parking spaces close to City Hall due to the added number of vehicles.  

Councilwoman Joyce Jeffreys wants the men to find somewhere else to gather. Jeffreys says she doesn’t want to see a government building turned into a social club, noting “there are plenty of other places to drink coffee.”

With the rest of the council behind her, Jeffreys has asked Mayor Roger Weatherwax to step in and force the men out, something he is reportedly not entirely comfortable doing. 

Mayor Weathermax has not acted on the council’s request and thus far has not commented on the situation.

Jeffreys says if the mayor doesn’t take action, the next step will be passing official legislation banning social gatherings at City Hall.

At the very center of the table where these coffee drinkers meet, there is a collection jar for members of the group to donate. Money in the jar is passed along to cover expenses for coffee, various city functions, and flowers for deceased members of their group.

The men frequently dig into their own wallets to donate to various local charity groups that come by from time to time. These men enjoy their time together.They love their community.

And their example of traditional social interaction, no texting, no emailing, none of that other stuff; just a quality sit-down conversation should be a lesson to us all.

Several of the men I spoke with from the group said, "We don't have any plans to move until we're told we have to."

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