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 call Pleasant Grove as early at 1884. Pleasant Grove was 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 are held during the summer of each leap year with four year terms beginning the first Monday in October.

Currently the elected officials of the city are:

Mayor Jerry Brasseale

Council Members:
           James Mosley – Finance Committee
           William Bullion - Street Committee
           Terrie Hicks - Risk Management Committee
           Philip Houston - Personnel Committee
           Paula Johnson - Public Safety Committee.

City Council - 1st & 3rd Monday at 7:00 P.M. - City Hall
Planning Board - 1st Tuesday at 6:30 P.M. - City Hall
Park Board - Last Monday at 7:00 P.M. - City Hall
Library Board - 2nd Thursday - City Hall
(Except for June, July and December)
Board of Adjustments - Meets on Call Only
Beautification Board – Meets on Call - City Hall

Municipal Court - 3rd Tuesday – Traffic Court starts at 9 AM, Misdemeanors at 10 AM, in the Council Chambers at City Hall.

SCHOOLS - Pleasant Grove Schools are operated by the Jefferson County Board of Education. We originally gave the Board of Education twenty acres and a gift of $150,000 toward the construction of a Junior High School. In 1970, we built Pleasant Grove High School which was combined with the Junior High School. Our schools were accredited by the State of Alabama in May, 1973. The City agreed to give the Board of Education $1,000,000.00 over a ten year period to add onto the existing Elementary School to have all of our children K-6 under one roof. We are happy to say that in January, 1997, students who formerly attended Woodward School were relocated in our City. The new Pleasant Grove High School sits on approximately 90 acres of land (mostly donated by the City of Pleasant Grove, a few parcels either donated or purchased from local residents). Construction began in March of 2008, with a ground breaking ceremony held onsite on April 30, 2008. The school building was completed in July of 2010. Students reported for the first day of class on August 11, 2010. The project was completed in the summer of 2011 with the opening of the football stadium on August 26, 2011.
LIBRARY - The Pleasant Grove Public Library was first opened on July 29, 1948, located in the Community Center and sponsored by the Home Demonstration Club.  In June 1973, the library was moved to the basement of the Community Center into two small damp rooms.  In April 1979, the library was moved to its present location, on the ground floor of City Hall, with 5,000 square feet.  The library has grown from its small beginning to over 23,000 books, audio books, and DVD's.  We have 10 computers for public usage, 2 catalog computers and a self-checkout.  The library also provides Wi-Fi for anyone who wants to use their own laptops.The Pleasant Grove Public Library is a member of the Jefferson County Library Cooperative (JCLC), which links 41 public libraries to provide countywide services to residents in Jefferson County.  The Alabama Public Library Service (APLS) is the state agency responsible for coordinating Alabama's public libraries.

The libraries "Book Buddies" meet every 3rd Wednesday @10 to discuss that
month's book.  We have a genealogy class that meet every Thursday @ 9.
This class is led by Laura Higginbotham, no membership, no fees required,
just bring your curiosity.  You can contact Laura at 744-6651 or email
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