The City Council of the City of Rainbow City, Alabama, met in regular session at City Hall at 6:30 p.m., and upon roll call by the City Clerk, Barbara T. Wester, the following members answered present: Terry John Calhoun, Mayor; Council members: Anita Bedwell, Bobby McCartney, Lloyd Matthews, Larry Keenum, and Kris Cornutt. The same constituting a quorum of the City Council, the following business was transacted. The meeting was called to order by Mayor Calhoun. Invocation was given by Anita Bedwell. Mayor Calhoun led the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.
- Mayor Calhoun stated before we start the council meeting, I would like to thank all the volunteers, city employees and Council for their help with the Chocolate Festival, and the sponsors who made it such a great success. Lloyd Matthews stated he backed up what the Mayor said. He stated the volunteers had a lot to do with the great success. Chris stated he also echoed what the Mayor and Lloyd said. He also thanked the Water Board for participating. Larry, Anita, and Bobby stated they had a great time.
- Mayor Calhoun stated the first item of business is the approval of the minutes, and asked if there were any corrections, additions, or deletions. There being none, Anita Bedwell made a motion to approve the minutes as presented. Lloyd Matthews seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.
- Mayor Calhoun stated this is a public hearing for Ordinance No. 471, to amend the zoning ordinance. There are changes to Section 107, Mini Warehouses as follows: © the entire site shall be enclosed by an eight (8) foot minimum height security fence, (d) the entrance, perimeter, driveways, and walkways between building must have adequate security lighting and be approved by the Planning Board. He asked if anyone wanted to speak for or against the ordinance. No one spoke for or against the ordinance.
- Thomas Baxter appeared before the council requesting permission to redo the flower bed around Park Avenue and Williams Avenue to help earn his Eagle Scout badge. He stated the price for materials would be around $390.00. He stated he will start working on the flower bed April 17, and hopes to have it completed by May 1, 2010. Lloyd Matthews made a motion to approve the cost of $390.00 or higher to complete the bed. Kris Cornutt seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.
- Mayor Calhoun presented the following monthly departmental reports: Police & Animal Control, Building, Community Center, Library, Fire, and Court. He asked if anyone has questions. There being none, he asked that the minutes show the reports were presented.
- Mayor Calhoun announced that Tommy Watts, Captain in the Police Department has applied to the Retirement Systems of Alabama for retirement May 31, 2010, pending acceptance by the Retirement Systems. He stated Tommy wants to purchase his gun, so the City has to declare the gun as surplus and post bids as soon as we receive a letter to o.k. his retirement, Bids will be opened at the next council meeting after we receive a letter from the Retirement Systems. Larry Keenum made a motion to this effect. Lloyd Matthews seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.
- Mayor Calhoun stated ditches need to be cleaned out in Westminister and Lee Estates. The cost for cleaning the ditches by Caldwell Excavation is $1,500.00 for Westminister and $3,000.00 for Lee Estates. Mayor Calhoun stated the citizens in Westminister will have to give right-of-way approval. Lloyd Matthews made a motion to this effect. Kris Cornutt seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.
- Mayor Calhoun stated he received a letter from Mr. Charles J. Thompson commending Sgt. Larry Phillips and Officer Deborah Franklin, and dispatchers for their quick response and professionalism involving an accident on March 20, 2010. He stated his next letter is from the Alabama League of Municipalities. The City received the Bronze Award. This is a loss ration of 20% to 40% on Worker’s Compensation, and is not a good ratio. The next letter he received is from the American Red Cross. He also received a letter from ISO, to evaluate the City’s building code enforcement department. They will be meeting with the Building Official on Tuesday, May 4, 2010.
- Lloyd Matthews made a motion to give $250.00 to Relay for Life. Kris Cornutt seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.
- Anita Bedwell stated this week is National Library Week, and everyone can return a library book with no fine.
- Larry Keenum stated that the Technology Fair is Thursday, April 15 from 4-6 at John Jones and the public is invited.
- Bobby McCartney stated that Mark Stephens spoke at precouncil about adding a temporary twenty-four foot drive-way off the new road at the VLM Sports Complex.
He made a motion to this effect. Lloyd Matthews seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.
- Kenneth Payne, Beautification Chairman stated May 1 is Keep Etowah Beautiful Day. Pepsi donated all leftover drinks from the Chocolate Festival to use this day.
A banner will be displayed at the Exxon Station on the corner.
- Commissioner Jeff Overstreet appeared before the Council stating he enjoyed the Chocolate festival. He also stated the Perman Lake Road Bridge should be finished in the next two (2) weeks, and he is working with the MPO to help get it blacktopped from Pleasant Valley Road to the county line. He said he will be dropping off two (2) checks in the amount of $1500.00 each for the police and fire department.
- Anita Bedwell announced that Renew our Rivers is April 26 through May 1 to clean up the river. Bucks Boat will supply lunch. She encouraged everyone with a boat to come and help clean up. Mayor Calhoun stated that Riddles Bend Church will pick up trash at 8:00 a.m. They will pick up from 8:00 to 10:00 on May l. Lloyd Matthews stated no political sign is allowed on the right-of-way. The Council asked the City Attorney to draw up an ordinance for illegal parking in the City. Discussion followed.
There being no further business to come before the Council at this time, Lloyd Matthews made a motion to adjourn.
Time Adjourned: 7:05 p.m.
Barbara T. Wester, City Clerk/Treasurer
Terry John Calhoun, Mayor