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 Barbara T. Wester, City Clerk/Treasurer the following members answered present: Mayor Terry John Calhoun, 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 Terry John Calhoun. Invocation was given by Kris Cornutt. Mayor Calhoun led the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun presented the minutes of March 23, 2009, and stated in Item 12 of the minutes, the clerk (Barbara) called the league and she was told they did not have a listing for secretary so they put Beth Lee under the title of Administrative Assistant, but it would be corrected. He then asked if there were any corrections, additions or deletions. There being none, Lloyd Matthews made a motion to approve the minutes as presented. Kris Cornutt seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun read a proclamation to John Watson honoring him for his 36 years of dedication and service as a Planning Commission Board member and President of the Planning Commission. Mayor Calhoun declared April 13, 2009 as John Watson Day and presented him with a key to the City. Thomas Moon, Chairman of the Planning Commission presented Mr. Watson with a gift from the board members.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun stated this is a public hearing for Ordinance No. 468, to annex the property of Kenneth Payne and Nancy K. Payne located at 879 Sunset Drive. The part to be annexed is Lot number 5 in Sunny Side Acres. Kris Cornutt made a motion to introduce the ordinance. Kris Cornutt moved and Lloyd Matthews seconded the motion to suspend the rules for immediate consideration. Mayor Calhoun asked for a roll call vote as follows:

 

Anita Bedwell                 yes

Bobby McCartney          yes

Lloyd Matthews              yes

Larry Keenum                yes

Kris Cornutt                             yes

Mayor Calhoun              yes

Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

  1. Kris Cornutt moved and Lloyd Matthews seconded the motion to adopt ordinance No. 468. Mayor Calhoun asked for a roll call vote as follows:

 

Anita Bedwell                 yes

Bobby McCartney          yes

Lloyd Matthews              yes

Larry Keenum                yes

Kris Cornutt                             yes

Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun turned over the hiring of Christopher McCarver in the fire department to Kris Cornutt. Kris made a motion to hire Christopher as Firefighter/EMT at a rate of pay of $11.00 per hour and he starts to work on April 24, 2009.   He will be on a one year probation.   Anita Bedwell seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun stated that Jim Turnbach checked and made changes to the contract with Inertia Advertising, and he needs the authority to sign the contract. Larry Keenum made a motion to give the Mayor the authority to sign the contract. Anita Bedwell seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun stated that bids were opened for the paving contract, and turned it over to Lloyd Matthews. Lloyd stated the bids are as follows: (l) Good Hope Contracting Company, Inc.–$173,050.92; (2) McCartney Construction Company, Inc.—$170,952.50; and (3) J & D Enterprises, LLC —$156,654.60. The streets to be paved are First Street, Grady Street and Eddie Circle. Lloyd made a motion to award the bid to the lowest bidder, J & D Enterprises, LLC. Kris Cornutt seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun stated that Chief Potter recommends that Vinny Dupree be reimbursed for his expenses in obtaining his Basic EMT license in the amount of $500.00. Kris Cornutt made a motion to reimburse Vinny. Anita Bedwell seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun stated that Chief Potter requests that Steve Tate be promoted to Lieutenant at a rate of pay of $13.00 per hour with a 6-month probationary period. Kris Cornutt made a motion to promote Steve. Anita Bedwell seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun presented the monthly departmental reports and asked if anyone has comments. No comments. He asked the records show they were presented.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun turned over the street light request to Lloyd Matthews. Lloyd made a motion to install lights at Timber Ridge, South Gate Road, Pole #126 and Pole #108 near 121 Timber Ridge. Kris Cornutt seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun thanked everyone who worked with the Chocolate Festival. He stated Tom Quinn told him he estimated around 7,000 people attended.   He also stated the Police and Fire Banquet is this Thursday Night

at the Community Center.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun stated Fanell Williams is very sick. He had to hire an emergency part-time person at the Community Center. Her name is Ann Hawkins, and she will be making $8.00 per hour. Lloyd Matthews made a motion to approve Ms. Hawkins as a temporary part-time at $8.00 per hour. Bobby McCartney seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

  1. Lloyd Matthews stated he received a lot of compliments concerning the Chocolate Festival. He then stated he was making a motion to take Brent Elrod and have him train Philip Herring on the tractor with the Alamo arm immediately, and as soon as he is trained, keep him on the tractor through cutting season. Kris Cornutt seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun asked for a roll call vote as follows:

 

Anita Bedwell                 yes

Bobby McCartney          no

Lloyd Matthews              yes

Larry Keenum                yes

Kris Cornutt                             yes

Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

  1. Kris Cornutt stated the Chocolate Festival was great and the ceremony at the Vivian Lee Maddox Complex was real good. He then stated that the appraisal came back for the property on Pineview Circle that they were looking at for future expansion of the Fire Department. The appraisal came back at the asking price of the property. He then made a motion to give the Mayor the authority to secure financing for the twenty-one plus or minus acres on Pineview Circle and Steel Station Road for future expansion of the Fire Department.   Larry Keenum seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

  1. Larry Keenum stated he spoke to all the vendors at the Chocolate Festival, and they all did real good and would be back next year.

 

  1. Anita Bedwell stated the training for the supervisors will be a ½ day on April 28 and April 30, in the conference room upstairs. She also asked that everyone with a boat help Alabama Power for a ½ day of cleanup on a program they sponsor called Renew our Rivers.   She said Alabama Power asked if the rescue boat could be out there for half a day. Lunch will be served afterwards by Tony at Buck’s Boats. Anita also discussed a long range plan for the City. She stated the Department Heads would get together with the Council and have a meeting within the next 60 days to discuss their plans for their departments. She would like to have input from the public also.

A time and place for the meeting will be posted in the near future.

 

  1. Bobby McCartney stated the Maddox family had around 15 or 20 people at the opening of the Vivian Lee Maddox Sports Complex, and the three (3) year old great grandson threw out the first pitch. He then made a motion to purchase an infield machine for $11,406.00 from Beard Equipment. Motion died for lack of a 2nd.

 

Three being no further business to come before the council at this time, Kris Cornutt made a motion to adjourn.

 

Time Adjourned: 7:10 p.m.

 

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______________________________

Barbara T. Wester, City Clerk/Treas.

 

 

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Terry John Calhoun, Mayor

 

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