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 Kathy Hill, the following members were present:
Terry John Calhoun, Mayor
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.
- Mayor Calhoun presented the minutes of March 24, 2008 for review and asked if there were any corrections, additions, or deletions. Lloyd Matthews made a motion to amend Item #18 to state that the name of the new industrial park will be “Deerfoot Industrial Park No. 2”. Kris Cornutt seconded the motion. Bryan Stone made a motion to amend Item #12 to state that the price for these vehicles is $17,442.66 “each”. Cora Kelly seconded the motion. With these two corrections having been made, Cora Kelly moved to adopt the minutes as present. Bobby McCartney seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.
- Mayor Calhoun stated that Chief Ragan recommended the hiring of Brian Edward Walker as the City’s new police officer at a starting pay of $12.50 per hour. Cora Kelly moved and Bryan Stone seconded the motion to hire Brian Walker at $12.50 per hour. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.
- Mayor Calhoun announced that the City has two (2) former police officers that owe Rainbow City money for uniforms and equipment. These officers signed an agreement upon being hired by the City that states if they leave the City before their two (2) year probation period is up, they will pay for their uniforms and any equipment that the City has given them. Lloyd Matthews moved and Bryan Stone seconded the motion to have Jim Turnbach, City Attorney, pursue the legal aspects of getting the City’s money returned from these officers that have left before their two (2) year period was up. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.
- Mayor Calhoun announced that the Municipal Court Office needs to closed on May 29th & 30th for training to be done after an upgrade on the computer has been completed. Cora Kelly moved and Bryan Stone seconded the motion to allow the Court Office to be closed these two (2) days for training. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.
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Rainbow City Council
April 14, 2008
- Mayor Calhoun announced that Kenneth Howell and the Coosa Soccer
Association has received a grant for $3,500.00 for soccer fields to be located behind the Rainbow Middle School. Because the land belongs to the Etowah County Board of Education, the money will be given to Dr. Alan Cosby, principal of the Middle School. This grant is a 50/50 split. Mayor Calhoun stated the he and Mr. Howell had met with Dr. Alan Cosby, and discussed this grant. Kris Cornutt moved and Lloyd Matthews seconded the motion for Rainbow City to donate the other $3,500.00 for the soccer fields. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.
- Mayor Calhoun announced that the City had a resurfacing project for 2008. Lloyd Matthews stated that he and Doug Waldrup had looked at the streets and determined the following streets would be resurfaced this year. They are Grady Street, Country Church Road, 2nd Street, Lowe Boulevard and Monterey Circle (only from Brown Avenue to Lowe Blvd.). Lloyd Matthews moved and Kris Cornutt seconded the motion to send out the bids for the resurfacing project and close these bids on May 12, 2008 at 10:00 A.M. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.
- Mayor Calhoun announced Resolution No. 08-04, Animal Disposal, for
consideration. After discussing the amounts that the City should charge for the disposal of animals, Bryan Stone moved and Bobby McCartney seconded the motion to table Resolution No. 08-04 until further study can be done on the amounts to charge. Mayor Calhoun announced the motion carried. Mayor Calhoun appointed the Street Department Committee to do a study of the time and cost of disposing of an animal and to present this study to the City Council when they have completed their study.
- Mayor Calhoun announced that he had received a Proclamation from
Governor Riley’s office that declared April as Fair Housing Month. Upon presenting this proclamation, Bryan Stone moved and Cora Kelly seconded the motion to proclaim April as Fair Housing Month. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.
- Mayor Calhoun presented Proclamation No. 08-01, proclaiming May
2008 as Older Americans Month. Lloyd Matthews moved and Bryan Stone seconded the motion to adopt Proclamation No. 08-01. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.
- Discussion followed on a bond release for new streets in Rainbow City.
Lloyd Matthews moved and Kris Cornutt seconded the motion to have Wiley (Building Official) recommend to the Mayor that a bond was ready to be released. The Mayor would then bring it before the City Council for a vote. The City Council would serve as an Oversight Committee of Bond Release. Bryan Stone stated that the Planning Commission was working on a plan for bond release. After discussion, Lloyd withdrew his motion and Kris withdrew his second until Planning can get the bond release worked out.
- Mayor Calhoun presented the monthly reports from the Community Center, Court, Police, Building, Library and Fire Department.
- Mayor Calhoun announced that Jill Albert had the bid notice ready for
the Vivian Lee Maddox Walking Trail. Bobby McCartney moved and Cora Kelly seconded the motion to open the bids for the Walking Trail on May 8th at 2:00 P.M. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.
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Rainbow City Council
April 14, 2008
- Mayor Calhoun announced that the City of Gadsden had signed the
Mutual Automatic Aid Agreement and, after review by Jim Turnbach, he was asking approval from the Council to sign on behalf of Rainbow City. The agreement will be that Rainbow City will provide, if available, one (1) ladder truck on first response fire incidents to the area the Gadsden Fire Dept. designates as Fire Station 8 first response territory. The City of Gadsden will provide, if available, Engine 8 to an area designated by Rainbow City as described, an area South of Gadsden City Limits to Hwy 77, West to I759 and East to the Coosa River. Bobby McCartney moved and Bryan Stone seconded the motion to allow Mayor Calhoun to sign this agreement with the City of Gadsden. Mayor Calhoun declared motion carried.
- Kris Cornutt announced that the week of April 13 – 19, 2008 is
National Library Week. The library will not be charging late fines this
week for any books returned.
- Kris Cornutt wanted to thank Mr. Henry Parker, Mr. Tommy Hudson
and Mr. Dewayne Barber of the Sanitation Department for helping a citizen in distress recently. They helped her back into the house and contacted a family member to see that she would be OK. Kris asked that an accom-modation be placed in each of the employee’s personal files for going above and beyond their duty in helping the lady back to her home.
- Kris Cornutt stated that the trash had recently been picked up on
Lumley Road and within two (2) days, it was back on the road. Kris asked everyone to please help in keeping our City clean.
- Terry & Barbie Cleveland were recognized by Mayor Calhoun. They
had a proclamation to present to the Council proclaiming May as Motorcycle Awareness Month. After Mrs. Cleveland read the proclamation, Kris Cornutt moved and Cora Kelly seconded the motion to adopted Proclamation #0802, proclaiming May as Motorcycle Awareness Month. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.
- Terri Smith asked why the Council was hiring only one police officer
instead of two. The Council stated that two were scheduled to be hired and at the last minute, one of the people withdrew his/her name after accepting the position.
There being no further business to come before the Council at this time, Bryan Stone made a motion to adjourn.
Time Adjourned: 7:25 P.M.
Terry John Calhoun, Mayor
Kathy Hill, Recording Secretary