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: 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 Calhoun. Invocation was given by Lloyd Matthews. Mayor Calhoun led the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.

 

Mayor Calhoun presented the minutes of April 11, 2011 for review, and 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.

 

Mayor Calhoun asked the Council if they were ready to take off the table the nomination to the County Board of Equalization. Discussion followed. Lloyd Matthews made a motion to table the nomination again. Kris Cornutt seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

Mayor Calhoun turned over the appointment of Police Chief to Larry Keenum, Police Department Chairman. He stated they received six (6) applications, and they were all good, but the committee felt Rick Hill was the most qualified. He made a motion to appoint Rick as Police Chief, with a raise of $l.50 per hour, and when his probation ends, another raise of $l. 50 per hour. Lloyd Matthews seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun asked for a roll call vote as follows:

 

                                                Mayor Calhoun         yes

                                                Anita Bedwell            yes

                                                Bobby McCartney    yes

                                                Lloyd Matthews        yes

                                                Larry Keenum          yes

                                                Kris Cornutt              yes

Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.   Rick thanked everyone for faith in him, and thanked the guys who work for him. Rick has been with the City for 22 years.

 

Mayor Calhoun stated he signed a proclamation declaring the week of May 1-May 8, 2011, as National Music Week.

 

Mayor Calhoun presented a request for Retail Beer (Off Premises Only) and Retail Table Wine (Off Premises Only) for Dollar Store 2514, located at 3225 Rainbow Drive, Suite 3201. Anita Bedwell made a motion to approve the application. Larry Keenum seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

Mayor Calhoun presented a request to surplus a 2004 Ford Crown Vic in the police department. The serial number is 9708.   Larry Keenum made a motion to surplus the vehicle and put it on govdeals.com to sell. Lloyd Matthews seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

Mayor Calhoun received a letter form Ben Thackerson, District Manager of the Alabama Department of Transportation, saying the city needs to install two (2) School Zone Flasher Units at John Jones School, because they are outdated. Heath Williamson, City/Utility Engineer send out proposals and received one back from Temple Electric, with a bid of $9,000.00 to furnish and install the flasher units.   Discussion followed.   Lloyd Matthews made a motion, if it is the city’s responsibility to install these flasher, after checking it out, the city will handle it. Larry Keenum seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

Mayor Calhoun presented Resolution No. 11-06, giving him the authority to sign any and all documents to obtain a Recreational Trails grant with the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs for the Nature Trail grant. It will be an 80/20 match, in the amount of $l00, 000.00.   Larry Keenum made a motion for the Mayor to sign the paperwork. Bobby McCartney seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

Mayor Calhoun presented a price of $4,383.50 from Super K’s Asphalt Seal Coating to seal the walking trail at the Vivian Lee Maddox Sports Complex, clean the existing asphalt, cut and poison any grass, and fill any large cracks using a rubberized crack-filler. Seal will be applied by hand next to buildings, sidewalks, etc., as to avoid overspray on structures. Two coats of seal will be applied using a high pressure sprayer. Anita Bedwell made a motion for Super K’s Asphalt to handle this project. Lloyd Matthews seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes.   Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

Mayor Calhoun presented a request from Tina Brooks, Librarian to attend an Alabama Public Library Service disaster planning workshop on Thursday, May 5, 2011, at the Boaz Public Library. The only cost is mileage.   Anita Bedwell made a motion for Tina to attend the class. Larry Keenum seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

Mayor Calhoun read a thank-you note from the SGA of Rainbow Middle School for the Council’s recent donation. They attended the SGA State LeadershipConference, April 17-19, 2011, in Montgomery.

 

Mayor Calhoun stated that Community Action of Etowah County will be having a banquet, May 12, 2011.   Discussion followed. Anita Bedwell made a motion to table until the next Council Meeting. Larry Keenum seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

Mayor Calhoun presented a letter requesting funding for Junior Achievement. Died for lack of a motion. He also presented a request from Coach Poole requesting funding for the Southside High School track team. Died for lack of a motion.

 

Mayor Calhoun presented a request from Chief Hill to promote Officer Scott Holderfield to the rank of Sergeant at the pay rate of $14.00 per hour and Officer Nick Gaskin to the rank of Sergeant at the pay rate of $14.00 per hour.   Larry Keenum made a motion to approve the request.     Lloyd Matthews seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes.   Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.   Larry then made a motion to give Justin Gilliland and Brandon Mitchell a pay increase to $12.25 per hour for completing the Police Academy.   Lloyd Matthews seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

Mayor Calhoun announced that Richard Johnson, George Morris and Kevin Conklin won the Patriots Day Golf Tournament.

 

Lloyd Matthews stated a bike run was held Saturday, April 23, behind Rainbow Middle School.   There were 62 riders from areas such as Atlanta, Tuscaloosa, and Anniston. They hope to make this an annual event. The oldest rider was Ms. Pat McClain at 76 years old. She has ridden her bike 52,000 miles. The fire department and medics were there also.

 

Bobby McCartney stated we now have irrigation on the soccer fields. It was done mostly with our own people, and he recognized Eddie Cline and Philip Hollingsworth for all the work they did. James Snail Irrigation assisted them in the project and getting discounted prices on items needed. He also got a control clock donated.   Bobby read a letter Phillip wrote concerning all the help Mr. Snail has been to the City in this project. Bobby also stated Southeastern Plein Air Invitational (Painting on Location) will be April 25-June 3, at Rainbow Landing. Craig Reynolds of Rainbow City will also be there.

 

Anita Bedwell announced that the annual clean-up day will be Saturday, April 30.

 

Larry Murray stated the Easter egg hunt was a great success and the churches want to help again next year.

 

Jerry Tolbert, Rainbow City Utility Board Chairman, thanked the Council for including the Water Board in the Chocolate Festival.

 

There being no further business to come before the Council at this time, Lloyd Matthews made a motion to adjourn.

 

Time adjourned: 7:00 p.m.

 

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                                                                        Barbara T. Wester, City Clerk/Treasurer

 

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                                                                                 Terry John Calhoun, Mayor

 

 

 

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