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 Bobby McCartney. Mayor Calhoun led the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.
- Mayor Calhoun presented the minutes of July 27, 2009 for review and asked if there were any corrections, additions, or deletions. There being none, Anita Bedwell made a motion to adopt the minutes. Bobby McCartney seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.
- Mayor Calhoun presented Resolution No. 09-07. The City is making application to the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs for a grant to develop the Vivian Lee Maddox Sports Complex Recreational Trail Program. It will be in the amount of approximately $125,000.00. There will be an 80/20 match. Bobby McCartney made a motion to adopt the resolution. Lloyd Matthews seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes, except Kris Cornutt who abstained. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.
- Mayor Calhoun presented Resolution No. 09-08. It gives the Mayor the authority to sign an agreement with the State of Alabama through the Alabama Department of Transportation for the Lumley Road Bicycle/Pedestrian Facility. Anita Bedwell made a motion to adopt the resolution. Bobby McCartney seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes, except Kris Cornutt who abstained. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.
- Mayor Calhoun stated the clerk opened bids at pre-council for the repairs to Lister Ferry Road on the river side. Riprap will be installed along l80 feet of the road. Two bids were received:
(l) Caldwell Excavation—$36.97 per ton and $2400.00 to remove the trees.
(2) Bedwell & Whorton—$22.50 per ton and $600.00 to remove three trees.
Lloyd Matthews made a motion to accept the low bid of Bedwell & Whorton. Kris Cornutt seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes except Anita Bedwell who abstained. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried. Lloyd Matthews stated he would like to get the Street Committee together to discuss this project. Mayor Calhoun stated he would get Wiley to contact the engineer and set up a meeting for Thursday, August 13, at 8:00 a.m., but might have to change the meeting if the engineer could not come.
- Mayor Calhoun presented a contract with Cintas for sixty months. He stated he and Lloyd Matthews met with them and negotiated a lower price. The contract will run for sixty months and the City will save $4,821.96 a year with the new contract. Lloyd Matthews made a motion for the Mayor to sign the new contract. Larry Keenum seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.
- Mayor Calhoun stated we needed to re-bid the truck for the street department because we had Chevrolet specs and he ok’d a ford truck. Lloyd Matthews moved and Larry Keenum seconded the motion to re-bid the purchase of a truck for the street department. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.
- Mayor Calhoun stated we had a request from the Etowah County Community Services Program for $8,062.86, which is 20% of the amount of $40,314.29 that was given to families in poverty in Rainbow City. Discussion followed. Lloyd Matthews made a motion to table until the council can look at it further. Larry Keenum seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.
- Mayor Calhoun presented the monthly departmental reports and asked if anyone had questions or comments. There being none, he asked the records to show they were presented.
- Mayor Calhoun stated we got the o.k. to start work on the industrial park from the U. S. Army Corp of Engineers. He said they had the pre-construction meeting today, and clearing of the property will start in the morning. He also informed the council of a call from a lady living on Perman Lake Road concerning the bridge being out, and the school bus traveling over the bridge. He told her she needed to speak to the County because it is a County Road.
Mayor Calhoun also spoke with Congressman Aderholt about the condition of the road, and the construction company working on the road. The U. S. Army Corp of Engineers is the only person the construction company will listen too. He has also spoken with Commissioner Overstreet and Engineer Graves. Lloyd Matthews stated he spoke with Commissioner Overstreet and he told him the road would be resurfaced as soon as the Core of Engineers finished. Mayor Calhoun said the County Engineer said the bridge will have the same restrictions as before and the school bus will not be able to travel over the bridge. Discussion followed.
- Lloyd Matthews stated Harvey Fail had surgery today in Anniston and came through it like a champ.
- Lloyd Matthews stated that Ricky Duncan has not been raised to the bottom tier of the pay scale and is making a motion to raise him to $12.00 per hour. Kris Cornutt seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.
- Kris Cornutt said by way of explanation, he abstained from voting on Resolution No. 09-07 and Resolution No. 09-08, because he has a relative doing design work on both of the grants and the City attorney advised him not to vote.
- Larry Keenum informed the council that Chief Ragan has applied for a grant from ADECA. He received 10 laptop computers for the patrol cars to issue E-citations. The computers were $3,700.00 each, totaling $37,000.00 for the grant amount. He also stated that two police cars has over 100,000 miles and another one is near l00,000 and he would like to make a motion to order a 2010 Chevrolet Impala police package vehicle off the State bid, and use funds allocated in his budget, not court funds to purchase the vehicle. Anita Bedwell seconded the motion. Discussion followed. Larry also stated he would like to take the burgundy car out of service because it does not have a police package, and it is not lettered as well as the gold car. The Chief will drive the gold car. Larry stated he wanted to add to his motion to put the old Mayor’s car, a l994 Mercury Grand Marquis, serial #4127 on govdeals.com and sell, and turn the burgundy car, a 2008 Ford Taurus, serial #9467 over to the Mayor, for the Mayor’s car. Due to the change to the motion, Anita Bedwell stated she was rescinding her second. Discussion followed. Bobby McCartney seconded the motion. Discussion followed. Mayor Calhoun asked for a roll call vote:
Anita Bedwell Yes
Bobby McCartney Yes
Lloyd Matthews No
Larry Keenum Yes
Kris Cornutt Yes
Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.
- Anita Bedwell stated she wanted to tell the ladies at the library how much they are appreciated and to thank Ken Roark for all he does for the end of the year library party. There were 102 participants who participated in the Adult Program, and 554 participants in the ages 4-12 program.
- Bobby McCartney stated everything is running real good in the Recreation Department and everywhere he goes he receives compliments on the walking trail and how good the complex looks.
- Mayor Calhoun stated last Tuesday night the Council had Employee Appreciation Night and everyone had a good time. The Council got out and got gifts and everyone received a gift. The Mayor stated he wanted to publicly thank the Exchange Bank for furnishing the food. Larry Keenum thanked Lloyd Matthews for all the work he did in collecting gifts for all the employees.
There 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.
Barbara T. Wester, City Clerk/Treas.
Terry John Calhoun, Mayor