The City Council of the City of Rainbow City, Alabama, met in regular session at City Hall at 6:00 p.m., and upon roll call by Barbara T. Wester, City Clerk, the following members answered present: Mayor: Terry John Calhoun, Council members: Anita Bedwell, Tim Ramsey, and Rick Hill. Absent: Bobby McCartney and Larry Keenum. 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.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun presented the minutes of November 26, 2012 for review, and asked if there were any corrections, additions, or deletions. There being none, Anita Bedwell made a motion to approve the minutes as presented. Rick Hill seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun discussed the Funding Agreement the City will have with the Utility Board of Rainbow City, to build a new wastewater plant, and add a second discharge point into Big Wills Creek. The City’s portion is $8,090,000.00.   Discussion followed. He then presented Ordinance No. 491, authorizing, approving and directing the execution of a Funding Agreement dated December 1, 2012, between the City of Rainbow City and the Utilities Board of the City of Rainbow City.  Anita Bedwell made a motion to introduce the ordinance. Anita moved and Rick Hill seconded the motion to suspend the rules for immediate consideration. Mayor Calhoun asked for a roll call vote as follows: Anita Bedwell, yes; Tim Ramsey, yes; Rick Hill, yes; Mayor Calhoun, yes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

Rick Hill made a motion to adopt Ordinance No. 491.   Anita Bedwell seconded the motion.

Mayor Calhoun asked for a roll call vote as follows: Anita Bedwell, yes; Tim Ramsey, yes; Rick Hill, yes.   Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun said Item 11, pertaining to bidding out gas cards will not occur because the City can get Fuel Man Cards from The Eastern Region of Alabama Cooperative Purchasing Association for all city vehicles using gas and diesel fuel; and can secure preferred pricing through joint bids. Mayor Calhoun then presented Resolution No. 12-11, giving him the authority to sign the Intergovernmental Agreement with the Municipal and County Governments and Private Nonprofit Organization in the Eastern Region of Alabama. Tim Ramsey stated this will save the City a lot of money. Rick Hill said the majority of cities are already using these cards. Anita Bedwell made a motion to adopt the resolution. Rick Hill seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun presented Ordinance No. 490, required by the City’s Alabama’s Phase II, municipal separate storm sewer (MS4) National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit, issued by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM), mandating the City to develop, implement, and enforce a storm water management program designed to reduce the discharge of pollutants, and to protect water quality. Rick Hill made a motion to introduce the ordinance. Anita Bedwell made a motion to suspend the rules for immediate consideration. Mayor Calhoun asked for a roll call vote as follows: Anita Bedwell, yes; Tim Ramsey, yes; Rick Hill, yes; and Mayor Calhoun, yes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

Tim Ramsey made a motion to adopt Ordinance No. 490. Anita Bedwell seconded the motion.

Mayor Calhoun asked for a roll call vote as follows: Anita Bedwell, yes; Tim Ramsey, yes; and Rick Hill, yes.  Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

  1. Mayor Calhoun said he appointed an Acting Sargent last week, until the Chief of Police is hired. He appointed Deborah Overby. Rick Hill made a motion to this effect. Tim Ramsey seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun stated the clerk posted the Police Chief Position and Street Department    position this morning, and the posting will come down January 8, 2013 at 4:00 p.m.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun declared the week of December 10th as Water Quality Awareness Week, and said pamphlets were on the back table.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun presented the following monthly departmental reports: Building, Library, Police, Fire, Community Center and Court. He asked if anyone has comments. There being none, he asked that the records show the reports were presented.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun presented the following travel/tuition requests:

 

Tina Brooks, Librarian to attend the Children’s Summer Reading Kickoff Conference on Tuesday, January 8, 2013, at the Alabama Public Library in Montgomery.

 

City Clerk to attend the 2013 Municipal Clerks Region III Conference, January 16-18, 2013, at Embassy Suites Hotel, North Charleston. Registration fee is $l50.00, and hotel for three (3) nights.

 

Larry Harris, Planning Commission member to attend Powers, Duties, and Responsibilities of the Planning Commission, on January 12, 2013, in Alexander City. Cost is $82.00 no overnight stay

 

Betty Ann Boyd, Planning Commission member to attend The Legal Foundation for Planning & Zoning in Alabama, on January 11, 2013, in Alexander City, at a cost of $82.00, and Powers, Duties, and Responsibilities of the Planning Commission, January 12, 2013. (Morning class) at $82.00 per person, and Comprehensive Planning January 12, 2013 (afternoon class) at $82.00 per person.  Total of $246.00, plus one night’s stay. Larry Keenum will also attend the same classes.

 

Wes Ellis, Planning Commission member to attend the same classes on Saturday, January 12, 2013, at a total cost of $l64.00. No overnight stay.

 

Greg Carroll, Acting Chief to attend the Alabama Association of Chiefs of Police Winter Conference in Montgomery, January 28-31, 2013 at a cost of $200.00, plus four (4) night’s stay.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun presented a request from the Messenger’s Christmas Greeting Edition, December 21, 2012. Died for lack of a motion.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun presented a request from the Greater Etowah Mental Retardation 310 Board, in the amount of $1200.00. Rick Hill made a motion to approve this request. Tim Ramsey seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun said that Boy Scout Troop 92 will be putting up fifteen (15) bat houses at the VLM Sports Complex Nature Trail, in the woods, for an Eagle Scout Project. This will give a safe habitat for the bats and also help reduce the insect population. Anita Bedwell made a motion for the troop to put up the houses as part of their Eagle Scout project. Rick Hill seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun stated that the plumbing in the locker room gym, at the Recreation Center needs to be done, and Eddie Cline has a bid of $l750.00 from Dallas Plumbing. A new 50 gallon natural gas water heater will also be installed. Rick Hill made a motion to have this done. Anita Bedwell seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun also stated that Eddie said the roof is leaking, and he has one bid, but can get other bids. Rick Hill made a motion for Eddie to get two (2) more bids, and to give the bid to the lowest bidder. Bid has to meet spec requirements and insurance requirements. Rick Hill made a motion to this effect. Anita Bedwell seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.   Mayor Calhoun stated that both projects will be paid out of the trust fund monies.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun said the Nuisance Abatement Ordinance will have a few minor changes, and asked the council to look over their copies, because it will be on the next council agenda.

 

  1. Rick Hill said discussion has been held concerning a pay increase for city employees. He then made a motion to give every city employee a one-step pay increase, effective, December 14, 2012. Anita Bedwell seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun announced that the next Council Meeting will be January 14, 2012.

 

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

 

Time adjourned: 6:35 p.m.

 

                                                                                                _____________________________________________

                                                                                                             Barbara T. Wester, City Clerk/Treasurer

 

                                                                                                _____________________________________________

                                                                                                                         Terry John Calhoun, Mayor

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