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 Anita Bedwell. Mayor Calhoun led the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.

 

Mayor Calhoun presented the minutes of November 22, 2010 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 stated he would like to give all the employees a one-time raise of $100.00, effective, the payday before Christmas. Lloyd Matthews made a motion to give all employees this raise.   Bobby McCartney seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

Mayor Calhoun stated the City and Utility Board are hiring a new City, Utility Engineer. His name is Steven Heath Williamson, and his rate of pay will be $60,000.00 per year.   The City will furnish his office, and the Utility Board will furnish him a vehicle, and all expenses will be divided equally. He will be a Contract Employee.   Anita Bedwell made a motion to hire Steven. Bobby McCartney seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.   Mayor Calhoun stated he will start to work January 3, 2011.

 

Mayor Calhoun stated the auditor recommended opening a checking account for the fire tax money, and he would like to open it at Superior Bank. This account is used to pay fire department bills. The signers on the account will be the Mayor, City Clerk and Accounting/Payroll Clerk.   Lloyd Matthews made a motion to open this account. Kris Cornutt seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

Mayor Calhoun said the annual Chamber Banquet is January 28, 2011, and if we attend, we need to purchase a table for eight for $280.00. Lloyd Matthews made a motion to purchase the table. Kris Cornutt seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

Mayor Calhoun presented a recommendation from Chief Ragan to give Jimmy Fazekas a pay increase, for graduating from the police academy on November 23, 2010. His pay will be increased to $12.25 per hour, that of a certified officer. Larry Keenum made a motion to give him the pay increase. Lloyd Matthews seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

Mayor Calhoun stated Chief Ragan recommended transferring a 2000 Gold Ford Crown Vic, serial no. 2819 to the Revenue Department. Larry Keenum made a motion to transfer the auto. Anita Bedwell seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

Mayor Calhoun thanked all the Department Heads for the good job they are doing controlling overtime.   There was only 30 hours of overtime last week. Discussion followed.

 

Mayor Calhoun presented a recommendation from Chief Ragan to post the position of Sergeant to fill the vacant slot left when Larry Phillips resigned.   This is a departmental posting.   Larry Keenum made a motion to post this position within the department. Bobby McCartney seconded the motion.   Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

Mayor Calhoun reported that the Attalla Police Department has made an offer of $2,500.00 for the red 2002 Animal Control Van, serial no. 2144, and he would like for the City to accept this offer. Larry Keenum made a motion to accept this offer. Lloyd Matthews seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

Mayor Calhoun reported that the police department received two (2) checks: one from M.C. Calendars for $l, 600.00 for their share of the 2011 police calendar, and one from Fred’s store for $198.72, when they did their 9/11 promotion this year. Chief Ragan requests the use of these funds to paint the police department.  Larry Keenum made a motion to use this money to paint the department. Lloyd Matthews 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. He asked if anyone had comments. There were none. He asked that the minutes show that these reports were presented.

 

Mayor Calhoun requested the Council Meeting of January 10, 2011 be changed from 6:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., and precouncil be at 5:00 p.m. Larry Keenum made a motion to change the meeting. Anita Bedwell seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

Mayor Calhoun asked that the clerk send a letter to Jones, Blair, Waldrup & Tucker, Inc., to let them know that their retainer fee will stop December 31, 2010.

Lloyd Matthews made a motion for the clerk to send the letter. Larry Keenum seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

Mayor Calhoun stated it is time to reappoint Judge Stover to another two year term as City Judge.   Larry Keenum made a motion to appoint him to a two year term, expiring November 4, 2012. Lloyd Matthews seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

Mayor Calhoun presented Resolution No. 10-03, authorizing him to enter into an administrative contract with East Alabama Regional Planning & Development Commission to sign all necessary documents and assurances in connection with the drainage improvement project for Country Lane, White Oak Village and Horizon Place. (CDBG Project Number LR-CM-PF-10-023). Lloyd Matthews made a motion to adopt the resolution. Kris Cornutt seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

Mayor Calhoun reminded the Council that Linda Cleveland’s employment with the City expires soon. Lloyd Matthews stated comparing the months of August-November of 2009 to this year, there has been an additional $10,000.00 collected for business licenses, and there are other areas of work that needs to be done. Discussion followed. Anita Bedwell made a motion to make Linda a permanent part-time employee. Lloyd Matthews seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

Mayor Calhoun stated Chief Potter requests that Shane Brown attend Paramedic Classes at Jefferson State Community College. This will be paid from the Fire Tax monies. Kris Cornutt made a motion to do this. Lloyd Matthews seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye.   All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

Lloyd Matthews thanked the Department Heads for keeping the overtime to only 30 hours.   He also announced that the garbage schedule for the whole year will be mailed out in the next few days. The schedule will be put in the paper, and on the web page at www.rbcalabama.com. He said the sign committee met, and on December 27, 2010 at 5:00 p.m., there will be a fellow coming to show some signs, and demonstrate how they work.

 

Anita Bedwell made a motion to let DBS Exterior Cleaning, clean the windows and top glass canopy at the community center and library, for a price of $490.00. Lloyd Matthews seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

Anita then stated some changes need to be made to the employee handbook. They have already been voted on, and need to be put in the book when new copies are printed.   Changes attached. She also said when the committee met concerning the handbook changes, other changes were made and they will be in the handbook also.   Changes attached.   Anita then made a motion to add all these changes to the handbook. Lloyd Matthews seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

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

 

Time adjourned: 7:10 p.m.

 

 

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Barbara T. Wester, City Clerk/Treasurer

 

 

 

 

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Terry John Calhoun, Mayor

 

 

 

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