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: Terry John Calhoun, Mayor, 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.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun presented the minutes of January 26, 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 as presented.   Larry Keenum seconded the motion.   Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun stated that Item 4 of the minutes of January 26, 2009 was tabled at the last meeting, and turned it over to Larry Keenum, Chairman of the Police Department Committee. Larry stated he checked with Chief Ragan and it was a typing error. He then made a motion to approve the change. Kris Cornutt seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

  1. Corey Bowling, representing Coosa Soccer presented a plaque to the Mayor and Council for their support of their program.   They were the 2008 State Champions. Discussion followed. Their first game this year is March 14.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun stated everyone has their monthly reports and asked if there were any questions. There being none, he asked the minutes to show they were presented.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun presented a request for the City to purchase a gate jointly with the Utility Board for the City Shop.   The total of the purchase from Siberton Fence Sales, Inc., is $9,288.18. Discussion followed. Larry Keenum made a motion to table the purchase. Lloyd Matthews seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye.   All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun presented a request from the Revenue Officer stating that the State of Alabama ABC Board called and asked if the Council would change the liquor license for Center Stage from “Restaurant Retail Liquor License” to a “Special Retail Liquor License.”   The difference in the two (2) licenses is a restaurant liquor license is for a location that is habitually used for serving meals: and the special retail liquor license is for a location such as a state park, fair authority, civic center or concessionaire or any other valid responsible organization of good reputation for such period of time not to exceed one year. The ABC Board is trying to get away from licensing a business as restaurant liquor when the food is not the primary reason why the people would be coming to the location.   Larry Keenum made a motion to change the liquor license to the special license. Kris Cornutt seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

  1. Lloyd Matthews stated that Sarah Wilhite, James M. Barrie Center for Children spoke at the pre-council meeting requesting $5000.00 for the center. The center handles children 2 years and up who are sexually and physically abused. They handled 247 cases last year. All their funding is done by grants and donations, and they lost 27% of their funding for this year. Discussion followed. Lloyd made a motion to give the center $5,000.00. Larry Keenum seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

  1. Larry Keenum stated the new fire truck is in, and asked Chief Potter for comments. He stated the truck is out front for everyone to see, and it is a smaller truck, so it will be easier to get in driveways and easier to maintain. The truck it replaced has already been sold. He also stated the posting for a firefighter/paramedic closed Friday, and twenty (20) applications were received.

 

  1. Bobby McCartney stated that the Building Official received two (2) prices for handling and loading chert for the parking lots at the Vivian Lee Maddox Sports Complex. The bids were from: (1) Mason Cardwell. His price is $65.00 per truck and $110.00 per hour for a track hoe.   His total price is $240.00 an hour.   (2)Bedwell & Whorton.   His price is $70.00 per truck and $93.00 an hour for a track hoe. His total price is $233.00 per hour. Bids were not sent out because it is under the bid law.   Bobby McCartney made a motion to use Bedwell & Whorton at $233.00 per hour. Larry Keenum seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes except Anita Bedwell who abstained. Mayor Calhoun stated the motion carried.

Bobby stated his next item is to post a Permanent/Part time job for a Field/Concession Manager in the Recreation Department, because the City is taking over the concession.

Discussion followed. Bobby stated the Grant Coordinator suggested handling the concession this way. Bobby made a motion to post the position. Anita Bedwell seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried. Bobby stated his next item of business is to purchase equipment, an RTV (Recreation Trail Vehicle), heavy duty to haul dirt for the complex. The best price they got was from Fouts Tractor for $13,300.00. Bobby made a motion to purchase the tractor.   Anita Bedwell seconded the motion.   Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes, except Lloyd Matthews who voted no. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried. Bobby stated his next item of business is to purchase a lawn mower from Gadsden Turf & Tractor for $8,534.25. There are approximately 98 acres to mow.   Bobby made a motion to purchase the mower. Larry Keenum seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes except Lloyd Matthews who voted no. Mayor Calhoun stated the motion carried. Bobby stated his last item of business is to decide if the City wants to start the process to extend the walking trail in the form of a grant. Jill Albert, Grant Coordinator needs to know if she needs to continue drawings for improvements to the track. It will probably be around 1100 feet from the track to Lumley Road.   She will give us a price for the design. It will be an 80 to 20 grant. She will give us a proposal to lay everything out and what the final cost will be. Discussion followed. Bobby McCartney made a motion to let her draw up the plans for the extension.   Larry Keenum seconded the motion.   Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes, except Kris Cornutt who abstained. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

  1. Larry Keenum made a motion to adjourn, and the Mayor and Council went into Executive Session with the City Attorney.

 

Time Adjourned:   7:15 p.m.

 

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Barbara T. Wester, City Clerk/Treasurer

 

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Terry John Calhoun, Mayor

 

 

 

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