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: 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 Terry John Calhoun. Invocation was given by Bobby McCartney. Mayor Calhoun led the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun presented the minutes of February 9, 2009 for review and asked if there were any corrections, additions, or deletions. There being none, Anita Bedwell make a motion to approve the minutes as presented. Bobby McCartney seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun stated he was making an announcement concerning public participation. He asked that everyone refrain from talking during the council meeting because the council and clerk could not hear, and several in the audience complained to him that they could not hear. He asked the public to wait until the public participation time to speak. Discussion followed.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun stated that at the last council meeting, the council voted to give the Barrie Center for Children $5,000.00. (Item 7 of the minutes of Feb. 9, 2009). The budget has to be amended and he and Anita Bedwell, Finance Chairman took the money from Administration—Capital Outlay No. 410-400 to amend the budget for this one-time donation. Anita Bedwell made a motion to amend the budget. Lloyd Matthews seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun stated at the last council meeting, he asked the council about a joint purchase of a gate at the City shop with the Utility Board. (Item 5 of the minutes of Feb. 9, 2009). The gate will cost approximately $11,000.00. The City will pay half of the cost.   It will have a key pad and a card pad. It will be purchased from Siberton Fence Sales, Inc.   Discussion followed. Lloyd Matthews made a motion to purchase the gate. Bobby McCartney seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun turned over the hiring of a Firefighter/EMT to Kris Cornutt, Fire Department Chairman. Kris stated the committee and the Chief met and interviewed several good applicants. They recommend the hiring of James Martin at $11.00 per hour. He is a certified firefighter and EMT. Kris made a motion to hire James on a one-year probationary period, and at the end of the year his salary will change to $11.50 per hour. He will start to work on Friday, February 27, 2009.   Bobby McCartney 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 Chief Ragan to promote Larry Phillips to Sergeant and turned the request over to Larry Keenum, Chairman of the Police Department Committee. Larry stated he met with Chief Ragan and his committee and with Larry’s education and service he made a motion to promote him and give him $l4.25 and hour effective immediately. Anita Bedwell seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun asked that the minutes show that the Court Report was presented.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun stated that Kellis Vegetation Management, Inc. sprayed last year, and the proposal for this year is $2600.00. They will spray three times and more if needed. The areas to be treated are: Rainbow Landing, wooden guardrails, rip rap, chain link fence and encroaching kudzu on fence, Hidden Meadows Ditch, Lister Ferry Guardrail, Riddle’s Bend Road Guardrail, Rainbow Park: ditch and brush on fence, and South Hawk, Westminster and Sherwood ditches. Bobby McCartney made a motion to accept the proposal. 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 bids were opened at pre-council for the timber harvesting at the future Rainbow City Industrial Park No. 3. (Deerfoot Industrial Park No. 2.) Two (2) bids were received: Bedwell & Whorton Excavating has a base bid of $364,100.00 and an alternate bid of $380,650.00. Trent Thrasher Construction has a Base bid of $64,925.00 and an alternate bid of $104,729.00. Lloyd Matthews made a motion to award the bid to Trent Thrasher Construction pending a review by the city engineer, Jones, Blair, Waldrup & Tucker. 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 CDG Engineers has submitted a Storm water Drainage Project CDBG grant twice for Horizon Place, White Oak Circle and Country Lane located off Sutton Bridge Road. Mr. Chuck Chitwood with CDG stated at pre-council that with the President’s Stimulus Plan, hopefully this project would be funded this time. All the paperwork will have to be done and the cost of the engineering will be $43,500.00. The grant is for $500,000.00. Discussion followed. Anita Bedwell made a motion to invest the $43,500.00 in the engineering and design to get the project ready. Lloyd Matthews seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun stated at pre-council Mr. Chuck Chitwood also discussed the Horton Creek Drainage Improvement Project. This project has already been funded. This grant if for $l, 000,000.00. Mr. Chitwood stated an environmental review will have to be done. AST Environmental will do the survey for $5900.00. Also, an endangered specs flower blooms in April and the Historical Committee requires a Cultural Research be done, and he recommended the University of Alabama, at a cost of $4500.00.   Discussion followed. Lloyd Matthews made a motion to start the process for both these studies. Kris Cornutt seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun stated if anyone was wondering, the purple pot was put in the lobby for donations as a cancer fund raiser. It will take a $25.00 donation to get it moved. Lloyd Matthews stated if you pay $30.00 you can request it be sent to someone of your choice. Discussion followed. Mayor Calhoun also announced that the Chocolate Festival will be Saturday, April 4th, from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the plaza.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun turned over the request by Chief Ragan to Larry Keenum, Police Department Committee Chairman, to put George Morris, Mike Dedmon and Wayne Garmon at the rate of $13.00 per hour. Lloyd Matthews seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

  1. Anita Bedwell stated the Library has a webcam available to use, and it’s free to be used by anyone.   The Library got a grant for it last year.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun stated the Messenger Newspaper is doing a free story on Rainbow City.

 

  1. Bobby McCartney, Recreation Department Chairman stated he was extending the posting on the Field/Concession Manager until March 9, 2008 at 4:00 p.m., because only one (l) application was received. Kris Cornutt seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

  1. Barbara Davis of the Greater Gadsden Greeters Club appeared before the Council seeking a room to hold their monthly luncheons, September thru May and two (2) socials. Fifty-four are from Rainbow City, forty-four from Gadsden, and the rest from Southside and Glencoe. Discussion followed. Mayor Calhoun asked her to get with Eddie Cline, Recreation Department and Bobby McCartney, Recreation Department Chairman.

 

  1. Bruce Whorton, Dogwood Acres appeared before the Council concerning lowering the speed limit in the subdivision from 25 mph to 15 mph. Discussion followed. Mayor Calhoun stated he would have the Chief and Engineer check on lowering the speed limit. Kris Cornutt stated a Neighborhood Watch would help more than anything. Discussion followed.

 

  1. Terry Smith stated she would like to see the pictures in the Council Chambers labeled with the name and date of the picture if possible.   Discussion followed.

 

  1. Harvey Fail asked about public participation during the council meeting.

Mayor Calhoun stated no public participation would be held during the council meeting. It will be held during the public participation time.

 

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

 

Time Adjourned: 7:30 p.m.

 

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Barbara T. Wester, City Clerk/Treasurer

 

 

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Terry John Calhoun, Mayor

 

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