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 Larry Keenum. Mayor Calhoun led the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun presented the minutes of December 29, 2008 for review and asked if there were any corrections, additions, or deletions. There being none, Kris Cornutt made a motion to approve the minutes as presented. 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 proclamation to Mr. Tommy Peterson who has run Peterson’s Grocery for thirty-one years.   Mayor Calhoun stated he was proclaiming today, January 12, 2009, “Tommy Peterson” day in Rainbow City.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun stated the Recreation Committee recommended the hiring of Hayden Walker in the Recreation Department. Bobby McCartney, Recreation Department Chairman made a motion to hire Hayden at $10.50 per hour with a six (6) month probation period. 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 the Police Department Committee recommended the hiring of the following officers: Ernest Norton, Philip Braswell, and Justin McGlaughn.   Larry Keenum, Police Department Chairman made a motion to hire Ernest Norton at $12.50 per hour, Philip Braswell at $12.50 per hour, Justin McGlaughn at $11.00 per hour. Lloyd Matthews seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun stated the Street and Sanitation Committee recommended the hiring of Michael T. Stephens in the Sanitation Department. Lloyd Matthews, Street & Sanitation Chairman made a motion to hire Michael at $10.50 per hour. 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 the Police Department Committee recommended the hiring of Kelli White as dispatcher to replace Kristi Chapman who resigned January 8, 2009. Larry Keenum, Police Department Chairman made a motion to hire Kelli at $9.00 per hour. Lloyd Matthews seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun presented a request by Tina Brooks, Librarian to increase the Equipment & Tools (Non-Capital) account by $1393.00. This is a grant received for a 20”, Mac computer with webcam purchased as a result of a “Connecting Families” grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and administered by the Alabama Public Library service. Anita Bedwell, Library and Finance Committee Chairman made a motion to approve Tina’s request. Kris Cornutt seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun presented a recommendation from Wiley McLain, Building Official to sell lot # 8, located in the Industrial Park on Highway 77 for $5,000.00 because of the condition of the lot. Bobby McCartney made a motion to sell the lot.   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 an ad request from the Chamber of Commerce for the membership directory. The cost is $900.00 and measures 8 ˝ X 11. Lloyd Matthews made a motion to table the request.   Larry Keenum 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. 465 amending Ordinance No. 452 regarding the Business License Code of the City of Rainbow City, for the Municipal Year 2009 and each subsequent year. Anita Bedwell made a motion to introduce the ordinance. Lloyd Matthews moved and Kris Cornutt seconded the motion to suspend the rules for immediate consideration. Mayor Calhoun asked for a roll call vote as follows:

 

Anita Bedwell                     yes

Bobby McCartney yes

Lloyd Matthews                  yes

Larry Keenum                    yes

Kris Cornutt                       yes

Mayor Calhoun                  yes

Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

  1. Bobby McCartney moved and Kris Cornutt seconded the motion to adopt Ordinance No. 465. Mayor Calhoun asked for a roll call vote as follows:

 

Anita Bedwell                     yes

Bobby McCartney              yes

Lloyd Matthews                 yes

Larry Keenum                    yes

Kris Cornutt                       yes

Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun asked the records to show that the monthly departmental reports were received. They are as follows: Police & Animal Control, Fire, Building, Library, and Court.

 

  1. Lloyd Matthews thanked the Street and Recreation Department for all the work they did unstopping the beaver dam and taking out pipe and putting in a new culvert on Bluebird Lane.

 

  1. Larry Keenum stated he has received several calls about the Police Department, and he wanted to give Chief Ragan an opportunity to improve it. Anita Bedwell also stated she has heard about negative issues in the Police Department and will give the Chief the opportunity to correct the issues.   Larry made a motion to reappoint Chief Ragan. Bobby McCartney seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun asked for a roll call vote:

 

Anita Bedwell               yes

Bobby McCartney        yes

Lloyd Matthews           yes

Larry Keenum              yes

Kris Cornutt                 yes

Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

  1. Anita Bedwell made a motion to increase the Fire Chief’s salary to equal that of the Police Chief. Kris Cornutt seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.   She also reported that the balance of the general fund at the end of November was $534,276.08.   Credits were $436,500.44 for the month of December and debits were $616,283.62 for the month, leaving a balance at the end of December of $354,492.09. The City also has four (4) certificates of deposit totaling $969,000.00 that is in reserve for operating expenses.

The State requires one (l) month reserve for operating expenses and the City’s expenses are around $650,000.00 monthly. The rest is in reserve for the Black Creek Parkway.   The City has to have a match for grant money to cover this project. Mayor Calhoun stated that he would like to say when he and three (3) of the council members came into office four (4) years ago the general fund had a balance of $l6,000.00.   He also stated that the last six (6) out of seven (7) months, the City has not received the funds to cover the amount needed for the general account.

 

  1. Bobby McCartney stated that he would like to welcome Hayden Walker to the Recreation Department.   Anita Bedwell stated that Greg Herring called her and stated he would like to thank the Mayor and Council for the walking trail at the Vivian Lee Maddox Sports Complex.

 

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

 

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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