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

 

Mayor Calhoun presented the minutes of June 13, 2011 for review, and asked if there were any corrections, additions or deletions. There being none, Lloyd Matthews made a motion to approve the minutes. Larry Keenum seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

Mayor Calhoun introduced Kenneth Payne, Beautification Chairman. Kenneth then proceeded to give an award to the residential winners. They are as follows:

            Ronnie Tillery, Barrett & Leta Johnson, Randy Vice, Jack &

Rhonda Crosson, and Tom and Jane Nicholls.

He then introduced the business winners: They are as follows: Rainbow Presbyterian Church, Burger King and Exchange Bank. Kenneth thanked everyone for the wonderful job they are doing keeping their homes and businesses in such pretty shape. Mayor Calhoun also thanked everyone for keeping their homes and businesses in such beautiful shape.

 

Mayor Calhoun stated this is a public hearing concerning Ordinance No. 475. Jan Heaton requests rezoning her property located at the corner of Brown Avenue and Delray.   Discussion followed. Mayor Calhoun asked if there was anyone for or against the ordinance. No response. Larry Keenum made a motion to table until they can look into the request. Lloyd Matthews 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 stated the motion carried.

 

Mayor Calhoun asked that the minutes show that Crystal Crow, Dispatcher, resigned effective July 2, 2011.   Discussion followed. Larry Keenum made a motion to repost the Dispatcher position for ten days, as soon as the City Attorney draws up a job description.   Lloyd Matthews seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

Mayor Calhoun presented a request from the librarian to revise the library budget. A grant in the amount of $14,477.50 was received from the Etowah County Library Committee. The funds are to be used to purchase a new server, three (3) computers. two (2) barcode scanners, and a CTERA backup system, and a subscription to OPAC Snapshot, and for collection development. Anita Bedwell made a motion to amend the budget. Bobby McCartney seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

Mayor Calhoun presented a Lease and Maintenance Agreement with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, so the City can continue to maintain and operate the boat launch at “Rainbow Landing.” He asked the Council to give him the authority to sign the lease. Anita Bedwell made a motion to give the Mayor the authority to sign the lease. Larry Keenum seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

Mayor Calhoun reminded everyone that August 5-7, 2011 is the Sales Tax Holiday. He then presented the monthly departmental reports and asked if anyone has comments or questions. There being none, he asked the minutes to show that the reports were presented.

 

Mayor Calhoun presented a request from Wiley McLain, Building Official to attend the Floodplain Mgn. 101 seminar in Scottsboro, July 21, 2011. Seminar is free.

Anita Bedwell made a motion for Wily to attend the seminar. 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 request from the following employees for travel/tuition:

            Dispatchers Deborah Hollingsworth and Valerie Williams to attend the 2011 ACJIC Users Conference in Gulf Shores, September 19-22, 2011. Cost is $200.00 plus lodging.

            Chief Hill to attend the Ala. Association of Chiefs of Police Summer Conference in Orange Beach, August 1-4, 2011. Cost is $200.00 plus lodging.

            Chery Ayres, Revenue Officer to attend the Annual Revenue Officers Conference, July 20-22, at Pointe Clear. Registration fee is $245.00, plus lodging.

Larry Keenum made a motion to approve the requests. 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 request from Chief Hill to surplus the attached list of used cell phones, and put on govdeals.com. Larry Keenum made a motion to this effect. 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 request from Chief Hill to surplus the following cars and put on govdeals.com. (l) 2004 White Ford Crown Vic, serial #9719 and (2) 2004 Black Ford Crown Vic, serial #9710. Larry Keenum made a motion to this effect. Kris Cornutt seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

Lloyd Matthews made a motion to install street lights at the intersection of Kenzie Lane and Lumley Road. Larry Keenum seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

Lloyd Matthews made a motion to make an application to FEMA to build safe rooms in Rainbow City. One will be built behind the fire station at the Municipal Building and the other one will be built in Riddles Bend behind the fire station. They will be built to FEMA standards. The safe building at the Municipal building can be built to house up to 1,100 people and the one in Riddles Bend can be built to house up to 300 people.   Larry Keenum seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes.   Discussion followed. Mike Bryant with the Emergency Mgn. Association stated it could take two (2) years to get the application approved by FEMA. Lloyd also stated a Disc Golf tournament and State Baseball tournament was held at the VLM Sports Complex this past weekend. There were 86 participants in the disc golf tournament.

 

Kris Cornutt congratulated all the winners of the beautification awards. Larry Keenum asked everyone to keep Frank Ramsey and his family in your prayers. Larry then made a motion that if the bid for the police car the Chief has is not good, the City will advertise for bids for the car, and open the bids at the next council meeting, July 25, 2011 at 6:00 p.m.   Lloyd Matthews seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried. Bobby McCartney stated the tract was in good shape and the tournaments were a big success.

 

Peggy Ford and Bob Roberts appeared before the Council concerning the first Gadsden/Etowah County Cobbler Festival. It will be held August 26 and 27. For more information, contact Peggy at 256-442-4443.

 

Donnie Winningham appeared before the council to ask them to change Section 8 of Ordinance No. 341, regulating and installing of water and sewer lines by persons, firms or corporations; that the contractor shall furnish the Utility Board of the City of Rainbow City a two (2) year performance and payment bond, instead of a one year bond.   The City Attorney will draft a new ordinance for Council approval.

 

Mayor Calhoun presented a request from the Messenger to purchase an ad for The Season: Football ’11. Died for lack of a motion.

 

Trent Thrasher and Ryan Moore appeared before the Council concerning the purchase of two (2) acres by Ryan in the new Industrial Park to build a new building. Discussion was held concerning the number of employees a business has to have to purchase property.

 

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

 

Time adjourned: 7:25 p.m.

 

                                                            ____________________________________

                                                            Barbara T. Wester, City Clerk/Treasurer

 

                                                            ____________________________________

                                                                       Terry John Calhoun, Mayor

 

 

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