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.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun presented the minutes of June 22, 2009 and special called meeting of June 26, 2009 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. Anita Bedwell seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun stated this is a public hearing concerning the approval by the Planning Commission on the new Industrial Park on Lumley Road. He asked if anyone would like to speak for or against it. No one responded. Mayor Calhoun stated the City is waiting on a letter of approval so the land can be cleared. Discussion followed.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun stated bids need to be sent out every three (3) years for the cleaning of the Community Center and Library. Lloyd Matthews made a motion to send out bids and open the bids at the next pre-council meeting at 6:00 p. m. in the Council Chambers. 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 bids need to be sent out every three (3) years for the purchase of gasoline and diesel fuel. Larry Keenum made a motion to send out bids and open the bids at the next pre-council meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers. Kris Cornutt seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun stated the librarian recommended an increase for the library budget. The library received a grant in the amount of $9,640.00 from the Etowah County Library Committee, and Tina recommended increasing the budget for books $3,000.00, equipment and tools $3,780.00 and Repairs and Maintenance-Building/Grounds $2,860.00.   Anita Bedwell made a motion to approve the budget increases. Kris Cornutt seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun asked the City Attorney about the appraisal of the K-Mart Building.   Jim Turnbach, City Attorney said he checked with the firm of Tillman, Allen & Sizemore and the cost for the appraisal is $3,000.00. Discussion followed. Larry Keenum made a motion to table this item until after the executive session. 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 Susan Silvey is retiring and he would like to add Donna Kilgore to the City bank accounts. Larry Keenum made a motion to add Donna to the accounts. 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 an ad request from the 25th Annual Charity Pig Roast. Died for lack of a motion.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun presented a request from the Southside Touchdown Club for advertising in the Football Program. Lloyd Matthews made a motion to purchase a full page ad for the amount of $175.00. 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 request from the Messenger to purchase an ad in the 2009 Football special tabloid edition, August 26, 2009. Lloyd Matthews made a motion to purchase two (2) spot color ads for $60.00 each for Southside High and Westbrook. Larry Keenum seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun asked if anyone has comments on the monthly reports. No comments. Mayor Calhoun asked that the records show the reports were presented.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun stated the Communications Office would like to surplus a broken Fellowes Shredder, Model #MS-450Cs.   Lloyd Matthews made a motion to surplus the Shredder. 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 State tournaments were played a couple of weeks ago, and he would like to commend Eddie Cline and Philip Hollingsworth for all the good work they have done. He also stated Michael Stevens’ probation period will end July 23, 2009. He made a motion to move Michael to the next pay step, effective July 24, 2009. Kris Cornutt seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

  1. Kris Cornutt stated it was great to see all the activities at the Vivian Lee Maddox Sports Complex. He said the two (2) events brought in a lot of visitors from around the State and the S. E.   Lloyd Matthews stated he would like for the Council to consider paving at the Vivian Lee Maddox Sports Complex and to manicure the ditches. Mayor Calhoun stated he would like to pave 2 or 3 streets in the fall and maybe put tar and gravel at the complex for a year and let it settle before putting the asphalt. Mayor Calhoun asked Greg Payne and Eddie Cline to start piping the ditches at the complex now.

 

  1. Larry Keenum stated that a new police car has been put on the State bid list, and he would like to go ahead an order a car from Larry Puckett Chevrolet. Larry make a motion to order the car and also to have the mayor’s old car, a 1994 Mercury checked out by Clay Bearden to see if the City wants to fix it, and what the cost will be, and act on it at the next council meeting.   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 our library has been very busy because the Gadsden Library has been closed temporarily. She also stated the transfer of funds to pay two (2) firemen from the Fire Tax Fund has not been put in the general fund since 1991 in sufficient amounts to reimburse the general fund for the total compensation package of two firefighters. The amount due is $300,000.00. She made a motion that $8,333.33 be put in the general fund every month for the next three years; and after the debt is paid, not to pay the firemen salaries out of the fire tax fund, but to pay them out of the general fund. She also recommended that certain portions of the fire department budget be transferred to the fire tax fund and be budgeted there.   Lloyd Matthews seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

  1. Bobby McCartney stated he has an employee, Tony Robinson in the Recreation Department that needs his pay adjusted from $11.75 per hour to $12.00 per hour, and that he was making a motion to adjust the pay. Lloyd Matthews seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.   He also commended Eddie Cline and his employees for doing such a good job during the ball games, and commended Philip Hollingsworth for the way he handles his job, during a recent encounter at one of the games.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun stated he received a letter from the Alabama Department of Transportation stating the City did not get funding for the Lumley Road Bicycle/Pedestrian Project through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for the stimulus money, but we can get the money through the Transportation Enhancement Program with an 80/20 match through Federal Funding.   He also stated the contract is ready for him to sign for the lease of property on Steel Station Road with Omniflight Helicopters, Inc., as soon as he has a date when they will occupy the property.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun stated he was appointing Bryan Stone to fill the remaining time of Jerry Tolbert on the Planning Commission and Harvey Fail as a supernumerary member on the Board of Adjustment.

 

  1. Melvin Potter, Fire Chief thanked Greg Payne and Eddie Cline for the good job they did in preparing and getting the property ready for the helicopter pad. Mayor Calhoun also stated he wanted to thank all the employees who do a good job, and the department heads for the good job they do. He stated the council needs to go into executive session. Lloyd Matthews made a motion to go into executive session. Kris Cornutt seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

  1. The Council returned. Lloyd Matthews made a motion to go back into regular session. Kris Cornutt seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried. Mayor Calhoun stated on Item No. 6, do I have a motion concerning getting an appraisal for the K-Mart property.   Item died for lack of a motion.

 

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

 

Time Adjourned:   7:30

 

 

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Barbara T. Wester, City Clerk/Treasurer

 

 

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Terry John Calhoun, Mayor

 

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