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. Kris Cornutt was absent. 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 Larry Keenum. Mayor Calhoun led the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun presented the minutes of May 14, 2012 for review, and asked if there were any corrections, additions, or deletions?   There being none, Anita Bedwell made a motion to approve 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 the Clerk opened bids at 6:00 p.m. for the LED sign for City Hall.   Four (4) bids were received. Kelly Signs had a bid of $31,250.00; Simmons Sign had two (2) bids as follows: $34,580.00 and $42,850.00. Datatronic Control, Inc. had two (2) bids as follows: $19,453.76 and $27,000.00. Discussion followed. Mayor Calhoun asked the council to re-bid and change the specs to read 10mm instead of 19mm, and to open the bids at the next council meeting at 6:00 pm., June 25, 2012. This is what the City Attorney recommended. Anita Bedwell made a motion to re-bid the signs. 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 Ordinance No. 458, to exempt certain covered items from the municipal sales and use tax during the first full weekend of July, as authorized by Act 2012-256, generally referred to as the State Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday Legislation, and on the last full weekend of February, each year thereafter; until rescinded. Lloyd Matthews made a motion to introduce the ordinance. Larry Keenum moved and Lloyd Matthews 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              absent

                                                Mayor Calhoun         yes

Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

  1. Larry Keenum moved and Lloyd Matthews seconded the motion to adopt Ordinance No. 485. Mayor Calhoun asked for a roll call vote as follows:

 

                                                Anita Bedwell            yes

                                                Bobby McCartney    yes

                                                Lloyd Matthews        yes

                                                Larry Keenum          yes

                                                Kris Cornutt              absent

Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun presented a request from Tina Brooks, Librarian to increase the library’s budget. She received a $20,000.00 grant from the Etowah County Library Committee on June 4, 2012. The funds will be used for collection development, and to purchase and install a new firewall, two (2) computers, automatic door openers and patron counters. She will increase Books, account number 01-460-135 by $3,000.00; Repairs & Maintenance-Equipment, number 01-460-260 by $4,708.00; and Repairs and Maintenance- Bldg.-Grounds number 01-460-265 by $12,292.00, totaling $20,000.00. Anita Bedwell made a motion to this effect. 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 the following monthly departmental reports and asked if anyone has questions or comments. Larry Keenum, Police Department Chairman, stated that a 2002 Ford Crown Vic, Serial no. 7451, was sold recently for $1176.00 to Walker County Rescue Squad. This auto was surplused several weeks ago.   Mayor Calhoun asked that the records show the reports were presented.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun stated he received the paperwork for the City to purchase the EMA sirens that are in the City for $1.00, and asked the Council to give him permission to sign the paperwork. Discussion followed. Anita Bedwell made a motion for the Mayor to sign the paperwork. Lloyd Matthews seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun told the Council that Sam Hood wants the rocks removed from the ditch on McEntyre Street. Discussion followed. Lloyd Matthews made a motion to remove the rocks. 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 a request from Chief Hill for the following travel/tuition: Sgt. Scott Holderfield to attend the APOA Annual Business & Training Conference located in Sheffield, AL. Registration is $60.00 and hotel is $146.30, June 12-15, 2012.   Officer James Pickard to attend the Dare Conference, located in Atlanta, Georgia. Tuition fee is $485.00 and hotel is $322.48 for July 24-July 26, 2012. Larry Keenum made a motion to approve the schools. 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 letter he received from Ralph Lane, Chairman of the Board of Junior Achievement of Gadsden/Etowah County. He asked for a pledge of $150.00.   Bobby McCartney made a motion to pledge the $150.00. Larry Keenum seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

  1. Lloyd Matthews stated he has been looking for someone to bush hog the Industrial Park. He has found someone and he can do it for around $1200.00 plus. His name is Nathan Johnson. Lloyd said he would like to make this in the form of a motion. Anita Bedwell seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

  1. Lloyd Matthews presented preliminary cost estimates utilizing Etowah County

Bids for Project 1202C, 2012 Street Resurfacing Project #2. The prices are based on the ALDOT asphalt index for June 2012 and are subject to change. The total estimated cost to pave the following streets is $236,500.00. The streets are as follows: Hiawatha Place, Skyline Drive, Lindsey Street, Hallmark Drive, Watson Road, and Carter Drive.   Lloyd stated he would like to put this in the form of a motion.   Larry Keenum seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

  1. Anita Bedwell announced that 536 people signed up for the Summer Reading Program. This includes adults and children.

 

  1. Bobby McCartney discussed building 5 horse shoe pits at the VLM Sports Complex and giving the Mayor permission to get the concrete formed and finished. They will be 50 x 50, 4-inches thick, and will cost approximately $7,000.00.   He stated he was making this in the form of a motion.

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 there have been some changes on the lighting at the VLM Sports Complex. At the last council meeting, the lighting for the front parking lot and lower parking lot for the walking track will be changed.   Discussion followed. Bobby made a motion to send out bids for lighting the parking lots and open the bids at the next council meeting, June 25, 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.

 

  1. Lloyd Matthews stated John Croyle appeared at pre-council discussing installing a sign on Hwy 77 for Westbrook School’s advertising of ball games, grandparent’s day, etc., and that he was meeting with the Highway Dept., to get their permission to put the sign on State right-of-way, and he also wanted to get permission from Rainbow City to install the sign to the City’s specifications. Lloyd made a motion to approve the sign as long as it follows the specs of the Rainbow City Sign Ordinance. Anita Bedwell seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

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

 

Time adjourned: 7:00 p.m.

 

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                                                                   Barbara T. Wester, City Clerk/Treasurer

 

                                                           

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                                                                             Terry John Calhoun, Mayor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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