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, absent. The same constituting a quorum of the City Council, the following business was transacted. Invocation was given by Larry Keenum. Mayor Calhoun led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

 

Mayor Calhoun presented the minutes of May 23, 2011 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. Lloyd Matthews seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes.

 

Mayor Calhoun stated the Council needs to approve a Tax Abatement for Choice Fabricators, who is planning a 5 million dollar extension.   He asked Mike McCain of the Industrial Development Authority, if he would like to say something about this extension. Mike stated that Rainbow City has competition in Kentucky. Discussion followed. Lloyd Matthews made a motion to give the Mayor the authority to sign the Tax Abatement Agreement. Larry Keenum seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun asked for a roll call vote as follows:

                       

                                    Terry John Calhoun             yes

                                    Anita Bedwell                        yes

                                    Lloyd Matthews                    yes

                                    Larry Keenum                      yes

                                    Bobby McCartney                yes

Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

Mayor Calhoun presented Resolution No. 11-08, giving approval for the abatement of state and local non-educational property taxes for a 10 year period. Anita Bedwell made a motion to adopt the resolution. Bobby McCartney seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun asked for a roll call vote as follows:

 

                                    Terry John Calhoun             yes

                                    Anita Bedwell                        yes

                                    Lloyd Matthews                    yes

                                    Larry Keenum                      yes

                                    Bobby McCartney                yes

Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

Mayor Calhoun stated Chuck Chitwood of CDG Engineers is here to make a recommendation on awarding the bid for the Drainage Improvement Project at Country Lane, White Oak Village and Horizon Place. He stated nine (9) contractors bid.   Benchmark Construction, LLC has the lowest bid of $414,961.00. The other eight bids are as follows:   Carcel & G Construction, LLC–$450,934.90; Grantswood Construction–$463,016.00; Global Construction & Engineering, Inc.–$468,109.00; Baird Contracting Company, Inc.–$479,805.75; Bedwell & Whorton Excavating, LLC–$483,619.00; Powe General Contracting, LLC–$496,855.00; R.E. Grills Construction Company, Inc.–$538,891.50; and McCartney Construction Company, Inc.–$814,348.50. Bobby McCartney made a motion to award the bid to Benchmark Construction.   Lloyd Matthews seconded the motion.   Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes.   Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

Mayor Calhoun stated a new account will have to be open for the Drainage Improvement Project. The signers will be the Mayor, City Clerk and Accounting Clerk.   Discussion followed. The account will be opened at Exchange Bank.   Lloyd Matthews made a motion to open the account. Larry Keenum seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

Mayor Calhoun presented Resolution No. 11-07, the CDBG Purchasing Manual for the City of Rainbow City, Drainage Improvement Project.     Larry Keenum made a motion to adopt this resolution. Lloyd Matthews seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes.   Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

Mayor Calhoun said the Librarian, Tina Brooks recommends appointing Jill Lawley to another term on the library board. Her current term expires June 25, 2011.   Anita Bedwell made a motion to appoint Jill to another term.   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 request from the Court Clerk, Kaye Farley, for approval for Judge Stover to attend “Current Issues Involving Municipal Court Practice and Procedure” at the Hoover Public Safety Center on August 26, 2011. The cost is $250.00, plus mileage, and will be paid out of the Municipal training and Certification funds of the Court. Bobby McCartney made a motion to approve the request.   Lloyd Matthews seconded the motion.   Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes.   Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

Mayor Calhoun stated funding for the Gadsden-Etowah County EMA will have to be funded by the Etowah County Commission and municipalities. The municipalities will pay according to their 2010 Census population count.   Rainbow City’s share is $30,233.57 yearly, or $2,519.46 per month. This amount does not include outside maintenance expense or insurance for the outdoor warning sirens.

Lloyd Matthews made a motion for the Mayor to sign the necessary paperwork, accepting the maintenance responsibility for the outdoor warning sirens within the City.   Anita Bedwell seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

Mayor Calhoun presented the monthly departmental reports, and asked if anyone has comments. There being none, he asked the records to show that the reports were presented.

 

Mayor Calhoun announced that the next council meeting will be July 11, 2011, because three (3) of the council members will be out of town at a conference. 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.

 

Mayor Calhoun presented a request from the Youth Ministry Wrecking Crew for funding.   Died for lack of a motion.

 

Lloyd Matthews made a motion to hire Jimmy McMurray at $9.00 per hour to spray for mosquitoes, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, for four (4) hours per night, starting at 5:30 p. m., until mosquito spraying is over.   His first day of work will be Monday, June 20, 2011.   Bobby McCartney seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

Lloyd then made a motion to advertise for bids for the street paving project for 2011, and open bids July 15, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. in the Council Chambers.   The areas to be paved are Druid Park, Rainbow Parkway, and Flamingo Road.   The alternate is Guy Lee Lake Road.   Larry Keenum 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, Anita Bedwell made a motion to adjourn.

 

Time adjourned: 7:00 p.m.

 

 

                                                                   ____________________________________

                                                                   Barbara T. Wester, City Clerk/Treasurer

 

 

                                                                     _____________________________________

                                                                                 Terry John Calhoun, Mayor

 

 

 

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