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 Anita Bedwell. Mayor Calhoun led the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun presented the minutes of February 23, 2009 for review and asked if there were any corrections, additions or deletions.   Larry Keenum said that Item 13 stated giving three police officers a pay rate increase to $13.00 per hour, but the officers already make $13.00 per hour. He then made a motion to rescind his motion   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 that Item 4 of the minutes of February 23, 2009, concerning the purchase of a gate for the City Shop, in combination with the Utility Board paying half for the additional security measures totaling $2500.00 was a misunderstanding. The Utility Board will only pay half of the original cost of $9500.00. She then made a motion to go back to the original purchase price. 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 that he received a letter from Jones, Blair, Waldrup and Tucker, Inc., concerning the additional studies required by the State of Alabama Historical Commission and the Fish and Wildlife Service, for the timber cutting at the “Deerfoot Industrial Park No. 2.” These studies are necessary in order to apply for the Corp of Engineers wetland permit. The following are the studies required along with the associated fees: (1) Cultural Resource Assessment—$14,190.00 and (2) Protected Species Habitat Assessment for the Alabama Leather Flower and Green Pitcher Plant for a total of $l600.00 for the study. He also stated the City will accept the alternative bid by Trent Thrasher Construction Company.   Mark Stephens with Jones, Blair, Waldrup and Tucker stated the project will be prolonged until the end of June, because of these studies. Bobby McCartney made a motion to accept the alternative bid and complete the studies for the timber cutting. 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 Street & Sanitation Committee recommended the hiring of Phillip Herring in the Street Department, and turned it over to Lloyd Matthews, Chairman.   Lloyd stated the committee interviewed six (6) applicants and they were all qualified. He then made a motion to hire Philip at $l0.50 per hour, with a six-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 this is a public hearing for Ordinance No. 466, a flood prevention ordinance authorized by the Legislature of the State of Alabama. This ordinance is necessary to be able to keep flood insurance or be able to purchase insurance in the city. He asked if anyone would like to speak against the ordinance. No response. He then asked if anyone would like to speak for the ordinance. No response. Lloyd Matthews made a motion to introduce the ordinance. Kris Cornutt moved and Larry Keenum 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. Kris Cornutt moved and Lloyd Matthews seconded the motion to adopt Ordinance No. 466. 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 Kris Cornutt to read Resolution No. 08-15, that was given to us by Local #12. President Obama is planning a taxpayer-sponsored Economic Recovery Package that will provide billions of dollars to help economically devastated cities and states and provide jobs to millions of out-of-work Americans. Any economic recovery plan spending should, to every extent possible, include a commitment from the city to buy materials, goods and services for projects from companies that are produced within the United States, employing the very workers that pay for the economic recovery plan spending. Lloyd Matthews made a motion to adopt this resolution. 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 this is the first public hearing on the annexation of Kenneth’s Payne’s property located at 879 Sunset Drive. Most of his property is in the City, and he wants to annex about ˝ acre. This was recommended by the Planning Commission.

 

  1. Jill Albert, KPS Group appeared before the Council to discuss the Architectural Services for the Lumley Road Greenway Project. She discussed the proposal for landscape architectural services and the valuable amenities the city would be provided by this project such as the connecting of the schools, athletic complex and residential neighborhood. The project is to be funded by the Alabama Department of Transportation through the Surface Transportation Efficiency Act. The project will be an 80% to 20% match, unless the City is eligible for stimulus money and it will be a 100% grant. The project will probably break ground in July of 2010. The complete cost of the project is $474,237.50. The City’s part is $94,847.50. The next thing the City needs to get done is a survey, and the designing can take place by KPS Group. Discussion followed.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun stated that Dustin Tyler Vice resigned from the Fire Department, effective March 6, 2009. Kris Cornutt made a motion to accept his resignation. Anita Bedwell seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun asked that the attached list of equipment from the storage room on the second floor and the attached list from the Recreation Department and the following list from the Police Department be declared as surplus: two (2) broken desks in the Police Department and one (l) broken desk in the Animal Control Office. Kris Cornutt made a motion to surplus the equipment and open bids March 23, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. Anita Bedwell seconded the motion.   Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun asked that the records show that the monthly departmental reports were presented: Library, Community Center, Fire, Police and Building Department.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun stated that when raises are given, they need to start at the beginning of the next pay period, otherwise; changes will need to be made to the current software in payroll.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun presented a request from Southside High School for a $l00.00 donation to be made for a 4 X 8 advertising sign at the school. Lloyd Matthews made a motion to purchase the sign. 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 sponsorship request from the Gadsden-Etowah Patriots Association to sponsor the World War II Veterans’ Patriot Flight program to see their memorial in Washington D. C.   The average veteran’s age is 87 years old, and they have to be fit to travel. Lloyd Matthews made a motion to give $350.00 to sponsor a four-person golf tournament on April 27 at Twin Bridges Golf Course. All proceeds goes for the cost of taking the veterans to the memorial. 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 that the Police Department recently hosted a three (3) day Tactical Commander Class in our Council Chambers, and provided snacks and drinks for the attendees in the amount of $45.87. Discussion followed. Chief Ragan stated that this Thursday and Friday they will be having another class. Discussion followed. Anita Bedwell made a motion to pay for the snacks and drinks in the amount of $45.87. Kris Cornutt seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried. The cost for snacks and drinks for the classes this Thursday and Friday will be around $l00.00. Anita Bedwell made a motion to pre-approve the cost of $l00.00. Kris Cornutt seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

  1. Lloyd Matthews made a motion to have City Engineer, Mark Stephens send out bids for the 2009 Paving, consisting of First Street, Grady Street and Eddie Circle, and open bids on April 13, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. Anita Bedwell seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

  1. Anita Bedwell stated that the minimum wage will be going up in July to $7.25 per hour, and she made a motion to give the following part-time employees a $.75 per hour raise, effective the next pay period (Friday, March 13, 2009): Mary White, Cheryl Tommie, Mary Farley, Jan Anders and Jaimie Jones. Lloyd Matthews seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All Ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

  1. Anita Bedwell announced that she and Larry Keenum will be attending the Congressional City Conference in Washington D.C., leaving Sunday and coming back on Wednesday.

 

  1. Bobby McCartney stated that he and Eddie Cline, Recreation Department Director and other volunteers had a big work day Saturday (March 7) working at the Vivian Lee Maddox Complex and will have another work day this Saturday (March 24) and asked for volunteers to help.

 

  1. Ken Roark announced that March 21 will be Rainbow City Pancake Day. Advance tickets are $3.00 and tickets the day of the breakfast is $3.50.

 

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.

 

 

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Barbara T. Wester, City Clerk/Treasurer

 

 

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Terry John Calhoun, Mayor

 

 

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