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, 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 April 23, 2012 for review, and asked if there were any corrections, additions, or deletions. Kris Cornutt said on item 10, motion carried was left off. He then made a motion to add this to the minutes. 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 Mike Bryant, EMA Director is here to discuss the new method of silent activation of the weather sirens, to begin on June 1, 2012.  They will be able to activate all of the sirens; or any address where the polygon is capable. They will be able to override the system and expand the polygon and it will pick up the sirens and activate them.   They can also activate sirens, one at a time, or can activate the polygon only in the area needed. The same system they have now will be kept in place, in case the other system fails. There is also a backup system with E911. He also said he will be glad to transfer all sirens, other than the ones owned by the city, to be transferred to each individual city at no cost, if the Council will give the approval.  The cities are now responsible for maintenance and insurance on them.  He also said he has spoken with McCord Communications, and told them that he has a warehouse full of inventory to repair the sirens, but no batteries. Discussion followed.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun presented a request from the City Clerk to attend the Clerk’s Summer Conference, June 20, 21, and 22 in Florence. Registration is $75.00 and the room is $79.00 per night. Larry Keenum made a motion for Barbara to attend the conference. Anita Bedwell 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 form the Building Official to attend a Floodplain Mgn. Training course in Fort Payne, June 19 and 20. There will be no overnight stay. Larry Keenum made a motion for Wiley to attend the meeting. 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 Wiley McLain, Building Official, to clean out the following ditches: (1) ditch behind Helen Street, (2) ditch that runs from Josh Street to Sutton Bridge Road, behind Montrose Avenue, and (3) ditch at end of Country Lane. Wiley stated the City has obtained easements on all of these properties. Anita Bedwell made a motion to clean out the ditches. Larry Keenum seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun announced that the American Red Cross Blood Drive will be in the parking lot here at City Hall, Monday, June 4, 2012, from 9:00 a.m. thru 1:00 p.m.   He then presented the following monthly departmental reports: Community Center, Library, Building, Court, Fire and Police. He asked if anyone has questions or comments. No response. He asked that the minutes show that the reports were presented.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun presented a request from Jennie Garnett to surplus the attached list of old items from the storage room upstairs, and dispose of them. Larry Keenum made a motion to this effect. 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 that bids will need to be sent out for the LED Sign for the front of City Hall. Kris Cornutt made a motion to send out the bids, and open them at the next Council Meeting, June 11, 2012, at 6:00 p.m. 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 a request from Chief Hill to declare a 2002 Ford Crown Vic, serial # 7451, as surplus, and sell on govdeals.com.   He also requests declaring a 2006 Chevrolet serial no. 4366, as surplus, and use the parts to repair other vehicles, in his department. 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.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun presented a request from Tina Brooks, Librarian, to hire Marilyn Garrison, as a non-regular permanent employee, at $7.25 per hour, starting to work on May 30, 2012. She will replace Jan Anders, whose last day is May 29th. Anita Bedwell made a motion to this effect. Larry Keenum seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun announced that the Farmer’s Market will open here at City Hall, June 4, 2012, from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Monday and Wednesday.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun read a thank you note from White Springs Church, for the use of a trash truck on April 21, 2012. He then read a letter from the Etowah County Commission. Due to recent budget cuts, the Commission will set a flat fee of $250.00 per case, when transportation is needed for a city case. This is when a body has to be stored and transported, as a result of a city investigation. He then stated we have received a letter from the State Department of Revenue about a Severe Weather Tax Holiday. The clerk will have an ordinance prepared for the next Council meeting.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun told the Council that Barbara, Beth, and myself have been working on re-framing and putting up the pictures of all the Councils, since the City was incorporated in 1950. We have pictures of all but three Councils, (1952, 1956 and 1960), and would like to ask if anyone has a picture the City can copy, so we can hang all the pictures in new frames. If we are unable to get the pictures we need, the names of the Council will be put in a frame.  Mayor Calhoun then announced that the next Council Meeting will be June 11, 2012, due to the City being closed May 28, 2012, for Memorial Day.

 

  1. Larry Keenum said a drug dog is available, and is already in training. The only cost will be for food or vet bills. Discussion followed. Larry made a motion to give Chief Hill the authority to purchase the dog. The dog will stay with the officer. Lloyd Matthews seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

  1. Larry Keenum said he spoke with Linda Cleveland, License Inspector, and he said she needs a cell phone to use when she is out on the job. He put 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. Anita Bedwell stated that the Summer Reading Program will be May 14 thru June 30th. She said this brings a lot of people into the City, and is a very busy time for the library.  She then stated the Finance Committee met, and they made a decision to ask for a $.50 per hour raise for Joyce Ponder. Anita put 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 Eddie Cline got a quote from Butler Electric for lighting the VLM Sports Complex Parking lot, and lower parking lot for the walking track. The price will be around $12,000.00, more or less.   Bobby made a motion for Butler to add the lighting. Anita Bedwell seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

  1. Kenneth Payne said clean-up day went well. Three hundred and eleven bags were picked up. They will now start taking applications for the Beautification Awards.

 

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

 

Time adjourned: 7:20 p.m.

 

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                                                               Barbara T. Wester, City Clerk/Treasurer

 

 

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                                                                         Terry John Calhoun, Mayor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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