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. Mayor Calhoun stated he would like to have a moment of silence for Mr. Jackie Biddle, a former council member who was buried today. Invocation was then given by Bobby McCartney. Mayor Calhoun then led the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.
Mayor Calhoun presented the minutes of April 25, 2011, and asked if there were any correction, addition or deletions. There being none, Lloyd Matthews made a motion to approve the minutes as presented. Kris Cornutt seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.
Mayor Calhoun asked the Council if anyone has a nomination to the County Board of Equalization. Died for lack of a motion.
Mayor Calhoun asked the Council if they are going to fund Community Action of Etowah County. Anita Bedwell made a motion to give $350.00 for the 7th Annual Community Action Banquet/Fundraiser on Thursday, May 12, 2011. Larry Keenum seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.
Mayor Calhoun stated a public hearing is being held for Council approval for Verizon Wireless to co-locate nine (9) antennas on an existing telecommunications facility located at 510 Hickman Street, Rainbow City. This site is needed by Verizon Wireless in order to provide in-building coverage and to improve general coverage in this area. The proposed site will be compliant with Enhanced E911, a federally mandated program to improve the reliability of 911 services in the surrounding area. He asked if there is anyone here to speak against this request. There were none. He then asked if anyone was here to speak for this request. Mr. Andy Rotenstreich was here representing Verizon Wireless. He said it will change it from 3g to 4 g. Discussion followed. Lloyd Matthews made a motion for Verizon to make this change. 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 following monthly departmental reports: Library, Community Center, Building Department, Court, Police & Animal Control and Fire Department. He asked if anyone has comments. There being none, he asked the records to show they were presented.
Mayor Calhoun presented a request from the City Clerk to attend the Clerk’s Summer Conference, July 14-16, 2011 in Orange Beach. New 2012 Election Law changes will be among many of the topics discussed. Larry Keenum made a motion to approve the request. 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 for the Building Official to attend the University of North Alabama to take three (3) ARCGIS Training Workshops. The first class will be held May 18-19, 2011, the second class will be held June 21-23, 2011, and the third class will be held July 19-20, 2011. These classes will enable him to map out new annexations and boundaries, etc. Lloyd Matthews made a motion to approve this request. Kris Cornutt seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.
Chuck Chitwood of CDG Engineers & Associates appeared before the Council to discuss the Horton Creek drainage project. Discussion followed. Bids for this project will be opened June 7, 2011, at 10:00 a. m., in the Council Chambers.
Mayor Calhoun announced the City received the grant for playground equipment. The Recreation Department will be installing it tomorrow. The Nature Trail will also be closed for the next two (2) days for improvements. The Mayor and Council thanked the employees who assisted with the recent storms in our area and surrounding areas.
There being no further business to come before the Council at this time, Lloyd Mathews made a motion to adjourn.
Time adjourned: 7:10 p.m.
Barbara T. Wester, City Clerk/Treasurer
Terry John Calhoun, Mayor