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 Beth Lee, acting City Clerk/Treasurer the following members answered present: Mayor Terry John Calhoun, Council members: Anita Bedwell, absent, 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 Rodney Prickett, Pastor of Riddles Bend Baptist Church. Mayor Calhoun led the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun presented the minutes of November 14, 2011 for review and asked if there were any corrections, additions, or deletions. There being none, Lloyd Matthews moved and Larry Keenum seconded the motion to approve the minutes as presented. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun stated a public hearing is being held concerning Ordinance No. 479 which is an ordinance to provide for the inspection of rental properties in Rainbow City. Mayor Calhoun asked if anyone would like to speak for or against the ordinance. No one was present to speak for or against the ordinance. Lloyd Matthews made a motion to introduce the ordinance. Larry Keenum moved and Bobby McCartney seconded the motion to suspend the rules for immediate consideration. Mayor Calhoun asked for a roll call vote as follows:

 

Anita Bedwell             absent

Bobby McCartney      yes

Lloyd Matthews         yes

Larry Keenum             yes

Kris Cornutt                yes

Mayor Calhoun           yes

Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

  1. Larry Keenum moved and Lloyd Matthews seconded the motion to adopt Ordinance No. 479. Mayor Calhoun asked for a roll call vote as follows:

 

Anita Bedwell             absent

Bobby McCartney      yes

Lloyd Matthews         yes

Larry Keenum             yes

Kris Cornutt                yes

Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun stated a public hearing is being held concerning the 2010 Community Development Block Grant for the Drainage Improvement Project. He introduced Diane Glenn of East Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission who is conducting the public hearing. She stated that the original bid was awarded to Benchmark Construction LLC for $414,961.00 which was $130,689 below the original estimated cost of $545,650. The additional $130,689 can be spent on the project through a change order to add items not originally included in the bid. The money will be spent to widen the drainage ditch north of the trailer parks to accommodate more storm water and erect a chain link fence around the perimeter of all concrete ditches to prevent children from getting into the ditches. Mayor Calhoun asked if anyone would like to speak for or against the additions to the project. No one spoke for or against the additions.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun presented Resolution No. 11-11 to construct additional improvements for the 2010 Community Development Block Grant Project No. LR-CM-PF-10-023 for Country Lane, White Oak Village, and Horizon Place. Lloyd Matthews moved and Bobby McCartney seconded the motion to adopt this resolution. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun presented a request from the Messenger for the Christmas Greetings edition scheduled for the December 23rd. Died for lack of a motion

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun stated that he received a letter from the State EMA notifying that Gov. Bentley has designated Individual and Community Safe Room projects a priority after the April 2011 tornadoes. The letter projects $597,999 to be available to Rainbow City as a result of our application process. Mayor Calhoun asked the Council to give him permission to sign a letter of intent to the State EMA to proceed with the project. The City applied for 2 safe rooms 1-City Hall (holds 500 people) 1-Riddles Bend Fire Station (holds 200 people). Lloyd Matthews moved and Bobby McCartney seconded the motion to allow the Mayor to sign the letter of intent. Mayor asked if anyone would like to speak regarding this letter. No one spoke. Mayor stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun stated that he had received a letter from Rob Grant, Manager of the Recreation & Conservation Unit for ADECA. The letter addressed 3 deficiencies on the LWCF Project 01-00214 Rainbow City Recreation Center which included the Leon Glidewell field, tennis courts and recreation center that must be addressed in a timely manner so that it will not result in an indefinite suspension. The 3 infractions are: tennis courts have weeds growing through, overhead utility lines at Glidewell field, LWCF acknowledgment sign is missing. Eddie Cline is working on specs for the utility lines to send out for bids. Mayor Calhoun requested that bids be opened at 6:30 p.m. on December 12, 2011. Bobby McCartney moved and Kris Cornutt seconded the motion for bids to be sent. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.
  2. Mayor Calhoun received a request from the Rainbow City Panthers Cheerleaders for a donation to go to Nationals in Gatlinburg on Dec. 3rd & 4th. Lloyd Matthews moved to give them $250.00 and Kris Cornutt seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun read a letter from the Calhoun County Commission stating that they are reimbursing the City in the amount of $6,581.43 for mutual aid in response to the April 27, 2011 tornados.

 

  1. Lloyd Matthews reported that he received a call from the family of Harold White who passed away recently. The family wished to express their gratitude to officer, John Hall who displayed professionalism and compassion to the family while they waited for the body to be removed from the house.
  2. Kris Cornutt appreciated the residents of Guy Lee Lake Road and Bay Point Drive coming to voice their concerns and congratulated Wayne Garmon for his long career.

 

  1. Bobby McCartney moved for the ball teams to operate the concession stands and sign a contract regarding this. Lloyd Matthews seconded the motion. Mayor Calhoun stated all in favor say aye. All ayes. Mayor Calhoun declared the motion carried.

 

  1. Mayor Calhoun recognized Wayne Garmon and congratulated him on his retirement and being the second oldest officer in the state and commended him on a job well done.

 

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

 

Time adjourned: 7:00 p.m.

 

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Beth Lee, Acting City Clerk/Treasurer

 

 

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Terry John Calhoun, Mayor

 

 

 

 

 

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