MINUTES OF A REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
OF THE MAYOR AND THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE
CITY OF TALLASSEE, ALABAMA
FEBRUARY 13, 2023
The Mayor and the City Council of the City of Tallassee, Alabama convened in regular session on Monday, February 13, 2023 at 6:00 p.m. at the Tallassee Municipal Complex. The meeting was called to order by Mayor Hill and the following were recorded as present:
Mayor Sarah Hill
Council Members Jeremy Taunton-absent
Linda McNeal Mosher
Fred Randall Hughey
John Smith was present as city attorney and Whitney Pitchford as secretary for the meeting.
Approval of minutes: On motion of Councilmember Hughey and a second by Councilmember Brown, all councilmembers present voted to approve the minutes of the January 24, 2023 work session. On motion of Councilmember Hughey and a second by Councilmember Godwin, all councilmembers present voted to approve the minutes of the January 24, 2023 regular city council meeting.
Item 1. Elmore County Commissioners Daughtry and Lewis presented a check for the new Jordanville Park for $20,000.
Item 2. A Resolution for the CDBG funding for demolition was presented. Councilmember Godwin made a motion to accept the Resolution, seconded by Councilmember Hughey. Upon a vote, the motion passed unanimously. Resolution 2023-235 was adopted.
Item 3. The Planning Commission’s recommendation to change 1785 N Ann from R1 to neighborhood business. Joey Yates wants to have a transmission business. Councilmembers discussed and wanted to table until all of the Councilmembers were there to discuss. Councilmember Mosher made a motion to table this until the February 28th meeting, seconded by Councilmember Godwin. Upon a vote, the motion passed unanimously.
Item 4. The Cemetery department was discussed. Andy Gantt retired and two employees resigned and we’re restructuring the department as a whole. Jarrod Mann would be the onsite coordinator and Wendy Clayton would be the offsite coordinator. We will no longer dig the graves, only locate them. Councilmember Godwin made a motion to approve the restructuring of the Cemetery department, including making Jarrod Mann the onsite coordinator and Wendy Clayton the offsite coordinator and the City no longer digging graves, only locating them, seconded by Councilmember Hughey. Upon a vote, the motion passed unanimously.
Item 5. Tabled until further discussion.
Item 6. The contract for the Mill property was discussed. Councilmember Brown made a motion to surplus the reverter clause for the mill contract, seconded by Councilmember Godwin. Upon a vote, the motion passed unanimously. Councilmember Godwin made a motion to surrender the reverter clause and to authorize Mayor Hill and City Clerk Whitney Pitchford to sign documents to make this happen, seconded by Councilmember Brown. Upon a vote, the motion passed unanimously.
Item 7. The waste management contract was discussed. Waste Management increased the prices. Residential will increase to $23.50 and commercial will increase to $24.00.
Item 8. An Ordinance regarding trash and debris was discussed. Councilmember Godwin made a motion to suspend the rules, seconded by Councilmember Brown. Upon a roll call vote, the motion passed unanimously. Councilmember Godwin made a motion to adopt the Ordinance regarding trash and debris pickup, seconded by Councilmember Brown. Upon a vote, the motion passed unanimously. Ordinance 2023-686 was adopted.
Item 9: The closing of EB Payne during the bridge project was discussed. Councilmember Godwin made a motion to close EB Payne as soon as work started on the bridge, seconded by Councilmember Carr. Upon a vote, the motion passed unanimously.
Item 10: Little Road water project bids were discussed. CDG recommended awarding the Little Road Project to Singleton Excavating, Inc. in the amount of $283,408.72. Elmore County has agreed to give $200,000 to this project and we can use ARPA funds for the remaining amount. Councilmember Godwin made a motion to accept the bid of $283,408.72 from Singleton Excavating, Inc., seconded by Councilmember Mosher. Upon a vote, the motion passed unanimously.
- Wastewater Treatment Plant—council approved based on additional funding and value engineering. Estimated start date April 2023. There will be no road closures or delays on HWY 229. Estimated start date is conservative. Hoping for March.
- Hotel Talisi-contracts signed-estimated start date 2/13/23.
- Downtown Streetscape-additional funding received from ALDOT-estimated start date March 2023.
- Gas Mains-waiting to hear back from grant funding to revise funding source from bond-estimated start date March 2023.
- Little Road and Katie Lane bids are in and slightly overbudget but we can utilize ARPA money to cover the rest-estimated start date March 2023. (2-3 week project)
- Fitzpatrick Bridge-still no start date, not sure when signage will be placed but will be placed prior to start date. Bridge will be two lanes from 6AM-8AM and 3:30PM-5:30PM.
Ward 2. Thank you, Mayor, for getting potholes filled on Ann Street. Thank you, EC, for investing in Tallassee.
Ward 3. Thank you, Commissioners, for the donation to Jordanville Park.
Ward 6: Thanks to the Commissioners for their help. River Hills Subdivision-still waiting to hear from owner.
Ward 7: Thanks to our Commissioners for all of these great gifts.
There being no further business before the council, and upon motion of Councilmember Godwin and a second by Councilmember Brown, all councilmembers present voted to adjourn the meeting at 6:56 p.m.
SARAH HILL, Mayor
WHITNEY PITCHFORD, City Clerk