MINUTES OF A REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
OF THE MAYOR AND THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE
CITY OF TALLASSEE, ALABAMA
JUNE 25, 2019
The Mayor and the City Council of the City of Tallassee, Alabama convened in regular session on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at the Tallassee Municipal Complex. The meeting was called to order by Mayor John Hammock and the following were recorded as present:
Mayor John Hammock
Council Members Jeremy Taunton
Bill Godwin – absent
John Smith was present as city attorney and City Clerk Barbara Garnett acted as clerk for the meeting.
Mayor Hammock presented the minutes of the council work session held on Tuesday, June 11, 2019. There were no additions or changes. Upon motion of Council Member Stough and a second by Council Member Brown, the minutes were approved by a unanimous vote.
Mayor Hammock presented the minutes of the regular council meeting held on Tuesday, June 11, 2019. There were no additions or changes. Upon motion of Council Member Hill and a second by Council Member Carr, the minutes were approved by a unanimous vote.
Item 1: Mayor Hammock stated that based on the discussion in the work session Council Members were in agreement that the roof for the ACTS building should be replaced with TPO material but needed more information on the window project at the Senior Center. Council Member Stough made a motion to approve the bid of $21,777.00 for a TPO roof for the ACTS building. Council Member Taunton made a second. Upon a vote, the motion passed.
Item 2: Mayor Hammock stated that the bids for the replacement of the cast iron gas main project had been opened. The Council had approved $200,000 for the project but the lowest bid was $221,650.00. A motion to suspend the rules was made by Council Member Taunton, second was made by Council Member Carr. Upon a roll call vote, the following was recorded: Voting Yay-Council Members Taunton, Hill, Carr, Wilson, Brown, Stough and Mayor Hammock. Council Member Wilson made a motion to approve the bid of $221,650. Council Member Brown made a second. Upon a vote, the motion passed unanimously. Council Member Hill made a motion to amend the budget for the balance of the project in the amount of $21,650.00. Council Member Taunton made a second. Upon a vote, the motion passed unanimously.
Item 3: Council Member Wilson recommended Lee Burton to fill the vacancy on the Planning Commission. Council Member Hill made a motion to approve the recommendation, seconded by Council Member Carr. Upon a vote, the motion passed unanimously.
Item 4: Mayor Hammock stated that there was an issue that needed to be brought before the Board of Zoning Adjustment. The members on the Board are Jamelle Jelks, Bill Hall, Judy McCarty and Carolyn Smith and they need to be reappointed at this time. Upon a motion by Council Member Taunton and a second by Council Member Brown, Council Members voted unanimously to reappoint Jamelle Jelks, Bill Hall, Judy McCarty and Carolyn Smith to the Board of Zoning Adjustment.
Item 5: Building Inspector Andy Coker gave a status report on the old Hotel Talisi building located at 14 Sistrunk Street. He stated that ½ of the roof is off and the floors are braced. Once they remove the windows, the other company is scheduled to come in and cut the section out.
Item 6: Mayor’s Reports: Mayor Hammock made the following comments:
He expressed appreciation to the Tallassee Police Department for their efforts in catching the suspect involved in the Subway robbery.
The City will be off on July 4th and 5th for the Independence Day holiday.
Mayor Hammock presented a resolution for authorization to apply for funding assistance available under the Housing and Community Development Act through the CDBG program administered by ADECA. This grant is for $250,000 with a $25,000 match which has been budgeted for. The funds from this grant would be used to provide demolition of vacant and dilapidated structures. Council Member Taunton made a motion to adopt the resolution, seconded by Council Member Wilson. Upon a vote, the motion passed unanimously. Resolution #2019-618 adopted.
Mayor Hammock recommended that the Council meeting scheduled for July 9, 2019 be cancelled. There may not be a quorum due to being close to a holiday. Council Member Taunton made a
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motion that the July 9th Council meeting be cancelled, seconded by Council Member Hill. Upon a vote, the motion passed unanimously.
Mayor Hammock reported that the water tanks had been inspected. There is approximately $343,963 in the infrastructure account that could be used for paint and maintenance work on the water tanks.
In response to Council Member Wilson’s inquiry regarding communication from the school, Mayor Hammock replied that he had received a letter from Superintendent Wade Shipman just this afternoon. Mr. Shipman stated in the letter that he would share a scope of work and timeline as soon as the Board is certain that all reasonable project options have been thoroughly examined. Mayor Hammock reminded the Council that at the February 26, 2018 meeting that Mr. Shipman gave a presentation of a new school construction project including pictures and drawings.
Item 7: Council Reports: Council Members Taunton, Hill, Carr, Wilson, and Brown had no comments.
Council Member Stough reported that he had researched the mosquito spray issue and the possible hazard to one’s health. Council Member Wilson stated that this had come up last year and the Council agreed to continue spraying. Mayor Hammock stated that if they wanted to continue spraying then it should be everywhere in the city. It could get complicated to try to keep a list of where to spray and where not to. Council Members Taunton, Hill, Carr, Wilson and Brown were in agreement to continue spraying. Council Member Stough stated he opposed the spraying.
Item 8: There being no further business before the Council, upon a motion made by Council Member Hill and a second by Council Member Carr, all Council Members present voted to adjourn the meeting. The meeting adjourned at 6:29 p.m.
JOHN HAMMOCK, Mayor
BARBARA B. GARNETT, City Clerk