MINUTES OF A REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
OF THE MAYOR AND THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE
CITY OF TALLASSEE, ALABAMA
MAY 25, 2021
The Mayor and the City Council of the City of Tallassee, Alabama convened in regular session on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. at the Tallassee Municipal Complex. The meeting was called to order by Mayor Hammock and the following were recorded as present:
Mayor John Hammock
Council Members Jeremy Taunton
Fred Randall Hughey
John Smith was present as city attorney and Whitney Pitchford as secretary for the meeting.
Mayor Hammock presented the minutes of the council work session held on Tuesday, May 11, 2021. There were no additions or changes. Upon motion of Councilmember Taunton and second by Councilmember Brown, the minutes were approved by a unanimous vote.
Mayor Hammock presented the minutes of the regular council meeting held on Tuesday, May 11, 2021. There were no additions or changes. Upon motion of Councilmember Hall and second by Councilmember Godwin, the minutes were approved by a unanimous vote.
Item 1: Ruby Collier addressed the council concerned with parking on Dorman, saying that the road was constantly blocked by vehicles. Mrs. Collier also said there were several vehicles broken down on the road. Mayor Hammock said that he would get with code enforcement the next day and have them ride through there.
Item 2: Andreas Love was unable to attend the meeting due to treatments that he was receiving but had talked to Mayor Hammock before the meeting about SOAR Inc. using the pool this summer. Mayor Hammock said Mr. Love was upset that only one group was allowed to use the pool. Councilmember Taunton said that this was discussed in the last meeting and he did not want to discuss further. Councilmember Brown asked the City Attorney John Smith if there could be any litigation from this and John Smith said that he did not see any ramifications from this since the swim team was a city sponsored event.
Item 3: A Resolution for the Annual Municipal Water Pollution Prevention Report was discussed. Councilmember Godwin made a motion to adopt the Resolution, seconded by Councilmember Taunton. Upon a vote, the motion passed unanimously. Resolution 2021-673 was adopted.
Item 4: The contract for services with CDG was discussed. Councilmember Brown made a motion to approve the contract, seconded by Councilmember Carr. Upon a vote the motion passed unanimously.
Item 5: No action taken.
Item 6: Mayor Hammock reported on a number of additional items.
- John Goodman wants to cut about 40 acres at the Girls’ softball field to possibly make money. Council advised to call Seth Fillingham.
- Visioning workshop was a success.
- We received funding for two grants at a total of $128,000. We need to pay $25,800 of that for the match. These will be a generator for the Police station and a portable generator for sewer lift stations. Councilmember Hughey made a motion to suspend the rules seconded by Councilmember Godwin. Upon a roll call vote, the motion passed unanimously. Councilmember Hall made a motion to pay $25,800 for the grant match, seconded by Councilmember Hughey. Upon a vote, the motion passed unanimously.
- The playground at Funtastic Fort is dangerous and we need to look at replacing a large portion of it. Looking at around $20,000. Councilmember Taunton suggested that we also get some handicap accessible equipment.
- Sunday at 2PM we have the Deployment Ceremony for the 731st Combat Sustainment support battalion. It will be at the Tallassee High School Football Stadium.
- Memorial Day program Monday at 10am in Veteran’s Park.
- There are a lot of people that received a PPP loan that do not have businesses in town. This is fraud. Mayor Hammock will be cross referencing all businesses in the city limits and sending a business license bill to anyone without a license. If they don’t pay, then they can go to municipal court.
- Thursday May 27th at 10am is the Payne Park dedication
Item 7: Council Reports:
- Councilmember Taunton agreed with Mayor Hammock. The visioning workshop was a success. Congrats to the seniors! Great job!
- Councilmember Hill wanted to let everyone know that the minutes are available in the city clerk’s office, John Smith is the City attorney, and Jackson Thornton are the auditors. All of the city buildings need upgrades a lot more than the pool. The Mayor needs to work on actual issues. If you have a problem, come to the council meetings and/or discuss with your councilmember.
- Councilmember Hughey said that if you have any issues in his ward to come to him and he will discuss with the Mayor. Don’t go over his head.
Item 8: There being no further business before the council, and upon motion of Councilmember Hill and second of Councilmember Taunton, the council unanimously voted to adjourn the meeting at 6:30 p.m.
JOHN HAMMOCK, Mayor
WHITNEY PITCHFORD, City Clerk