MINUTES OF A REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
OF THE MAYOR AND THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE
CITY OF TALLASSEE, ALABAMA
SEPTEMBER 11, 2018
The Mayor and the City Council of the City of Tallassee, Alabama convened in regular session on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 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:
Joe Seawell Moore was present as city attorney and City Clerk Barbara Garnett was clerk for the meeting.
The minutes of the council work session held on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 were approved unanimously upon motion of Council Member Hill and a second by Council Member Brown. No changes were made to the minutes as drafted.
The minutes of the regular council meeting held on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 were approved unanimously upon motion of Council Member Taunton and a second by Council Member Hill. No changes were made to the minutes as drafted.
Item 1: Mayor Hammock recognized the Tallassee 14 & 15 Babe Ruth All Star Team for the outstanding performance and hard fought successful season. They won the state championship and represented Tallassee in the regional tournament in Andalusia, Alabama. Mayor Hammock presented the following team members with a certificate of commendation: Devan Lee, Brake Bonner, Jake Manning, Jacob Dantro, Conner Griffith, Josh Ward, Derrick Hooks, Clayton Grough, Jacob Ingram, Gabe Bryant, Ethan Stevenson, Marciano Smith and Zeb Carlton.
Item 2: Council Member Godwin presented the 2018-2019 calendar and asked that an extra day be approved for December 31″, for this year only, to give the employees more time with their family for the New Year holiday.
In presenting the 2018-2019 general budget, he stated that the projected revenues totaled $9.5 million and the projected expenditures totaled $9.He He asked council members to review the budget and that it would be on the agenda for the next regular council meeting. 1-leHe announced the work session would be at 4:45 p.m. to discuss any questions about the budget.
Item 3: Mayor Hammock presented a resolution authorizing execution of the construction agreement with the State of Alabama for the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) Project. Council Member Hill made a m#2018-592 the resolution be adopted, seconded by Council Member Carr. Upon a vote, the motion passed unanimously. Resolution 142018-592 was adopted.
Item 4: Mayor Hammock stated that the Community Library had a problem with the air condition unit. As explained in the work session, to replace the coils in the existing unit would cost approximately $4,000.00 and there would not be a warranty. It would cost approximately $10,500.00 to replace the unit that would come with a warrant. Council Member Stough made a motion to suspend the rules, seconded by Council Member Godwin. Upon a roll call vote, the following was recorded: Voting Yay — Council Members Taunton, Hill, Carr, Wilson, Brown, Godwin, Stough and Mayor Hammock. Council Member Hill made a motion to approve the expense contingent upon finding the funds in the 2018 budget. Council Member Godwin made a second. Upon a vote, the motion passed unanimously.
Item 5: Mayor Hammock stated that he would call the representative for A T & T to get more information. This will be on the agenda for the next council meeting.
Item 6: Mayor Hammock explained that the utility departments needed a mapping system to assist them with the location of lines. The approximate cost of this service is $186,000.00 Council Member Godwin stated that we need to find the funding and that this should be on the agenda for the next council meeting.
Item 7: Mayor Hammock reported an incident that had occurred at the football practice field involving the mosquito spray. This is the time of year when the spraying is discontinued and all council members are in agreement to continue the service next year. Mayor Hammock stated that he would do some research on the chemicals that are used.
Item 8: Mayor Hammock stated that 2 bids had been received for the refrigerator at city hall, one was for $20.00 and the other was for $45.00. Council Member made a motion to accept the $45.00 bid, seconded by Council Member Carr. Upon a vote, the motion passed unanimously.
Item 9: Mayor Hammock presented a proclamation proclaiming September 24, 2018 as Family Day and September 23 to September 29, 2018 as Family Week. Council Member Brown made a motion to approve the proclamation, seconded by Council Member Taunton. Upon a vote, the motion passed unanimously.
Item 10: Council Member Wilson made a motion for Halloween to be observed on October 31st from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., seconded by Council Member Taunton. Upon a vote, the motion passed unanimously.
Item 11: Mayor’s Reports: Mayor Hammock reported that Cheryl Henderson had requested the council appoint someone to serve on the Community Action Board. They meet every other month in Clanton, Alabama. 1-le had talked with 2 people who would be willing to serve on that Board, LD Bell and Andrus Love. Council Member Wilson made a motion to nominate and approve Andrus Love to serve on the Community Action Board. Council Member Godwin made a second. Upon a vote, the motion passed unanimously.
Mayor Hammock reported that the City had been awarded the TAP grant and expressed appreciation to the City Council for their support in applying for the TAP grant. The amount of the grant is $520,000.00 with a local match of $205,000.00.
Mayor Hammock stated that he had contacted someone to do an appraisal on the airport and Guest House properties.
Mayor Hammock announced that Tim Hilton will give a presentation on the “Broken Brain” on Thursday, October 18, 2018 at the Tallassee High School. This is a presentation on addiction. Bradford Health Services is paying the consultant fees.
Mayor Hammock announced the following meetings and dates that he will be attending:
There is a court hearing tomorrow concerning the owners of the east side mill trying to have the lawsuit dismissed.
Members of the last class of Leadership Elmore County will be distributing the hygiene products to the schools in Elmore County.
A meeting with Mr. Cooper at ALDOT on September 19, 2018 to discuss the TAP grant, concerns with the state highway, the paint flaking on the bridge, drainage issues and the speed of log trucks.
A meeting with Tim Wright with ALDOT on September 25, 2018. Council Members Hill and Wilson are scheduled to go also.
Item 12: Council Reports: Council Members Taunton, Carr, Wilson and Brown did not have any reports. Council Member Hill expressed appreciation to City Hall staff for their assistance with the grant work.
Council Member Godwin reported the effort to sell the Guest House and airport properties was moving forward. The walking trail property has to be cut out of the Guest House property.
Council Member Stough stated that when some people cut their grass along the street, they blow the grass clippings out in the street. This make the streets look bad and it could cause accidents especially for motorcycles. He expressed appreciation to the police officers and Chief Higgins for job well done.
Item 13: There being no further business before the Council, upon a motion made by Council Member Hill and a second by Council Member Taunton, the Council meeting adjourned at 6:32 p.m.