MINUTES OF A REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
OF THE MAYOR AND THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE
CITY OF TALLASSEE, ALABAMA
FEBRUARY 8, 2022
The Mayor and the City Council of the City of Tallassee, Alabama convened in regular session on Tuesday, February 8, 2022 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, January 25, 2022. There were no additions or changes. Upon motion of Councilmember Taunton and second by Councilmember Carr, the minutes were approved by a unanimous vote.
Mayor Hammock presented the minutes of the regular council meeting held on Tuesday, January 25, 2022. There were no additions or changes. Upon motion of Councilmember Godwin and second by Councilmember Brown, the minutes were approved by a unanimous vote.
Item 1: Joe Whatley addressed the council requesting water/sewer hookups for 3 cabins located at 185 S Tallassee Drive. Mr. Whatley handed out information to the Mayor and Councilmembers. Mr. Whatley requested approval for a single meter to service all three cabins located at 185 S Tallassee Drive. He explained that these would be short term rentals and that no one would be permanently living there. Mayor Hammock said that if the council approved this, Mr. Whatley would have to upgrade to a 2-inch meter. Mayor and Councilmembers asked John Smith to get an agreement together to present at the next meeting.
Item 2: Jeff Harrison gave an update during the work session on projects and handed out a packet to Mayor and Councilmembers.
Item 3: Mike Gunn was not present to discuss farm land at the Airport. John Smith did suggest the if the Council decided to lease the land, to bid out the land to lease.
Item 4: Removed from agenda
Item 5: Mayor’s Reports:
- Mayor Hammock said there were blue prints to Herren Street and the owners wanted to turn 10 lots into 6 lots. This would allow the lots to be large enough to build houses on them. Councilmember Hall made a motion to approve the 10 lots to be turned into 6 lots, seconded by Councilmember Godwin. Upon a vote, the motion passed unanimously with Councilmember Hill abstaining from voting.
- There are 2 openings at the Filter Plant-starts out at $18—after passing the test, they are bumped up to $22.94.
- Rec Department is still leaking. Asked John Smith to send letter about warranty.
- Jackson Thornton is $195/hour for two accountants. For about $32,000 they will come for 2 weeks. They can come February 28th if the council approves. We will need to advertise for auditors.
- There have been several complaints about the library shutters not being painted. Johnny Darryl can paint the shutters in his down time for about $600. We got an estimate for someone else to paint the shutters and it would be around $7250. Council decided to go with Johnny Darryl painting the shutters white in his down time.
- Department head meeting Thursday at 8AM.
- February 21st is a City holiday.
Item 6: Council Reports:
- Councilmember Hill mentioned the $20,000 playground equipment that the council had approved last fiscal year. The city did not receive the bill until this new fiscal year. Councilmember Hill made a motion to suspend the rules, seconded by Councilmember Taunton. Upon a roll call vote, the motion passed unanimously. Councilmember Hill made a motion to add $20,000 to line item 512-5277 for the playground equipment, seconded by Councilmember Hall. Upon a vote, the motion passed unanimously. Councilmember Hill said there was money in the budget to pay for Jackson Thornton’s help. Councilmember Hill made a motion to accept Jackson Thornton’s help for 2 weeks, seconded by Councilmember Godwin. Upon a vote, the motion passed unanimously.
- Councilmember Carr said that Liz Britt was complaining about stray cats. They need cats traps in that area. There is trash on Pine Street, can we get the City to pick it up please.
- Councilmember Hall asked to put in a work order for Outer Drive—needs asphalt. Councilmember Hall made a motion for Laurie Rygiel to serve on the Personnel Board, seconded by Councilmember Brown. Upon a vote, the motion passed unanimously.
- Councilmember Hughey asked about the library repairs. Whitney Pitchford said they were still trying to get quotes. John Smith said if it was more than $15,000 we would have to bid it out.
Item 7: 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 6:34 p.m.
JOHN HAMMOCK, Mayor
WHITNEY PITCHFORD, City Clerk