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2017-02-07 City Council Meeting

PRATTVILLE CITY COUNCIL
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2017
6:00 P.M.

The Prattville City Council met in regular session on Tuesday, February 7, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall. After the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag, Council President Striplin gave the invocation. Roll was called and all Councilors were present.

THE CHARACTER TRAIT OF THE MONTH IS TOLERANCE: Realizing that everyone is at varying levels of character development.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: City Council Meeting January 17, 2017
Councilor Starnes made a motion to adopt the minutes and Council President Pro Tempore Brown seconded the motion. With no discussion, the minutes were adopted (7-0).

COMMENTS FROM PERSONS PRESENT REGARDING TONIGHT’S AGENDA:
None

MAYOR’S REPORT:
The Mayor was granted a Point of Privilege to recognize Fire Chief Terry Brown on being announced Fire Chief of the Year by the Alabama Association of Fire Chiefs. Chief Brown began his career in 1987, moving up through the ranks until appointed as Prattville Fire Chief in September 2012. He has served on multiple boards and inspired others to take leadership roles on these boards and committees. On February 9th, Chief Brown will celebrate 30 years of service with Prattville Fire Department. Chief Brown stated that he was honored and that a good leader is a reflection of having a great department and people. He thanked the Council and Mayor for providing the Fire Department with the tools and talent needed to be successful.

Opening night for Way Off Broadway Theatre’s performance of To Kill A Mockingbird is this Thursday evening.

Prattville will celebrate Mardi Gras on Saturday, February 11th. Festivities begin in downtown at 11:00 a.m. and the parade begins at 2:00 p.m.

Prattville is participating in the State Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday weekend, which is February 24th-26th.

The Mayor commended the Parks & Recreation Committee and the Council, along with the previous Council body, who helped create a revenue stream and the management thereof, which continues to be beneficial not only to the citizens, but also to PJHS students and programs, hotel owners, shops and eateries. The Council has the opportunity to authorize the completion of Phase I of this very important improvement to Parks and Recreation programs and the quality of life of its residents. Phase II should be coming on the heels of the completion of Phase I, due to the good stewardship of lodging fee funds.

REPORT FROM COUNCIL ON SPECIAL COMMITTEES:
Councilor Strichik reported that the Fire Committee met on January 27, 2017 to discuss a five year strategic plan, the need for additional vehicles and personnel for the Fire Department, the upcoming Fire Collage which the City will host, and the addition of a new Fire Station number 4 on Old Ridge Road.

Council President Striplin reported that the Wastewater Committee met on January 25, 2017.

Two years ago the Finance Director recommended that the City go to the Bond Market and borrow all of the funds for Phase I of the Pine Creek up-grade at one time. At that time it was thought that the construction period would likely span 24 to 36 months, meaning there would likely be 4 to 6 semi-annual bond payments; even though the pricing model for Wastewater services would not be fully implemented until after the construction is projected to be complete.

Since the initiation of the project interest rates have increased and bids for other City related construction projects have been exceeding engineering projections.

This project also includes a portion of “Green” construction. A specific financing entity allows for a percentage of debt forgiveness on “Green: projects if their financing services are utilized.

With these changing events the wastewater committee feels the need for professional assistance to execute the fiduciary responsibility concerning the financing of this project.

Mr. Rush and Mr. Chris Williams of Rice Advisory, LLC were present to inform the Committee of their services. Mr. Rush and Mr. Williams suggested that depending on current market interest rates, there may be other cost effective options than borrowing all of the funds at one time.

CONSENT AGENDA

1. RESOLUTION: To Appoint Jerry Crosby as a Member of the Board of Zoning Adjustment. (Sponsored By: Councilor Cables)  RESOLUTION BOOK 2017, PAGE 013

2. RESOLUTION: To Appoint Neal Parker as a Supernumerary Member of the Board of Zoning Adjustment. (Sponsored By: Councilor Strichik)  RESOLUTION BOOK 2017, PAGE 014

3. RESOLUTION: To Re-Appoint Leo Jamieson as a Member of the Board of Zoning Adjustment. (Sponsored By: Council President Pro Tempore Brown)  RESOLUTION BOOK 2017, PAGE 015

4. RESOLUTION: To Re-Appoint Michael Whaley as a Supernumerary Member of the Board of Zoning Adjustment. (Sponsored By: Councilor Cables)  RESOLUTION BOOK 2017, PAGE 016

5. RESOLUTION: To Reject All Bids for Bid No. 016-018A for Additions and Improvements to Mac Gray Park. (Sponsored By: Councilor Boone)  RESOLUTION BOOK 2017, PAGE 017

6. RESOLUTION: To Declare Various Weeded Lots to be a Public Nuisance, Order Their Abatement and Set a Public Hearing per Title 11, Chapter 67 of the Code of Alabama, 1975, as Amended. (Sponsored By: Councilor Starnes)  RESOLUTION BOOK 2017, PAGE 018

7. RESOLUTION: To Surplus One (1) Boat, Motor and Trailer from the Fire Department. (Sponsored By: Councilor Strichik)  RESOLUTION BOOK 2017, PAGE 019

8. RESOLUTION: To Surplus One (1) Vehicle from the Police Department. (Sponsored By: Councilor Starnes)  RESOLUTION BOOK 2017, PAGE 020

Council President Pro Tempore Brown made a motion to place Items #1-8 on a Consent Agenda and Councilor Cables seconded the motion. The items were placed on a Consent Agenda (7-0). Councilor Starnes made a motion to adopt the Consent Agenda and Councilor Strichik seconded the motion. There being no discussion the Consent Agenda was adopted with the following results:

AYES: JACKSON, BROWN, STARNES, STRIPLIN, CABLES, STRICHIK, BOONE 7
NAYS: NONE 0
ABSTAINED: NONE 0
ABSENT: NONE  

AGENDA

1. RESOLUTION: To Amend the FY2017 Budget and To Enter into a Contract for Additions and Improvements to Mac Gray Park to Clement Contracting Group, Inc. for the Parks and Recreation Department at a Cost Not to Exceed $803,538.00. (Sponsored By: Councilor Boone)  RESOLUTION BOOK 2017, PAGE 021

Councilor Boone made a motion to adopt the Resolution and Councilor Starnes seconded the motion. There being no discussion, the Resolution was adopted with the following results:

AYES: JACKSON, BROWN, STARNES, STRIPLIN, CABLES, STRICHIK, BOONE 7
NAYS: NONE 0
ABSTAINED: NONE 0
ABSENT: NONE  

2. RESOLUTION: To Amend the FY2017 Budget and To Release Funds for the Purchase of Six (6) “Light Structure Green System” Lights through the NJPA Purchasing Cooperative from Musco Sports Lighting, LLC for the Mac Gray Park Improvement Project for the Parks and Recreation Department at a Cost of $107,100.00. (Sponsored By: Councilor Boone)  RESOLUTION BOOK 2017, PAGE 022

Councilor Boone made a motion to adopt the Resolution and Councilor Cables seconded the motion. There being no discussion, the Resolution was adopted with the following results:

AYES: JACKSON, BROWN, STARNES, STRIPLIN, CABLES, STRICHIK, BOONE 7
NAYS: NONE 0
ABSTAINED: NONE 0
ABSENT: NONE  

3. RESOLUTION: To Authorize the Mayor to Enter into a Professional Services Agreement with Rice Advisory, LLC for Financial Advisory Services for Phase 1 of the Pine Creek and Autauga Creek Clean Water Facilities Expansion and Improvement Project. (Sponsored By: Council President Striplin)  RESOLUTION BOOK 2017, PAGE 023

Council President Pro Tempore Brown made a motion to adopt the Resolution and Councilor Cables seconded the motion. There being no discussion, the Resolution was adopted with the following results:

AYES: JACKSON, BROWN, STARNES, STRIPLIN, CABLES, STRICHIK, BOONE 7
NAYS: NONE 0
ABSTAINED: NONE 0
ABSENT: NONE  

4. RESOLUTION: To Authorize the Mayor to Sign an Engagement Letter for Agreed Upon Procedures with Warren Averett at a Cost Not to Exceed $16,000.00. (Sponsored By: Council President Striplin)  RESOLUTION BOOK 2017, PAGE 024

Councilor Strichik made a motion to adopt the Resolution and Council President Pro Tempore Brown seconded the motion. There being no discussion, the Resolution was adopted with the following results:

AYES: JACKSON, BROWN, STARNES, STRIPLIN, CABLES, STRICHIK, BOONE 7
NAYS: NONE 0
ABSTAINED: NONE 0
ABSENT: NONE  

5. RESOLUTION: To Set a Public Hearing to Rezone Property Located at Rice Park Circle from FAR (Forest, Agriculture, and Recreation) toT-2, (Mobile Home Parking Area). (Sponsored By: Council President Striplin)  RESOLUTION BOOK 2017, PAGE 025

Councilor Cables made a motion to adopt the Resolution and Councilor Boone seconded the motion. There being no discussion, the Resolution was adopted with the following results:

AYES: JACKSON, BROWN, STARNES, STRIPLIN, CABLES, STRICHIK, BOONE 7
NAYS: NONE 0
ABSTAINED: NONE 0
ABSENT: NONE  

Councilor Cables introduced the Ordinance written in Resolution Book 2017, Page 025. Council Cables made a motion to hold the Ordinance and Councilor Strichik seconded the motion. The Ordinance was held until March 7, 2017.

COMMENTS FROM PERSONS PRESENT:
C.J. and Bob Martin addressed the Council regarding the relocation of the Cook Wainright House. This home was built in 1857 by a man named James Wainwright. He married Daniel Pratt’s niece. The Historic Preservation Commission voted to demolish the Cook-Wainwright House, however, the owner gave the Martins the opportunity to have the home moved instead of destroyed. The Martins only intend to move the front of the home, which includes the first three rooms because that is the only part of the home built of the original durable materials.

The company the Martins plan to hire to move the home told them it would take just a few hours to load up the house and then 15 minutes to transport it 587 yards behind the courthouse. The route they wish to takes crosses it a bridge that is prohibited by City Ordinance for that use.

The Martins had an expert evaluate the bridge and passed the findings to the City.

The Martin’s requested that the City work with them to allow them to move the house over said bridge.

Council President Striplin informed the Martin’s that members of Street Committee are in the process of gathering and reviewing information before making a recommendation to the Council. The Council hopes to send a letter to the Martin’s by the end of the week outlining any concerns.

Council President Striplin announced that the Council needed to enter Executive Session to discuss economic development. City Attorney David McDowell had provided the City Clerk with a letter of explanation for the Executive Session. That letter is made part of the official record.

Councilor Starnes made a motion to enter into Executive Session and Council President Pro Tempore Brown seconded the motion. With a vote of (7-0), the Council entered Executive Session at 6:38 p.m. Council President Striplin announced that the Council would return to adjourn.

The Council exited the Executive Session and reconvened the Regular Session at 6:56 p.m.

ADJOURN:

There being no further business to come before the council, Council President Pro Tempore Brown made a motion to adjourn and Councilor Starnes seconded the motion. The meeting adjourned (7-0) at 6:57 p.m.

APPROVED:

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Cathy Dickerson
City Clerk

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Albert Striplin, President
Prattville City Council

SUBMITTED BY:

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Jamie Ferrari
Assistant City Clerk

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