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2017-03-21 City Council Meeting

PRATTVILLE CITY COUNCIL
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
TUESDAY, MARCH 21, 2017
6:00 P.M.

The Prattville City Council met in regular session on Tuesday, March 21, 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 ENTHUSIASM: Expressing joy in each task as I give it my best effort.

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

COMMENTS FROM PERSONS PRESENT REGARDING TONIGHT’S AGENDA:

MAYOR’S REPORT:

City employees with 5 to 40 years of dedicated service were honored this afternoon. Mayor Gillespie thanked Council President Striplin for being present and assisting with that honor.

The latest production by Way Off Broadway Theatre, Brighton Beach Memoirs, will open on Thursday, March 23, 2017. Check the City’s website for details and to purchase tickets.

Prattville Girls’ Softball League will hold their opening day on Saturday, April 1, 2017, at 8:00 a.m. at Newton Park.

The Fountain City Arts Festival will be held at Pratt Park on Saturday, April 1, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Consent Agenda Item #6 is a Resolution to submit the Storm Water Management Program Plan to ADEM. Mayor Gillespie thanked everyone who worked on this project and unfunded mandate for their efforts.

The North Silver Hills Drainage Basin project is coming to closure. The Mayor thanked the Council for approving that project.

Council Agenda Item #3 is comparative to the North Silver Hills Drainage Basin project and is presented to Council in order to follow the requirements set forth by the Alabama Water Pollution Control Authority, setting the City’s obligation to pay, and in turn, receive partial principal forgiveness. The payment schedule does not begin until the next fiscal year. With passage of the Ordinance tonight, that expense will be included in the next year’s budget. The Woodvale Drainage Canal Restoration project is necessary - the roadside drainage is most affected and due to the natural erosion of the terrain, must be repaired to avoid compromising the road bed.

Mayor Gillespie noted that while these projects are not the shiny, bell-ringing, ribbon-cutting kind of political fanfare that is most enjoyed, they are vital to the health, safety, and well-being of our Partners of Prattville. The Mayor thanked the Council for making Prattville better one project at a time while stretching taxpayer dollars to their fullest.

REPORT FROM COUNCIL ON SPECIAL COMMITTEES: None

REPORT ON THE STATUS OF CITY FINANCES:

Finance Director Daniel Oakley presented the finance reports for February 2017. The General Fund Revenue report showed that year-to-date revenue was $17,332,710.89, an increase of 2.61% in comparison to the prior year.

The Tax Breakdown Comparison report showed revenue decrease of 10.52% in comparison to the prior year. This was caused by a timing difference of when sales and restaurant sales taxes were entered and deposited each year. A second Tax Breakdown Comparison for January & February Combined was included in the report. The combined report showed a slight increase of $5,171.65, or 0.11%, compared to the prior year.

The Expenses by Department report showed that with 41.67% of the budget year complete, overall expenses were at 38.01%.

The Wastewater Enterprise Fund Income Statement showed a net income of $78,663.61 for February 2017. Expenses were below budget as well.

The Sanitation Enterprise Fund Income Statement showed a net income of $5,176.81 for February 2017. Expenses were below budget as well.

The Judicial Special Revenue Fund Income Statement showed a net income of $9,005.78 for February 2017. Expenses were also well below budget.

The Bank Balances report showed a total cash balance of $25,643,466.28 as of February 28, 2017.

The City Wide Accounts Payable and Debt Balances report show total debt at $38,338,225.24 as of February 28, 2017.

Council President Striplin thanked Mr. Oakley for a good report.

Council President Striplin recognized several Boy Scouts in the audience. The Scouts introduced themselves and the badge they were working on.

CONSENT AGENDA:

1. RESOLUTION: To Surplus One (1) Mower and (1) Vehicle from the Police Department. (Sponsored By: Councilor Jackson)  RESOLUTION BOOK 2017, PAGE 048

2. RESOLUTION: To Surplus One (1) Vehicle from the Facilities Maintenance Department. (Sponsored By: Councilor Jackson)  RESOLUTION BOOK 2017, PAGE 049

3. RESOLUTION: To Surplus Mobile Devices from the Information Technology Department. (Sponsored By: Councilor Strichik)  RESOLUTION BOOK 2017, PAGE 050

4. RESOLUTION: To Appoint Kim Lamar Miers to the Autauga-Prattville Public Library Board. (Sponsored By: Council President Striplin)  RESOLUTION BOOK 2017, PAGE 051

5. RESOLUTION: To Authorize the Mayor to Execute an Agreement Concerning a Metropolitan Transportation Planning Process for the Montgomery Urbanized Area. (Sponsored By: Council President Pro Tempore Brown)  RESOLUTION BOOK 2017, PAGE 052

6. RESOLUTION: To Authorize the Mayor to Submit the Storm Water Management Program Plan (SWMPP) to the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM). (Sponsored By: Council President Striplin)  RESOLUTION BOOK 2017, PAGE 053

7. RESOLUTION: To Oppose the Adoption of Senate Bill 31 (House Bill 58) by the Alabama Legislature. (Sponsored By: Council President Striplin)  RESOLUTION BOOK 2017, PAGE 054

Councilor Strichik made a motion to place Items #1-7 on the consent agenda and Councilor Cables seconded the motion. The items were placed on a Consent Agenda (7-0). Councilor Boone made a motion to adopt the Consent Agenda and Council President Pro Tempore Brown 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 Release Funds for the Purchase of Two (2) Toro Sand Pro 3040 Drag Machines and Two (2) Toro Z Master 25HP Kubota Diesel Mowers through the National IPA Purchasing Cooperative from Jerry Pate Turf & Irrigation for the Parks & Recreation Department at a Total Cost of $72,238.41. (Sponsored By: Councilor Boone)  RESOLUTION BOOK 2017, PAGE 055

Councilor Boone made a motion to adopt the Resolution and Councilor Starnes seconded the motion. Councilor Strichik asked if the drag machines will be used in particular park. Parks & Recreation Director Kellie Cook responded they would be used for both softball and baseball. There being no further 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 Release Funds for the Purchase of Six (6) MSA M7XT SCBA 4500 Air Packs with Spare Cylinders through H-GAC Purchasing Cooperative from Sunbelt Fire for the Fire Department at a Cost Not to Exceed $32,028.00. (Sponsored By: Councilor Strichik)  RESOLUTION BOOK 2017, PAGE 056

Councilor Strichik 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  

3. ORDINANCE: To Authorize the Issuance of a $240,000.00 General Obligation Warrant, Series 2017-CWSRF-DL (Partial Principal Forgiveness) for the Woodvale Drainage Canal Restoration Project. (Sponsored By: Council President Striplin)  ORDINANCE BOOK 2017, PAGE 005

Councilor Cables made a motion to adopt the Ordinance and Council President Pro Tempore Brown seconded the motion. By point of order, the council rules must be suspended if immediate action is to be considered. Councilor Boone made a motion to suspend the rules and Councilor Strichik seconded the motion. The rules were suspended (7-0). There being no discussion, the Ordinance was adopted with the following results:

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

COMMENTS FROM PERSONS PRESENT:

Gene Hall stated he was glad to hear a great report on the City’s financial situation. Mr. Hall expressed concern regarding illegal banners and regarding a basketball goal on the curb in his neighborhood.

Jon Lee Finnegan, 211 Deer Trace, addressed the Council regarding a previous request to amend Section 66-421 Collection and Disposal Service in Areas Designated to Use an Approved Container. Section 3 reads “containers may be placed for pickup only on the day scheduled for pickup and containers must be in place by 7:00 a.m. All containers must be removed from the street by the end of the scheduled pickup day.” Ms. Finnegan noted that at the bridge, blue containers had been left out for a week. Ms. Finnegan had presented the previous administration with a copy of an El Paso, Texas ordinance for review. She encouraged the Council to amend the code to include strong enforcement.

Bob and C. J. Martin addressed the Council regarding the moving of the Cook-Wainwright house. The porch of the house has been removed and the only the two original rooms of the house will be moved. The contracted house mover has 35 years of experience.

Council President Striplin noted that the information requested by the City to ensure that the truck is able to make the turns in the downtown area should be simple for the mover to provide, including the length of truck and turning radius of truck. The City needs definitive answer to these questions. Mr. Martin replied that the mover may be able to use a smaller truck now that the size of the house has been reduced to the original two rooms.

Councilor Strichik asked Mr. and Mrs. Martin how they plan to use the facility and if Dr. Tom Miller, the new property owner, had given a deadline to have the house moved. Mr. Martin replied they plan to renovate and save the pre-Civil War structure. Mr. Martin also replied that Mr. Miller has been very accommodating and may want to salvage the first and second additions to the structure.

CLOSING COMMENTS:

Mayor Gillespie recognized the Prattville-Autauga Library Director Lindsey Milam and Assistant Director Stevie Sowell in the audience. The Mayor also recognized Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Director Amy Brabham in the audience.

Council President Striplin noted that it was an honor to participate in the recognition of years of service for City employees.

ADJOURN:

There being no further business to come before the council, Councilor Boone made a motion to adjourn and Councilor Cables seconded the motion. The meeting adjourned (7-0) at 6:41 p.m.

APPROVED:

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Cathy Dickerson
City Clerk

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Albert Striplin, President
Prattville City Council



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