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PRATTVILLE CITY COUNCIL
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
TUESDAY, JULY 18, 2017
6:01 P.M.

The Prattville City Council met in regular session on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at 6:01 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 COURAGE: Overcoming fear by saying and doing what is right.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Public Hearing and City Council Meeting July 6, 2017.
Councilor Boone 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:

Jon Lee Finnegan, 211 Deer Trace, acknowledged the end of Dr. Gerald Cimis’ term on the Board of Zoning Adjustment and expressed appreciation for the experience and knowledge he brought to the board. Ms. Finnegan noted that over the last two months, the Council has approved over $3 million in projects and $33 million for the Wastewater plant expansion project.

MAYOR’S REPORT:

Mayor Gillespie and Police Chief Mark Thompson congratulated newly promoted Corporal Ariel Gainey, presented newly certified Officer Devin Jackson, and welcomed newly hired Officer Jacob Jinright to the department.

Mayor Gillespie presented Parks and Recreation Director Kellie Cook a proclamation honoring July as Parks and Recreation Month.

The agenda contains a variety of items to help people be good neighbors by addressing weeded lots, appointing board members, general housekeeping and moving projects forward.

Code Enforcement officers will begin regularly scheduled Saturday rotations in August. Most Saturdays will have a Code Enforcement officer on the job covering everything from weeded lots to business licenses, animal control, and more.

Founder’s Day will be Thursday, July 20, 2017, with the wreath laying ceremony in the Pratt Cemetery at 9:00 a.m.

Consent Agenda Resolution #1 is in recognition of a person who dedicated his life to serving our community through sports. This was just one of the numerous ways he chose to repay his civic rent. The Mayor also had a Commendation to present to the family and expressed that he hoped this would bring as much joy and goodwill as George Howell did on the soccer fields of Prattville and in his life.

The Prattville community consists of seven districts spanning over two counties, with approximately 35,000-38,000+ residents helping support businesses, large and small, which equates to over 2,000 business licenses. One of the Governing Counties requested State authorization to offer, not mandate, extended sales of alcohol. The Act allows their governing body and each municipality within the county, the right to choose this option for their constituents and businesses. Our nearby communities to the east of us will have an advantage with Act No. 2017-271 beginning August 1, 2017. Some of the business owners will be able to provide more sales which would clearly generate more for their communities.

Agenda Item #2 will keep some of our businesses in the eastern portion of Prattville on a level playing field and permit them to continue competing with businesses just outside the City’s corporate limits. While this is not the ideal situation, it is an option. With that said, no matter however this Council proceeds, the administration will administer the ordinance and keep Prattville moving forward.

REPORT FROM COUNCIL ON SPECIAL COMMITTEES:

None

REPORT ON THE STATUS OF CITY FINANCES: 

Finance Director Daniel Oakley presented the finance reports for June 2017. The General Fund Revenue report showed that year-to-date revenue was $27,615,354.64, a slight increase of 0.36% in comparison to the prior year.

The Tax Breakdown Comparison report showed tax revenue had a slight decrease of 0.46% in comparison to the prior year.

The Expenses by Department report showed expenses tracking well. With 75% of the budget year complete, overall expenses were at 62.53%.

The Wastewater Enterprise Fund Income Statement showed a net income of $200,014.22 for June 2017. Expenses were well below budget.

The Sanitation Enterprise Fund Income Statement showed a net income of $42,179.08 for June 2017. Expenses were in line with the budget.

The Judicial Special Revenue Fund Income Statement showed a net loss of ($7,254.37) for June 2017. Expenses were below budget.

The Gas Tax Special Revenue Fund Income Statement, presented quarterly for April – June 2017, showed revenue above budget. Most major projects were not yet underway.

The Capital Projects Fund Income Statement, presented quarterly for April – June 2017, showed that lodging fee revenue is over budget. Some projects are complete. Other projects are underway, including the Public Works building and Mac Gray Park improvements.

The Group Health Fund Income Statement is struggling and has been subsidized $579,000.00 year-to-date, which averages to $64,000.00 per month.

The Bank Balances report showed a total cash balance of $25,715,661.71 as of June 30, 2017.

The City Wide Accounts Payable and Debt Balances report show total debt at $38,234,681.38 as of June 30, 2017.

CONSENT AGENDA:

1. RESOLUTION: To Authorize the Mayor to have Various Weeded Lots Abated per Title 11, Chapter 67 of the Code of Alabama, 1975, as Amended. (Sponsored By: Councilor Starnes)
RESOLUTION BOOK 2017, PAGE 119

2. RESOLUTION: To Surplus Various Equipment from the Police Department. (Sponsored By: Councilor Starnes)
RESOLUTION BOOK 2017, PAGE 120

3. RESOLUTION: To Appoint Mike Temple to the Board of Zoning Adjustment. (Sponsored By: Council President Striplin)
RESOLUTION BOOK 2017, PAGE 121

4. RESOLUTION: To Re-Appoint James E. Miles to the Board of Zoning Adjustment. (Sponsored By: Councilor Starnes)
RESOLUTION BOOK 2017, PAGE 122

5. RESOLUTION: To Re-Appoint Jerry Schannep to the Board of Zoning Adjustment. (Sponsored By: Councilor Starnes)
RESOLUTION BOOK 2017, PAGE 123

6. RESOLUTION:To Re-Appoint Neal Parker as an Alternate Member to the Board of Zoning Adjustment. (Sponsored By: Councilor Strichik)
RESOLUTION BOOK 2017, PAGE 124

Council President Pro Tempore Brown made a motion to place Item #’s 1-6 on a Consent Agenda and Councilor Starnes seconded the motion. The items were placed on a Consent Agenda (#1-6). Councilor Boone made a motion to adopt the Consent Agenda and Councilor Cables seconded the motion. There being no discussion, the Consent Agenda was adopted with the following results:

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

AGENDA:

1. RESOLUTION: To Name the Soccer Fields Located at Upper Kingston Park as the “George Howell Soccer Fields”. (Sponsored By: Councilor Strichik)
RESOLUTION 2017, PAGE 125

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

Mayor Gillespie presented a Commendation honoring the life of the Honorable George Harper Howell to the Howell family.

Megan Howell Anderson and Mrs. Dottie Howell expressed heart-felt gratitude and appreciation for this honor.

2. ORDINANCE: To Amend City of Prattville Code of Ordinances, Chapter 6 – Alcoholic Beverages, to Authorize and Regulate the Sunday Sale of Alcoholic Beverages by Properly Licensed Retail Licensees of the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board Serving the General Public in the Elmore County Portion of the City of Prattville Corporate Limits. (Sponsored By: Councilor Starnes)
ORDINANCE BOOK 2017, PAGE 012

Councilor Starnes made a motion to adopt the Ordinance and Councilor Cables seconded the motion. By point of order, the council rules must be suspended if immediate action is to be considered. Council President Pro Tempore Brown 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, STARNES, CABLES, STRICHIK 4
NAYS : STRIPLIN 1
ABSTAINED : BROWN, BOONE 2
ABSENT : NONE

3. ORDINANCE: TTo Surplus Property Located Within the Boundaries of the West Industrial Park to the Prattville Industrial Development Board. (Sponsored By: Council President Striplin)
ORDINANCE BOOK 2017, PAGE 013

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

4. RESOLUTION: To Amend to FY2017 Budget and to Authorize the Mayor to Enter into an Agreement with Sain Associates, Inc. to Provide Additional Engineering Services for the Road and Bridge Project in the South Industrial Park in an Amount not to Exceed $47,300.00. (Sponsored By: Council President Striplin)
RESOLUTION BOOK 2017, PAGE 126

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

5. RESOLUTION: To Amend the FY2017 Budget and to Authorize the Mayor to Enter into an Agreement with Sain Associates, Inc. to Provide Engineering Services for Construction of an Industrial Access Road in the South Industrial Park in an Amount Not to Exceed $301,613.00. (Sponsored By: Council President Striplin)
RESOLUTION BOOK 2017, PAGE 127

Council President Pro Tempore Brown 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 : STRIPLIN, JACKSON, BROWN, STARNES, CABLES, STRICHIK, BOONE 7
NAYS : NONE 0
ABSTAINED : NONE 0
ABSENT : NONE

COMMENTS FROM PERSONS PRESENT:

Jon Lee Finnegan, 211 Deer Trace, thanked the City for having the draft agenda packets posted on the website and asked if the meetings will be videoed.

CLOSING COMMENTS:

Mayor Gillespie recognized Autauga County Commissioner Larry Stoudemire in the audience.

ADJOURN:

There being no further business to come before the council, Councilor Starnes made a motion to adjourn and Councilor Strichik seconded the motion. The meeting adjourned (7-0) at 6:43 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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