2017-08-01 City Council Meeting

PRATTVILLE CITY COUNCIL
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
TUESDAY, August 1, 2017
6:03 P.M.

The Prattville City Council met in regular session on Tuesday, August 1, 2017, at 6:03 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: Showing esteem for others by doing the right thing at the right time.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Public Hearing and City Council Meeting July 18, 2017. Councilor Starnes 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, Prattville, suggested that any items expending funds be placed on the Regular Agenda to be read.

MAYOR’S REPORT:

Last week concluded the creekwalk concert series and Prattville’s “Way Off Broadway Theater” has wrapped up with a very successful production of Hairspray. Pool season will officially close this Saturday, after a full day of open swim. The splash pad will remain open through September 30th.

Consent Agenda Item # 3 will save the city valuable dollars over the next five years. Calling this debt on September 1, 2017 will reduce the City’s outstanding debt by $3,310,000 and save $320,307.50 in interest. This is a budgeted expense and the city has the cash available from the one cent sales tax increase reserves to call this bond.

Renovations to City Hall are currently taking place. The renovations will assist the Human Resources Department, City Clerk’s Office and Judicial Department with a more efficient and effective work environment.

School starts back next Wednesday, August 9th. The Mayor thanked all of the elected officials for the implementation of the sales tax free weekend.

“Wake Up and Smell the Coffee” will be held at the Doster Center this Sunday, August 20th. Deathtrap will begin September 7th and run through September 24th; the Special Events and Cultural Arts Department will have more information on these events.

The Mayor thanked all Partners of Prattville for coming together with their resources and assisting in his safe return of the child that went missing earlier in the week.

REPORT FROM COUNCIL ON SPECIAL COMMITTEES:

Councilors Cables reported on the Sanitation Committee meeting held July 31, 2017. The Sanitation Department has a need for a new side-arm truck. The new truck would likely be paid for from the FY2018 Budget. Public Works Director Dale Gandy proposed to purchase 11 loads of garbage cans.

Councilor Strichik reported that the Police and Fire Committees met on Friday, July 28, 2017, to discuss possible appointees to the 911 Board.

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-A PAGE 128

2. 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-A PAGE 129

3. RESOLUTION: To Authorize the Release of Funds to Call the 2009 General Obligation Refunding Warrants in the Amount of $3,310,000.00, plus Interest. (Sponsored By: Council President Striplin)

RESOLUTION BOOK 2017-A, PAGE 130

Council President Pro Tempore Brown made a motion to place items # 1-3 on a 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 Councilor Starnes 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 Release Funds for the Purchase of One (1) 2017 3/4-Ton Crew Cab 4WD Truck for the Public Works Department at a Cost of $30,751.50. (Sponsored By: Council President Striplin)

RESOLUTION BOOK 2017-A PAGE 131

Councilor Jackson made a motion to adopt the Resolution and Councilor Starnes seconded the motion. Council President Pro Tempore Brown made a motion to amend line 24 to read $30,751.50 instead of $30,751.00 and Councilor Starnes seconded the motion. Line 24 was amended (7-0). There being no further discussion, the amended Resolution was adopted with the following results:

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

2. RESOLUTION: To Release Funds for the Purchase of Two (2) 2017 3/4-Ton Crew Cab 4WD Trucks for the Wastewater Department at a Cost of $61,503.00. (Sponsored By: Council President Striplin)

RESOLUTION BOOK 2017-A PAGE 132

Councilor Starnes 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

3. RESOLUTION: To Release Funds for the Purchase of One (1) 2017 3/4-Ton Crew Cab 4WD Truck for the Urban Management Department at a Cost of $30,751.50. (Sponsored By: Councilor Boone)

RESOLUTION BOOK 2017-A PAGE 133

Councilor Boone made a motion to adopt the Resolution and Councilor Strichik 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

4. RESOLUTION: To Release Funds to Pierce Roofing, Inc. for Re-roofing the Administrative Building at the Pine Creek Treatment Plant at a Cost of $25,200.00. (Sponsored By: Council President Striplin)

RESOLUTION BOOK 2017-A PAGE 134

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

COMMENTS FROM PERSONS PRESENT:

Lloyd Biddle, 1403 Morning View Drive, Prattville, addressed the Council regarding several possible code violations in the Beacon Hills community. Mr. Biddle reported that David Bulger, a business owner, has been conducting commercial operations in the neighborhood. He stated that Mr. Bulger has been bringing large trucks in and out of the neighborhood causing unusual wear and the roads as well as a safety concern for children in the area. Mr. Biddle and several residents believe Mr. Bulger is in violation of the zoning and noise ordinances, and requested that the City attorney look into the matter. Councilor Starnes asked if there was another road Mr. Bulger could use for his business activities. Mr. Biddle replied, Mr. Bulger’s lot is landlocked, and proposed that Mr. Bulger begin the process to obtain the rights to an alternate route.

Amy Brabham, Economic Development Director, Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce gave a report on economic development activity in the City. In the last year, James Hardie building Products and a new trampoline park have announced their coming to Prattville. The old Dunn’s Florist building is being demolished, and Ellianos Coffee Company will be coming to that location. Since July of 2016 there has been 43 new business, 700 new jobs, and 270 million dollars in capital investment in the City of Prattville. 400 people have been trained through the Leadership program. Mrs. Brabham and her team have applied for an economic development grant for the road and bridge project, and hope to have an answer in the near future. In the last 3 years the City has seen 103 new businesses, 1,588 new jobs, and 680 million dollars in capital investments. Mrs. Brabham thanked the Mayor and Council for their confidence and assistance.

Council President Striplin thanked Mrs. Brabham for her leadership.

Jon Lee Finnegan, 211 Deer Trace, Prattville, concerning Consent Agenda Item #3, asked why the amount of interest was not included in the title. Council President Pro Tempore Striplin explained that the interest in said resolution title is not yet known since the final call date has not been finalized.

CLOSING COMMENTS:

Councilor Cables thanked Parks and Recreation Director Kellie Cook and Barbara Simpson for their work with the Creekside Concerts this year.

Councilor Strichik announced that the Meet the Lions event will be held at Stanley Jensen Stadium at 6:30 p.m. next Tuesday.

ADJOURN:

There being no further business to come before the council, Councilor Boone made a motion to adjourn and Councilor Starnes seconded the motion. The meeting adjourned (7-0) at 6:35 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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