By Toni Stuaffer
The City Council met on Feb. 5 in regular session. In addition to denying Nick Cox’s request to keep his basketball goal, the council received findings from Brian Rutledge of Robinson, Grimes and Co., P.C., which does the independent audit of the City’s finances. For anyone curious about the actual numbers, the full audit is posted on the City’s website. General funds were up $1.1 million and sales tax revenues were also up. Internal control findings were nonexistent, which means there were no unusual findings. “This is something that we can be proud of,” Councilman Day said.
Under Building, a resolution to reject all bids received for the demolition of a structure at 1001 4th Street South was approved. The owner decided to rehabilitate the structure.
In Engineering and Public Works, two resolutions were passed to renew bids with Robinson Paving for Hot Mix Asphalt Paving and Roadway improvements. Bid numbers E17-01 and 02. Also, a resolution to declare some personal items as surplus.
Under Parks and Recreation, a resolution to authorize an agreement with U.S. Kids Golf Foundation was approved. A kid’s golf tournament will be held at Lakewood golf course on March 16. And a resolution to enter in agreement with Babe Ruth League, Inc., for the 2019 Cal Ripken 10-year-old World Series baseball tournament passed, not to exceed $50,000.00. The economic return is much higher than the initial cost.
Under the police department, a 2016 Ford Explorer, which met an unfortunate end when a citizen crashed into it, was declared as surplus to ALFA Insurance Company. Also, a 2008 Crown Victoria needed retiring and was also declared as surplus.
In a public hearing and second reading, 11.7 acres located at 21st Court, 21st Avenue, and 20th Avenue were approved to be rezoned to R-3 status. In a first reading, two ordinances were passed—to amend sections 4.06 and 9.01 of the Merit System Rules and Regulations of the City.
The following resolutions were passed under administration:
• renewal of the City’s tax structure, which will begin Oct. 1.
• leasing of 1208 8th Avenue to the American Red Cross for 24 months.
• contract with the East Alabama Chamber of Commerce not to exceed $35,000.00. Steve Smith said the Council is happy with their relationship with Dennis Beson, Chamber president and CEO.
• contract with Scenic Properties, LLC., for lobbyist services not to exceed $17,500.00 annually.
• acceptance of audit
• Right-of-way acquisition from Larry and Loretta Wood for $5,000.
• Condemnation of Tract No. 3 in right-of-way acquisition for Opelika Road bridge replacement.
• A change order for the Central Activity Center in the amount of $4,760.00 to repair and paint an additional 2,720 square feet where A/C units were replaced. Also, a separate resolution to contract with Bone Hardwood Flooring, LLC to repair and refinish the Center’s floors, not to exceed $18,987.50. The new projected finishing date for the Center is now March 1.