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[WATCH] Sylacauga City Council convenes for first June meeting


SYLACAUGA, Ala. – The Sylacauga City Council met Tuesday night, June 7, at 6:00 p.m with a work session prior to the meeting at 5:00 p.m.

At the meeting, the council set a number of public hearings for both annexation and zoning requests as well as abatement of nuisance properties.

The following addresses will be considered for annexation and zoning requests after July 19, 2022:

5415 Old Sylacauga Hwy
5095 Old Sylacauga Hwy
448 Arco Dairy Rd.
930 Oldfield Rd.

Also, the following properties will have public hearing held for abatement of nuisance consideration after July 7, 2022:

1503 Fairmont Rd.
100 E 8th St.
108 E 8th St.
811 N Main Ave.
809 N Main Ave.
807 N Main Ave.
805 N Main Ave.

The council also accepted the proposition of holding a public hearing for an annexation and zoning request from Ashley Cabaniss for a property located on Coaling Rd. from MX-2 to B-2 to accommodate mini warehouses and expansion of the existing business.

Other agenda items addressed at the meeting:

The city council accepted the recommendation of Mayor Jim Heigl to approve the following job description for the Building Services Department:  Administrative Secretary I.

The council authorized an agreement with East Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission for the Section 5311 Non-urbanized Area Public Transportation Program during FY23 as well as authorized matching funds for program.

They authorized an agreement with EEFS Company, PC to perform Phase I of the Sylacauga Drainage Improvements Project, to include Pipe Video of three identified locations per quote dated Nov. 29, 2021, in the amount of $10,000.

Also, the council authorized entering into a month-to-month lease with State of Alabama Department of Revenue for office space located at 203 W 4th St., Suite 104.

The city council approved the purchase of a 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe, serial number 1GNSK2E07CR297038 from ALFA for $3,300. (Council authorized vehicle repairs on May 17, 2022).

The council authorized a request from Street Superintendent Reed Calfee to purchase materials from Conn Equipment Rental Co. in the amount of $1,650 to repair drainage ditch on N Main Ave. that collapsed due to flooding. The funding comes from American Rescue Funds.

Additionally, the council authorized the request from Mayor Heigl to approve the following job descriptions of the Administrative and Finance Department: City Clerk, Accounting Manager, Accounting Specialist, Accounting Clerk III, Business License Clerk, and Building Maintenance Technician.

The city council accepted a recommendation from Mayor Heigl to approve a new job description for Magistrate for the Municipal Court and to reclassify the Magistrate position from AO-2 to AO-4.

They also authorized a request from Mayor Heigl to rescind action of the Feb. 24, 2021 meeting that reestablished the pay grade AO-10 for the Director of Code Enforcement position.

The council reappointed Kay Jennings to the Airport Board for a six-year term that was due to expire on Aug. 14, 2022 as well as nominated and appointed Edward Gasper to the Airport Board.

The council refunded an overpayment of 2022 business license fees to Dish Network, LLC in the amount of $15.96.

They authorized payment of pass-through grant funds from State of Alabama to Sylacauga Airport Authority for CARES Act Grant #3-01-0068-027-2022 in the amount of $32,000.

The city council approved an educational pay raise of one step for Accounting Clerk III Nicole Brown for completion of an Associate of Science degree in Business from Jefferson State Community College.

The city council approved travel and training expenses for Street Superintendent Reed Calfee and Street Administrator Secretary Alyssa Womack to attend the American Society of Civil Engineers/American Public Works Association’s annual conference in Orange Beach. Registration fee of $375 per employee; additional expenses for lodging, meals, and fuel/mileage will be incurred. Estimated expenses for Calfee are $1,783.61, and for Womack are $1,837.61.

The council approved travel and training expenses for HR Specialist Jayne McGee and Accounting Clerk Sandy Sorensen to attend the AAPPA 2022 Annual Conference and Problem Solving Forum in Huntsville, July 19-22, 2022. Registration fee of $250 for conference and $180 for Problem Solving forum per employee. Additional expenses for lodging and meals will be incurred. Employees will carpool. Estimated expenses for McGee of $1,001.05; estimated expenses for Sorensen are $1,170.70 (includes mileage).

They approved travel and training expenses for PD Lt. Willis Whatley and Lt. Renea Cummings to attend CLEEP training – ‘Community Policing’ on June 9 and ‘When Good Cops Go Bad’ on June 10 in Ft. Payne. Registration fee of $99 per course per employee; additional expenses for lodging, meals, and fuel will be incurred. Employees will carpool in a city-provided vehicle. Total estimated expenses for Whatley are $560.44; for Cummings, $428.94.

Also, they approved travel and training expenses for PD Investigator Ben Layton to attend the Glock Armorer Course in Vestavia Hills, August 30, 2022. Registration fee of $250; no additional expenses will be incurred other than use of a city-provided vehicle. Total estimated expenses for Layton are $250.

The council accepted the accounts payable received to date for May in the amount of $216,254.07.

The next city council meeting is set for June 21, 2022, at 6:00 p.m.


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