PHOTO: The Rainsville City Council as they begin their meeting on Monday. (Marla Jones | Southern Torch)
By Marla Jones, Reporter
RAINSVILLE, Ala. — The Rainsville City Council met for a regularly scheduled meeting Monday.
The meeting was called to order by Mayor Rodger Lingerfelt with all council members being in attendance. Council Member Derek Rosson made the motion, and it was approved for the reappointment for the following positions: Faye Gaskin-TBEC Board, Melissa Ledbetter-TBEC Board, Joel Moncus-Industrial Development Board. Council member Ricky Byrum also made the motion to reappoint Eric Samples to the Agribusiness Board. The motion was approved. Council member Byrum made the motion to appoint Sandy Goff for a two-year term on the Zoning Board of Adjustments. The motion was approved.
In the workshop, Chuck Chitwood and Adam Lea addressed the council on bridge updates. Chitwood stated that the Chavies Bridge project should be up for bids by January 2018. Chitwood also gave a update on what would be the City's cost to extend the sidewalks to Hodges Street, if grant was obtained. Since it would be substantial increase in cost, the council expressed that they would like to leave the proposal as is, beginning the sidewalks, at the office of Dr. Emily White.
In the update on Boozer Bridge project, Lea stated that there would be a Army Corps of Engineers Checklist, that would be cleared before right-of-way could be obtained.
In the regular session of the Rainsville Council, the resolution was made and approved to hire Kim Erwin with Morton & Associates to work on the grant to upgrade the Rainsville Technology Inc. (RTI) pumping station. Mayor Lingerfelt addressed the council that the station located on Highway 35/Scott Street was installed in 1980 and has not been upgraded since that time. A resolution was also made and approved to hire James Payton with Ladd Engineering to process upgrading and bidding for the project. An authorization was given to allow Mayor Lingerfelt to sign any documents related to the RTI project.
Council member, Bejan Taheri addressed the council on the relocation of the Rainsville Chamber of Commerce, to the basement of the Rainsville Police Department. Taheri stated that the move would give the Chamber more room and would allow the Chamber to be more visible for out-of-town visitors. Taheri also made a motion, which was approved by the council, for the purchase of a dehumidifier, at a cost of $900.00 to help reduce moisture in the new Chamber office. Council member, Marshall Stiefel expressed concern over the visibility of the Chamber, being located in the basement. Stiefel also went on to question Taheri if the dehumidifier would be the only cost incurred with this move. Taheri spoke of sign placement for the Chamber and that to his knowledge that would be the only cost for relocation.
Council member Ricky Byrum made the motion to install headwalls on George Wallace and Massingill Drive. The motion was approved at a cost of $4,780.00.
Council member Derek Rosson made the motion to post a Firefighter position.
The posting would be posted internally for seven days and externally for seven days. Rosson stated that this hire was “due to the city growing and for better fire protection.”
In other business:
- The Plainview Homecoming Parade will line up at the park, October 12 at 3:00 p.m. and go to Fifty Taters on Highway 35.
- The Trunk or Treat will be held at the Rainsville City Park on October 31 from 5:00 pm. to 8:00 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, the Trunk or Treat will be held in the Tom Bevel Center.
- The Veterans Day Program will be on November 11, 2017 at the Veterans Memorial in the Rainsville City Park.
- The Rainsville Police Department will host the Policeman’s Ball on November 11, 2017. The fundraiser will help purchase needed equipment for the force.
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Rainsville City Council will be on October 16, 2017 beginning at 4:15 p.m.
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