By Sam Poe
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 | 4:05 PM
The Haleyville City Council met Wednesday morning, and all council members were present. The meeting opened with the approval of minutes from the last session of the council as well as minutes from the May 9, 2013 work session. Next, the general operational expenditures for the month of April were approved in the amount of $400, 961.44.
Then, the council discussed the incentives package requested from Action Properties. The guidelines were read, and the package was passed by the city council with a 4-2 vote. Jonathan Bennett and Royce Benefield voted no on this matter. Next, the council voted to approve a change order for the airport grant. In total, there will be about a $700 difference from the previously passed amount. However, these changes are required to meet FAA guidelines. The action passed unanimously.
In a previous council meeting, the council approved application for a grant to fund drainage and paving issues as well as debris removal in Cummings Subdivision. These issues were the result of the April 27, 2011 tornadoes. Mayor Ken Sunseri stated that in order for the city to apply for this $500,000 grant, the city will first have to prepare the design and engineering work. This will likely cost the city around $37,000. No action was taken on this matter in today's meeting but will be discussed on a later date.
Jim Eichelberger of Action Properties closed the meeting with a statement to those in attendance. He stated that he, as a representative of Action Properties, is excited that the action passed in today's vote and stated that Action Properties is looking forward to moving forward with the project. Action Properties now is able to complete the option to purchase the previous Wal-Mart property. Eichelberger stated he hopes to have more solid details and a time frame available by the next Haleyville City Council Meeting.
The meeting was adjourned.