By Sam Poe
Tuesday, June 4, 2013 | 1:00 AM
The Haleyville City Council met Monday evening with all members present. The first item on the agenda was the presentation of an award to Regional Paramedic Service. RPS was accidentally looked over when awards were presented at the recent 9-1-1 Summit, and the council wanted to recognize them for the outstanding work they do for Haleyville and the surrounding communities. RPS representatives accepted the award from the council.
Next, minutes from the previous Haleyville City Council meeting were approved as written. The council then approved a lease with Southern Air and North Alabama Aircraft for the large hangar at Posey Airfield. This lease approval is pending signature from the agency. Next, the council approved sale of miscellaneous surplus equipment to the highest bidders from recent closed bids. All bids were approved as submitted.
The council approved the hire of the Cassady Company as the engineering firm for Cummings Subdivision grant project. The council will apply for a Community Development Block Grant for debris removal and repairs from the April 2011 tornado. Hiring the engineering firm will cost the city $36,933, but the grant will be for more than $500,000 if approved.
Then, the council went into executive session. Jeff Mobley stated this session would be to discuss the good name and character of individuals as required for an executive session. Once the session ended, the council voted to table the discussion of property purchases as described on the meeting agenda. The council then approved to place a street light at the Barry Richardson residence at 2727 Littleville Road.
The last item on the agenda was the approval of reappointments to the Industrial Board. The following individuals were appointed- Stan Watson Sr., George Russell, Jimmy Kent Israel, and Robert Blake. Councilman Royce Benefield abstained from the vote due to a conflict of interest.
Councilman Benefield stated that he wanted to commend the 9-1-1 Festival Committee for a job well done. He stated he had received numerous compliments about the event and enjoyed the activities.
An audience member then addressed the council and stated that she is opposed to the sale of city hall and feels it should not be destroyed to build a pharmacy as previously discussed by the council. She stated the building should be treated as a historic piece of property due to the significance of the building to the first 9-1-1 call. Councilman Bennett assured her the red phone used for the first call would be kept as a historical artifact. The lady still adamantly opposed the sale of the property.
Finally, an announcement was made that there will be a special called alcohol review meeting held concerning the House of Brews. The meeting will be Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at 11:00 a.m.