Wednesday, February 17, 2016 | 1:02 AM
The Haleyville City Council meeting Tuesday evening was preceded at 5:15 p.m. by a public hearing for the purpose of considering an application for assistance submitted by Bravo Food Service, LLC, pursuant to the City of Haleyville Ordinance 2013-03. The company had requested assistance from the city in the form of a sales tax rebate to assist in the development of commercial property within the city limits. The business is projected to create at least eight (8) more jobs in the operation of a Little Caesars in the Village East Shopping Center. Butch Benton explained he planned to build a suitable building behind Burger King for the proposed new business. The ordinance was passed in 2013 specifically to attract new businesses to Haleyville. The first to take advantage of the assistance were the businesses now located in the old Walmart building. Concerns were raised as have been before about giving an incentive to new businesses, but not to existing. As Mayor Sunseri explained, the state law the Haleyville ordinance was based on does not allow for existing businesses to take advantage of the program.
During the official council meeting, with Drew Thrasher absent, the Council approved the minutes of the last meeting on February 1, the January operation bills in the amount of $360,420.67 and authorized for bids for the paving of 23rd Street between the 9th Avenue Church of Christ and the First United Methodist Church.
Following the recommendation of the airport advisory board, Resolution 2016-04 setting hanger rental fees was approved.
Filling two different vacancies Jeff Postell was appointed to the Alcohol Committee and Bobby Taylor was appointed to the Water Board. Jeff Postell was also appointed to fill the position being vacated by retiring Tommy Lewis.
The next scheduled meeting of the Haleyville City Council will be Monday, March 7 at the new city hall.
The Haleyville Planning Commission will hold a public hearing in the court room on Thursday, February 18 to discuss the rezoning of property owned by Murray and Scott Townsend on 33rd Street.