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Council Amends Zoning Ordinance

By Glenn Collins
Monday, November 7, 2011 | 8:52 PM

HALEYVILLE -- The Haleyville City Council met Monday night with all members present except for Council-member Jonathan Bennett.

The Council amended the zoning ordinance adding a “Retail Sales and Services” subsection to the off-street parking section. It calls for one parking for every 250 square feet of retail space. [Read the ordinance]. City Attorney Jeffery A. Mobley said that this action brings the City's zoning ordinance into line with what other cities have done.

The Community Safe Room project was approved unanimously. The City next will contract with Robinson & Sons Construction Services, Inc., for the project.

HPD Sgt. Rodney Shirley with Police K-9 Officer "Janssen." She was officially retired by City Council action Monday, November 7, 2011.

The Council authorized an application to the Alabama Department of Transportation for an Airport Improvement grant. The State is recommending a seal coat for the asphalt on the runway. The grant amount will be $157,894 and the airport's share will be $3,947.

The current phone equipment in City Hall has been in use since 1990 and CenturyLink informed the City that it will no longer maintain the equipment. The actual maintenance agreement on the Norstar System expired October 20, 2011. The Council approved the purchase of new equipment plus maintenance for $5,702.85.

The Council passed two resolutions dealing with volunteer firefighters. All future volunteer firefighters will be required to get their volunteer firefighter certifications (I and II) within three years of joining the fire department. Also, all future drivers will bequired to obtain apparatus operator certification.

The Frontier Property, which had been owned by the City for years, was completely annexxed into the City. It was unclear if that portion of the property within Marion County had been annexxed. This ordinance removes any doubt. [Read the ordinance].

The retirement of Haleyville Police K-9 Officer “Janssen“ was approved. “Janssen,“ almost 8 years old, has been in service since 2005. Ownership was transferred from the City to HPD Sgt. Rodney Shirley, her handler.

The next meeting of the Council is Monday, November 21, 7 PM.

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