Council Meeting 25 July 2017
offered by Mr. Mike Lanier.
to order at 6 PM by Mayor Wolff. Roll
call showed all members present.
Previous minutes were unanimously approved
Report and Comments:
A possible date of the 4th Tuesday was mentioned as a meeting date for budget hearings.
Attorney Hartley noted he had been in
contact with the USDA in response to the Interim City Clerk’s mentioning at the
previous meeting that the USDA could call for repayment of the Grant for the
Library due to the city not having presented them with a budget. Mr. Hartley stated he had promised the USDA a
budget by 1 October.
Mayor Wolff recognized Council person
Upton (Mayor Pro tem). Mr. Upton called
attention to a letter from EPD Sgt. Wright he and all other council members had
received with concerns about the current magistrate and actions taken by
her. Mr. Upton stated that this letter
was in conjunction with other complaints dealing with the magistrate’s office.
It was noted there were allegations of
wrongdoings by the magistrate in the way suspects in domestic violence cases
had been handled, as well as suspected D.U.I. arrest. It noted that suspected domestic violence
offenders were being released within 4 hours with no restraint orders
issued. As per statements from former
city magistrate, now city Council person Jerry Caylor, a person should be held
for at least 12 hours in both suspected domestic violence and suspected D. U. I.
There were also allegations of improperly
handling of monies by the magistrate.
Based again on statements from former magistrate Caylor, any monies
received in the magistrates office should either be deposited in the
appropriate bank or left in a drop box contained in City Hall.
It was noted that Constable Chris Askew
and Ms. Brenda Riley, owner of a local bail bonds business, both spoke against
the magistrates handling of bonding arrestees out.
Attorney Hartley advised that the city
could face liability should any complications erupt due to a continuation of
domestic violence or any accident occur from an incapacitated driver released
early. Mr. Hartley also noted that only
two people within the city could call for an auditing of the magistrates
office, Chief Simpson, Evergreen Chief of Police, or Mayor Wolff.
Mayor Wolff asked for a motion to call for
an audit and requested notification be sent to the Alabama Attorney General’s
office for their assistance.
Motion forwarded by Council person Upton
and seconded by Council person Davis, passed unanimously.
Superintendent Sullivan came forward seeking
advice on how to handle contractors or landscapers leaving debris on city
property for city equipment to pick up.
He noted this has developed into a problem due to the excessive amount
of trees, limbs, etc. The city’s
equipment is inadequate to handle the situation.
was also noted that mowing services are allowing grass clippings and other
items to be blown into the roadway making it necessary the city workers also
clean up behind them.
Mr. Sullivan has already contacted surrounding towns and cities to see
how they handle these occurrences in their areas. It was noted those surrounding places
required the contractors to remove any debris related to their work.
When asked how to handle it, the city attorney noted the city needed to
pass an ordinance which he agreed to draw up and have ready for approval.
Grant Writer Stallman was not present but had
supplied the Mayor with information about a grant she has been pursing for the
park. If awarded, this would be a
$250,000.00 grant for the park with the city having to put in 10% ($25,000.00)
in money or in kind work.
Currently a public hearing is scheduled for 5:30 PM on 1 August
2017. This is open to the public and
attendance is encouraged.
Davis asked if any of this money could be directed for Carver Rec. Center. The pool motor has just been replaced at a
cost of $6,000.00 for the pump and $2,300.00 for installation. Interim City Clerk Hinson stated the motor
was a victim of lightening.
When asked by the mayor where were supporting statements about
lightening getting this pump Mr. Hinson
had none. Mayor Wolff noted the city
does have insurance. Mr. Hinson allowed
the installer to get away without making any such statement. Mr. Hinson was directed to contact the
installer and request such a statement.
The vacating of an old easement right-of-way
was discussed. This was an easement
granted by Mr. Robby Bolton several years ago.
A motion to do the vacating was seconded and passed by unanimous
vote. To Attorney Hartley for action.
The ATRC Area Agency on Aging contract was
up for renewal at no additional cost.
This is the group that delivers food to our aging population. Motion to continue contract passed by
Superintendent Sullivan asked for approval
of a contract with G & K uniforms to furnish uniforms for permanent
workers. Suggestion for 24 month
contract passed with unanimous vote.
Economic Developer Bobby Skipper informed
the council that Pepsi has agreed to donate $10,000.00 to the city of Evergreen
provided the city will build a concessions stand dedicated to allowing Pepsi to
be the official drink and sponsor of events held at the airport.
After discussion it was determined that
Mr. Skipper should return before the
with estimates of cost of construction.
This will be addressed next meeting.
Approved by unanimous vote.
Council person Davis requested a decision on
setting a date for work/budget sessions.
A decision was made to hold these meetings on the 2 Tuesday
of each month.
Council person Fountain forwarded concerns
on the misuse of city vehicles. She has
had complaints of people using them for grocery shopping with members of their
families being transported in these vehicles and other illegal use to include
going out of county.
Mayor Wolff addressed this issue by
advising Council persons and Department Heads to hold offenders accountable.
Adjourn: 6:50 PM