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2010-06-15 City Council Meeting

PRATTVILLE CITY COUNCIL
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
TUESDAY, JUNE 15, 2010
6:00 P.M.

The Prattville City Council met in regular session on Tuesday, June 15th, at 6:03 p.m. immediately following the public hearing. After the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag, Council President Argo gave the invocation. Roll was called and all were recorded as being present.

THE CHARACTER TRAIT OF THE MONTH IS ENDURANCE: The inward strength to withstand stress and do my best.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: June 1st Public Hearing and City Council Minutes.

Councilman Renegar made the motion to approve the minutes and Councilman Miller seconded the motion. The minutes were approved (7-0).

COMMENTS FROM PERSONS PRESENT:

Debra Meliska, 1319 Adell Street, Prattville, Al 36066, appeared before the Council to address her recent encounter with a vicious dog, which attempted to attack her on her own property. She stated that this particular dog previously attacked her small dog, which resulted in extensive injuries and expensive veterinarian bills. Ms. Meliska further stated that the dog’s owner lives one street over and does little to ensure the safety of others by keeping it chained up or locked in a secure fenced area at all times. She also stated that after calling the police and having the dog picked up by the dog warden, the dog was returned to its owners within 3 hours.

Councilman Miller informed Ms. Meliska that he is aware of this situation and assured her that upon the Mayor’s return, additional discussions will take place on the best way to resolve the issue.

Council President Argo stated that in recent months, he too, had a similar incident regarding a vicious dog in his district. He also assured Ms. Meliska that the Council will take action to strengthen the City’s Ordinance regarding vicious dogs.

Tommy Pratt, 1300 Cooper Avenue, Prattville, AL 36066, appeared before the Council to express his concern for the vicious dog that Ms. Meliska referred to. Mr. Pratt stated that while out walking his dachshund on May 15th, the same vicious dog attacked his dog. The attack was so brutal that his pet had to be euthanized the next morning. He asked the Council to assist citizens with a stronger Ordinance against vicious dogs.

Nancy Williams, resident of Cooper Avenue, Prattville, AL 36067, appeared before the Council to read a prepared statement of her concerns about vicious dogs being allowed by their owners to run at large. She spoke of the threat they pose to people and other animals. She noted that a dog warden should be able to determine whether or not a dog is vicious and if the dog in question should be removed from its environment and quarantined or if it should be euthanized.

Councilman Boles requested that City Attorney David McDowell obtain a copy of Autauga County’s vicious dog Ordinance to review and possibly mirror as we consider strengthening the City’s Ordinance.

Steven Wood, 1652, County Road 87, Deatsville, AL 36092 appeared before the Council regarding a warrant of arrest against him, which was signed by Code Enforcement Officer Carl Wilson. Mr. Wood disputes Mr. Wilson’s opinion that the work being performed on the remodel is 50% of the cost of the estimated value of the home. The warrant pertains to Mr. Wilson’s claim that Mr. Wood failed to comply with the remodel rules and regulations as required by law in regards to a structure located at 204 Allenville Road, Prattville, AL 36067.

Council President Argo stated that Mr. Wood has retained legal counsel before he asked members of the Council if they had questions for Mr. Wood. Councilman Miller questioned Mr. Wood if he knew the value of the property and Mr. Wood replied that the lot and land are worth $35,000.00.

Sarah Kendrick, 530 Upper Kingston Road, Prattville, AL 36067, appeared before the Council on behalf of the group of senior citizens who take water aerobics at the city pool. Ms. Kendrick stated that the citizens are aware of recent discussions regarding a sports complex and the mention of a merger with the Prattville YMCA. Ms. Kendrick reminded the Council that it would not be feasible for seniors to pay a membership fee. She urged members of the Council to keep the city pool open. They stated that they enjoy the exercise they receive from their free water aerobics, the convenience of having Doster Community Center and the Gillespie Center so close to downtown where they choose to shop, eat and run errands. She further presented a petition with 223 names listed. The petition is made a part of the official record.

Council President Argo stated that the Leisure Services Committee met earlier today and members were not aware of the petition until they saw a printed flier posted regarding their concerns.

Jon Lee Finnegan, 211 Deer Trace, Prattville, Al 36067, appeared before the Council to report that garbage continues to be strewn about her neighborhood as well as various parts of the city. She encouraged enforcement of the City’s Ordinance, which restricts residents from placing their household garbage out before 7:00 a.m. on pick up day.

Councilman Miller questioned Sanitation Director Edward Clinton about the percentage of residents city-wide who do not adhere to the Ordinance and Mr. Clinton responded by saying approximately 20%.

Councilman Gillespie introduced Mr. Donnie McBrayer, who was recently hired as Autauga County’s E911 Director. Mr. McBrayer expressed his appreciation for being given the opportunity to serve the citizens of Prattville and Autauga County in his capacity as E911 Director. Mr. McBrayer is a former member of the Prattville Fire Department and he retired from the U.S. Navy.

Councilman Gillespie thanked Human Resources Director Lisa Thrash for her assistance during the application and hiring process of the E911 Director.

Councilman Fank thanked Leisure Services Director Drew Peterson for following up on the necessary repairs needed at the city pool. He said that Mr. Peterson showed him the section of the pool that is scheduled for repairs by English Pool Co. on Friday of next week. It is a 2-3 day process and there is no threat to safety in the interim.

MAYOR’S REPORT:

Mayor Byard is out of state on vacation.

COUNCIL REPORTS:

None.

AGENDA

1. RESOLUTION: TO DECLARE VARIOUS WEEDED LOTS TO BE A PUBLIC NUISANCE AND ORDERING THEIR ABATEMENT PER TITLE 11, CHAPTER 67 OF THE CODE OF ALABAMA, 1975, AS AMENDED (RESOLUTION BOOK 2010, PAGE 040).

The Resolution was introduced at the June 1st council meeting and a public hearing was held at 6:00 p.m. this evening. There being no discussion, the Resolution was adopted with the following vote:

AYES: GILLESPIE, WOOD, MILLER, ARGO, RENEGAR, BOLES, FANK 7
NAYS: NONE 0
ABSTAINED: NONE 0
ABSENT: NONE 0

2. RESOLUTION: TO SET A PUBLIC HEARING TO REZONE OLD RIDGE ROAD FROM R-2, SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENTIAL TO R-3, SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENTIAL AND R-5. (RESOLUTION BOOK 2010, PAGE 041).

Councilman Gillespie made a motion to adopt the Resolution and Councilman Fank seconded the motion. There being no discussion the Resolution was adopted with the following vote:

AYES: GILLESPIE, WOOD, MILLER, ARGO, RENEGAR, BOLES, FANK 7
NAYS: NONE 0
ABSTAINED: NONE 0
ABSENT: NONE 0

Councilman Gillespie introduced the proposed Ordinance and made a motion to adopt it. Councilman Wood seconded the motion. By point of order, the Ordinance was held until the July 20th council meeting.

3. RESOLUTION: TO RE-APPOINT JANE TAYLOR TO THE MONTGOMERY AREA MENTAL HEALTH AUTHORITY. (RESOLUTION BOOK 2010, PAGE 042).

Councilman Fank made a motion to adopt the Resolution and Councilman Gillespie seconded the motion. There being no discussion, the Resolution was adopted with the following vote:

AYES: GILLESPIE, WOOD, MILLER, ARGO, RENEGAR, BOLES, FANK 7
NAYS: NONE 0
ABSTAINED: NONE 0
ABSENT: NONE 0

4. ORDINANCE: TO DECLARE PROPERTY LOCATED ON EASY STREET AS SURPLUS (ORDINANCE BOOK 2010, PAGE 013).

Councilman Wood made a motion to adopt the Ordinance and Councilman Gillespie seconded the motion. Because Ordinances are generally held for two weeks, it is necessary for the council rules to be suspended if immediate action is to be taken. Councilman Renegar made a motion to suspend the rules and Councilman Gillespie seconded the motion. The rules were suspended (7-0). During discussion, Councilman Wood stated that this property is currently known as green space located next to private property. A private citizen hopes to build on the property located next door, while utilizing the green space as part of its lawn, thereby improving the property. There being no further discussion, the Ordinance was adopted with the following vote:

AYES: GILLESPIE, WOOD, MILLER, ARGO, RENEGAR, BOLES, FANK 7
NAYS: NONE 0
ABSTAINED: NONE 0
ABSENT: NONE 0

5. RESOLUTION: TO SET A PUBLIC HEARING TO DECLARE VARIOUS WEEDED LOTS TO BE A PUBLIC NUISANCE AND ORDERING THEIR ABATEMENT PER TITLE 11, CHAPTER 67 OF THE CODE OF ALABAMA, 1975, AS AMENDED. (RESOLUTION BOOK 2010, PAGE 043).

Councilman Miller made a motion to adopt the Resolution and Councilman Fank seconded the motion. There being no discussion, the Resolution was adopted with the following vote:

AYES: GILLESPIE, WOOD, MILLER, ARGO, RENEGAR, BOLES, FANK 7
NAYS: NONE 0
ABSTAINED: NONE 0
ABSENT: NONE 0

6. ORDINANCE: PETITION FOR ANNEXATION OF 320 COUNTY ROAD 4 EAST, 1026 SPRING STREET, 1030 SPRING STREET, 1042 SPRING STREET, AND 1050 SPRING STREET. (ORDINANCE BOOK 2010, PAGE 014).

Councilman Wood made a motion to adopt the Ordinance and Councilman Boles seconded the motion. Because Ordinances are generally held for two weeks, it is necessary for the council rules to be suspended. Councilman Renegar made the motion to suspend the rules and Councilman Gillespie seconded the motion. The rules were suspended (7-0). During discussion, Councilman Wood reminded members of the Council that a portion of Spring Street is in the city while another portion lies in the county. He further stated that by annexing these properties it will rectify many of the public safety issues that agencies are currently faced with. The Ordinance was adopted with the following vote:

AYES: GILLESPIE, WOOD, MILLER, ARGO, RENEGAR, BOLES, FANK 7
NAYS: NONE 0
ABSTAINED: NONE 0
ABSENT: NONE 0

7. RESOLUTION: SUPPORT FOR PROJECT FIRE. (RESOLUTION BOOK 2010, PAGE 044).

Councilman Renegar made the motion to adopt the Resolution and Councilman Fank seconded the motion. There being no discussion, the Resolution was adopted with the following results:

AYES: GILLESPIE, WOOD, MILLER, ARGO, RENEGAR, BOLES, FANK 7
NAYS: NONE 0
ABSTAINED: NONE 0
ABSENT: NONE 0

CLOSING COMMENTS:

Council President Argo reminded everyone of the “Movie Under the Stars” at Cooter’s Pond on Friday night, hosted by the Performing Arts Department.

President Argo further reminded everyone that it would be necessary for the Council to go into executive session to discuss 3 economic development projects. Since the agenda has been exhausted, an affirmative vote to go into executive session will serve as an adjournment of the evening’s meeting.

EXECUTIVE SESSION/ADJOURNMENT:

There being no further business to come before the Council, Councilman Renegar made a motion to go into executive session and Councilman Boles seconded the motion. The meeting closed at 6:51 p.m.

APPROVED:

 

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Gina P. Smith
City Clerk

 

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Dean R. Argo, President
Prattville City Council

 
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