Jacksonville Meeting city council members

January 25, 2022  
Lee Evancho  

Work Session

  1. Call to order.
  2. Roll call.
    1. Tony Taylor – Present
    2. Andy Green – Present
    3. Terry Wilson – Present
    4. Sherry Laster – Present
    5. Coty Galloway – Present
  3. Acceptance of minutes. – No Comments
  4. New City Hall 50% Plans.
    1. Only minor changes were made. Discussions were on no parking being in the back and on a water dispenser being located outside near the bike rack, but not in the lobby. (Photos Below)
  5. Architect Discussion for Utility Office.
    1. After receiving proposals from Bill Whitaker and David Christian, the Utility Board voted to go with the proposal from Mr. Christian. They felt that both designs were good, but one had a lower proposed bid. The council did note that Mr. Whitakers’s proposal was for a larger space and included furnishings as well. This item was added to the agenda to vote on.
  6. Utility Office Temporary Location. 
    1. The Mayor located a building at the address of 103 Pelham Rd., S, Jacksonville, AL that would work for a temporary location for the utility office. The cost is $1500 a month for a one year term. After that the city has the option to renew on a monthly basis at the same cost. This item was added to the agenda to vote on.
  7. Mobile Advertising Ordinance.
    1. Mark Stevens spoke about the ordnance he drafted concerning Mobile Advertising. This draft was pulled from many he found, including from Clark County, NV. Currently there is one business that has applied for and received a business license for mobile advertising. The proposed ordinance caused some concerns for Councilman Green. He brought many of those concerns to the table.  He first noted that the draft stated for entertainment and advertising. This was agreed to be changed to and/or. Mr. Green went on to address the restrictive nature of language limiting all advertising in residential areas which would even prevent yellow pages from being allowed. He notes that home owners wishing to hold private events with this mobile service would be required to “knock on their neighbors doors” to tell them about the event or be in violation. They would also have to pay a fee to the city to utilize this service. He noted that the light restrictions would change throughout the day due to ambient lighting. He asked who would be enforcing this and if the tools were even possessed by the city (they are not currently).   He also noted that left turns are not allowed to be used without turning the signs off. He noted that signs would be allowed only on the right side of the vehicle unless JPD or JFD needed to release an emergency alert. He felt the restriction level was excessive. Councilmen Galloway mentioned driving through Oxford and seeing mobile signage with no issues or distraction. He just didn’t understand why there was such a high level of restrictions being drafted. Councilman Wilson wondered if they were trying to “Fix something that wasn’t broken.” Councilman Wilson then asked the owner of the mobile advertising company if there have been any issues. The owner, Mark,  emphatically stated there had not been any. He also explained he wants to be where he is wanted. This is the third council meeting he has attended and he doesn’t want to keep coming to be shutdown or be restricted out of business. He also stated that safety is of the upmost importance to him. Councilman Green asked how many employees he currently has. The answer was just him and his son. Councilman Green asked again why the need for this ordnance for one small business with two employees and no issues. The council agreed that they would table this ordnance and if ,and only if, issues came up would it be readdressed. Made U Look UMC, LLC will be allowed to operate as they have been.
  8. Frog Town Creekside Park.
    1. A rendering for the new park was submitted. If the council likes it, the next step will be to proceed to a formal plan and proposal. It was also noted that the grant the city applied for to cover the cost of a buffer area was rejected. The cost of the necessary buffer area is roughly $6,000. This park is designed to be an all inclusive park. The timeframe is a four – five years. The plans Janis Burns has been looking at start at $250,000-$275,000. Councilwoman Laster said she felt this park was a good idea because people are wanting to get back outside. Councilman Taylor said he felt it was a real need in the city that was not being served. As they move forward with the plan, phase one would most likely include parking, paths, clearing, and trees. This would really help to see the shape and plans and be a more tangible space to continue to build upon. 
  9. Public Safety Pond.
    1. Mark Stevens notified the council that the final report has been received. It was sent to the Mayor. The Mayor will send this out to the council and it can be added to the next agenda.
  10. Any other business.
    1. Councilwoman Laster asked if there had been any update from Mr. Schneider and the Eastwood School project. She was notified that there had not been an update.

 

City Council Meeting 

  • Call to order.
  • Invocation: Rev. Gary Brittain Baptist Campus Ministry
  • Pledge of Allegiance.
  • Roll call.
    • Tony Taylor – Present
    • Andy Green – Present
    • Terry Wilson – Present
    • Sherry Laster – Present
    • Coty Galloway – Present
  • Adoption of minutes. – Unanimously Approved
  • Adoption of agenda. – Unanimously Approved with noted changes
    • ADD: Consideration of Resolution No. R-2123-22 regarding a Lease Agreement with Patrick Burke for the property located at 103 Pelham Rd., S, Jacksonville, AL for the temporary location of the Utility Office during construction of a new Utility Office.
    • ADD: Consider Action to authorize the Mayor, on behalf of the Water Works, Gas, and Sewer Board, to sign the Owner-Architect Agreement with Christian & Associates Architects, Inc., for a new Water Works, Gas and Sewer Board Office to be built on Church Ave, SE, per the attached
    • ADD: Consider action to approve the employment of the following:
      • Houston Keith Conger, part-time/Substitute Firefighter/EMS, Range 11, effective upon compliance with Ordnance No. 273 due to the reclassification of Christian Raul Lopez
    • DELETE: Consideration of Ordinance No. O-635-22 that amends Chapter 7, Businesses, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Jacksonville, Alabama by adding Sections 7-204 – 7-209 (Reserved) to Article VIII – Mobile Food Vehicles and by adding Article IX – Mobile Advertising-Entertainment Vehicles (First Reading)
    • DELETE: Consider action to authorize the Mayor, on behalf of the Water Works, Gas and Sewer Board, to sign the Merchant Processing Application and Agreement with Basys Processing, per the attached.
    • ADD: Consent Agenda
      • Purchases Over $7,500
        • Police
          • $91,299.52 to Donoho Chevrolet for the purchase of two (2) 2021 Chevolet Tahoes. (State Bid list No. T191L)
  • Proclamation. – None
  • Public comments concerning agenda items. – No Comments
  • Consideration of Resolution No. R-2123-22 regarding a Lease Agreement with Patrick Burke for the property located at 103 Pelham Rd., S, Jacksonville, AL for the temporary location of the Utility Office during construction of a new Utility Office. – Unanimously Approved
  • Consider action to authorize the Mayor to sign the Memorandum of Understanding with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations, per the attached. – Unanimously Approved
  • Consider action to authorize the Mayor to sign the Memorandum of Understanding with The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, Internet Crimes Against Children, per the attached. – Unanimously Approved
  • Consider action to authorize the Mayor to sign the Maintenance Agreement with Stryker ProCore Services for LUCAS, LifePack 15 and Power Cot maintenance, per the attached. – Unanimously Approved
  • Consider Action to authorize the Mayor, on behalf of the Water Works, Gas, and Sewer Board, to sign the Owner-Architect Agreement with Christian & Associates Architects, Inc., for a new Water Works, Gas and Sewer Board Office to be built on Church Ave, SE, per the attached – Unanimously Approved
  • Consider action to replace one (1) vacant position of Utility Maintenance Assistant, Range 6, with an additional position of Utility Equipment Operator, Range 13. – Unanimously Approved
  • Consider action to approve the employment of the following:
    • Houston Keith Conger, part-time/Substitute Firefighter/EMS, Range 11, effective upon compliance with Ordnance No. 273 due to the reclassification of Christian Raul Lopez – Unanimously Approved
  • Consent Agenda – Unanimously Approved
    • Budget Amendments.
    • Disposition of Surplus Property.
    • Public Records Disposal.
  • Public comments for general items. – No Comments
  • Council Member Remarks. – No Comments
  • Mayor’s report.
    • APRA Recognizes PARD, January 25th – Special Event of the Year Population 15,000 & Below “Jax the Misfit Elf”
  • Any Other Business – None
  • Adjournment. – Unanimously Approved
 
 

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