City council special meeting, Nov. 8, 2012

The full council met at 7 p.m. to vote on the 2012 warrant issue to fund the new recreation center, a measure that had failed the previous night for lack of the council’s required “unanimous consent” to vote on a measure the same meeting it is introduced (new council member Michael Hallman, first on the roll call, voted no, shutting the vote down).  This time, the measure was approved on a simple majority, with new council members  Hallman, Britt Thames (Ward 1) and Jenifer Champ -Wallis (Ward 4) voting no. All three opposing the measure asked to speak, saying they respected the council majority’s decision and hoped the majority respected their desire for more time.

Present: Council members Mike Hallman, Britt Thames, Fred Hawkins, Vance Moody, Patrick McClusky, Walter Jones, Jenifer Champ-Wallis, Heather Reid, Rich Laws, and Peter Wright.

Absent: Council President Bruce Limbaugh. President pro tem Peter Wright stood in for Limbaugh.

Staff present:  City clerk Linda Cook, city attorney Mike Kendrick, mayor’s chief of staff J. J. Bischoff, mayor Scott McBrayer.

Audience attendance:  Approximately 15.

Approved, 7-3: A resolution to sell debt warrants of up to $17 million to construct a new recreation center; to allow proceeds to reimburse the city for rec center expenses incurred prior to the loan closing; and awarding the debt package to the following financial team:  Merchant Capital and Protective Securities, co-underwriters (warrant sales), and the Homewood city attorney’s law firm, Waldrep, Stewart & Kendrick, LLC as “Bond counsel,” “Disclosure counsel,” and “Issuer’s counsel.”

Voting yes: Hawkins, Moody, McClusky, Jones, Reid, Laws, and Wright.

Voting no: Hallman, Thames, Champ-Wallis

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