A swearing in will follow in the new year, but for tonight, the council affirmed Mayor Scott McBrayer’s selection of Lt. Tim Ross for Chief of Police to replace retiring chief Roberson, who was not present. Ross was present with this wife and two daughters and a contingent of fellow officers. Mayor McBrayer said he’s known Mr. Ross for at least 25 years and called him a “person of integrity and character.” Mr. Ross, standing by in dress uniform and asked to say a few words, said he wasn’t prepared to speak, and briefly thanked the council, mayor and officers for their support.
Members present: Britt Thames, Vance Moody, Patrick McClusky, Walter Jones, Barry Smith, Alex Wyatt, Richard Laws, Peter Wright, and council president Bruce Limbaugh. Also present was Homewood Mayor Scott McBrayer.
Members absent: Michael Hallman and Fred Hawkins.
Staff present: City clerk Linda Cook, city attorney Mike Kendrick, mayor’s chief of staff J. J. Bischoff, and Melody Salter, finance director.
Audience attendance: 35
Closed application period for the at-large Board of Zoning Adjustments seat, with two applicants: Interviews will be scheduled after the holidays.
Approved minutes of Nov. 9, 2015, meeting.
Named a new police chief: A swearing in will follow in the new year.
OLD BUSINESS AGENDA
Set a Jan. 11, 2016, public hearing regarding sign variance requests on Green Springs Highway: The addresses are businesses at 800, 804, and 808 Green Springs Highway.
Set a Jan. 11, 2016, public hearing for a sign variance requested by the Shrimp Basket: The newly opened Shrimp Basket restaurant is requesting exemptions for a record number of additional signs, although committee members said last week that brisk business there didn’t seem to warrant additional signs.
Carried over awarding a Landfill Services contract:
Set up a payment plan and agreed to waive penalties of $22,000+ for delinquent business taxes: A pharmaceutical company’s CPA discovered the nonpayment of $81,000 in taxes owed the city, which accumulated $22,929 in penalties, waived tonight by the city council. The company will repay what is owed along with the current year tax bill, concluding on March 27.
Contracted with city’s auditing firm for assistance with year-end Affordable Care Act reporting: The city’s regular auditing firm is being contracted for additional services in ACA compliance.
COMMITTEE REFERRAL AGENDA
To Finance – Request to consider 1) Raising the offer on the Fox News property from $240,000 to $280,000 in order to begin work on Phase II of the Greenway Trail extension; 2) Making changes to the current budget(s); 3) Approving additional funds for seating and fencing at Oak Grove Road and Raleigh Avenue; and 4) Approving a COLA for the city’s chief magistrate, a judicial position.
To Public Safety – Request to consider 1) Authorizing a three-way stop at the intersection of Oak Grove Road and Raleigh Avenue.; and 2) Approving a state restaurant liquor license application for Real and Rosemary, at 1922 29th Avenue South.
To Special Issues – Request to consider 1) Allowing a sign ordinance variance for 2801 18th Street South; and 2) Allowing a Cell Tower Ordinance variance at 1019 Oxmoor Road.
OTHER NEW BUSINESS
Paid the bills: The council authorized payment of invoices for the period Dec. 7-18, 2015.