It was a 28-minute meeting start to finish, whose most interesting votes surrounded the street improvement project in West Homewood.
Members present: Michael Hallman, Fred Hawkins, Vance Moody, presiding for the absent Bruce Limbaugh, Patrick McClusky, Walter Jones, Barry Smith, Alex Wyatt, and Richard Laws. Also present was Homewood Mayor Scott McBrayer.
Members absent: Britt Thames, Peter Wright, and Bruce Limbaugh.
Staff present: City clerk Linda Cook, city attorney Mike Kendrick, mayor’s chief of staff J. J. Bischoff, Greg Cobb, Building, Engineering and Zoning Department, and Melody Salter, finance director.
Audience attendance: 14
Dropped two items on recommendations from committees, as follows: 1) Consideration of how to address coyotes in city limits, by the Public Safety Committee; and 2) Consideration of change orders to the West Homewood street improvement project, by the Planning and Development Committee.
Carried over for the third straight meeting a request for a monument sign at the redeveloped Mazer property: The developers aren’t ready with the sign at 800, 804 and 808 Green Springs Highway, for which they are asking special exemptions to the sign ordinance. The Special Issues Committee recommended the approval.
Approved a sign variance for a restaurant on 29th Avenue South: The request from the planned “Real and Rosemary” restaurant is for an additional blade sign that will project from the entrance at 1922 29th Avenue South. The restaurant wanted more visibility. Mr. Laws, alluding to the to-do over a Cracker Barrel cafe sign that would be painted on the side of another downtown building, asked if there would also be murals painted on this building, and the answer was yes. The restaurant will feature salads and sandwiches and cater to families.
Set a Feb. 22 public hearing for a sign ordinance on Old Montgomery Highway: The address is 4100 Old Montgomery Highway, or Southern Progress property, now owned by Samford University.
Approved a street light at or near 209 Clermont Drive. Street lights are paid out of the 7-cent gas tax fund.
Approved a 4-way stop at the intersection of 28th Avenue South and Montessori Way/Woodfern Court: The stop-sign was passed without discussion.
Approved spending up to $8,000 for seating and tables at the West Homewood street improvement project: The original decision to allocate $3,000 for seating and safety fencing, was amended when the price of fencing alone consumed most of the allocation. Tonight the council allocated another $8,000 from budgeted money not spent on the project, which is nearing completion. Remaining saved funds are being considered to replace trees, shrubs and irrigation removed when the sidewalks were redone. See Committee Referral Agenda, below.
COMMITTEE REFERRAL AGENDA
To Finance – To consider 1) Approving a fiber optic franchise agreement for Windstream KDL, LLC, to serve Samford University; 2) Receiving audit results for FY2015 from Carr Riggs and Ingram, CPA ; 3) Further fiscal year-end transfers per fiscal policy; and 4) Spending money budgeted but not spent on street improvements in West Homewood to replace bushes, trees and irrigation removed during construction.
To Public Safety – To consider 1) Paying for a street light on St. Charles Street between Stuart and Highland.
To Special Issues – To consider 1) Allowing a front yard fence at 1732 Wellington Road.
OTHER NEW BUSINESS
Set a Feb. 22 public hearing for a front yard fence variance request on Wellington: See above.
Approved a restaurant retail liquor application for Taco Mama: The restaurant could open in the next two weeks at 1014 and 1016 Oxmoor Road, the former Hart & Soul cafe.
Adopted a resolution accepting the Jefferson County EMA Hazard Mitigation Plan: The plan itself wasn’t discussed.
Voted to accept a Public Safety Foundation Grant for the fire department from the Firehouse Subs Corporation: The amount is $34,221 and will be used to purchase equipment planned to be purchased in the next budget year.
Paid the bills: Invoices for the period Jan. 25-Feb. 5, 2016 were approved to be paid.