“This would allow me to deal with them on that basis provided they meet the criteria contained within that ordinance and approved and signed off on by the city attorney and city engineer,” Mayor Sonny Posey said.
The ordinance allows for economic incentives to be granted for businesses that provide at least 20 new full-time jobs and a total investment of $1 million.
Posey said work on the restaurant, which was first announced in August, should get under way soon.
He added that state funding for a turning lane near the old Carl Cannon Chevrolet dealership is pending and other issues are currently being resolved with the highway department as well.
“This has been a relatively easy deal so to speak if it continues on this same track,” he said.
In other action, the council
•Granted a dance hall license to David Tucker for his new venture Parlay’s Entertainment, which will be located at 175 Highway 269.
City clerk Kathy Chambless said Tucker’s application was brought before the council because of past problems with noise and traffic at businesses that were issued a dance hall license.
Tucker assured the council that he will not be selling alcohol and that his intentions are good.
“I’m not allowing alcohol and violence. I’m trying to create entertainment in Walker County because in my district, we have nowhere to go,” Tucker said.
Tucker added that his vision for Parlay’s is a place where families can spend time together and that the facility could be rented for birthdays and other events.
•Heard an introduction of an ordinance to amend the city’s business license issuance fee.
Chambless said the state now allows cities to charge $12 instead of $10, which is the current fee in Jasper.
Chambless said that if the council approves the change, the city will receive an additional $6,000 per year from such fees.
•Approved a retail beer and wine license for LAL, LLC, doing business as Raceway at 4001 Highway 78 East.
•Authorized Chambless to continue using local banks for deposits and signing checks on behalf of the city.
•Approved Police Chief Connie Rowe’s request to hire two part-time employees to work through the end of the year on clerical and maintenance issues.
•Established a three percent preference zone for bids received from vendors within Walker County. Previous councils have established the same zone, which is allowed by state law.
•Renewed the city’s contract with Otto Environmental for 95-gallon carts used in garbage collection.
•Awarded a contract for the city’s supply of concrete pipe to Hanson Pipe.
•Heard an introduction of an ordinance to rezone a 21-acre parcel of land at 3644 Industrial Parkway from B-4 (I-22 Business Corridor) to the M-2C (Heavy Industrial) conditional zoning district to allow for an asphalt plant and hauling service to operate there.
•Agreed to close 19th Street from Second to Fifth avenues on Thursday, Nov. 29, from 4 to 8 p.m. “Rock the ‘Stache,” a month-long fundraiser for the Walker County Coalition for the Homeless and its transitional housing facility, Haven of Hope, will conclude that night with an event on the courthouse steps.