The first resolution approved the bond that had been discussed at previous meetings to cover the cost of the purchase and installation of new water meters, among other things. Joe Jolly and Associates was the bonding company with the winning bid and lowest interest rate.
The council also approved the city’s participation in the tax-free holiday for weather preparedness items. This will be the first full weekend in July, beginning July 6. The item was read for the first time at the last council meeting.
The third resolution designated June 22 as a day to honor Alabama’s wounded warriors, disabled veterans and fallen service members, in keeping with the a state program.
The city will also participate in a program that night at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Center.
Students from Sumiton Elementary School competed to design a winning city flag to be created and carried into the program that night. The winning student was Austin Glover and he will represent the city in the state’s ceremony on June 22.
In other business:
•The council heard from Johnnie Crowell, a volunteer with Save Our Strays, about the progress of shelter she was trying to set up in Sumiton. The building that was rented was in need of significant repairs and that has prohibited the organization from opening to the public. Crowell told the council that they were still in need of people to help with supplies and repairs.
•The council published the city’s finalized alcohol ordinance. The public can review the proposed ordinance at city hall or can get a copy the ordinance for a small fee to cover the cost of copying.
•Council member Kenneth Russell expressed gratitude to the city and Bevill State Community College for assistance during the Alabama Mine Rescue Competition.
•Sumiton Fire and Rescue Captain Mike Hammock told the council that the fire department had completed their training burns on the abandoned houses on the new fire department property on Bryan Road. They are now ready to begin clearing the land in preparation for the new building.
•David Roberts, store manager of the Sumiton WalMart, told the council that the remodeling project to update the store is set to begin on June 25. The 8-week program will bring the store up-to-date with already remodeled stores in surrounding areas.
He also told the council that the Sumiton location is currently ranked fourth in the state in fundraising efforts for Children’s Hospital. The efforts in Alabama benefit Children’s Hospital in Birmingham.