Council discusses 1-cent sales tax hike
by Elane Jones
Mar 02, 2013 | 1664 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CARBON HILL — After roll call and the approval of the minutes from the last city council meeting, the Carbon Hill City Council got down to the business at hand Thursday night, giving approval for several items on the agenda, including an ordinance on the 1-cent sales tax increase, the removal of stop signs on Dogtown Road and the recommendation for new city holidays.

The council passed an ordinance involving the 1-cent sales tax, which the council approved earlier this month. Three-fourths of the tax will go to the city’s general fund, which will be used to cover the cost of running the city’s day-to-day operations. One-fourth will go to the city’s garbage fund, which will be used to purchase a new garbage truck.

Carbon Hill Mayor James Richardson also announced that stop signs going north and south on Dogtown Road will be taken down in the near future, but the city wanted to make the public aware of it before it actually happened.

“We just wanted to let everyone know that the signs were going to be removed, so they could get used to the idea before they (the signs) were actually taken down,” Richardson said. “The school is no longer there and removing the signs will help the traffic flow better on Dogtown Road.”

The city council also made recommendations regarding the city’s employee handbook, for which Richardson ask for approval of the new city holidays.

“The council recommended that New Year’s Day, King/Lee Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas be adopted as the new city holidays,” Richardson said. “We also recommended that all full-time employees who have to work on any of these holidays, be allowed to take a day off with pay to make up for having to work.”

Richardson announced that a hearing for suspended Carbon Hill Police Chief Kenneth Bobo has been set for Friday, March 8, at noon in the council chambers in the Carbon Hill Community Center. The public is invited to attend.

Bobo was reportedly suspended from duty with pay earlier this month by Richardson, who would not comment on the reasons for the suspension.

A public hearing regarding a water/sewer grant for a city water project has also been set for the next Carbon Hill City Council meeting, which will be Thursday, March 14.

Carbon Hill City Clerk Kim Sides said she would begin sending out city business licenses within the next week or so, and the city’s court date has been changed from Tuesday, April 2, to Tuesday, April 9, due to a conflict in scheduling with the city’s magistrate.

Other business conducted by the Carbon Hill City Council included:

•The discussion of an issue introduced by a member of the audience regarding the public address system in the council chambers, which reportedly does not work properly.

The council declared it was working to get the system repaired as quickly as possible.

•The council granted Margie Miles’ requests for a copy of the city’s financial reports.

•The council also discussed an issue surrounding some phone calls Carbon Hill District 5 Councilman Chris Pschirer has been receiving from citizens concerning the housing of farm animals within the city limits.

Pschirer said he thought the city had an ordinance in place regarding the matter. Richardson said he knew the area of the community Pschirer was talking about and he would look into the matter.

Sides said on Friday that a moratorium was passed on June 16, 2011, which states any animals remaining in the city may stay, but no new animals can be put in after the date the moratorium was approved.