CH council rescinds Safe Streets Ordinance

Posted 9/29/17

By ED HOWELL

Daily Mountain Eagle

CARBON HILL - The Carbon Hill on Thursday rescinded its Safe Streets Ordinance, two weeks after it was passed.

The vote came without discussion, although it …

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CH council rescinds Safe Streets Ordinance

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By ED HOWELL

Daily Mountain Eagle

CARBON HILL - The Carbon Hill on Thursday rescinded its Safe Streets Ordinance, two weeks after it was passed.

The vote came without discussion, although it was on the agenda. Before Mayor Mark Chambers could even recognize the agenda item, District 2 Councilman Clarence Colbert moved to rescind the ordinance, which District 3 Councilwoman April Kennedy Herron seconded. The vote was unanimous.

The ordinance was also passed two weeks ago without discussion.

Asked after Thursday’s meeting why the ordinance was rescinded, Chambers said he had talked to several people about the ordinance. “No other city has got this in effect,” he said.

The resolution was first brought up about a month ago.

“That allows the police department to tow vehicles when someone has a suspended or revoked drivers’ license,” Chambers said when he introduced the idea at the Aug. 29 meeting.

Vehicles would be towed by the companies on the wrecker list, with tow companies being in rotation to do the work, he said at the time.

“They would pay a $50 fee to the city to get a piece of paper that releases the vehicle from the towing company,” he said, noting the towing company would store the vehicle in its secured yard until it is released.

In other action Thursday, the council:

• Street Department Superintendent Alan May talked of a tractor tire needing to be replaced for $500 and a heater core in a pickup truck also needing to be replaced at $200.

• Voted to accept applications for the vacant District 5 council seat through Oct. 11 at 4 p.m.

• Heard Chambers say Carbon Hill Industrial Relation and Development Board Chairman Bill Strickland Jr. had resigned, effective immediately. “Thank you for the opportunity to serve the city and work with a truly remarkable group of people. I wish continued success to this board and its members, and the city,” Strickland said in his resignation letter, noting all the leaders and citizens call Carbon Hill home. He did not give a reason why he resigned. The council agreed to take applications for the vacant seat through Oct. 11 at 4 p.m.

• Chambers said he is looking at surplus equipment at Redstone Arsenal and NASA, as well as a weatherization program that helps provide grants for financially struggling citizens to help insulate residences.

Chambers called for citizens to be nominated for the weatherization program. “They come in and insultate the walls and ceilings, and put in a gas or electric heater in. It’s free of charge,” the mayor said. The program is open to any citizens in Winston and Walker counties, he said.

• Agreed to have a work session on Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. and heard the next regular meeting will be on Thursday, Oct. 12, at 6 p.m.

Chambers said the work session would include a visit to the city’s new property across from city hall, as the city is looking at putting up a stage. “Alan May knows a lot about how stages are built,” Chambers said. “Let’s try to get a layout on the stage so we can get a list of materials we are going to need.” 

He noted he would try to see how much money could be donated, while he pointed out Burrough had talked about the possibility of getting materials donated.

About $7,000 are in Hillfest funds that could be used for building the stage, Chambers said, as officials have talked of using the proposed stage for Hillfest festival.

“I want to build something nice, a 45- or 50-foot wide stage with ramps on it, step, lights, PA system and everything. We may have to do it step-by-step but I would like to have something nice over there that people would be proud of,” Chambers said.

• Heard District 1 McClain Burrough say that homecoming pep rally will be held downtown on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Food will also be available at the event.

• Herron raised the idea about a community trunk-or-treat with all the community churches participating, although Burrough said it may take until next year to possibly do one. “The timing is just kind of hard,” he said. It was also noted First Baptist Church of Carbon Hill already holds a trunk-or-treat event.