Council votes to uphold strip mining ordinance
by Jennifer Cohron
Jul 11, 2012 | 4483 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CORDOVA — The Cordova City Council voted Tuesday night to send a letter to the Alabama Surface Mining Commission stating that strip mining will not be allowed in the city limits.

The letter, which was signed by all seven council members and Mayor Jack Scott, was in regard to a permit request from Gunner Reilly Corp.

“This letter is to inform you the Mayor and Council of the City of Cordova has voted not to allow any mining of coal, clay or other products by the strip method of mining in any district or place situated in the corporate limits of the City of Cordova,” the letter begins.

The second paragraph refers to an ordinance passed by the council in 2000 that prohibits mining in the city limits.

“We want this ordinance fully enforced,” the letter states.

In other action:

•The council held a public hearing and approved a zoning change to allow St. James Church to build a new place of worship at 210 Stevens Street. The change also received the approval of the Cordova Planning Commission following a public hearing on June 26.

•The council voted to accept the resignation of a full-time police officer and hired a replacement.

•Fire chief Dean Harbison announced that his department recently received a $58,255 Fire Prevention and Safety grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. Harbison said he intends to use the funds to buy reflective address signs for homeowners within the department’s jurisdiction, an electric sign for the fire station and fire prevention materials to be distributed to schoolchildren and the public.

•Scott said the city has received permission to use leftover grant funds from a recently completed sidewalk project to extend the sidewalks to all three schools.

•Scott announced that City Hall will be closed from 8 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, July 17, to allow for electrical work to be completed.

•Scott reminded residents interested in running for office that the deadline to qualify is July 17 at 5 p.m.

•Scott said state law prohibits candidates from placing signs on state rights of way and that the practice is also not allowed on city rights of way.

After conflicting reports on whether a city ordinance had ever been adopted, council member Drew Gilbert suggested that the council adopt one regulating the use of political, business and other signs.

•Police chief Kenneth Bobo said his department continues to address complaints of speeding in several areas of the city.