Process for ‘wet/dry’ vote begins
by JENNIFER COHRON
Oct 24, 2012 | 2382 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CORDOVA — Cordova residents may soon get the chance to decide if alcohol can be sold within the city’s limits.

Council member Warren Branch brought a wet/dry petition to Tuesday night’s council meeting that he said he has been working on for nearly three years. A motion to accept the petition passed unanimously.

Mayor Jack Scott said the next step toward a wet/dry vote is for assistant city clerk Leanne Dawkins to verify the signatures.

According to law, the number of signatures needed is equal to 30 percent of the registered voters in the city limits from the last general election.

“It will be the new council that carries this through, but the process has been started,” Scott said.

Also during the meeting, Scott addressed the concerns of a citizen whose house filled with smoke recently because of an ongoing test of the city’s sewer lines.

Scott apologized for not notifying local residents of the test, which is checking for leaks through which dangerous sewer gases may be entering a home or business.

Scott said the smoke test started approximately a month ago and will continue through at least the spring.

“We’re testing to find the places, and then we have to test afterward to make sure that they have been fixed,” Scott said.

The test is part of a grant the city has received to improve its sewer system.

The smoke is non-toxic, has no odor, is white to gray in color and creates no fire hazard, according to a standard notice available at the meeting.

The smoke should not enter a home unless defective plumbing or dried-up drain traps are present. Residents who discover smoke in their home should evacuate immediately and notify work crews of the Cordova Water Works and Sewer Board.

In other action from Tuesday’s meeting, the council

Adopted a resolution declaring 86 Brewer Street a nuisance, the first step in the city’s nuisance abatement ordinance.

Accepted the resignation of police officer Ronnie Phillips and promoted Aaron Moseley from part-time to full-time to fill the vacancy Police chief Kenneth Bobo said his department currently has openings for a part-time dispatcher and a part-time officer.

Learned from Fire Chief Dean Harbison that his department’s new fire truck should arrive the first week in November. The truck will replace one that was damaged in the April 27 tornado and then destroyed in a fire at a Birmingham body shop where it was being repaired.

Harbison, who serves as disaster relief coordinator, also updated the council on the city’s negotiations with FEMA. A conference call is scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday regarding downtown demolition.

Tuesday was the last regular meeting of the current council.

A special meeting has been scheduled for 6 p.m. on Oct. 30. A public hearing will be held concerning allowing a conditional use permit to construct a Masonic lodge on Church Street.

The new mayor and council will be sworn in on Nov. 5.