Council settles lawsuit, approves grant application
by Elane Jones
Apr 21, 2013 | 2205 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CARBON HILL — Before its meeting on Thursday, the Carbon Hill City Council went into an executive session to deal with litigation regarding the city’s previous administration. When Mayor James “PeeWee” Richardson and council members Anthony Hammond, Terry Mason, Ken “Sarge” Blankensopp, Chris Pschirer and Jimbo Bray returned to the council chambers, Richardson called the meeting to order and asked the council for its vote on a confidential settlement that was discussed in the executive session regarding a lawsuit filed against the city of Carbon Hill by S&F LLC.

The settlement included the waiver of taxes and penalties imposed on S&F LLC by the city of Carbon Hill prior to the start of 2013.

The vote passed 4-1, with Hammond, Mason, Blankensopp and Bray voting yes. Pschirer voted no.

After the council approved the minutes of the March 28 meeting and Richardson welcomed Hammond back, he asked for prayers for another missing member.

“Before we go any further I would like to say its good to see Anthony back with us, and ask everyone to pray for Councilman Billy Wright who is very sick and not able to attend the meeting,” Richardson said. “He’s at home, and we ask that everyone remember him in their prayers.”

In other business, the council also approved to restore eight-hour holiday pay for police officers and dispatchers, which Richardson said saves the city money, as well as hiring Brett Tittle as a full-time employee and Willie Hinds as a part-time employee for the city’s street department.

Richardson also informed the council he had received estimates on the construction for the Nauvoo Road Bridge project. The cost would be around $786,000 and, even after the Community Development Block Grant of $350,000, the city would be left to fund a total of $436,427.50 toward the project.

Council members voted to hold off on the Nauvoo Road Bridge project, but resubmit its application for grant money at a later date when the city would be able to fund its part of the project.

But the council did vote 4-1 to continue with the city’s application for a water grant to update the city of Carbon Hill water system.

Council members also gave approved several other motions including allowing the Bulldog Youth Athletic Association to use the city’s ball park; to take applications through April 25 for life guards and a new director for the Carbon Hill City Pool; and purchase a safe for the Carbon Hill Police Department to use as an evidence locker.

Carbon Hill Police Chief Ron Colburn thanked the council for its support of his department, before giving his report to the council, which included 44 arrests on miscellaneous charges, six felony arrests and 27 traffic citations.

Carbon Hill Fire Chief Buddy Smith reported that three more members of the Carbon Hill Fire Rescue had passed their test and were now certified firefighters.

Just before the meeting adjourned, Richardson read a letter to the other council members and the citizens of Carbon Hill who were present at Thursday’s meeting.

He said he received the letter from a company the city has been in negotiations with over the development of property just north of the Carbon Hill/Nauvoo Road interchange.

“We’re not able to make an official announcement just yet, but we do have a group that is interested in the property where the old bingo hall is, and we are working with them to get this project off the ground,” Richardson said after the meeting. “It will not only mean revenue for our city, but employment opportunities for our citizens.”