CH council hears about Chamber’s five-year plan
by Elane Jones
Jun 29, 2013 | 1422 views | 0 0 comments | 73 73 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CARBON HILL — A representative with Funding Solutions of Austin, Texas, addressed the Carbon Hill City Council Thursday night on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce of Walker County.

Following his presentation, Fred Mickelson asked Carbon Hill Mayor James Richardson and members of the city council for the city’s financial support with the chamber’s five-year plan called “Forward Walker County, the Future is Ours.”

Mickelson said the chamber’s goal is to raise $700,000 over a five-year period to help fund a plan which will boost Retail/Business growth, workforce readiness/ education, tourism/image and leadership throughout the county. The effort is intended to attract and sustain the county as a location where everyone can enjoy a good quality of life and where businesses can thrive.

“We’re asking the city of Carbon Hill for a $2,500 a year investment, but only you know how much the city can afford to do at this time,” Mickelson said. “Several of the other smaller municipalities have pledged their support, and we hope the city of Carbon Hill will consider coming on board as well.”

Richardson told Mickelson the council would like to give the matter some consideration before giving the chamber’s Executive Director Linda Lewis a decision.

The council and mayor then went into executive session for about 30 minutes to discuss a matter regarding a city employee, before returning to the council chamber to continue the meeting.

After approving the minutes of the last meeting and making an amendment to the minutes of the April 25, Carbon Hill City Council members, Sandra Garrison (District 1), Anthony Hammond (District 2), Terry Mason (District 3), Ken “Sarge” Blankensopp (District 4), James L. Pendley (District 5) and Jimbo Bray (District 6) voted on and approved the following items.

In other business, the council:

•voted to allow the residents of Carbon Hill to vote on what the money raised from the festival being held in September will be used for in the future.

•approved the installation of cabinets in the city clerk’s office and a solid door in the Carbon Hill Police Department’s dispatch office that leads to the outside of the building, and to replace some blinds in the city magistrate office which are in serious disrepair.

Richardson said the money for all three projects will come from the city’s improvement fund.

•voted to move forward in applying for a Community Storm Shelter Grant, which the city is eligible for through the State of Alabama.

Richardson said the city was eligible for a 75/25 percent matching grant to install a community storm shelter at the old junior high school property, which the city now owns.

“The shelter will comfortably hold up to 96 people and the city will be responsible for the upkeep of the shelter,” Richardson said. “We can use in-kind service to pay for our part of the matching grant, which is 25 percent.”

•approved for Carbon Hill Police Chief Ron Colburn to attend the Alabama Police Chief’s Conference in August in Gulf Shores and to send one of the department’s police officers to Firearms Instructor Training and dispatchers Buddy Smith and Brandy Bonner to Jail Certification School.

The council also voted to terminate city employee Frankie Goodson and gave its approval for Carbon Hill Assistant Police Chief Matt Dozier to look into acquiring a Hummer for the Carbon Hill Police Department through the 10/33 Program before adjourning.