Carbon Hill council votes to relocate storm shelter
by Elane Jones
May 29, 2014 | 2376 views | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Carbon Hill City Council members voted Tuesday night to relocate the city’s community storm shelter so that the project can move forward.

They also hired two dispatchers and appointed a chairman to oversee the city’s upcoming Hillfest.

Carbon Hill Fire Chief Buddy Smith broached the subject of the city’s proposed storm shelter.

Mayor James “PeeWee” Richardson said the city could not move forward with the project because it had not received the proper paperwork from the Walker County and State boards of education to give the city permission to use the old junior high school property.

“Right now, we can’t put a shelter at that location until the Board deeds us the property. I spoke with Roger Wilson, the director of Walker County E911 who oversees the storm shelter project, about moving the shelter to another location. He said we would have to go through the whole process again in order to do that,” Richardson said. “So it is important that we make a decision on this as quickly as possible.”

Richardson as well as city council members Sandra Garrison, Jack Dunn, Mark Chambers, Suzanne Atkins, and Jimbo Bray discussed what the city should do next.

After some discussion about locations, Dunn made a motion to move the shelter to a new location.

Garrison seconded the motion and the council voted to move the shelter to some property the city owns near the Walker Rehabilitation Center.

Chambers suggested that the council meet with the Board of Education one last time before going forward with the process of moving the shelter.

The council also approved these following items on Tuesday:

• The hiring of two police dispatchers, one part-time and one full-time.

• Asked a local citizen to draw up plans for a stage area near the city’s park.

• Agreed more speed limit signs were needed on Dogtown Road in an effort to slow down the traffic speeding up and down that road.

• Appointed Anita Woods as the Hillfest chairman.

• Agreed to pay the Carbon Hill Utility Board $550 a month to do billing and collecting for the City’s garbage fees.

• Gave the City’s Cemetery Committee permission to purchase six and a half acres of land adjoining the city’s cemetery in an effort to expand the cemetery, which is rapidly filling up.

• Moved a city employee from one job to another to help with the city’s mowing.

• To call Regional Paramedical Services to sick inmates in the city jail.

The council also voted to take applications to fill remaining seats on the Carbon Hill Industrial Board and require a representative from each of the city’s boards to send a representative to each of the city’s council meetings at least once a month.

They also asked the Carbon Hill Police Department to notify the business owners that the No Parking in the striped off areas in town would be enforced.

Atkins also made a motion that the city do some research in passing some type of ordinance regarding the unkept lawns in town.

Richardson asked for the council to appoint Billy Jenkins to the vacant District 3 Council seat. A motion was made to appoint Jenkins to the seat on the council but died from a lack of a second, as did Richardson’s requests to make changes to the city’s redistricting ordinance.

The council also voted to move the council meetings from the second Tuesday of each month to the second Thursday of each month.

The next Carbon Hill Council meeting will be Thursday, June 12 at 6 p.m. in the council chambers.