By Terry Schrimscher, contributing writer
SPRINGVILLE — The Springville City Council held its second regularly scheduled meeting of the month on Monday night, Sept. 23. Most of the new business for the evening involved updating and approving ordinances to meet the demands of the growing city.
City attorney James Hill introduced the proposed ordinance because the city did not have anything in place to address the trend in tiny housing. The tiny house movement has gained popularity, in recent years, with people looking for small, efficient housing and simpler lifestyles. Tiny houses can be built in various ways but typically are 600 square feet or less.
According to Mayor William Isley, the new ordinance addresses construction regulations and building codes. Permits to build houses would still be routed through the planning and zoning offices. The new ordinance, 2019-20, updates and replaces existing housing regulations passed in 2015.
The council authorized Isley to proceed with the purchase of one-quarter acre of land at Big Springs Park. The purchase will allow the city to bring some of the property around the stream and walking trails into the park, which had previously intruded into a neighboring property. It will also provide better access for upkeep of the property.
The council also approved Ordinance 2019-21, which provides a license for alcoholic beverages at event venues. The previous ordinance did not specify regulations for event venues, which operate in a different manner than restaurant venues.
Samantha Hennings addressed the council to get permission to conduct a charity festival in Big Springs Park. Hennings is the 15-year-old daughter of Dennis and Katrina Hennings of Springville. She currently serves as Miss Hamilton Outstanding Teen for 2020.
“It’s going to be a festival, sort of like SpringFest,” said Hennings. “I am trying to get arts and crafts booths. There will be live music, food vendors and item vendors. All of the money will be split evenly between Children’s Miracle Network and Just Breathe Foundation.”
The event will be held Nov. 23 in Big Springs Park. The purpose of the festival is to bring awareness to issues relating to anxiety and depression, especially among teens. Hennings has adopted the hashtag #GetUp for the event.
In other business, the council approved weed abatement in the Crandall Crest neighborhood. Council members questioned how the city would be reimbursed for the work and agreed to proceed after learning the work could be included in property tax assessments.
Fire Chief Richard Harvey addressed the council on the “no burn” order impacting most of the state of Alabama. He clarified that the order is in effect and applies to most types of burning including limbs and leaves, trash and campfires. Harvey asked for citizens to reach out to him or his department with questions about any fires so they can help manage it safely. He added that the ban does not apply to grills and cookouts.
The city approved the budget for fiscal year 2020, which includes funds for new employees added, but not yet hired, in the previous year. The next meeting will be held on the first Monday in October.