By Erica Thomas, managing editor
TRUSSVILLE — The Trussville City Council met in person for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday, June 9, 2020. The council’s regular meeting was held at City Hall. The city practiced social distancing by seating everyone six-feet apart.
Half Shell Oyster House appeared before the council to apply for an alcohol license. Representatives from the restaurant spoke about the company’s training for serving alcohol. The company’s employees are trained to ask anyone who appears to be 40 or younger to show their identification to verify they are old enough to have alcohol.
The council unanimously approved an alcohol license for Half Shell Oyster House. The owner said he hopes to open by the end of July.
The council approved an audit performed by Cork, Hill & Company LLC. The audit was for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. Councilman Brian Plant said he wanted the public to know the audit is one way the city stays accountable for its checks and balances.
“The company has the opportunity to tell us every year if there is anything wrong or inefficient, then we can correct it,” said Plant. “It does have limits.”
According to Cork, Hill & Company LLC, nothing in the audit raised concerns.
The city of Trussville will pay 20% of the cost of a study on the Chalkville Road/Chalkville Mountain Road corridor. The city has recognized traffic congestion in the area between the intersection at Rockridge Avenue and Poplar Street and Interstate 59. The Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham (RPC) has funding available for 80% of the study, which will be performed by Advanced Planning, Programming and Local Engineering (APPLE). The total cost of the study will be $59,948.38.
The council also passed ordinances to name a city tag licensing official, and to maintain some roads in Longmeadow and Hunter’s Creek subdivisions.
Municipal elections will be held on Aug. 25, 2020, to elect a mayor and five city council members. If there is a need for a runoff, the runoff will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. The council approved an agreement with the Jefferson County Commission for use of equipment for the election.
The following items were approved as part of the consent agenda:
- Hire lifeguards for 2020 season
- Layton Lambert, Grade 7, Step 3
- Kelly James Ryan, Grade 7, Step 4
- Chase Armstrong, Grade 7, Step 2
- Aubrey Renee Mavin, Grade 7, Step 4
- Hire Ta Huffstutler, fitness instructor – Grade 15, Step 4
- Hire Stacy Frazier, Public Relations Coordinator, Grade 24, Step 3 effective 6-6-2020
- Hire Malcolm Northern – Dispatcher – Grade 16, Step 1 effective 6-20-2020 pending
- Hire Steven Szajko, Firefighter/EMT – Grade 19, Step 1 effective 6-15-2020
- Accounts payable
- Massey Stotser – $24,186.96
- Revenue Officers Training – Poe, Hamilton & Mathis – Tuscaloosa – Oct 7-9, 2020 – Training postponed -Previously paid $225.00 ea., plus lodging
- Skills of Positive Leadership – Bradford, & Reid – Summerdale, AL – Aug 31-Sept 2 -$350 ea, plus lodging
- Court Security – Posey – Cullman – July 7-9 – $295.00
- Motorcycle Challenge – Dunn & David – Jul7 21-25, 2020 – Gallatin, TN – No cost, plus lodging
- AL Narcotics Officers Assn – Dillon, Jones, McCool, Holloway, Swope, Martin, Rush -August 17-20 – $150. Ea, plus lodging
- Accept resignations from IDB
1. Cecil Medders
2. Mike Richards