By Nathan Prewett
MOODY – In a very brief meeting on Monday, Oct. 26 the Moody City Council voted to approve the week of Jan. 24 to 30 National School Choice Week and considered a contract for paving, which was tabled for a future meeting.
A public hearing was held before the regular meeting in which Moody resident Joel Washington requested that his property on Moody Parkway be rezoned from AG-1 (Agricultural) to B-3 (Tourist Commercial District).
Washington was present to speak in favor of his request and none in attendance spoke to oppose it. The request will be voted on at a meeting on Nov. 23 at Moody City Hall at 6 p.m.
Afterwards, Moody Mayor Joe Lee proposed a proclamation that would declare the week of Jan. 24 to 30 as National School Choice Week. The week advocates for all families to choose from a range of choices for their children’s education.
“There’s all kinds of schools: the virtual schools going on now, the public schools, the home school, so I think the people should have a choice,” Lee said.
Later the council brought up a resolution to enter into an agreement with St. Clair County to pave Church St. However, it was decided to table the matter until engineers from the county could be consulted on specific details about the project.
The meeting’s agenda listed portions of the street to be paved:
- The portion of Church Street from CR-10 to Carl Morgan Rd that is considered to be County Maintained
- The portion of Church Street from Carl Morgan Rd to US Hwy 411 that is considered to be City Maintained
- The portion of the turn lane that transitions from CR-10 to Church Street that is not on the ROW for CR-10 that is considered to be County Maintained
- The County will pave Church Street from CR-10 to US Hwy 411 and the turn lane between CR-10 and Church Street using its bid in place
- The County will stripe and put in pavement markers with its bid in place
- The County will pay for the total cost to have the whole road paved and striped
- The City of Moody will accept Church Street from CR-10 to US Hwy 411 and the portion of the turn lane that transitions from CR-10 to Church Street that is not on the ROW for CR-10 for maintenance when the project is complete.
In other business the council:
- Approved $888 for upgrades to a 2017 Ford Explorer 342 used by the police department,
- Approved $2,500 for office furniture from Rosewood Furniture. This was listed as budgeted item capital outlay 513-9900 on the agenda,
- Approved paying St. Clair County for the service of school resource officers in the amount of $7,500,
- Approved a request from Fire Chief Larry Horton to purchase thank you cards for $265.97, and
- Approved a request from Horton to send Inspector Mulkey to the International Association of Arson Investigators conference in Gulf Shores for $670.