By Nathan Prewett
MOODY – The Moody City Council met on Monday, March 22 where they voted on two road projects and approved a development plan for Kelly Commerce Park.
The council passed Resolution R2021-03-22A at the request of City Attorney James Hill, which is to approve the Kelly Creek Commerce Park development plan. This follows an action by the council in January that rezoned a number of acres on Kelly Creek Road from agricultural to business park commercial park district to allow for the park to be built.
City Attorney James Hill said that the plan outlines development issues, as well as transportation and housing issues. The action also enables grant applications and agreements to be made in order to establish the park.
The business park will allow for light manufacturing businesses to set up shop in Moody. A St. Clair County Economic Development brochure says that Moody was chosen due to a lower crime rate, as well as being in approximation to urban amenities.
Then council approved a couple of public works projects. One was a project on Forrest Drive, where two failing pipes will be replaced under the road and road repair will take place. The cost is not to exceed $45,000.
Another was for asphalt paving on Acton Road, Carl Jones Road and Green Valley not to exceed $900,000. Mayor Joe Lee said that the roads have not been paved for a number of years, prompting him to include the request on the agenda.
“Those roads have not been paved for 30 years,” he said. “All these roads we’re paving now, and we’ve got the money in our reserves to redo these roads, so I ask that the council support repaving Action Road, Carl Jones and Green Valley.”
The resolution was passed unanimously.
Fire Chief Larry Horton made a request that the council amend its $400 yearly inspection plan of fire extinguishers for the city, which was passed in February. Horton said that an inspection was made that found several insufficiencies, including some needing to be hydro tested, others needing to be refilled and areas that did not have extinguishers.
The amendment would ensure that all department and city buildings have extinguishers and are brought up to date. This would cost a total of $2,618. After this, they would go back to the regular yearly fee unless an extinguisher needed to be refilled or the six-year hydro test is due. The request was approved by the council.
Among the last actions of the council was to approve the voting delegates for the Alabama League of Municipalities annual business meeting that is to take place on May 14. The voting delegate is Lee, with the first alternative being Mayor Pro-Tem Linda Crow and Councilman Lynn Taylor the second alternative.
In other business the council:
- Approved a request by Public Works Director Steve Mitchell for the purchase of cold mix asphalt for road repair at the cost of $2,500,
- Approved a request by Horton to purchase vehicle cleaning and maintenance chemicals for $1,000,
- Approved the purchase of personal protection equipment or firefighting helmets for $2,500,
- Agreed to enter into a service and maintenance contract with Stryker on two cardiac monitors originally for four years but changed to three years at the annual cost of $3,240,
- Approved Police Chief Thomas Hunt’s request to go to a Chiefs Conference at Orange Beach on July 30 – 4 for $1,700,
- Voted yes on Resolution R2021-03 to reduce the corporate limits and reestablish the boundaries of the city, and
- Passed Ordinance M2021-03-22 to provide for regulation of mobile food vehicles in the city, including inspections and permission by homeowners’ associations to park in certain areas,
Meetings are held on the second and fourth Monday of every month at 6 p.m. at Moody City Hall on 670 Park Ave.