By Erica Thomas, managing editor
TRUSSVILLE — The Trussville City Council recognized the Hewitt-Trussville High School’s Huskies Softball Team during its regular meeting on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. Councilor Jaime Anderson was not at the meeting due to military assignment.
“NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council of the City of Trussville, Alabama congratulates Hewitt Trussville High School; Head Coach Taylor Burt; Assistant Coaches Felecia Gulledge, Emily Glover, Jim Bailes, Madie Dorsett and Lee Boyete, the entire team and their families on their successful season,” the proclamation states.
The proclamation also recognized Madi Mitchell, Sara Phillips and Jenna Lord (MVP), who made the All-Tournament Team.
The softball team finished its season with a 49-3-1 record, the best ever in school history.
Former Board of Education member Bill Roberts attended the meeting and spoke up about the success of the team.
“Of all of the Hewitt-Trussville softball teams that I have watched all my years, which is a lot, this is the best one I’ve ever seen,” Roberts said.
Also on hand at the meeting were Superintendent Dr. Pattie Neill, new BOE member Sherrye Tolbert and Board Vice President Steve Ward.
The council also passed an ordinance amending zoning for a property at 8080 Gadsden Highway. The property was originally zoned as C-1 (Commercial), and the rezoning of the property to R-2 (Single-Family Residential) was approved by all councilors present. Little Goose Development applied for the rezoning and it came to the council recommended by the city’s Planning and Zoning Board. The owner of the property plans to put in a 21-lot subdivision in the land between the Peppertree Subdivision and the Holy Infant of Prague Catholic Church.
The council also approved a resolution accepting an audit by Cork, Hill & Company LLC. The audit was for the fiscal year 2020. The city undergoes an audit every year. The audit will be posted on the city’s website and copies are available upon request.
Trussville’s Industrial Development Board is selling a parcel (Lot 26) in the Trussville Industrial Park to DE General, LLC, for $232,400. Tuesday night, the council approved a resolution authorizing the mayor to execute the Purchase and Sale Agreement (PSA) on behalf of the city and take any and all actions to close the transaction. DE General is a disaster restoration company.
In other business, the council approved a resolution amending a prior agreement to form the Cahaba Solid Waste Disposal Authority. The original resolution had to be amended in order to add cities that have recently voted to join the authority. The cities of Hoover, Trussville, Mountain Brook, Vestavia Hills and Pelham will make up the authority. The authority will have an organizational meeting next week.
The purpose of the Cahaba Solid Waste Disposal Authority is to create innovative solutions to address residential and commercial garbage and recycling concerns. Being part of the authority does not mean a city’s garbage company would change. Each city will be able to choose its own services. Each city in the authority will have one representative to make up the Cahaba Solid Waste Authority Board of Directors.
During public comment, Jim Wolfe, a member of Veteran’s Committee, acknowledged the leadership of Chad Carroll.
“Chad Carroll did a tremendous job at putting together the Memorial Day program,” said Wolfe.
Wolfe suggested the city send a letter of commendation to Carroll’s commanding officer. Mayor Buddy Choat said he would be glad to do so.
The Veterans Committee hosted a ceremony and the installment of a the bust of local war hero Sgt. Jason Stegall, at Civitan Park. Choat said a plaque has been made to add to the bust and it will be installed as soon as weather permits.
The following items were approved as part of the Consent Agenda.
- Section X. Auditing Accounts
- Appoint Jean Cox to the City Tree Commission; term expiring Feb 28, 2024
- Appoint Josh Smalley and Eric Fredricks to the City Tree Commission; terms expiring Feb 28, 2023
- Appoint Ralph Mitchell to the City Tree Commission; term expiring Feb 28, 2022
- Reappoint David Fuller to the Industrial Development Board; term expiring July 14, 2027
- Reappoint Ralph Robson to the Planning & Zoning Board; term expiring June 11, 2027
- Hire James Lovin, Riley Rigg, McGuire Brooks and Elizabeth Brooks as Parks & Recreation Unclassified Laborers (Grade 7 – Step 1), effective June 19, 2021
- Hire Halee Ward as part-time Parks & Recreation Gymnastics Instructor (Grade 5 – Step 1), effective June 19, 2021
- Hire Jan Hinson as a seasonal Parks & Recreation Pool Manager (Grade 12 – Step 1), effective June 19, 2021
- Hire Travis Richards as Information Technology Personal Computer/Network Tech (Grade 23 – Step 5), effective June 19, 2021.
- Auditing accounts
- Accounts payable
- Active Killer Training for Police Capt. David Morette, Capt. Greg Cardwell, Sgt. Dennis Reid, Sgt. Chuck Bradford, Sgt. Adam Filetti, Sgt. Rob Hicks and Officer Scott Bates, June 21 in Oneonta. $40 per person registration fee
- Managing Property & Evidence for Police Property Clerk Claire Jackson, July 28-29 in Stapleton. $325 registration + accommodations
- Alabama Association of Chiefs of Police Conference for Chief Eric Rush, Capt. David Morette & Capt. Greg Cardwell, August 1-6 in Orange Beach. $200 per person registration fee + accommodations