By Hannah Curran, Editor
TRUSSVILLE — The Trussville City Council approved several rezoned properties and also approved the application for the Public Building Authority of the City of Trussville board of directors on Tuesday, January 25.
During the public hearing, Karen McIntyre addressed the council on the issue revolving around the trains blocking Camp Coleman road.
“If you have an emergency, how are paramedics supposed to get to the other side of the tracks and you’re trying to get home, you can’t get home, you have to wait there, 45 minutes, hour, whatever,” McIntrye said. “Somebody could be ill, somebody could be hurt, it might be something that you need to be at home for.”
Councilmember Alan Taylor addressed McIntrye and informed her that a project was underway that would provide another exit out of the subdivision.
“There’s a current subdivision that’s working its way through that will provide that secondary access point for you,” Taylor said. “I know we have some people for it, some people against it, but that is another possibility in terms of that.”
Trussville Fire and Rescue’s Chief Tim Shotts also mentioned that the fire department has a protocol that if the train blocks the intersection for 30 minutes, the fire department will open the service gate and allow traffic to pass through the gate around the train.
The council held the second reading of two ordinances the first ordinance read is the ordinance to Rezone 6670 Green Drive to IN-2 (Institutional) from R-1 (Single Family Residential), and the second ordinance read 2022-034-PZ ordinance rezones eight parcels between Sutton Avenue and the Alabama-Tennessee Railway from A-1 Agricultural to R-2 Single Family Residential. This rezoning encompassed the following site addresses:
- 3652 Sutton Avenue
- 3642 Sutton Avenue
- 3632 Hawkins Street
- 3645 Springfield Street
- 3627 Sutton Avenue
- 3621 Sutton Avenue
- 3613 Sutton Avenue
- 3616 Deyempert Avenue
Trussville City Council also approved an application to form and create a public corporation known as “The Public Building Authority of the City of Trussville.”
According to the proclamation presented to the council members, the incorporators of the Public Building Authority have requested that the council appoint the initial board of directors of the Public Building Authority, consisting of Sidney Gayle McNeal, Jr., Jeremy W. Tuggle, and John M. Amari.
The council also approved Resolution No. 2021-52, amending the fiscal year 2022 budget, appropriating $50,000 in public funds for organizing leadership Trussville out of the general fund.
During the council comments and reports, Mayor Buddy Choat thanked the city council for passing the budget amendment through adding a 36-month agreement with Alabama Power for 24 security cameras and three flock cameras in various Parks locations, with no-startup costs. This is estimated to cost $4,000 per month.
“We have a problem like a lot of cities do with break-ins at ball games and practices and things like that,” Choat said. “We’re able now to provide security cameras for all our fans around the parking lot. So it’ll be on our sports complex, and the council was generously able to approve that it’s about $4,000 a month, roughly a $50,000 investment for the city, but we think it’d be worthwhile.”
In other matters, the Council approved:
- Hire Gary Glass as part-time Police Firing Range Attendant, effective January 29, 2022, for an annual salary not to exceed $32,000;
- Hire Antonio Hampton as Recreation Leader (Grade 12 – Step 1), effective January 29, 2022;
- Hire Fredrick Wagner as Recreation Leader (Grade 12 – Step 4), effective January 29, 2022;
- Approve 5 percent education premium for Public Safety Dispatcher Deporres Williams, effective January 29, 2022;
- Approve 5 percent lead worker premium for Fire Marshal Jesse Clifton, effective January 29, 2022;
- Reappoint Parks & Recreation Board members Chris Cobb & Tandi Smith, with terms ending February 28, 2026;
- Accept the resignation of Board of Zoning Adjustments Chairman Eddie Lee, effective January 21, 2022;
- Appoint Kara Steward to Board of Zoning Adjustments, replacing Eddie Lee, with term ending February 15, 2025;
- Appoint Chase McMaster to the Industrial Development Authority, serving out Wendell Gibson’s term until July 14, 2023;
- FY2022 Budget Amendment to add 36-Month Agreement with Alabama Power for 24 security cameras & 3 flock cameras in various Parks; locations, with no-startup costs. Estimated $4000 per month costs, all funded by American Rescue Plan (COVID);
- Proclamation Honoring 2020-2021 National Coach of the Year Taylor Burt;
- Resolution Appointing City Public Building Authority Directors;
- Resolution Authorizing a Common Service Agreement Between Trussville and Irondale Police Departments; and
- Resolution Amending the FY2022 Budget to fund and help organize Leadership Trussville.
- Accounts payable;
- Jail Management Course for Police Jasmine McCain, April 11-21 at Shelby County Training Center. $225 registration fee;
- 65th Annual Alabama Transportation Conference for City Engineer Wayne Sullivan. February 9-10 in Montgomery. $225 registration fee plus accommodations;
- 2022 Alabama Association of Public Personnel Administrators Annual Conference for Human Resources Director Mandy Dixon and Payroll Specialist Jessica Golab. July 20-22 in Huntsville. $430 registration fee per person plus accommodations; and
- 2022 Alabama Association of Municipal Clerks & Administrators Spring Training Institute for City Clerk Dan Weinrib. April 27-29 in Tuscaloosa. $265 registration fee plus accommodations.
The next Trussville City Council workshop will be on Tuesday, February 8, beginning at 6 p.m.