The Scottsboro City Council voted on several items at the last regular meeting held on October 21, 2019.

The application for Band Boosters tourism grant in the amount of $4,000 was approved for their event that took place on October 19, 2019. Patricia Henderson, Band Boosters Vice President stated 795 students marched in uniform at the event, and an estimated 1,500 to 2,000 people came to the area for the event. The schools participating were North Jackson, Fyffe, Susan Moore, Madison County, Boaz, Fairview, Brewer, Douglas, Ardmore, East Limestone and Scottsboro. Bags for band directors were also handed out containing items from a lot of local businesses. Henderson stated things like a free hotel stay or a free round of golf bring these people back into the community and help contribute even more.
The equipment financing bid was passed and awarded to FNB who came in with a bid of 2.74%, just ahead of First Southern Bank at 2.75% and First Jackson at 2.85%. Other budget amendments were also passed. A track hoe for the Street Department was approved for $114,304; a side hog cutter for $64,000; Christmas decorations for $20,000; police travel at $2,500; police vests for $6,000; fire hose nozzles at $4,800; a fire department ramming tool for $7,000; the Scottsboro City Hall mail server for $5,000; City Hall main server for $7,000. These items totaled $231,604 and will be coming from excess sales tax. The items coming from excess property and business taxes are, pickup trucks for the Street Department at $45,000; Animal Control pickup truck for $15,000; a Recreation Department vehicle for $15,000. These items totaled $75,000.
Council members voted to re-bid the fuel bid for the city’s fuel provider. Council member Gary Stewart stated he would like the new bid notice to stipulate the bid for 93 and 87 octane, diesel and a requirement for a secondary source of fuel in case of emergencies. Later, council members also stated they would like to have any repairs or resurfacing for the Bynum Park parking lot be bid on and also to see what price Wiregrass Construction could provide as far as the bid for the lot. The oil bid will also be re-bid. Council member Mike Ashburn stated that with the local bidder that was chosen, in the original bid contract, it was stipulated that the bidder would provide all necessary equipment. Ashburn stated so far they have not held up their end of the deal, and he would like the contract re-bid. This was moved to the next work session.
A public hearing was held for an alcohol license for Lonnie McCaffety doing business as Family Dollar Stores of Alabama located at 20298 East Willow Street. There were no objections and all requirements complied. Another hearing was also held for Martiza Cortez doing business as Toros Cantina and Grill located at 3311 South Broad Street. Pending fire inspection, all other requirements complied, and pending fire inspection, Council passed both hearings.
The 50/50 grant of $250,000 for a T-hangar at the Scottsboro Airport was approved. The next step will be deciding where the city’s $250,000 will come from. The change to the Fire Department job descriptions was also approved, as was the resolution to a budget amendment of $2,400 to allow the Street Department to paint the fuel tanks. The July Mountain Tower lease agreement was also approved. City Attorney Stephen Kennamer reported on the current situation with a property owner on Center Street running an illegal junkyard. As of now, the property owner has been properly cited by the abatement department for the violation of the city ordinance. Kennamer asked for permission from Council to approach with a civil action to abate the nuisance, if necessary, to be complimentary with the criminal actions now pending. This was approved by Council.

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