Several items were discussed during the recent Scottsboro City Council work session.

City council President Tony Wallingsford announced the resignation of Council member Jessica Butler. Wallingsford stated, “As most of you know, we received a letter from Ms. Butler last week indicating her intention to vacate her seat. I immediately contacted the League of Municipalities. I inquired, because of the timing, we’re upon an open election, I inquired about the process, if we could put that on an open ballot. That is not something that is allowed for under current State law.
“City Attorney Stephen Kennamer explained that the city council has 60 days to fill the vacancy. If they fail to do so, the Governor has 90 days with the right to receive nominations from the council. If the council could not and the Governor did not fill the vacancy, a special election would be held several months out.
Anyone interested in being appointed must apply in writing to Scottsboro City Clerk Whitney Phillips prior to June 18 at 4:30 p.m.
Council members discussed the maintenance at the Veterans’ Memorial Park.
Wallingsford stated that he had spoken with the group who expressed their wishes that the city take some responsibility for mowing and maintenance.
Wallingsford stated the group would like it to be a partnership between the county and city, in writing. Currently, the City of Scottsboro and Jackson County have each been mowing the property.
A conveyor belt at Solid Waste was discussed. City council member Keith Smith previously mentioned the project. Mayor Robin Shelton stated that the belt is currently running. However, it is pieced back together and patched.
Shelton explained that the replace the belt only, not the entire mechanism, there, is a six to eight week lead time. Shelton stated once approved and the belt arrives it would be a two man project and would cost approximately $7,500 to install.
Smith stated it was his impression that the project would cost $50,720. Shelton did not have the exact numbers but did state that installation would be $150 per hour for the first installer and $100 per hour for the second, with labor estimated at 30 hours.
Wallingsford requested the mayor to present the total cost of belt and installation to council members.
A budget amendment for the Goose Pond Grant and permitting was discussed.
Shelton explained that the boat ramp expansion and walking trail expansion grant process requires permitting [from TVA] in the  amount of approximately $15,000.
Smith questioned if it could be voted on when they receive the grant.
Shelton explained to apply for the grant these TVA permits have to be purchased. The permits are approximately $10,000, in addition to engineering fees that are added.
A request to change a Staff Accountant from a range of 14 to a range of 20 was discussed.
An organizational change at the Scottsboro Fire Department was requested.
Chuck Bryant, the current Fire Marshal is retiring as of July 1. Chief Gene Necklaus requested to reclassify the position of Fire Marshal to Deputy Chief  to give a clear understanding of second in command.
These items will be voted on at the next Scottsboro City Council meeting.

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