Several items were discussed at last week’s Scottsboro City Council  work session.


Keller Lumber spoke to Council  members regarding the logging of Goose Pond Island. Drew Benson and Scotty  Fleming represented Keller Lumber. Fleming explained that the company was interested in purchasing lumber from the island. Fleming stated it would be advised that they be allowed to harvest and thin approximately 180 acres consisting of pine, cedar and mature hardwood, to provide for future growth. Fleming explained that the pine and cedar market is currently in a good position. Fleming said he believed that the city would net between 40-50 thousand  dollars from this project.
An ALDOT resolution for Dollar General on Broad Street was briefly discussed. Council  President Tony Wallingsford stated that he believes the facility will be located across from the ABC Store and next to Pizza Hut.
Budget amendments for the Sanitation Department and Street Department were again discussed. Several weeks ago Council  member Keith Smith brought up that invoices had been paid in the amount of $60-$80,000 for repairs to old equipment within the departments. These repairs included a cab air conditioner and heater in a bulldozer at a cost of $8800. Total cost of repairs on this item totaled more than $37,000. Shelton previously responded to the Council’s questions about the invoices and stated that he along with Rick Wheeler and the Council  President would look at the budget. Wallingsford said that he had payment stopped on the invoices previously.  Wallingsford stated that the Mayor, Council  relationship is about team work.  Wallingsford stated that his real frustration comes from the fact that these charges did not come from work that the Council  would not have approved, rather than the fact that the Council  was not given the opportunity to approve them.  Council  member Keith Smith said that he can never remember a year that departments got everything they asked for.  
Smith stated that all of these things didn’t just happen, it’s happened over the years.  He said, “This stuff didn’t have to be fixed, but it was easy because it was an open door.”  Smith addressed Wallingsford and stated, “I believe a while back when you called (Alabama League of Municipalities), you said to me, ‘How many times do I have to have this conversation, (with the Mayor), because I already have?’ It didn’t do much good the first time. This can’t continue on.”
During delegations John Morgan, who lives on Clemmons Road requested a fire hydrant be placed near his home. Morgan stated that there are only two hydrants for seven homes in his area. Wallingsford questioned if Morgan had been to Scottsboro Water  Sewer and Gas  to which Morgan stated he had but has never heard anything from them.  
Wallingsford  said,  “Typically that is the responsibility of a developer in a neighborhood or the homeowner who builds a house.”  Roy Light stated materials cost approximately $2,500 and citizens may purchase the fire hydrants and Scottsboro Water Sewer and Gas will donate their time for installation.
During reports Shelton stated that at the Cemetery Department some repairs are being made to the outside with funds that were set aside during last years’ budget. Smith questioned the mowing contract for the city. He stated that the person who won the bid was shown all of the properties that would be required to be maintained. However, the Street Department is now maintaining some of those areas.  Smith also questioned the Street Department working at Scottsboro High School.  He stated that years ago this came up at a meeting and the Council  President explained that at under no circumstances should work be done on property that had a tax base other than the City of Scottsboro, and then the work must be brought before and approved by the City Council. Attorney Stephen Kennamer confirmed. Shelton stated that he was not aware of that and apologized.




Council  member Keith Smith said that he can never remember a year that departments got everything they asked for.  
Smith stated that all of these things didn’t just happen, it’s happened over the years.  He said, “This stuff didn’t have to be fixed, but it was easy because it was an open door.”  Smith addressed Wallingsford and stated, “I believe a while back when you called (Alabama League of Municipalities), you said to me, ‘How many times do I have to have this conversation, (with the Mayor), because I already have?’ It didn’t do much good the first time. This can’t continue on.”
During delegations John Morgan, who lives on Clemmons Road requested a fire hydrant be placed near his home. Morgan stated that there are only two hydrants for seven homes in his area. Wallingsford questioned if Morgan had been to Scottsboro Water  Sewer and Gas  to which Morgan stated he had but has never heard anything from them.  
Wallingsford  said,  “Typically that is the responsibility of a developer in a neighborhood or the homeowner who builds a house.”  Roy Light stated materials cost approximately $2,500 and citizens may purchase the fire hydrants and Scottsboro Water Sewer and Gas will donate their time for installation.
During reports Shelton stated that at the Cemetery Department some repairs are being made to the outside with funds that were set aside during last years’ budget. Smith questioned the mowing contract for the city. He stated that the person who won the bid was shown all of the properties that would be required to be maintained. However, the Street Department is now maintaining some of those areas.  Smith also questioned the Street Department working at Scottsboro High School.  He stated that years ago this came up at a meeting and the Council  President explained that at under no circumstances should work be done on property that had a tax base other than the City of Scottsboro, and then the work must be brought before and approved by the City Council. Attorney Stephen Kennamer confirmed.
Shelton stated that he was not aware of that and apologized.

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