Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Present for the proclamation of October 19 through October 23, 2020, as CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WEEK in Limestone County are from left, Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce Board Chairman Chris Becker, Limestone County Commission Chairman Collin Daly, Athens Mayor Ronnie Marks and Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce President Jennifer Williamson. (courtesy photo)
Chamber Of Commerce Week Proclaimed In Athens
Limestone County Commission Chairman Collin Daly and City of Athens Mayor Ronnie Marks have proclaimed the week of Monday October 19 through Friday, October 23 as Chamber Of Commerce Week in Limestone County.
Marking the 58 anniversary of the Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce, a professional membership organization that promotes and protects the interest of our local business community, Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce President Jennifer Williamson commented that, "The Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce is excited to celebrate with other Chambers from around the state during Alabama Chamber of Commerce Week. The Chamber appreciates all our members and partnering organizations for their support of the Chamber's program events and activities. Each day, the Chamber works to create jobs and advocates for our businesses on the local, state, and federal levels in an effort to improve our local economy and community."
Working with the businesses, merchants, and industry to advance the civic, economic, industrial, professional, and cultural life of Limestone County and the City of Athens, Alabama the Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce and its members provide citizens with a strong business environment that increases employment, retail trade and commerce and industrial growth to make Limestone County and the City of Athens a better place to live.
Limestone County Commission Chairman Collin Daly said, "Our county continues to be stronger because of the Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce. The services they provide to our community are invaluable."
Athens Mayor Ronnie Marks concluded, "The Chamber is a terrific asset for our business community, and supports events that our community looks forward to each year."
City of Elkton Approves New Police Car
The Elkton City Council met Thursday, October 8. Mayor Caldwell called the meeting to order and requested a roll call of the Aldermen. Payton Blade, Bill Bonjour, and Bobby Sherrell were all present. Jim Lathrop was absent. Also present were City Attorney Joe Fowlkes, Patel and Melissa Martinez. Mayor Caldwell then led the pledge, followed by the invocation and all were seated.
Minutes from previous meeting were reviewed. Alderman Blade made motion to approve, seconded by Alderman Bonjour, and passed 3/0. Next up for review were the financial reports. Bonjour made motion to approve them, seconded by Alderman Sherrell and passed 3/0. Last to be reviewed were the police and fire reports. Bonjour made motion to approve them, seconded by Blade and passed 3/0.
First on the agenda, Mayor Caldwell asked the board to share any comments or concerns. Bobby Sherrell shared with the board what was discussed at the meeting he attended at Martin College. He explained how Martin and UT are merging together and students can earn a UT degree while not having to live on campus which in turn will save them a lot of money and will increase housing in Pulaski and perhaps Elkton.
Mayor Caldwell reminded the board of the Annual Chicken Stew which is taking place October 17 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. and will be carry out only. A gallon of stew will be $25 and a half gallon will be $15. Preorders are highly recommended.
Discussion of a new police car was up next on the agenda. Chief Braden shared the quotes he had collected from two dealerships. Alderman Bonjour reviewed the quotes and wanted to be sure the decals were reflective. After further discussion, Blade made motion to approve the amount of $33,620.43 for the Dodge Durango, seconded by Bonjour and passed 3/0.
Mayor Caldwell sought approval from the board to reinstate putting $500 away into Elkton's State Street account and $2000 into the Capital Projects account effective in January. Blade made motion to approve, seconded by Bonjour and passed 3/0.
Alderman Blade and Alderman Bonjour mentioned the problem area on College and Market Street of how the concrete is deteriorating. Mayor Caldwell requested approval to contact the Giles County Highway Department to make repairs to both streets. Bonjour made motion to approve, seconded by Blade and passed 3/0.
Next on the agenda was adding Bobby Sherrell to bank statements as vice mayor. Bonjour made motion to add him, seconded by Blade and passed 3/0.
With tax season coming up, the board discussed opening city hall on Friday's from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. as was done last year. Blade made motion to approve, seconded by Bonjour and passed 3/0.
Mayor Caldwell mentioned the new recycling area and the new regulations that come with it. He suggested the city install a camera to help enforce the new rules that come with this roll off. Bonjour made motion to approve the camera, seconded by Sherrell and passed 3/0.
Last to be discussed was the Elkton Police Department wanting to host a movie in the park October 24 starting with The Nightmare Before Christmas at 6:00 p.m. and Beetlejuice at 8:00 p.m. There will be concessions available and all proceeds will be donated towards the Angel Tree project in December.
Blade made motion to adjourn, seconded by Bonjour and passed 3/0.
Meeting adjourned at 6:23.
Elkton Beer Board Approves Two Permits
Mayor Caldwell called the Elkton Beer Board Meeting to order Thursday, October 8.
Mayor Caldwell mentioned there are two entities, Kent Kwik and Shree Jay Inc., requesting beer permits.
He asked board to review applications and then proceed, with comments from City Attorney Joe Fowlkes on the establishment providing a copy of legal agreement to city recorder for filing before issuing the beer permit(s). Alderman Bonjour made a motion to approve a beer permit for Shree Jay Inc., seconded by Blade and passed 3/0. Alderman Blade made a motion to approve a beer permit for Kent Kwik, seconded by Bonjour and passed 3/0.