Ardmore Water Department employees from left, Michael Posey, David Hopkins, Nathan Hopkins and Daniel Davis repair damage to a main water supply line and reinstall the fire hydrant that was hit by a truck at the back of the City of Ardmore Municipal annex building Thursday, February 6, 2020. (YCS photo by Joe Stagner)

Town Council Approves Purchases

The Ardmore Town Council met in regular session Monday, February 10, 2020. Attending were Mayor Billy Shannon, Councilmen Melody Duffey, Leah Faulk, Ricky Mitchell, Billy Ray Hall, and Mary Hobbs. Also present were Town Clerk, Sandra Cultice, Police Chief Jimmy Kennedy, EMA Director, Tim Toone, Street Department Supervisor, Terry Barkley, Ronny Cornelison, and Shera Hunt.

Mayor Shannon called the meeting to order and led the prayer. Councilman Mitchell made a motion to approve the minutes of the January 13, 2020 meeting as typed. Second by Councilman Hobbs and the vote was unanimous.

Mayor Shannon informed the council that the sidewalk project is complete, except for some sod to be redone in front of the high school and L & S.

Street Supervisor, Terry Barkley presented the council with pictures of the benches and trash cans to be ordered and placed along Ardmore Avenue. After discussion the council decided to order three 4-foot and three 6-foot benches and six trash cans for a cost of $9500.00 One 6-foot bench will be in front of the high school and another by the town hall. Terry will have an aerial view with his suggestions as where to place the other four at the next council meeting. Councilman Hobbs made a motion to give Town Clerk Sandra Cultice and Terry Barkley approval to go ahead and order the benches and trash cans. Second by Councilman Mitchell and the vote was unanimous.

Terry Barkley gave an update on the tennis court fence. The fence needs to be moved and core drilled into the asphalt outside the court. The council must advertise for sealed bids to do the work. Councilman Hobbs made a motion to allow Terry Barkley and Town Clerk Sandra Cultice to advertise for the sealed bids, requesting bids for regular chain link fence as well as black coated chain link fence. Councilman Hall second and the vote was unanimous.

The town has turned off some streetlights along Ardmore Avenue. Sandra Cultice will present financial differences in the time the streetlights are on and off. The council will look at those numbers next month and decide whether to keep those lights on or off.

Terry Barkley stated the town's backhoe, which is a 2004, needs a new hydraulic pump. The price of a new pump is $8200.00. Some cylinders need replacing at a cost of $700.00. Total parts, labor, and fluids will cost the town $10,757.00. Otherwise the backhoe is still in good shape. Councilman Hall made a motion to have the backhoe repaired. Second by Councilman Mitchell and the vote was unanimous.

Street Supervisor, Terry Barley requested to advertise for part time summer help for the street department. The installation of the sidewalk and lights down Ardmore Avenue required an agreement with the state to maintain the grass around the area. The pay for the position will be $10.00 an hour. No set number of hours a week. Mostly weed eating around the sidewalk and lamp posts and anything else the town workers may need help. Councilman Mitchell made a motion to allow Terry to advertise for the position. Second by Councilman Hobbs and the vote was unanimous.

Terry Barkley discussed the flooding on Jones Avenue last week. He stated if the road is deemed impassable, the town will block Jones Avenue on both ends. Chief Kennedy will call Alabama Department of Transportation, ADOT, and they will barricade Highway 53 at Mooresville Road to stop traffic from coming toward Jones Avenue.

Tim Toone addressed the council, stating he has started a program at the Ardmore Senior Center. He goes and checks blood pressure and vital signs for the people who come there to socialize. He will be checking into the costs and requirements of another program where a system automatically calls seniors once per day. If they don't answer the system continues to call several times. After several failed attempts the system alerts authorities to personally check on the person.

The Town of Ardmore must advertise a Request for Grant Administrative Proposals, in order to choose someone to write a grant for sewer upgrades. Councilman Hobbs made a motion to advertise for this request. Councilman Mitchell second and the vote was unanimous.

There being no further business Councilman Mitchell made a motion to adjourn. The meeting adjourned at 7:03 p.m.

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City Council Passes Resolution to Update City Codes

The Ardmore City Council met in regular session, Thursday, February 6, 2020. Attending were Mayor Mike Magnusson, City Recorder Mary Prier, Aldermen Spencer Smith, Paul VanManen, and Jason Sherman. Also present were Police Chief Jimmy Kennedy, EMA Director Tim Toone, Mason Daniels, Lance Stamper, Ed Burgoon, Ronny Cornelison, Paul Manke. Aldermen Garon Hargrove, Shane Emerson, and Raymond Crabtree were absent.

Mayor Magnusson called the meeting to order and Alderman Smith led the prayer and Alderman Sherman led the pledge of allegiance.

Alderman Smith made a motion to approve the minutes of the January 9 meeting as typed. Second by Alderman Sherman and the vote was unanimous.

Alderman VanManen made a motion to approve the January expenditures. Alderman Sherman second and the vote was unanimous.

The Ardmore Boys and Girls Club requested the council purchase a table for eight for their annual banquet. The cost of the table is $300.00. Alderman Sherman made a motion to approve the request. Alderman Smith second. Alderman Sherman and Smith voted in favor. Alderman VanManen opposed. The motion passed.

City Recorder Mary Prier brought before the council the need to redo the city's codes and ordinances. The codes were last updated in 2002. The beer, dog, and beautification ordinances especially need updating. She presented a resolution stating the Municipal Technical Advisory Service is requested to codify and revise the ordinances of the City/Town of Ardmore as soon as possible. The City/Town of Ardmore agrees to pay the Municipal Technical Advisory Service $3500.00 for the codification and revision of its ordinances based on their current population of 1213. The city will pay half the costs when request is made and half the cost upon delivery of the first draft. The current ordinances and codes contain outdated language, incorrect words, and some may conflict with current state laws. Some of the ordinances now will not stand up as written. Alderman Smith made a motion to approve the resolution to allow codes to be redone. Alderman Sherman second. Aldermen Smith and Sherman approved. Alderman VanManen opposed. Alderman VanManen agreed the codes need to be updated but disagreed with when the second payment would be due.

Mayor Magnusson stated the City of Ardmore was well represented at the Baseball Dinner Banquet. Aldermen Sherman and Smith, Mayor Magnusson, and Mary Prier attended the banquet.

Alderman Smith stated the ball fields at the park need conditioner. Fields were not conditioned last year. The fields require 240 bags of conditioner. The Limestone Farmers Co-Op priced the bags at $10.99 a bag for a total of $2,637.60 plus a $30.00 delivery fee. The areas around home plate need clay which is $11.99 a bag and 10 bags are needed for a total of $119.90 plus a $30 delivery fee. Parks Director Tim Turner will spread the conditioner on the fields. Alderman Smith made a motion to purchase the conditioner and clay as priced. Alderman Sherman second and the vote was unanimous.

Alderman Smith informed the council the cheese and nacho dispenser at the concession stand at the park does not work. He can purchase another machine from GHLS company, and they will replace the machine every two years for $99.00 a year. Alderman Smith made a motion to purchase the machine and enter the agreement to swap it out every two years. Alderman Sherman second and the vote was unanimous.

Alderman VanManen asked when the city was going to install a tile beside King's Hardware. Mayor Magnusson stated they must work in conjunction with the water department because they have water lines there. The city must be sure they don't hit those lines.

Alderman VanManen also wanted to know why the new city truck doesn't have a city logo on it. EMA director Tim Toone stated he has the decals ready; he just hasn't had time to put them on the truck.

Shera Hunt requested the city install a Plant Entrance Sign, No Outlet at the end of the road going to the Wolverine plant. When there is a reason for traffic to be rerouted people who are not familiar with Ardmore often go up the road to Wolverine instead of to the left following the truck route. Especially if it happens at night. Mayor Magnusson said it was an unusual night of flooding and the police sent someone up there to block traffic from going the wrong way.

Shera Hunt also requested the broken playground equipment at the park be removed or replaced and more equipment be installed especially something for toddlers and smaller children. Mayor Magnusson stated he is in the process of working on a grant for new equipment for the playground.

There being no further business, Alderman Smith made a motion to adjourn and Alderman Sherman second. Meeting was adjourned at 7:04 p.m.

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