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Athens City Council

ATHENS — The Athens City Council on Monday:

  • Applied for an Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs grant of $25,022 for Athens Police, for a bar code system to track evidence and equipment; 12 sets of spike strips for patrol; and a mapping system for dispatch. City match would be $2,780.

  • Approved General Fund amendments of $72,000, Sanitation Department, overtime and employee benefits; $10,000, Municipal Court, legal fees; $450,000, Fire Department, furnish and landscape new fire station; and $120,062, Public Works, move location to Elm Street.

  • Approved capital expenditures for fiscal 2008 that total $872,650 and include five police patrol cars, a firetruck and a parking lot on Hobbs Street across from the police station.

  • Tabled taking action on an agreement with the Alabama Department of Transportation regarding the Interstate 65 interchange under construction at Huntsville-Browns Ferry Road. The state wants the city to take over maintenance of the interchange except on state and federal highways.

  • Approved paying $80,000 for a traffic signal at Athens-Limestone Drive and U.S. 72. Mayor Dan Williams said developer Bill Ming pledged to pay for the signal but backed out because the area has not completely developed. Councilman Harold Wales said the city needs contracts with developers in the future.

  • Approved rezoning 11.2 acres on Hatfield Lake Road for Wayne and Beverly Lewis from highway business district to low density residential.

  • Held a public hearing on the proposed Athens zoning ordinance, which would make it more user friendly and add zones including manufactured home residential and downtown loft apartments. Set a work session for Oct. 31 at 10 a.m. to discuss it further.

  • Amended its grant for the Jimmy Gill Recreational Center on Sanderfer Road to include $25,000 from the city to add a basketball court.

  • Approved an agreement with David Inman Construction for the Cantera Place Phase 2 homeowner’s association maintaining the detention pond.

  • Set public hearings for Nov. 19 on rezoning requests from Mike Underwood for 18.42 acres on U.S. 31 north of the Sports-plex from agriculture to highway business district to move TriGreen’s corporate offices there; and from Southeastern Properties LLC on 10.21 acres east of Frazier Street and south of Elm Street from light industrial to medium density residential.

  • Approved travel expense of $283 for Darin Russell, Electric Department, safety conference in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

  • Awarded a $175,953 bid to Keenum Excavation and Contracting to expand the Swan Creek Greenway. City’s portion is $45,000; the rest is a grant. Public Works Director James Rich said he will try to minimize the materials needed to keep the city’s portion below $45,000.

  • Tabled an ordinance to establish procedures and permitting process for blasting, which would give the fire chief authority to issue the permits and citations.

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