City To Enforce Decades Old Ordinance To Protect City Streets From Utility Company Damages

The Rainsville City Council met in regular session on Monday, February 3, 2020. In the meeting councilmen Taheri brought up an ordinance that was passed into effect on May 21, 1996, by the 1992- 1996 administration, to protect the streets of the city for the citizens of Rainsville.

According to sources familiar with the original passing of this ordinance, the ordinance was passed because many utility companies, like the Waterboard, were cutting the city streets, in many cases without permission, and then not repairing those streets back to the same standard they were before being cut.

The city had just started a new annual paving program to upgrade the city streets and was paving many miles of city streets each year with plant mix asphalt. This program was to give the citizens good quality roads within the city. But these expensive paving projects were being ruined by ill-mannered repairs being made by these utilities.

Although, this ordinance was passed and in effect, it seemly got lost and was not enforced by administrations since that time. This ordinance required any utility or contractor planning to cut a city street to contact city hall and to put up a deposit equal to the amount to return that portion of road back to the same or better condition, once the road had been cut.

After discussion, the current council decided to turn the ordinance over to the city attorney to make revision and add a penalty to the ordinance, for those that do not follow it.

In other business the council approved the following:

  • Street Light Sam Ellis/Hancock Drive
    Street Light—109 Sand Mountain Drive
    Street Light—Bartlett/George Wallace—Needs a Pole ($300.00)
  • To send Sheila Townsend and Kennedi Traylor to Local Government Training Class on April 1st – 3rd
  • Accepted a bid from Brown Excavating for $2100.00 to fix the drainage on Skaggs Rd.
  •  To transfer the government capital improvement account from First Southern State Bank to WinSouth Bank
  • To move the next regular meeting for February 17, 2020 to February 20, 2020
  • To sign the contract, and pay the money up front, for the Freedom Fest entertainment for this years Freedom Fest.
  • To accept a bid of $31,354.00 from First Quality Homes & Construction to repair the roof at the Library. The insurance company covered $30,861.00, leaving the City having to pay the difference of $493.00.
  • The send Police Chief Smith and Officer Yarbrough to firearm’s instructor school
  • To send Kelly and Tammy to clerk school training February 18th – 20th in Birmingham.
  • Accepted Sandy Goff’s resignation from the zoning board
  • Ordinance 02-20-2020, which sets the pay beginning with the next administration. The council’s pay will increase from $600/month to $800/month and the mayor’s pay will increase from $1,500/month to $2,000/month. It will also give the mayor and councilmembers the option to join the city’s group health insurance plan, at their own cost. Each member that elects to participate in the insurance will have to pay for their own insurance premiums.

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