Cullman City Council Meeting February 13 2017

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Cullman City Council Meeting February 13 2017

The following City of Cullman business was conducted Monday evening at 7:00 pm in the Lucille N. Galin Auditorium Cullman City Council.

Cullman City Council Pro-Tem Jenny Folsom presented financial data for first quarter of fiscal 2017. She credited new Mayor Woody Jacobs for his sharp pencil in reducing expenditures and costs in his first few months in office. The always humbled Jacobs deferred praise to the City’s department heads.

In hard numbers, the City of Cullman cut its expenses by 7.5% from October through December with sales tax revenue up 1/2%.

Sales tax revenues for 1st Quarter 2017 are up marginally over the same period in 2016 with business licenses and building permits showing an uptick.

Folsom was upbeat, saying:

“That’s a good sign that people are building and things are happening in Cullman.”

City of Cullman has generated and received the following sales tax income in the 1st quarter:

$1,046,775.30 in October (compared to $1,017,123.99 last year)

$1,080,364.94 in November ($1,066,927.56 in 2015 last year)

$1,313,007.05 in December ($1,064,228.43 in 2015 last year)

Additionally, Cullman City Council passed through the following requests for funding as well as various city resolutions, ordinances, orders and other business:

AWARDED a bid for a bucket truck to Cullman Leasing, LLC – the lowest responsible bidder – in the budgeted amount of $37,000. (Resolution #2017- 48)

APPROVED change orders #1 and #2 for Fire Station #3 deducting $412,179.11 from the original bid made by Eidson & Associates, Inc. in the amount of $5,239,900.  (Resolution #2017-49)

AUTHORIZED Mayor Woody Jacobs to purchase the property adjacent to Heritage Park and the Cullman Wellness and Aquatics Center AND to negotiate the purchase of a second property nearby. The purchase prices and locations of these properties are to be disclosed once an final agreement is consummated. (Resolution #2017-51)

APPROVED change orders #1, #2, and #3 for the Street Facility deducting $239,800 from the original bid made by Building Construction Associates, Inc. in the amount of $2,369,500 and to add $332,500 for the construction of additional building. (Resolution #2017- 50)

AUTHORIZED Mayor Woody Jacobs to enter into a master planning agreement for the City of Cullman with Renta Urban Land Design, LLC. (Resolution #2017-52)

Learn More About

Renta Urban Land Design provides collaborative design and management services to a wide range of public, institutional, and private clients. We offer Urban Land Designtraditional landscape architectural services which encompasses master planning, site planning and development, as well as contract documents and administration. Each project is an opportunity to offer smart, sustainable and practical solutions to a variety of design and economic challenges.

We are committed to providing innovative, exceptional and cost-effective designs to meet the needs of our clients. We take pride in our ability to provide reliable solutions to complex challenges as well as providing attention to even the smallest of details. Ultimately, we provide our clients with a depth of knowledge and resources that is expected from larger firms while operating with the ease and flexibility that is typically found in a smaller firm.

Renta Urban Land Design offers a variety of planning services ranging from large scale community and land planning to small scale site planning for parking lot or building expansions. Planning services offered include campus master planning, urban planning, park and public open space planning, recreational planning, as well as land use planning.

Eidson & Associates, Inc. is a general contractor committed to excellence for its clients. Our clients are our most important asset. Nothing less than the very best in construction service is acceptable to us. Everyone at Eidson & Associates, Inc. understands that quality is part of their responsibility. We believe that quality must be an attitude established daily on the job if we are to maintain the highest standards of workmanship. After all, true quality is always revealed in the finished product.

We are heavily involved in the complete process of construction; including, pre-construction services, design/build services, and general contracting services. We also perform work doing conceptual design and estimating, negotiating bids, value engineering and on a competitive bid basis when requested by an owner.

Here at Eidson & Associates, Inc., we are committed to working with you in an open book manner to save you money and maximize your value, while insuring you will receive a quality facility. We propose to every client that their contract be under whatever conditions make them, as the owner, the most comfortable, whether it be a Fixed Sum, Cost Plus, or Cost Plus with a GMP.

We look forward to building long-term relationships based on the foundation of trust, integrity, performance, value, and most importantly, client satisfaction. We hope to hear from you soon!

Building Construction Associates, Inc. is a locally owned commercial and industrial building contractor serving businesses and organizations with excellence since 1992.

Headed by Brandon Price and Darrell Sims, BCA has designed and built churches, schools and industrial facilities in Decatur and the North Alabama region. We are committed to providing each customer with personal service and attention. For more than 20 years, BCA has built a reputation for quality construction and excellent business practices. Our success comes from strong leadership, the hard work of our employees and subcontractors, as well as the partner relationships we develop with our customers.

In addition, the Cullman City Council approved the following Appeals, Applications, Complaints, Petitions, Requests, and other Special Agenda items:

APPROVED a request from Chief of Police Kenny Culpepper to competitively bid a SUV for the Cullman Police Department in the estimated amount of $30,184 of which $28,124.45 is budgeted and $2.059.55 will be paid from confiscated funds.

APPROVED a request from Ben Petty of Scout Marketing for a special event permit to hold a video shoot in Downtown Cullman to raise awareness of narcolepsy on Saturday, February 17, 2017 from 11:00 am until 9:00 pm.

APPROVED a request from Stephen Gannon of 412 Public House LLC located at 412 Second Avenue SE for a restaurant alcohol license which received a favorable recommendation from the City of Cullman Alcohol Review Committee.

APPROVED purchasing  of a 15-passenger vehicle from the low-bidder Eckenrod Ford in the amount of $33,069.

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City of Cullman Municipal Government

Wood Jacobs

Wood Jacobs

Mayor

Garlan E. Gudger, Jr.

Garlan E. Gudger, Jr.

President

Garlan E. Gudger, Jr. began serving his fourth term on the City Council in November of 2016. This is his third term to serve as City Council President. Council President Gudger serves in Place 2 and chairs the Council’s Utilities Committee.

Jenny Folsom

Jenny Folsom

President Pro-Tem

Jenny Folsom began her third term on the City Council in November of 2016, serving as City Council President Pro Tem during each of her terms of office. Council President Pro Tem Folsom serves in Place 5 and chairs the Council’s General Government Committee.

Andy Page

Andy Page

Council Member

Andy Page began his third term on the City Council in November of 2016. Council member Page serves in Place 1 and chairs the Council’s Public Safety Committee.

John W. Cook

John W. Cook

Council Member

John W. Cook began his third term on the City Council in November of 2016. Council member Cook serves in Place 3 and chairs the Council’s Public Works Committee. began his third term on the City Council in November of 2016. Council member Cook serves in Place 3 and chairs the Council’s Public Works Committee.

Clint Hollingsworth

Clint Hollingsworth

Council Member

Clint Hollingsworth began his third term on the City Council in November of 2016. Council member Hollingsworth serves in Place 4 and chairs the Council’s Tourism Committee.

Municipal Government – Frequently Asked Questions

How is Cullman City government structured?

The City of Cullman operates under a Mayor-Council form of government. The City’s elected officials consist of a Mayor and five City Council members. Each official is elected by popular vote to serve concurrent four-year terms.

Elections for Mayor and City council are held every four years in August.

How do I receive permission to hold a parade, protest, march, run/walk for charity, or other event using city streets and/or sidewalks?

In order to use city owned, or city-maintained property for any type of event, a Special Event Permit is needed. To request a permit, you must complete and submit a Special Event Permit Request Form to the City Clerk’s Office at least thirty (30) days prior to the planned event. The form will be reviewed by the Mayor, Police Chief, Fire Chief, and Parks & Recreation Director. It will then be placed on the agenda for the next regularly-scheduled City Council meeting for Council to either approve or deny. Once an event is approved, the permit must be signed for and picked up from the Mayor’s Office.

Can anyone attend a City Council meeting?

Yes. All City Council meetings are open to the public. Meetings are generally held on the 2nd and 4th Monday nights of each month, at 7 p.m. in the City Hall auditorium.

How do I have an item placed on a City Council agenda?

Contact City Clerk Wesley M. Moore during regular office hours.

How can I get a proclamation signed by the Mayor?

Contact Leanne West in the Mayor’s Office during regular office hours to arrange a proclamation signing.

Other frequently asked questions can be found here.

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