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Cullman City Council Meeting March 27 2017

by | Mar 28, 2017 | Breaking News, City, City News, Cullman City, Politics

Cullman City Council Meeting March 27 2017

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

The highlight of the meeting was a Public Hearing and subsequent vote on Resolution # 2017-64 which led to approval of a 772 agreement with potential incoming Cullman merchant, Academy, Ltd.

RE-APPOINTED: Cullman Chief of Police Kenny Culpepper was reappointed to the City Alcohol Review Committee.

RE-APPOINTED: Cullman City Clerk Wesley Moore was reappointed to the Cullman Medical Clinic Board #2.

APPROVED: Cullman City Sewer Superintendent Chris Freeman received approval to purchase ten (10) flow meters from ADS Environmental Services in the budgeted amount of $52,000.

APPROVED: A bid for one or more traffic signal preemption systems to the lowest responsible bidder, Temple, Inc., in the budgeted amount of $4,571.42 per system. (Resolution #2017-70)

Traffic signal preemption systems allow firefighters with Cullman Fire Rescue to remotely control traffic lights as they respond to emergency calls.

APPROVED: A project 772 agreement with Academy, Ltd. which serves a public purpose promoting economic development within the City of Cullman.

Specifically, the Cullman City Council approved what is effectively a sales tax revenue sharing agreement with a presumptive new City of Cullman merchant: Academy Sports + Outdoors. The sales tax agreement is in the amount of $800,000 to support the building of a new Academy Sports outlet on Lee Avenue Southwest.

The Texas-based retailer has plans to begin construction of an $8 million, 62,000-square-foot facility in February 2018. The development goal is for a fully operational store opening in the Fall of 2018.

Academy Sports believes the store will create 100 new jobs and generate $270,000 in new annual sales tax revenue.

The essence of the sales tax revenue sharing agreement provides financial incentives of up to $800,000 to Academy Sports over the first eight years the company’s store successfully operates in Cullman.

The $800,000 is proposed to be paid out by the City of Cullman in seven annual installments up to $110,000 and then $30,000 in the eighth year. In percentage terms, it 50% of the company’s annual sales tax revenue. Like a more typical tax abatement scenario, Cullman schools will continue to receive sales tax money from Academy’s sales.

The sales tax incentive program is allowed under Amendment 772 of the Alabama Code:

(a) The governing body of any county, and the governing body of any municipality located therein, for which a local constitutional amendment has not been adopted authorizing any of the following, shall have full and continuing power to do any of the following:

(3) Lend its credit to or grant public funds and things of value in aid of or to any individual, firm, corporation, or other business entity, public or private, for the purpose of promoting the economic and industrial development of the county or the municipality.

ATTENDANCE: Mayor Woody Jacobs and Council President Garlan Gudger were present at Monday night’s meeting; votes on the above were unanimous across the council members in attendance.

Time Until Next Cullman City Council Meeting








City of Cullman Municipal Government

Wood Jacobs

Wood Jacobs


Garlan E. Gudger, Jr.

Garlan E. Gudger, Jr.


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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Cullman City Council Meeting March 27 2017

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