Cullman City Council Meeting April 24 2017

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Cullman City Council Meeting April 24 2017

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

Cullman City Council Pro-Tem Jenny Folsom presented financial data for the second quarter of fiscal 2017.

Complete details on this information can be found here.

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

PUBLIC HEARING To introduce an ordinance set for public hearing on June 5th, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. to amend a temporary ordinance for a Special Events District in downtown. This hearing is to consider the ability of downtown Cullman merchants to block off 2nd Avenue NE for Saturday retail street sales on year around basis.

The City Council is reviewing a handful of written complaints in regards to the street closing, one of which involves American Disability Act issues.

Chad Witcher spoke on behalf of downtown merchants. He urged the approval of an ongoing Saturday street closings. NO decision was rendered by the Council; they will take the matter up again at a future meeting once the complaints have been reviewed and potentially resolved. (Ordinance #2017-12)

FIRST READING To amend the City of Cullman Alcohol Ordinance. This ordinance is being constructed to facilitate the complex vendor and restauranteur arrangement planned for Mae’s Food Hall. (Ordinance #2017-13)

The amendment to the alcohol ordinance would be only the second such occurrence in the state of Alabama. The purpose of the proposed law is to allow a cooperative of three or more restaurants — aka a Food Hall — to serve alcohol. The arrangement is similar to one such similar location in the city of Birmingham.

Specifically, the proposed change would allow a Class III restaurant to operate that meets all the following requirements:

1. At least three separate food vendors
2. 3,000 square feet of dining space
3. Capacity for 150 or more patrons
4. Full compliance with building and fire codes.

As with other Cullman restaurants licensed to sell alcohol, this change requires food service and served meals to tally at least 60 percent of a food hall’s gross income across any 90-day period.

You can review the Ordinance in full here:

FIRST READING To participate in the 2017 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday beginning on Friday, July 21st, 2017 at 12:01 a.m. and ending on Sunday, July 23rd, 2017 at Midnight. ( Ordinance #2017–14)

AWARDED the bid for the replacement of the Ultraviolet Disinfection System at the Cullman Wastewater Treatment Plant to the lowest responsible bidder, The Creel Company, Inc., in the budgeted amount of $2,015,545.00.

According to Water Treatment Plant Director Jeff Adams, this expensive yet necessary water treatment system will replace in full the old system left in near ruin by the Christmas Day Floods of 2015. (Resolution #2017-72)

AWARDED – To award the bid for tree services at 1725 Highland Drive NW to the lowest responsible bidder, Reeve’s and Son, LLC, in the budgeted amount of $2,450.00. This action is pending Mayor Woody Jacobs appropriately informing area residents of the forthcoming tree cutting. (Resolution #2017-73)

APPROVED change order No. 1 for Carcel & G Construction, LLC for the Downtown Streetscape Phase IV to increase the contract amount by $6,975.73 to a total of $425,533.73 and extend the completion date by five days to August 24th, 2017. This is for handrails that should have been in the original bid but were inadvertently left out by estimators. (Resolution #2017-71)

APPROVED a resolution to enter into a contract for services with Camp Meadowbrook to provide facilities and meeting space for public and community meetings which will serve a public purpose. (Resolution #2017-6271)

APPROVED a request from Joyce Echols of Watchmen over Cullman for a special event permit to hold a gathering on the front steps of City Hall on May 4th, 2017 (National Prayer Day) from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

APPROVED a request from Ryan Pierce and Laurissa Mueller for a special event (and noise) permit to hold a wedding with reception to follow in the alley behind Southern Accents and Fairview Florist on May 20th, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. until 10:30 pm. (President Garlan Gudger abstained from the vote due to familial ties to the requesters.)

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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