Annexations Into City of Cullman Dominate City Council Meeting

by | Jan 9, 2018 | City, City News, Cullman City, Politics

Cullman City Council Meeting February 13 2017
Annexations Into City of Cullman Dominate City Council Meeting

Cullman City Council Meeting January 9 2017

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

Councilman and Public Safety committee chair Andy Page made an announcement at tonight’s regularly scheduled City Council meeting. Page indicated that Division Chief – Brian Bradberry – of Cullman Fire Rescue has been named the new Fire Chief for the City of Cullman.

Bradberry will have his hands full attempting to fill the giant shoes of longtime, departing Fire Chief Edward Reinhart, Jr.

Bradberry will take the reigns effective April 1, 2018.

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

PUBLIC HEARING: Sets a public hearing on February 12, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. to consider the vacation and surplus of a 50 foot right-of-way at 1816 Teakwood Drive SE.

PUBLIC HEARING: Sets a public hearing on February 12, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. to consider amending the zoning ordinance relating to loft apartments in Cullman.

If amended, the existing city ordinance will provide for the construction of structures above two stories allowing residential use on all the upper floors. Retail/commercial use would still be mandatory on the ground floors and in the basements of these taller buildings. However, the mercantile operations would no longer be required to comprise the majority of square footage within the overall building plans.

APPROVED: A request from Police Chief Kenny Culpepper to purchase on the state bid list two 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe’s from Donohoo Chevrolet, LLC in the budgeted amount of $67,321.

APPROVED: Ordinance #2018-21 authorizing Mayor Woody Jacobs to purchase property adjacent to Ingle Park to further connect the City Parks system.

The ongoing mass annexation of county property into the City of Cullman dominated the rest of the agenda items.

The Cullman City Council approved two of the annexation ordinances below on their second readings. Council members then suspended the common rules of Council procedure fast-tracking annexations of five other properties:

SECOND READING: Ordinance #2018-14 to annex property owned by the Utilities Board of the City of Cullman located on Eva Road into the city limits of Cullman as R-1 Residential District.

SECOND READING: Ordinance #2018-15 to annex property owned by the Utilities Board of the City of Cullman located on Swafford Drive SW into the city limits of Cullman as AG-1 Agricultural District.

FIRST READING: Ordinance #2018-16 to annex property owned by the Utilities Board of the City of Cullman located on Lake George into the city limits of Cullman as R-1 Residential District.

FIRST READING: Ordinance #2018-17 to annex property owned by Derek and Jami Nicholas located at 220 County Road 1320 (Friendship Lane) into the city limits of Cullman as R-1 Residential District.

FIRST READING: Ordinance #2018-18 to annex properties (approximately 2 acres) owned by Forrest and Katie Meigs located on Fromhold Road into the city limits of Cullman as R-1 Residential District.

FIRST READING: Ordinance #2018-19 to annex properties (approximately 11 acres) owned by Ann Culpepper located on Fromhold Road into the city limits of Cullman as AG-1 Agricultural District.

FIRST READING: Ordinance #2018-20 to annex properties (approximately 165 acres) owned by Blue Hole LLC located on Highway 278 West into the city limits of Cullman as AG-2 Agricultural District.

Finally, Council President Pro Tem Jenny Folsom was absent from the meeting due to health reasons. However, the council approved the re-appointment of Ms. Folsom to a board that oversees the “Cats 55” PEG station.

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City of Cullman Municipal Government

Kenneth Walkeer

Kenneth Walkeer

Chairman

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.

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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.

Timothy Collins

Timothy brings an insightful holistic perspective as well as a mountain man tenacity to his various roles at Cullman Today. You can reach him at cullmantoday@gmail.com.

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