Chief Reinhardt Gets Proper Send-Off At City Council Meeting

by | Apr 24, 2018 | City News, Cullman City

Cullman City Council Meeting February 13 2017
Chief Reinhardt Gets Proper Send-Off At City Council Meeting
Cullman City Council Meeting – April 23, 2018

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

Councilman Andy Page presented a CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION to long-time Cullman Fire Rescue Chief Fire Edward Reinhardt.

The very well respected Chief Reinhardt is retiring from the city fire services after 40 years on duty. April 30th will be his final day on the job.

Billy Atchison of Sunbelt Fire was on hand to presented Reinhardt with a firefighter statue and some appropriate retirement fishing gear.

Next, Council President Pro-Tem Jenny Folsom gave her traditional quarterly report on the City of Cullman’s financial status.

Folsom pointed out that sales taxes and business license receipts combined have increased by over $750,000 during the 2nd quarter of the fiscal year. That is an increase of 4.5% into city coffers. This uptick coupled with the 2nd lowest unemployment rate in the state of Alabama places Cullman City Government in a very favorable economic state.

In addition, Folsom expects some of the City’s expenses incurred from the epic March 19th hailstorm to be covered by FEMA funds.

Jenny Folsom Pro-Tem
PUBLIC COMMENTS

Incumbent Cullman County Circuit Judge Martha Williams was allowed to speak before the city council as she seeks re-election against the challenger, Melvin Hasting.

Building & Inspections Department Director – Rick Fulmer – noted that building permits were up dramatically after the hailstorm from a seasonal average of 150 to over 800 in the same period this year.

Mayor Woody Jacobs issued a Proclamation defining April 26 through May 4 as ‘Frankweiler Visitor Days‘ This proclamation honors of a group visiting Cullman from our German sister city (Frankweiler).

The guests will be arriving in town next week.

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

FIRST READING of a proposed ordinance for addressing unsafe structures and dangerous buildings in the City of Cullman. (Ordinance #2018-27)

The potential ordinance offers precise definitions as to what exactly constitutes a ‘dangerous building’. This includes all sort of structures in the City of Cullman including commercial, residential, and outbuildings such as garages.

SECOND READING of an Ordinance to amend the City Code of Ordinances, and adoption of following codes:
a. International Building Code, 2015 edition.
b. International Existing Building Code, 2015 edition.
c. International Residential Code, 2015 edition.
d. International Plumbing Code, 2015 edition.
e. International Mechanical Code, 2015 edition.
f. International Fire Code, 2015 edition.
g. International Energy Conservation Code, 2015 edition.
h. National Electrical Code (NFPA 70), 2014 edition.
i. ICC/NSSA Standard for the Design and Construction of Storm Shelters, ICC500-2014 edition.
j. ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2013 Energy Standard for Buildings, Except Low-Rise Residential. k. ADA Standards for Accessible Design, 2010 edition.
NFPA 101 Life Safety Code, 2012 edition.
Ordinance (#2018-26)

APPROVED a request from Water Superintendent Chris Freeman to purchase a pipe bursting machine from Hammerhead Trenchless in the budgeted amount of $231,176.16.

APPROVED a request from Water Superintendent Chris Freeman to purchase from the state bid list a Ventrac Rough Cut Mowing Machine from Coblentz Equipment & Parts Co., Inc. in the budgeted amount of $49,055.

APPROVED a request from Waid Harbison of Cullman Parks and Recreation for a special event permit to hold ‘Dinner on First’ on May 18th, 2018, from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm.

APPROVED a resolution for submission of a 2019 TAP grant application for the City of Cullman. (Resolution No. 2018-46)

This is an 80%-20% grant for additional downtown sidewalks increasing handicap accessibility. The city will pay $160,000 (20%).

APPROVED a resolution for matching funds for a 2019 TAP grant application by Cullman County Commission. (Resolution #2018-47)

The resolution allows the City of Cullman access to 80% – 20% grant funds available to the County. The City will ante up the 20% cost that would normally be incurred by the Cullman County Commission.

APPOINTED Andrea Walker Talley’s to the board of the Cullman County Developmentally Disabled.

Time Until Next Cullman City Council Meeting

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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.

City of Cullman Alabama

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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